The 22-page report details efforts in Greensboro to show how communities can organize to solve health care issues for their neediest citizens. It was requested by Melissa Rogers, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, who was the summit’s keynote speaker.
“The health system, the faith community and the educational community, acting alone, cannot begin to solve, manage or prevent the huge problems that we have,” said Dr. Bob Wineburg, Jefferson Pilot Excellence Professor in the UNCG Department of Social Work. “But perhaps, just perhaps, by working together we can be more successful in taking on the things that we can tackle.”
The report details the steps taken over more than two years to organize the summit, which last fall examined how health care can be expanded in Greensboro through collective efforts among churches, universities and the health system. Read the full report here.
Organizers of the summit were Wineburg, who is also director of community-engaged scholarship for UNCG’s School of Health and Human Sciences; Rev. Odell Cleveland, chief administrative officer at Mount Zion Baptist Church; and UNCG associate professor of public health Dr. Vincent Francisco.
Cleveland noted that the summit is an example of how Greensboro can make the effort to provide care for those without health insurance.
Wineburg noted that the partnership between the university and faith community will serve as a model, demonstrating that two large community institutions can combine forces to work toward a common goal.
By Steve Gilliam
Photograph of Bob Wineburg (in foreground) and Odell Cleveland presenting report at Friday’s news conference. Photo by David Wilson.