ACA Open Enrollment Extended Until 3:00AM EST December 18

Some consumers who attempted to enroll in a Health Care Marketplace plan before the December 15, 2019 deadline were unable to do so because of website glitches on Therefore, CMS has extended the deadline. Consumers now have until 3:00AM EST December 18 to enroll in a plan with coverage starting January 1, 2020.

Find Local Partners Now Explains Differences Between Medicare and Medicaid



The website has published a guide that explains the differences between Medicare and Medicaid. The guide provides information about eligibility, what is covered, and how to apply.

The information is available at Medicare vs. Medicaid: What’s the Big Difference?


Partnership for a Healthy Durham Health and Housing Committee December 2019 Meeting

The Partnership for a Healthy Durham Health and Housing Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 8:30 am in the second floor Conference Room B of the Durham County Human Services Building, 414 E. Main St., Durham, North Carolina.

The Communications Committee will conduct its communications needs assessment.  The participants will also discuss the upcoming Community Health Assessment listening sessions in the Spring of 2020. The committee is trying to figure out how to structure them and what data/information committees need.

Durham County 2017 Community Health Assessment Final Draft Now Available

The final draft of the Durham County 2017 Community Health Assessment is now available. The comprehensive report includes 14 chapters, 47 sections, 93 contributors and 446 pages. This year there is a new chapter on LGBTQ+ Issues.

Also new this year is a one-month comment period. Once the Department of Public Health receives feedback and corrections are made, the document will become final.

You can find the report and link to the comment form on the Partnership website at

InStepp’s 7th Annual International Women’s Day Conference

InStepp’s 7th Annual International Women’s Day Conference will take place Thursday, March 8th, 2018 from 9 am – 1pm at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707. Free Attendance.

This conference is an important forum for immigrant women and their allies in the Triangle area. The theme for 2018 is “Keeping Families Together” and speakers will discuss important topics to immigrant women and their allies.

Register at or Call at (919) 680-8000.

Colombian Artist and Care Manager Exhibits Artwork at Durham Arts Council

Selva by Yholima Vargas-Pedroza

Colombian artist and Local Access to Coordinated Health Care (LATCH, PHMO-Duke Health) care manager, Yholima Vargas-Pedroza is currently exhibiting her artwork at the Durham Arts Council. Yholima’s exhibition is titled Colors of Latin America and features her signature color-rich artwork.

An artist reception will take place Friday, January 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701. The event is free and open to the public.

Lincoln Community Health Center Receives $15,000 Grant

Lincoln Community Health Center, in Durham, NC, received a $15,000 grant from the Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation to help purchase a retinal camera. The Camera will be used for eye screenings for diabetic patients.

Lincoln estimates that 700-800 patients will benefit annually from this camera. The grant was funded from donations to the Foundation from supporters and Lincoln employees.

El Futuro Announces Move to Lakewood Shopping Center

Rendition of planned El Futuro office at Lakewood

Durham-based Behavioral Health Agency El Futuro has announced that it will move to Lakewood Shopping Center in 2018.

The new location will have 40% more space and clients will have easier access with additional parking.

El Futuro is currently doing a fundraising campaign to help with the upcoming move.

El Futuro is a behavioral health agency that provides bilingual and culturally informed behavioral health treatment for underserved Spanish speaking individuals and families. The agency provides high impact clinical services; 2) trains professionals who work with the Hispanic population; and 3) conducts prevention, education and outreach in the community.

Lakewood Shopping Center is also the home of El Centro Hispano, HELP (Health Equipment Loan Program), Scrap Exchange and others.

To support El Futuro go to click here

Samaritan Health Center in Durham Moving to New Location

Samaritan Health Center has announced that its Garrett Road Clinic will close at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19. The new clinic at 3205 University Drive, Suite 107, Durham, North Carolina will open in the spring of 2018.

The contact numbers remain the same:

Main Phone: (919) 407-8223
Spanish-language line: (919) 407-8226
New patient registration calls: (919) 407-8154
Fax: (866) 331-8301

Samaritan Health Center is currently accepting new patients. The clinic provides wide-ranging medical care to the underserved members of the community, regardless of their ability to pay.

Durham Health Equipment Loan Program Hires New Manager

Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP), a Project Access program, has hired Amy Armstrong as new manager. She can be reached by calling 919-470-7281.

HELP recycles donated durable medical equipment, restores the equipment, and loans it for reuse by any Durham County resident who needs it. It’s a free service.

More information at: