Partnership for a Healthy Durham Quarterly Meeting in January 2020

The Partnership for a Healthy Durham will hold its next Quarterly meeting on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, noon at the Durham County Human Services Building Conference Rooms B&C, 414 East Main St.

An orientation for anyone who wants to learn more about the Partnership history, structure and how they can get involved will be held prior to the meeting from 11-11:45 am.

The agenda includes a presentation on the 2019 Community Health Assessment Survey results (door-to-door survey conducted in summer 2019).

Lunch that accommodates a variety of diets will be served.

Please RSVP for the meeting and/or orientation session by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 10. If you plan to invite others to the meeting, please forward the RSVP link so they can register as well.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is Now Open at DSS


The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is now open at DSS. This is a seasonal program that assists with heating bills. It opened at the beginning of January and runs until March 31 or until funds run out.

Applications will be taken at DSS in Lobby #27, Monday through Friday, 414 E. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701. 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. However, applicants must arrive before 4:00 p.m. to be seen.

For more information, dial 919-560-8000.

Bring a photo ID, Social Security card, income verification and verification of heating source and heating bill.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Report Reveals Obesity Rates Drop in 41 American States and Territories 

A report released on Thursday, December 19, 2019 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWFJ)  has revealed that  Obesity rates have dropped among young children from lower-income families in the United States. However, the latest data indicates that obesity continues to be a major risk to children’s health:

  • Approximately 1 in every 7 children ages 10 to 17 has obesity.
  • Rates for black and Hispanic youth are considerably higher than rates for white and Asian individuals.

Obesity is one indicator of larger, systemic problems concerning health and equity in American society.

Explore data and policy information by state.

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.