Cabarrus Health Alliance
The Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA), the health department serving Cabarrus County, brings nationally recognized leadership and expertise in public health to the the NC Research Campus. CHA is one of the only nationally certified public health departments in the country.
CHA Chief Executive Officer and Public Health Director William F. Pilkington began serving the citizens of Cabarrus County as director of the Cabarrus County Health Department in 1981. In 1997, he became head of CHA, after leading the organization through a transition to an independent health authority.
Pilkington played a pivotal role in convening state leaders and a national panel of public health experts to form a plan to guide the development of CHA as a model health department for the 21st century. The location of the CHA headquarters at the gateway to the campus is part of that plan and was made possible by the support of David H. Murdock, NC Research Campus founder, the city of Kannapolis, and state and national leaders.
The 61,000-square-foot CHA headquarters is an architecturally contemporary building that incorporates numerous LEED certification features. CHA employs over 300 staff who provide a range of services that include:
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
- Care Coordination for Children
- Communicable Disease Services
- Dental Health Services
- Environmental Health Services
- Family Planning Services
- Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures Free Exercise Classes
- Innovative Approaches for family and children with special health needs
- Intense Home Visits for Teen Parents
- International Travel Immunizations
- Laboratory Services
- Maternity Services
- Pediatric Services
- Pregnancy Care Management
- Pregnancy Testing
- STD Services
- Southern Diabetes Initiative
- Strengthening Family Programs
- TB Skin Test and Services
- Vital Records
CHA provides many free to low-cost classes and programs for the residents of Cabarrus County on subjects such as healthy cooking, yoga, nutrition education and disease management. Classes and programs are offered at the CHA headquarters in Kannapolis and throughout Cabarrus County in neighborhood centers, churches and other facilities.
CHA collaborates in clinical research and research development projects with other campus partners. The Southeastern Diabetes Initiative (SEDI), a federally funded grant program of the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is an example. Led by Duke Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI), Cabarrus County along with Durham County, NC, Mingo County, WV, and Quitman County, MS, are working through outreach, education and clinical intervention to reduce the incidence of type II diabetes and its many chronic and debilitating complications in their communities.
CHA accepts Medicaid, NC Health Choice, and Private Insurance (BCBSNC, Aetna, Wellpath/Coventry, Cigna, MedCost, United Healthcare). Reduced fees are available and based on eligibility.