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Cabarrus Health Alliance: A New Era of Public Health

April 03, 2012

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Cabarrus Health Alliance: A New Era of Public Health

(NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC- April 13, 2012)- With this weekend’s official opening of the Cabarrus Health Alliance’s (CHA) new building at the corner of Mooresville Road and Dale Earnhardt Boulevard across from the NC Research Campus (NCRC), a new era of a 21 Century Model Public Health Agency.

A Model Public Health Agency (MPHA) promotes healthy individuals, healthy living and healthy communities through services, classes, research and outreach that go beyond the bounds of a traditional public health department. The modern and open design of the building reflects the increased level of services and community outreach.

The goal, said CHA Chief Executive Officer and Public Health Director William F. Pilkington, DPA, is a “model public health facility that looks different, performs differently and impacts the community differently.”

For the NCRC, CHA’s presence on the campus is part of the original vision. “The Cabarrus Health Alliance, our newest partner to the NCRC, will help fulfill David Murdock’s vision of enhancing the health of not only the citizens of Cabarrus County but throughout the state of North Carolina,” said Lynne Scott Safrit, president of the NCRC, Atlantic American Properties and the North American Commercial Division of Castle and Cooke, Inc. “Dr. Pilkington’s vision of utilizing this new facility to provide educational opportunities for our citizens about the importance of nutrition and exercise to overall health and longevity is far-reaching and will impact this region in a significant way.”

For more information about CHA and the Open House on Sunday, April 15, visit www.cabarrushealth.org.

A Big Impact

The total package includes economic development. CHA brings to downtown Kannapolis almost 300 employees and a client population of over 19,000. Pilkington is planning to add to those numbers starting with hiring ten people to work in the expanded dental clinic, which is funded by the Cannon Foundation.

For the NCRC, CHA’s presence on the campus is part of the original vision. “The Cabarrus Health Alliance, our newest partner to the NCRC, will help fulfill David Murdock’s vision of enhancing the health of not only the citizens of Cabarrus County but throughout the state of North Carolina,” said Lynne Scott Safrit, president of the NCRC, Atlantic American Properties and the North American Commercial Division of Castle and Cooke, Inc. “Dr. Pilkington’s vision of utilizing this new facility to provide educational opportunities for our citizens about the importance of nutrition and exercise to overall health and longevity is far-reaching and will impact this region in a significant way.”

The CHA also helps advance the translation of research. “Our scientists can make the most amazing discoveries in their labs, and they do,” said NCRC’s Vice President of Business Development Clyde Higgs. “They know that those discoveries have to get to the people who need them. Whether it is healthier varieties of fruits and vegetables or a new treatment for disease, CHA is an avenue by which we can engage our community and more quickly pass on the knowledge that can help them live healthier and longer lives, which is exactly what the NCRC is all about.”

For more information, visit www.cabarrushealth.org.

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