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Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission

To engage, promote, encourage, and support collaboration to address identified health priorities to improve the well-being of Mecklenburg County residents.

Mecklenburg Healthy Carolinians will work in partnership with the community to be a leading resource for information on priority health issues in Mecklenburg County, a visible and credible voice for those issues, and a catalyst for change and action.

Our Vision for the Community

  • People are physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.
  • The community has a collective "consciousness about health" and health is high on the community's list of values.
  • Everybody has access to quality health care and information.
  • Every child has a medical home and access to appropriate care.
  • Our air and water are clean.
  • Injuries are not accidents; they are prevented.
  • Policies support a safe, walkable, pedestrian community with opportunities for good nutrition (e.g., grocery stores, organic gardens, affordable healthy foods) in all neighborhoods.
  • A sense of community is restored; neighbors look out for neighbors and people support each other.
  • Cultural and spiritual beliefs and value systems are consistent with a high value on health.
  • Families are supported and the family unit is preserved (by employers, policies, etc.).
  • Relationships between families and practitioners are strong.
  • People trust community institutions, organizations, and professionals.
  • People partnering with health care providers and employers to share responsibility for health care.
  • Schools partner with parents to educate children about health and promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Health language is appropriate given a family's background, culture, and the meaning in the message; people leave health practitioners understanding what they said and what it means for them.
  • Disparities in health outcomes no longer exist among groups and populations in our community.
  • Access to and delivery of health care is free of stigma (e.g., based on race, income, substance abuse, mental health).
  • People feel free (i.e., safe) to recover, and community supports are there to help them.
  • Government, organizations, institutions, and the community work together to sustain health.


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