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Creating a wellness epidemic 

Half of all Americans have at least one chronic illness. We believe through helping people identify and reduce risk factors, we can create a wellness epidemic, enabling people to live longer and spend more time doing things they enjoy with the people they love.

Since 2010, Novant Health has led a “search and rescue” mission to find patients with undetected diabetes who were admitted to our hospitals for other reasons. To date, we've screened more than 150,000 people and diagnosed 6,000 with diabetes. We're not stopping there. We're expanding our focus to tackle the underlying causes of chronic disease to help prevent life-threatening conditions before they have a chance to develop. 

As part of Novant Health's first system-wide wellness initiative, we are committing to screening 500,000 people for prediabetes, obesity and high blood pressure in 2014. With this bold initiative, we will reach out to our neighbors where they work and live, and in our clinics to help pave a path for wellness.

Learn more about our wellness initiative from Ophelia Garmon-Brown, MD

View bio: Ophelia Garmon-Brown, MD

Ophelia Garmon-Brown, MD, has touched the lives of thousands of patients from Charlotte, her home since 1980, to distant countries around the world in her work as a medical missionary.

She earned her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980. She completed her internship and residency in family medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where she became the first African-American female family medicine resident.

Dr. Garmon-Brown is currently senior vice president of physician services at Novant Health and is also responsible for system-wide community benefit activities and corporate health initiatives.

In addition, she serves as medical director of the Charlotte Community Health Clinic, a free clinic for the poor and uninsured. She has also helped create a mini health clinic in Kenya and has done medical mission work in Uganda, South Africa, Guyana and Jamaica.