CHARLOTTE, N.C.,– Novant Health announced today that it is launching new
investments in the Charlotte community, beginning with providing $300,000 in
funding to impact-based programs. Novant Health will focus its charitable
contributions and strategic investments on improving outcomes in three areas:
health and human services, environment and education.
“Novant Health has a long history of being engaged
in the communities we serve, so that as we heal bodies, we’re also healing
neighborhoods, cities and regions,” said Dr.
Andrew Mueller, senior vice president of Novant Health and president of the
greater Charlotte market.
With an intentional focus on our most
vulnerable populations, Novant Health’s goal is to create equal access to
excellent healthcare while removing healthcare disparities and delivering
health equity to our communities.
“We seek to improve overall health
and create positive change throughout our communities, affecting awareness,
access and behaviors in the most vulnerable populations. The impact of our
investments will be felt in the daily lives of all members of the Charlotte
community,” said Mueller.
Through the health and
human services investment priority, Novant Health seeks to improve the health
of individuals by promoting health, healing and treatment in response to
identified community health needs.
support from Novant has helped accelerate ChemoCars program growth and
expansion. In about 1.5 years, ChemoCars has provided over 6,000 free rides to
and from cancer treatment and expanded its footprint to two cities,” said Zach
Bolster, co-founder and executive director of ChemoCars. “We’re honored to be
selected as a funding beneficiary and proud to help improve patient access to
life-saving cancer treatment."
Health supports safe and clean communities by focusing on housing,
neighborhoods and food. Funding under the priority of environment will support
increasing food access, security and nutrition education, support sustainable,
positive neighborhood change and revitalization, and promote active lifestyles
investments in education, Novant Health is supporting early childhood
development and building the pipeline for the future of the healthcare
workforce. Novant Health's funding provides job shadowing experiences in the healthcare
and allied science fields through the career pathways program.
“Many individuals wouldn’t think about a pair
of scrubs, a flat tire or a book fee for class as being a critical barrier to
success. But for the students served by MeckEd’s Career Pathways program, these
are just a few of the many obstacles they will face as they work toward a
better future,” explained Shelly Biby, director of development for MeckEd.
“Novant Health’s support has had an immediate impact on the students we serve.
By investing in Career Pathways programming, Novant has made a commitment to
removing these and the hundreds of additional barriers to success our students
face. We are so grateful for partners like Novant Health who support our
organization and make our work possible.”
The organizations and programs being
supported as part of the launch of Novant Health’s new investment priorities
include: Care Ring, Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, ChemoCars, Girl Talk,
HeartBright Foundation, Mental Health of America of Central Carolinas, MeckEd,
Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas, QC Scores, Real School Gardens, Reach
Out and Read Carolinas, Renaissance West Community Initiative and the Howard
Levine Child Development Center, Safe Alliance, STEMersion, Time Out Youth and
Health continues to look for investment opportunities in these three investment
priorities, using a competitive application process. For details or to apply
for funding, visit NovantHealth.org/socialresponsibility.