“Building the Dream” Award Nomination

Every year, Wake Forest and Winston Salem State University through the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Programming Committee present the “Building the Dream” award to one professor or administrator and one student from each of the university. This year, Dr. Mount was officially nominated as an individual possessing Dr. King’s qualities and characteristics in the community.

Maya Angelou Center’s Dr. David Mount to Lead Human Services Integration Movement

Special to The Chronicle

Dr. David L. Mount Dr. David Mount of the Maya Angelou Center in Winston-Salem has been selected to lead a new movement: a human services integration movement.

Directed by Mount, the N.C. Network for Human Services Integration to Prosperity is designed to address diversely expressed social justice concerns and community insecurity based upon decades of adverse psychosocial and behavioral health outcomes.

“Prosperity and holistic health equity through human services integration. We owe it to the nation and future generations to address integrated human service systems optimization that a decade ago seemed completely inaccessible,” Mount said.

Stakeholders from across North Carolina are calling for integrated human services with both service users and taxpayers firmly in mind.

Mary Annecelli, a longtime community advocate, stated: “Taxpayers want the public systems they finance to be responsive to concerns regarding systemic barriers to services as well as implementing strategies to address our concerns.”

“Vulnerable people want a chance at prosperity but fragmented human services delivery remains a losing social policy proposition in great need of redesign,” said Michael D. Connor, a professor of Theatre Arts, professional actor, playwright and director.

“This movement is essential as we must continue to remind ourselves that integrative health and healthcare is uniquely tied to the psychosocial determinants of health,” said William O. Ntim, MD, Cardiologist and Cardio-Oncology Program director, Novant Health Heart and Vascular Institute Charlotte.

“An objective for the N.C. Network for Human Services Integration to Prosperity is to focus on transforming views and opportunities through radical public interest engagement,” said Dr. Thomas Coaxum, a longtime higher education administrator who chairs the board of directors at the Carter G. Woodson School in Winston-Salem.

Michael Wittenberg, a board director for CenterPoint Human Services Manage Care Organization that oversees mental health, substance abuse and intellectual/development disabilities services in Davie, Forsyth, Rockingham and Stokes counties pointed out: “The network’s objectives are more closely aligned with a strategic vision for generating new ideas for improving human services integration, fostering data-driven decision making, growing taxpayers engagement and championing innovative public policy.”

The Rev. Dr. Carton Eversley, a community organizing expert, speaks about Mount’s qualifications.

“Dr. David L. Mount brings a diverse set of community engagement and leadership talents as an ordained Elder, a fellowship trained neuropsychologist, a National Institutes of Health designated health disparities scholar, certified foster parent, researcher, elected healthcare liaison to the Minister’s Conference of Winston-Salem & Vicinity, and the past recipient of the Dr. Maya Angelou Service Appreciation Award at Wake Forest University School of Medicine,” Eversley said.

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Student-run clinic at Wake Forest School of Medicine receives Helping Hands Program Grant

Medical students Tiffany Covas and Natalie Cassell with Dr. Mount
Medical students Tiffany Covas and Natalie Cassell with Dr. Mount

DEAC Clinic, the student-run free medical clinic of Wake Forest School of Medicine has been awarded the Helping Hands Program Grant by the American Psychiatric Foundation. The Helping Hands Grant Program awards up to $5000 to medical students for mental health service projects in an initiative by the Foundation to increase participation in community service for underserved populations, raise awareness of mental health illnesses and the importance of their early detection, and increase interest in psychiatry among medical students. The DEAC, or Delivering Equal Access to Care, clinic is a free medical clinic managed by Wake Forest School of Medicine medical and physician assistant students and faculty in collaboration with Winston-Salem’s Community Care Clinic. DEAC‘s mission includes providing free, high-quality healthcare to local underserved individuals and communities in a sustainable manner through a weekly clinic and associated outreach activities, creating a unique, service-oriented learning experience for the students of Wake Forest University that includes educational enrichment opportunities, and fostering a culture within the Wake Forest community which values the importance of providing healthcare for the underserved. DEAC plans to implement the grant at its weekly clinic through a program designed to help identify prevalent mental health illnesses in their patients, educate all patients about mental health illnesses, and help patients find available community psychiatric resources.