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Dr. David L. Mount
Wake Forest Health Sciences Maya Angelou Center’s Dr. David Mount to Lead Human Services Integration Movement
North Carolina, August 24, 2015 — Initiative is undertaken in response to stakeholders from across the state of North Carolina who have been calling for integrated human services with both service utilizers and taxpayers firmly in mind. Directed by Dr. Mount, the NC 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.
Championing this timely initiative, 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 unique tied to the psychosocial determinants of health”, said William O. Ntim, MD, Cardiologist & Cardio-Oncology Program Director, Novant Health Heart & Vascular Institute Charlotte, NC.
Rev, Dr. Carlton Eversley, a community organizing expert, underscored “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.
“An objective for the NC 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.
Mr. 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”.
“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”, said Dr. David L. Mount.