Memorandum of Understanding Signing
During the official Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony on March 27, 2015, Dr. Sullivan and senior officials from nineteen North Carolina colleges, universities, statewide organizations, as well as state and local health agencies, gathered to formally recognize this statewide alliance. The ceremony was held on the Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) campus. Dr. Peggy Valentine, Dean of Health Sciences at WSSU [link to official bio on WSSU website] and Ms. Jackie Wynn, Associate Director at the NC AHEC [link to official bio on NC AHEC or UNC website] co-lead The North Carolina Alliance.
North Carolina is among the most diverse states in the nation, and ranks ninth with respect to percent of African Americans (22 percent). African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos (8.9%), American Indians/Alaska Natives (1.6%), and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders (0.1%) constitute 32.6 percent of the state’s population. But in North Carolina, minorities constitute only one out of six health professionals.