Community Affiliates

Cone Health: Center for Clinical Care and Equity Research.

  • Olu Jegede, MD. Director/Vice President of the Center of Clinical Care and Health Equity

Bland Clinic, P.A.

  • Veita Bland, MD. Clinical Hypertension Specialist, Cardiometabolic Disease Prevention and Management.
  • Websites: It’s A Matter Of Health.

Guilford County

  • Alexis Powell​, MPH. Community Health Educator II; Public Health
  • DeAndra Monét Kees, MPPA, CBS. Community Health Educator III, Health Equity Manager; Every Baby Guilford.
  • Elisven (Eli) Saavedra Villatoro​. Nutritionist III; Public Health
  • Nedra Cox​, MPH. Community Health Consultant; Public Health. Family Connects

NC Counts.

  • NC Counts Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to building a healthy, just, and equitable North Carolina through cross-sector partnerships that advance systemic solutions for communities facing systemic barriers, including BIPOC communities, LGBTQ+, low wealth, immigrant, and other communities.

North Carolina Serious Illness Coalition.  

  • Consists of health professionals, providers, and caregivers focused on improving the lives of the seriously ill and their caregivers. The organization's mission is to engage a broad range of stakeholders and their perspectives, including providers, consumers, policy advocates, industries, and others, to accelerate the solutions needed to achieve the desired vision for serious illness care. The four working groups are: Clinical Practice & Quality, Advance Care Planning, Caregiver & Patient Engagement, and Communications, Advocacy, and Education.


  • Hall is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, a Certified Birth Doula, and a Certified Mindfulness-Informed Professional. She has served the community of Greensboro and surrounding areas as a school social worker for 12 years and served as a Mental Health Coordinator for Guilford County School System, supervised an Assertive Community Treatment, (ACTT) team in Raleigh, then she worked in dialysis as a social worker for about a year. Courtney has served as a field supervisor for interns through the NC A&T SU and UNCG social work program. As of recently, Mrs. Hall opened the FIRST Black-owned ultrasound studio named: Bump.Baby.Bliss. Doula, Counseling, & Ultrasound Studio. She provides services that are valuable to women’s maternal health and needed in our community. Her primary focus is perinatal mental health and health services.

External Faculty Affiliates

Jeannette Wade – Associate Professor and Program Director of Human Health Sciences