PRESS RELEASE: Care Ring forms partnership to address social drivers of health and well-being

CONTACT: Kelly Musante, Development Director

704-477-3732, [email protected]

CHARLOTTE, NC – Care Ring was recently awarded a grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, NC that will fund efforts to support health systems and community-based organizations as they work to improve health outcomes for Medicaid and uninsured populations by addressing social drivers of health and well-being.

The two-year, $440,000 award will enable Care Ring to undertake this work in partnership with fellow award winners and community-based organizations, the UCITY Family Zone and CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing. “CrossRoads Corporation is grateful for the support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and we are excited to partner with Care Ring to focus on improving health outcomes for the residents of the Grier Heights community,” said Tiffany Capers, Executive Director of CrossRoads Corporation.

With a focus on social drivers of health and the social connectivity of neighborhoods, this project will help Care Ring and our community better understand how health systems can align with communities to drive local priorities and engage community leadership to increase health promotion and disease prevention.

By combining and aligning our efforts we hope to refine and test evidence-based approaches that can be used to guide Medicaid transformation and other types of health reform efforts, in ways that actually improve population health outcomes over the life course for residents in low-income communities,” said Mark J. DeHaven, UNC Charlotte Dean W. Colvard Distinguished Professor of Community Health and Co-Director of the UCITY Family Zone.

Care Ring will lead the effort to build greater connection between existing health systems and community-based organizations.

We know that social determinants of health, such as housing and transportation are the biggest predictor of long-term health outcomes,” said Don Jonas, Executive Director of Care Ring. “We’re thrilled to partner with CrossRoads Corporation and UCITY Family Zone to learn how healthcare systems can better address these critical issues and align with community-based organizations to help improve the health of our County’s most vulnerable residents.


Care Ring works to empower individuals with limited resources to establish and maintain good health. Today, Care Ring leads a collaborative effort to meet the changing health care needs of our community and works to ensure that all members of the community have access to affordable, high-quality and timely healthcare. Care Ring improves access to quality healthcare services, implements evidenced-based programs, and leverages community partnerships to build a continuum of public health services for our community. Care Ring’s three service lines are the Low-Cost Clinic, Physicians Reach Out for the uninsured and the Nurse-Family Partnership program for first-time moms.


The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was established in 1947 and is now one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. Its mission is to improve the health and quality of life of financially-disadvantaged residents in North Carolina. The Health Improvement in North Carolina program area supports community-wide health solutions across the state. The Local Impact in Forsyth County program area fosters equitable and sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life in Forsyth County. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. serves as sole trustee.


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