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APHI Nexus 2021

Access and Beyond: Creating the Foundation for a High-Quality Integrated Community Safety Net System in Mecklenburg County 

This session advances the notion of improving community access to care by enhancing and expanding the existing informal network of safety net providers into a de facto integrated system of care that interfaces with the formalized care and public health systems.

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Tchernavia Montgomery 
MSW, LCSW; Executive Director, Care Ring 

Tchernavia Mongomery, Executive Director of Care Ring, has 17 years of health and human services experience and as a licensed clinical social worker. She is a servant leader at heart with a true passion for helping the community’s most vulnerable residents. She previously worked at Crisis Assistance Ministry where she has served as the Chief Program Officer. Tchernavia holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she also serves as an adjunct faculty member and chairs the School of Social Work’s Community Advisory Board. Additionally, she serves as a director on the board at The Greater Charlotte Region’s American Red Cross and was recently recognized with the City of Charlotte and Atrium Health’s MLK Growing the Dream Award.

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Kerry Burch

MPH; Director, Office of Innovation & Strategy, Mecklenburg County Public Health

Kerry Burch is the director of the Office of Innovation and Strategy for Mecklenburg County Public Health. In this role she oversees department-wide initiatives including training, grant development, strategic planning, and special projects. Kerry is a former board member of MedLink, a collaboration of free and low cost health service providers in Mecklenburg County and continues to support efforts that improve access to care. Kerry also has a background in epidemiology and health literacy and earned her Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

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