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About the Office of Health Access

The Office of Health Access at the Brody School of Medicine was created shortly after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In alignment with the mission of Brody, we strive to positively impact health and healthcare access in eastern North Carolina. We do this by partnering with community stakeholders and policy-makers, educating them about healthcare reform and changing healthcare policy.

Much of the work we do is guided by the social ecological model of health promotion. This theoretical framework states that to make a meaningful impact on population health, intervention strategies can’t simply target individual behavioral change. To have the most meaningful and lasting impact on health in eastern North Carolina, it is necessary to address barriers at the community and policy level as well.

While the Office of Health Access has limited ability to enact change as an entity, eastern North Carolina has a wealth of resources and key stakeholder with whom we can partner to improve health and access to care.

Social Ecological Model

Visual representation of the social ecological model of health promotion (click for larger image)

Our Vision

By 2030, leading indicators of population health in eastern North Carolina will be at or better than national benchmarks.

Our Mission

The Office of Health Access will work with all stakeholders to improve individual and population health in eastern North Carolina while achieving the triple aim of health care reform – increasing quality, reducing costs and improving the patient experience.

Overall Strategy

Build on the four pillars of success – Listen, Educate, Advocate and Deliver (LEAD) – to develop specific strategies and interventions to achieve the mission of the Brody School of Medicine Office of Health Access.