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U.S. representative to keynote annual MLK celebration

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12) will present “Revolutionizing the Dream,” celebrating the life, work and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Cone University Center, McKnight Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Adams was elected to represent North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District in 2014. She sits on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Agriculture Committee, the Small Business Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. She is the ranking member of the Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight. Founder of the first-ever Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, Adams is part of the Women’s Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Diabetes Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Historic Preservation Caucus, AIDS/HIV Caucus, Hunger Caucus, Medicaid Expansion Caucus, and the Art Caucus.

For more information about UNC Charlotte’s MLK celebration, contact the MRC.

Donation boosts CHHS local health outreach

The UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services is elevating ongoing efforts to address health disparities in the area following a $44,000 donation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The donation will fund an on-site graduate assistant, health risk screenings and exercise programming at a north Charlotte community center that serves low-income Hispanic clients.

The clients at the Bethesda Health Center, housed in the Camino Community Center in Charlotte, are almost exclusively Latino or Hispanic; 35 percent of those that take advantage of the free clinic have diabetes. Bethesda is a free clinic serving low-income, uninsured people in Mecklenburg County. The nonprofit provides adult primary care, diabetes and hypertension management and health education programs. Bethesda has served more than 3,500 patients and provided health fairs as well as more than 8,500 doctor visits since it opened its doors in 2004.

“We're really listening to what the community needs are, what they're most passionate about, worried about and pairing that perfectly with what we can do to help,” said Nancy Fey-Yensan, dean of the College of Health and Human Services.