Seventy NC YMCA Leaders convened in Raleigh on September 6th at the NC Medical Society headquarters to participate in the NC Medical Partnerships Summit. The summit was made possible through a grant focused on capacity builidng for chronic disease program delivery from YMCA of the USA and a partnership with the NC Medical Society. 

Ten YMCAs this year participated in the Chronic Disease Capacity Building Cohort, designed to help YMCAs with limited capacity do the work that needs to be done prior to applying for funding from YMCA of the USA to become providers of any chronic disease evidence-based program, but specifically, Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring.

The summit was the culminating event in the project, and created an opportunity for the state alliance to convene, learn, network and plan how to bring to reality the vision of having all Ys provide key health and wellness programs to the communities we serve. 

Susan Pettengill, VP of Healthy Living with the YMCA of the Triangle and Tim Blenco, Chief Operating Officer at the YMCA of Western NC, presented on Community Integrated Health 101, Part I. Natasha Goburdhun and Lauren Marciszyn with YMCA of the USA's Community Integrated Health Team presented Part II of the 101 Overivew. The morning was capped off with an engaging presentation by Dr. Devdutta Sangvai, MD, MBA, associate chief medical officer with Duke University Health System and executive director of Duke Connected Care, with the provider's perspective on how the Y fits into the community integrated health model.

In the afternoon, participants engaged in coversation about moving the work forward from where each Y is now and its readiness to advance its work.  A list of action items were captured to help move all Ys forward. The information and action steps will help drive the state alliance's Health Strategy Team work into the future. The work will begin with an inventory of current offerings.