“Our family tree has many of the same roots,” he said. “Our organization’s relationship has been a collaborative one from the very start. Members of the North Carolina Medical Society were instrumental in laying the groundwork for the Office of Rural Health back in the late 1960s, early ‘70s.”
Walker also pointed out that the NCMS Foundation’s Community Practitioner Program (CPP) while younger than the Office of Rural Health shares much of the same vision for serving underserved areas of the state. The CPP will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014.
“The CPP was born when the Office of Rural Health was already 15 years old. Individuals, like Jim Bernstein, who as you know, was the impetus behind creation of the Office, and Dr. Harvey Estes, who also was heavily involved in state public health issues as first chairman of Duke University’s Department of Community Health Sciences, also were instrumental in the birth of the CPP,” Walker said. Dr. Estes served on the NCMS Foundation Board of Trustees, which oversees the CPP, for many years. Additionally, Dr. Estes is a past president of the NCMS as well as the NCMS Foundation. He currently serves on the CPP Advisory Committee.
For more information about the CPP visit the NCMS Foundation website.