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Our Partners


Thereasea Clark Elder, BSN, RN

The Community Health Leadership Academy is rooted in the vision and legacy of its founder, Thereasea Clark Elder, and aims to be the leading contributor for equitably training community members and lay health leaders in prevention, policy, and leadership development.  


The Legacy of Thereasea Clark Elder, BSN, RN

Born in 1927, Thereasea Clark Elder attended West Charlotte High School during its inaugural year in 1938, and grew up in the historic Greenville community in Charlotte. In this tight-knit community she learned the value of education and religious faith which guided her trailblazing career. In 1962, she became Mecklenburg County’s first African American public health nurse, at a time when health care was segregated.  Learn More



During the VHB Competition Challenge Season (January-May) various health-related workshops are offered to support and encourage healthier lifestyles.


Topics include:

  • Diabetes 101

  • Tobacco 101

  • Management of high blood pressure

  • Cooking demonstrations

  • Self-care and stress management

  • QPR Suicide Prevention

  • COVID-19 Education

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