Population Health

Population Health works to advance health equity and eliminate health disparities among all populations living in Wake County.

The CDC views population health as an interdisciplinary, customizable approach that allows health departments to connect practice to policy for change to happen locally. This approach uses non-traditional partnerships among different sectors of the community – public health, industry, academia, health care, local government entities, etc. – to achieve positive health outcomes.


Health Lit 4 Wake, with image of open book

The HealthLit4Wake Health Equity Coalition works collaboratively to dispel vaccine hesitancy, increase health literacy around vaccines, increase understanding around the need for continued masking and testing, and increase the percentage of Black and Hispanic people getting vaccinated.

HealthLit4Wake aims to increase confidence and trust in local health service providers while establishing a stronger link between historically marginalized communities and government health agencies in Wake County. This work occurs through the bidirectional engagement of all partners.

Live Well Wake

Live Well Wake logo

Live Well Wake aims to make Wake County the healthiest community in the nation for all residents – regardless of background, neighborhood or circumstance – to be able to not just live, but to flourish. Built on the premise that everyone has a right to live well, Live Well Wake is a community-led initiative bringing people together across sectors to find innovative solutions for our county’s biggest challenges. Formed out of the Community Health Needs Assessment and Population Health Task Force initiatives, Live Well Wake is a collaborative effort that relies on our community at-large to build partnerships and design strategic initiatives to meet our goals. The work of Live Well Wake focuses on these three priority areas:

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Mental Health


Live Well Wake

Health Impact Collaborative (HIC)

Live Well Wake has established the Health Impact Collaborative (HIC) to address COVID-19 health-related disparities and advance health equity in communities experiencing disparate outcomes across identified social determinants of health. The HIC has determined 35 Wake County census tracts as priority areas given: the proportion of residents who identify as Black/African American or Hispanic/Latino; high social vulnerability, and low COVID-19 vaccination coverage.

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Advancing Health Equity & Best Practices Toolkit

Introducing Wake County’s Advancing Health Equity & Best Practices Toolkit! This toolkit is designed to empower readers to create change. This resource equips readers with approaches and best practices to address disparities and advance health equity.

Four focus areas:

  • Digital Health Literacy
  • Security Uniform Impact: Building Equity in Health
  • Bridging Language Gaps: Information in English and Beyond
  • Voices at the Table: Lived Experiences in Policy and Development


Join Wake County as we transform our community into a more equitable space for all. 

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COVID-19 Bootcamp Training

Audience at Green Road Library listening to a presentation about the COVID-19 bootcamp

On April 11, HealthLit4Wake led a COVID-19 training to share up-to-date guidance on COVID-19 vaccines, testing, communications tips and addressed “COVID fatigue.” The training, held at Green Road Community Library, had 25 attendees who received health information. A community health worker was present to share additional resources and book vaccine appointments for attendees.

If your organization would like to host a COVID Bootcamp Training, please contact kate.broadwell@wake.gov.

2023 Photo Gallery

August 2023

CHW forum
Youth Health Council
health equity coalition
Ask the doc
Ask the doc Spanish
Disability rights of NC

Above from left:

  • Aug. 12 Community Health Workers Forum
  • Aug. 19 Youth Health Council Celebration and Showcase
  • Aug. 24 HealthLit4Wake Health Equity Coalition Meeting
  • Aug. 24 English Ask the Doc Town Hall
  • Aug. 28 Pregunte Al Doc
  • Aug. 28 Disability Rights of NC

May 2023

CHW learning class
CHW learning class
ask the doc
AKA Health Table
Ask the doc Spanish
Ask the doc spanish

Above from left:

  • May 17 Community Health Worker (CHW) Learning Community – Empowering Communities: Southeastern Healthcare and El Centro Hispano unite in a learning community meeting, coming together quarterly to strategize and share insights on COVID-19 awareness, vital community resources, and key topics like access to healthcare, health insurance, and transportation in Wake County. Their collaborative efforts aim to support the community by building stronger connections and effectively sharing information.
  • May 18 English Ask the Doc Town Hall – Engaging Discussion at the English Ask the Doc Townhall: Held at the St. Augustine University Chapel, Dr. Rasheeda Monroe, MD, FAAP, skillfully moderates a panel discussion featuring esteemed experts Dr. Stefanie Etienne, MD, and Dr. Colin Ottey, MD. The session tackled pressing topics including long COVID-19, annual boosters, and changes in vaccine costs, providing valuable insights and addressing community concerns. Watch the event on YouTube.
  • May 20 Chi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Mental Health and Wellness Fair – Chi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, hosted a vibrant Mental Health and Wellness Fair. At the Wake County Population Health table, Live Well Wake and HealthLit4Wake teams showcased their programs and shared valuable information about Wake County resources, fostering community awareness and encouraging access to vital support services.
  • May 22 Pregunte Al Doc – Hosted by HL4W’s community partner El Centro Hispano, in collaboration with Fiesta Cristiana, bringing together community leaders, featuring co-moderators Denisse Burgos and Diego Sanchez. The esteemed panel of doctors, including Dr. Edith Nieves-Lopez, MD, FAAP, and Alejandra Bustillo, MD, share valuable insights and answer questions, promoting health awareness and information on long COVID-19, vaccinations and more. Watch the event on YouTube.

October and November 2023

Table showing population health info and refreshments
Spanish Ask the Doc panel
Spanish Ask the Doc event
people sitting listening to panel discussion at barber shop
people sitting listening to panel discussion at barber shop

In October and November 2023, HealthLit4Wake partnered with local businesses and organizations to host Ask the Doc town halls in English and Spanish, focusing on the latest updates regarding COVID-19 vaccines and mental health. At these events, we facilitated informative discussions and provided educational materials to enhance community awareness on an array of health topics.

The Spanish Ask the Doc , held on Oct. 30, at the Mexican Consulate, featured moderator, Maria Sanchez, and Dr. Roberto Blanco, MD, and Dr. Marianne Chanti-Ketterl, PhD, MSPH. They addressed questions from both in-person attendees and virtual participants.

The English Ask the Doc, was held on Nov. 9, at the Bar Ber Shop in Raleigh and included similar topics for discussion. Dr. Rasheeda Monroe moderated the event, which included a panel of three experts: Danielle Roberson, DO, Wendi Watson, MSW, LCAS, LCSWA, and Dr. Rodney Harris, PhD, LCMHS-S, NCC, who took questions from barbers, their clients, community members and local high school students.

View the town halls: English | Spanish