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About Dogwood Health Trust

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Our Purpose

To dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of all people and communities of Western North Carolina.

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Our Commitment

Dogwood Health Trust is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. These values inform our purpose, our strategies and our decisions.

Our Values

Values define the core identity of Dogwood Health Trust.

  • Compassion with Courage. We will be bold in pursuing our commitment to the people and communities of Western North Carolina by taking smart risks and investing in opportunities for profound impact.

  • Sustainability with Integrity. We will bring transparency and humility in stewarding resources to support and strengthen Western North Carolina for generations to come.

  • Partnering with Purpose. We will foster collective impact by promoting collaboration and advancing shared learning.
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Our Guiding Principles

Guiding principles define the behaviors that flow from Dogwood Health Trust’s values.

  • Keep People and Communities First. We honor the diversity of lived experiences across Western North Carolina by listening to understand before seeking to be understood.
     
  • Pursue Strategic and Systemic Change. We seek to catalyze transformative, multigenerational impact through data-informed and culturally competent decisions.
     
  • Be Accountable Stewards of Dogwood’s Resources. We assume responsibility for making decisions that marshal Dogwood’s resources for maximum positive impact.

Where We Work

Dogwood Health Trust serves 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina.

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Annual Meeting

Dogwood Health Trust hosted its first virtual annual meeting on October 28, 2020. During this meeting, we shared what Dogwood has been doing over the past year and our four strategic priorities for the future: Housing, Education, Jobs and Health & Wellness. We also asked community members for their ideas and suggestions. If you missed the meeting, you can watch the video and learn what we heard.

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