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Partner Profiles

Stories about the amazing work our partners are doing in our communities.

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Western Carolina Medical Society

WCMS has four guiding principles: advocacy, access, equity and wellness. Their mission is to advocate for the health of Western North Carolinians, assist with access to affordable healthcare for all, eliminate health inequities and improve the well-being and health of the region.

Man and 2 woman from WMCF standing together with parking lot in the background.


West Marion Community Forum

Some big wins for WMCF have come in the form of policy changes, including a citywide adoption of a minimal housing standard, and a new county public transportation system. Snow says the “secret sauce” to the WMCH approach is relationships formed among a circle of women of different backgrounds, races, ethnicity.



Western North Carolina AIDS Project or WNCAP exists to provide equitable access to care and reduce harm from HIV, Hepatitis C and drug use. The organization has expanded to include prevention education and case management programs as well as harm reduction, pharmacy and housing services.

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WNC Communities

Western North Carolina Communities became Dogwood’s first key partner for Census outreach. “I had been pushing the Census with our communities already, and some of them were working hard, but all on a volunteer basis,” says Wells. 


WNC Health Network

WNC Health Network values building capacity, supporting connections and using human-centered approaches. The organization is committed to developing processes that meaningfully engage their customers’ communities and partners – particularly those most impacted by the health issue at hand.

The WRESA staff standing in front a rock outside all wearing shades of blue.



The Western Regional Education Service Alliance proudly serves the school districts of 18 counties in Western North Carolina. They are a collaborative that exists to increase school systems’ effectiveness. They share instructional strategies and best practices and also pool resources to provide high-level professional development for educators in Western North Carolina.

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