Small business is the engine of our economy, so Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) makes it a point and a practice to purchase products and services from women and minority-owned small businesses. In 2010, for example, we spent about $70.5 million with minority and women-owned businesses through our supplier diversity program.
One of those suppliers is American Product Distribution (APD), a minority-owned and operated distribution company that supplies inkjet and laser toner cartridges to CHS. "Our company has grown tremendously, and this has allowed us to create additional jobs and opportunities for our employees and the community at large," said C. Ray Kennedy, President and CEO of APD.
In January 1996, David G. Jacobs, MD, Associate Medical Director of the F.H. "Sammy" Ross Trauma Institute, helped create the Violence Prevention Committee. Its goal is to reduce interpersonal violence in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, with a focus on youth violence prevention.
"Violence is a preventable disease we can cure. People should think of it from a public health perspective," Dr. Jacobs said. At highest risks are black men from ages 10 through 24, followed by Hispanic men. Behavioral problems often are set by late high school, so the focus is on younger students.
The committee provides ongoing violence prevention education throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg by presenting programs at schools and hospitals. The committee also works with the ASK Campaign, which encourages parents to ask if there are guns in the homes where their children play.
Dr. Jacobs remains dedicated to making a significant regional impact in youth violence prevention. "No matter who you are or where you live, it impacts you; everyone has something at stake," Dr. Jacobs said.