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Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) is the only statewide organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Through investment in innovative programs proven to prevent child maltreatment before it occurs, PCANC helps North Carolina’s communities decrease factors that put children at risk for abuse and increase factors that encourage children to thrive. Through our offices in Raleigh, we serve every community in North Carolina.

 

We are the North Carolina chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America.

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Sharon Hirsch: Paid family leave will save kids’ lives

Sharon Hirsch: Paid family leave will save kids’ lives

All of us are spending too much money on a preventable problem: child abuse and neglect. We are paying too much on interventions and treatment after children have been abused or neglected. Child abuse and neglect cases in 2015 alone will cost the United States more than $428 billion, according to a new study.

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Prevent Child Abuse NC Welcomes Sharon Baxter to its Board of Directors

Prevent Child Abuse NC Welcomes Sharon Baxter to its Board of Directors

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) welcomes Sharon Baxter of Durham to its 2018/2019 statewide board of directors. Baxter joins a team of 13 volunteer leaders dedicated to ensuring all North Carolina children thrive in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. “Sharon’s 21 years of experience in pediatrics makes her a great addition to our leadership team,” said Sharon Hirsch, PCANC President and CEO. “Her passion and experience working with children and their parents will support our efforts to make wise investments in programs built on evidence to prevent child abuse and neglect before they occur.” Baxter has bachelor degrees in both Chemistry and Psychology from Duke University and earned her Doctor of Medicine Degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She practiced General Pediatrics for 21 years in both academic and community settings. Her pediatric training included a fellowship in Ambulatory and Community Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Through her practice at an urban teaching hospital and neighborhood health center in Pittsburgh, a private practice in Charlotte, and a Community Health Center outside of Charlotte, she saw the importance of supporting parents in their roles as nurturers, teachers, and providers. Baxter has volunteered in medical mission trips to Central and South America, has served as an active school volunteer for 12 years, and is a member of the neighborhood association board. She currently resides in Durham with her husband, their 14-year-old son and their labradoodle. Baxter will serve a three year term on the PCANC…

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Prevent Child Abuse NC Welcomes Carmen Hooker Odom to its Board of Directors

Prevent Child Abuse NC Welcomes Carmen Hooker Odom to its Board of Directors

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) welcomes Carmen Hooker Odom of Charlotte to its 2018/2019 statewide Board of Directors. Hooker Odom joins a team of 13 volunteer leaders dedicated to ensuring all North Carolina children thrive in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. “Carmen’s experience in healthcare and government makes her a great addition to our leadership team,” said Sharon Hirsch, PCANC President and CEO. “Her passion and experience working in health and human services will support our efforts to make wise investments in programs built on evidence to prevent child abuse and neglect before they occur.” Hooker Odom currently works as an independent health policy consultant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Springfield College and a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2007 – 2013, Hooker Odom served as President of the Milbank Memorial Fund. She served as the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2007. She also served as Vice President of Government Relations for Quintiles Transnational Corporation and as the Group Vice President for Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS). Prior to moving to North Carolina in 1995, Hooker Odom served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for eleven years, including four years as House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care. Hooker Odom served on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) from 2009 to 2015. Ms. Hooker Odom was a long-standing member of the initial Board of Directors of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute and served as chair of the Research Committee. From 2013 -2017, Ms. Hooker Odom served as an Advisory Committee member and as an independent technical consultant to the Aspen Institute’s project of working with state health leadership teams. From 2014-2016, Ms. Hooker Odom served as board member and then chair of the Community Care Clinic of Dare; cochair of the Dare County Task Force on Healthy Weight and Chronic Disease; and board member of Trillium Health Resources. Presently, Ms. Hooker Odom is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Cardinal Innovations. She also serves on the UNC Press Advisory Council, the Steering Committee for the Charlotte Resilience Project, is a public member of the ACCME/ACGME Coordinating Committee, the ACGME Public Policy Committee and the ACGME Council of Public Members. She is also a public member of the Coalition for Physician Accountability and is an advisor to the Winer Family Foundation. Hooker Odom will serve a three-year term on the PCANC…

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Four Things to Expect from the #PCANCSummit

Four Things to Expect from the #PCANCSummit

Here at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, we’re thrilled to be a co-presenter with NC Department of Health and Human Services to host our biennial Learning and Leadership Summit: Connections Matter for Prevention in Raleigh, NC.

Some of our top reasons to attend the #PCANCSummit include: over 350 attendees, 40 educational breakout sessions, 19 exhibitors, valuable networking, and the chance to hear from nationally recognized speakers. Whether you’ve already bought your tickets or are still trying to decide if you should register, we made a list of the four things to expect from the #PCANCSummit on March 5-6, 2019 at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center.

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Lordy, Prevent Child Abuse NC is 40!

Lordy, Prevent Child Abuse NC is 40!

January 23, 1979 is a big day in our history.

It’s the day the North Carolina Chapter of the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse was established. In the late 1970’s the primary goal was to raise awareness about the fact that child abuse and neglect existed – can you imagine?

Fast forward to 2019 and that organization, now Prevent Child Abuse NC (PCANC), is investing upstream in strategies that are proven to strengthen families and help keep children safe.

But what exactly is our strategy? Two words: Capacity building.

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