A Letter From Our CEO
For more than 40 years, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) has been raising awareness about how to prevent child maltreatment and building the capacity of professionals who support and strengthen families. The COVID-19 crisis has made our work more urgent. This pandemic has revealed the critical need to invest in and support families across North Carolina. It is now more evident that North Carolina’s family support system is inadequate. Yet, the science is clear that concrete supports for families – paid family and medical leave and financial supports like childcare subsidies – are foundational to building strong families to prevent child maltreatment.
As PCANC navigates this landscape, we’re building a new strategic plan with a focus on a stronger model for Board governance, continuing the Connections Matter initiative, and prioritizing an internal focus on racial equity through training and an organizational culture assessment. We are particularly excited to strengthen our support for prevention policy, explore a more meaningful role in preventing child sexual abuse, and continue to build statewide systems of support for home visiting and parent education programs – important work made possible by strong partnerships with like-minded funders, academic institutions, program purveyors, and other organizations. Together, we are confident that communities and professionals can make child maltreatment prevention a priority for North Carolina.
In this report, you will learn how PCANC is expanding on a foundation built on evidence, strong implementation support for family strengthening programs, and expertise in community engagement and social norms change. We are deeply grateful for the support you provide to make prevention a priority to build a strong foundation for our children and our state’s future success.
Sharon Hirsch, President & CEO
Our Work in 2019 – 2020
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JED HYSONG, CPA
CFO, Bullard Restaurant Group
BARBARA MORALES BURKE
Vice Board Chair, Co-Chair, Policy and Programs Committee
Vice President, Health Policy and Chief Compliance Officer
BlueCross BlueShield of NC
Secretary, Chair, Philanthropy Committee
Senior Vice President, Diversity + Inclusion, Pacific Western Bank
Treasurer, Co-Chair, Communications Committee
President, Phoenix Restaurant Group
Co-Chair, Communications Committee
The Obama Foundation
SHARON BAXTER, MD
Assistant Dean of Administration
Campbell University School of Law
AUDREY KEMP CURRY, DDS
General Dentist, Bull City Dental
Director of Communications & Engagement, Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy
Vice President, US Government
SAS Institute, Inc.
CARMEN HOOKER ODOM
Independent Health Policy Consultant
Cardinal Government Affairs
KATHERINE VAIL POPE
Child Advocate and Community Leader
JOEL ROSCH, PHD
Co-Chair, Policy and Programs Committee
Senior Research Scholar and Policy Liaison, Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University
Chief Advancement and Marketing Officer, UNC-TV
CATHERINE WILLIAMSON-HARDY, MPA
Deputy Director, Durham County Department of Social Services
Immediate Past Chair
CEO, Jes & Co.