Robert S. Parker, vice president for Special Operations and Community Health at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been re-appointed to serve on the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission (HWTF). Parker is one of the HWTF’s original members.
The HWTF was created in 2001 by the N.C. General Assembly as one of three entities to invest the states portion of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement in which the tobacco industry agreed to pay $206 billion to 46 states over the next 25 years. It also included an additional $5 billion given to 14 states, including North Carolina.
Parker’s involvement in activities to increase awareness of community health, public health and disease prevention has included the N.C. Public Health Study Commission, N.C. Prevention Partners, Forsyth Futures, YMCA of Northwest N.C., HealthCare Access, United Way of Forsyth County, Forsyth County Healthy Community Coalition, and Winston-Salem State University Center of Excellence for Elimination of Health Disparities.
Parker received his bachelor of science degree and his pre-med post-graduate education from East Carolina University (ECU). He also received a master of science in administrative services and community health from ECU.
For more information on the N.C. Wellness Trust Fund Commission, visit: www.healthwellnc.com
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