NCHF Donor Spotlight – Dr. Vanessa Ervin

Dr. Vanessa Ervin – Collaborating to improve community health 

Headshot of African American woman alongside quite, "I am inspired by the innovative programs and initiatives in which we partner in collaboration with other thought leaders. The NCHF is visionary and effective in promoting better health and access to care."

Specializing in the care and advocacy of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Dr. Vanessa Ervin has spent over 35 years improving the lives of others. As President and CEO of Carobell, Inc., Dr. Ervin leads the organization via the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Quintuple Aim: 

  • Improving population health 
  • Enhancing the care experience 
  • Reducing costs 
  • Addressing clinician burnout 
  • Advancing health equity 

Her holistic view of advancing care focuses on building sustainability and improving systems for the benefit of all: “[The Quintuple Aim] symbolizes a sense of purpose and guidance toward stability to create new value-based, equity-centered models of care for populations that are increasingly heterogeneous and multifaceted,” she shares. Dr. Ervin brings her expertise to the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees. Of her tenure on the NCHF board, she says, “The NCHF leadership team and board members are committed to seeing data proven changes that are reliable, relatable, and substantial.” 

Dr. Ervin supports NCHF because she sees firsthand the impact its work has on both healthcare recipients and providers: 

“I support the work we do that is reflective of those who work on the frontline. The Mentorship Program allows seasoned healthcare professionals to guide and share wisdom with our next generation of leaders.  Further, I am inspired by the innovative programs and initiatives in which we partner in collaboration with other thought leaders. The NCHF is visionary and effective in promoting better health and access to care.” 

Her work has not only improved community health in North Carolina, but also internationally. In 2022, she was awarded the Rotary International Service Above Self Award, one of only 150 recipients worldwide. Through a Rotary grant, she established the first and only Dialysis Center in Giridih, India. She led the first Vocational Training Team from Eastern North Carolina to India to discuss hypertension and preventative health with Giridih residents. “My greatest joy was to see the first recipient of the center, a twenty-year-old woman, receive care in her local community and no longer having to travel hours to receive treatment.” 

To stay energized in her work, Dr. Ervin finds serenity in the fresh sea air and pristine natural environment of the Crystal Coast.  

To join Dr. Vanessa Ervin in supporting systems change, visit www.ncha.org/give to commit to a healthier North Carolina.  

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