The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust gave the original $4.5 million to begin the Community Practitioner Program in 1989.
The Community Practitioner Program has been able to fulfill the Foundation’s mission of providing access to quality care due in large part to the Trust’s funding. In the 20 years since its inception, CPP has contributed an estimated $236 million in health care to the uninsured and has achieved the following:
- Assisted providers to meet the health care challenges of the future
- Improved the health of rural populations by making sure every community has a caring health care provider
- Provided practice management resources to help practices succeed in the most challenging health care environments
- Collaborated with strong partners to find long-term solutions for the growing number of uninsured and underserved populations
- Addressed the critical issue of health professional shortages in rural and underserved areas of North Carolina
Additionally, the Program has seen successful retention of CPP providers, where 64% remained in their high-need communities beyond their initial five-year commitment, 73% continued to practice in rural or economically-distressed communities and 85% remain in North Carolina.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was established in 1947 and is now one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina. The Health Care Division promotes wellness state-wide by investing in prevention and treatment. The Poor and Needy Division of the Trust responds to basic life needs and invests in solutions that improve the quality of life and health for financially needy residents of Forsyth County. Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, serves as sole trustee. To learn more about the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, click here.