Partners Health Management Recognized as a Healthy People 2030 Champion for Supporting the Initiative’s Vision

GASTONIA, N.C., DEC. 18, 2023 – Partners Health Management is pleased to be recognized by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Healthy People 2030 Champion.

As a Healthy People 2030 Champion, Partners has demonstrated a commitment to helping achieve the Healthy People 2030 vision of a society in which all people can achieve their full potential for health and well-being across the lifespan. ODPHP recognizes Partners, along with other Healthy People 2030 Champions, as part of a growing network of organizations partnering with ODPHP to improve health and well-being at the local, state and tribal level.

“Being recognized as a Healthy People 2030 Champion is a wonderful achievement for Partners because it means we are successfully striving toward the goals we set in our mission statement: Improving Lives. Strengthening Communities.®” said Partners CEO Rhett Melton.

Rear Admiral (RADM) Paul Reed, MD, ODPHP Director said, “ODPHP is thrilled to recognize Partners for its work to support the Healthy People 2030 vision. Only by collaborating with partners nationwide can we achieve Healthy People 2030’s overarching goals and objectives.”

Healthy People 2030 is the fifth iteration of the Healthy People initiative, which sets 10-year national objectives to improve health and well-being nationwide. Healthy People 2030 Champions are public and private organizations that are working to help achieve Healthy People objectives. They receive official support and recognition from ODPHP.

Healthy People 2030 objectives include addressing substance use disorders, mental health diagnoses, developmental disabilities and many other physical and behavioral health conditions. Click here to read more about the Healthy People 2030 objectives.

Click here to learn more about the Healthy Champion 2030 program. Click here to learn more about Partners Health Management.

Partners Health Management is a leading local managed care organization (LME/MCO), providing access to care for central and western North Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens. Partners manages all Medicaid, state and local funding for intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health and substance use disorder (IDD/MH/SUD) services in our covered areas.

We are recognized across North Carolina for our Partners Community Model and unwavering commitment to the counties and the families we serve. Through our steadfast community focus and longstanding partnerships with local stakeholders, agencies and elected officials, our members receive the care and support they need.

ODPHP plays a vital role in keeping the nation healthy through Healthy People 2030, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, and other programs, services, and education activities. ODPHP is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To learn more about ODPHP, visit or follow @HealthGov on Twitter.

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For more information, please contact:

Rachel Porter, Chief Administrative Officer