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Former AHEC and Civic Leader Margaret Pollard Dies

Former AHEC leader Margaret Pollard passed away in September 2009. She was the first director of public health education at Wake AHEC and helped shape AHEC public health initiatives in the early years of the AHEC Program in NC. Pollard, who was 77, served as a Chatham County commissioner for 10 years and worked for decades as a community organizer. She was the first and only black woman to chair the Chatham County Board of Commissioners.

Jacqueline Wynn, associate director of the NC AHEC Program, noted, "Margaret Pollard was a visionary and a trailblazer in the formation of many statewide programs, including the NC AHEC Health Careers and Workforce Diversity programming. In the early 80's Margaret saw the need to increase the number of underrepresented individuals in medical fields and the corresponding connection to improving health care. She devoted her life and career to making a difference and served as a mentor and role model for me and many others across the state and country. Those who had the opportunity to work with her were truly blessed as her lifelong passion and zeal for equity and justice was unparalled. She will be missed by her many AHEC friends and family."

Read the Chapel Hill News article here.

Karen Stallings and Margaret Pollard

Above: Karen Stallings, NC AHEC Program associate director, with Margaret Pollard, circa 1992.