On Tasks

Area women join new state groups

StatestargellLocal leaders now sit on new state task forces that Gov. Roy Cooper created in the summer.

Cooper named MARGARET WELLER-STARGELL to the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental and, Health Equity Task Force.

Weller-Stargell (left) is president and CEO of Coastal Horizons, as well as the president of the Willie Stargell Foundation, and chair of the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services Waiver Advisory Committee.

The group was formed to “address the social, environmental, economic, and health disparities in communities of color that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” state officials say.

“Inequities in North Carolina are not new, but COVID-19 is shining a bright light on disparities that have gone unchecked in our health care and economic institutions for communities of color,” Cooper says.

DEBORAH DICKS MAXWELL, president of the New Hanover County NAACP, was appointed to another new task force focused on equity.

She is one of the members sitting on the Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice.

The group is expected to help develop and help implement policy solutions to address systemic racial bias in criminal justice and submit recommendations by December 1.

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