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Durham Connects' mission is to increase child well-being by bridging the gap between parent needs and community resources.

Durham Connects at CCFH
411 W. Chapel Hill Street
Suite 908
Durham, NC 27701
P. 919-419-3474 ext 232
F. 919-419-9353




Durham Connects is part of the larger community "garden" that cares about children and families. It is guided by leaders in the Durham Community. Our Leadership Council includes the following representatives.

  • Ellen Reckhow, Durham County Commissioner
  • Bill Bell, City of Durham Mayor
  • Sharon Ware, PhD NC Central University
  • Gayle Harris , Director Durham County Health Department
  • Sue Guptill, Director of Nursing, Durham County Health Department
  • Kenneth Dodge, PhD Director Center for Child and Family Policy
  • Laura Benson , Director Durham's Partnership for Children, A Smart Start Initiative.
  • Sheena Johnson, Communications Director, Durham County Chamber of Commerce
  • Kimberly Monroe, Program Manager, Duke University Medical Center
  • Marina Aleman, Regional Manager, Que Pasa
  • Elizabeth Landolfo, M.D. Duke Pediatrics
  • Deborah Best, M.D. Duke Pediatrics
  • Amanda O'Briant, Harris & Smith OBGYN
  • Barbara Donadio, nurse manager, Duke Pediatrics
  • Ina Wallace, PhD Early Childhood Development, RTI
  • Rebecca Reyes, Program Coordinator, Latino Outreach Duke University Medical Center
  • Maryanne Crea, Immaculate Conception Church
  • Delphine Sellars, Dir. Durham County Cooperative Extension
  • Samuel Warburton, M.D. Professor and Chief, Duke Family Medicine
  • Pilar Rocha, Board Chair, El Centro Hispano
  • Sandra Lovley, Durham Public Library

The following is a breakdown of organizations that are represented on the Leadership Council.


  • City of Durham Mayor
  • Durham County Commissioner


  • North Carolina Central University
  • Duke University
  • Durham Public Library

Human Service Agencies

  • Center for Child & Family Health
  • Durham County Health Department
  • Durham's Partnership for Children
  • Healthy Families Durham
  • Department of Social Services
  • Durham Cooperative Extension
  • El Centro de Hispano

Primary Healthcare Providers

  • Duke University Medical Center Pediatrics and OBGYN
  • Duke Family Medicine
  • Duke Community Health Network

Faith Groups

  • Immaculate Conception Church


  • Durham County Chamber of Commerce
  • Research Triangle Institute
  • Que Pasa


The day-to-day duties of Durham Connects are guided by a Community Advisory Workgroup. Here, "gardeners" in the field offer feedback about how to make Durham Connects work more smoothly. Members include:

  • Durham's Partnership for Children
  • Healthy Families Durham
  • Welcome Baby
  • Child Care Services Association
  • Council for Children with Special Needs
  • End Poverty Network
  • The Durham Center
  • Durham Crisis Response Center
  • Duke Family Care
  • Department of Social Services
  • Lincoln Community Health Center
  • Duke High Risk OB/GYN
  • Duke Medicine, Department of Social Work
  • Durham Family Initiative
  • Durham County Health Department including Child Service
    Coordination and Maternity Care Coordination
  • Catholic Charities
  • El Centro Hispano
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program
  • East Durham Children's Initiative
  • Exchange Clubs Family Care Program
  • Durham Healthy Homes Coalition

To provide feedback about your Durham Connects experience, please email [email protected].