Working in a small rural county with limited resources, Ms. Dollar has also been a leader in helping, through collaboration with others, to develop new non-profits organizations throughout the community to help increase access to health care, especially for the vulnerable populations. In 1996 as a charter board member she helped bring the state’s “Smart Start” program to Lincoln County through creation of the non-profit “Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties” designed to help day care centers prepare pre-school children for Kindergarten so they are “healthy and ready to learn.” To this day, the Partnership provides health consultation and education to staff and children enrolled in all local day care centers and child care homes.
She also served as a founding board member of Lincoln Dental Health Services, a non-profit which in 1999 collaborated with the Lincoln County Dental Society to establish the only non-profit dental clinic for indigent children in the county. Funded initially by a start-up grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation, Lincoln Dental Health Services still operates today in Doctors’ Park near the Health Department in Lincolnton.
Ms. Dollar also was a charter member of the “Helping Hands Free Clinic” Board of Directors which in 2002 saw the need for more medical services for the indigent and uninsured, and again through grant funding and recruitment of various health professionals to serve as volunteer staff, helped open the county’s first and only primary care free clinic. It is still operated today as the non-profit “GFHS Lincolnton Family Medicine” located next door to the new Health Department on Gamble Drive.
As county Health Director, Ms. Dollar has also provided leadership for many other community-based programs. She was Chair of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council for 12 years and supervised the Lincoln County Group Home for at-risk teens…has been a member of the Allocations Committee of United Way, Polio Chair for the Lincolnton Rotary Club, Chair of the American Heart Association, founding member of the Lincoln County Child Fatality/Child Protection Team in 1991 and of the City/County Methamphetamine Response Team in 2004 (now the Substance use Coalition).
She has held numerous positions of responsibility statewide as well, serving from 1996-1999 as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors; as Chair of the Health Director Section of the NC Public Health Association; and is an ongoing member of the American Public Health Association and the National Association of City and County Health Officials.
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