Alliance News August 6, 2020

Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown Named 2020 Citizen of the Carolinas

Charlotte, NC August 6, 2020 – Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown has been named the 2020 Citizen of the Carolinas by the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. The announcement was made at the Investor Quarterly Meeting today. The award is the most prestigious honor given by the CLT Alliance and will be presented at the organization’s year-end event on December 14th.
Upon learning about her selection, Dr. Garmon-Brown said, “Let us work together to recognize the transformation each of us has to make from within to be able to transform our city, county, state and country. I pray that we all have the ‘WILL’ to do it.”

Ophelia Garmon-Brown, MD, M. Div., and SVP/Chief Community Health and Wellness Officer at Novant Health is a woman with many gifts and talents. A physician, a minister, a volunteer, a leader – these are just a few of the hats that she wears in her daily work. But most of all, Dr. Garmon-Brown is a caregiver and advocate for the health and well-being of Charlotte community members and beyond.

With an intuitive, insatiable appetite to help others, Dr. Garmon-Brown is a leader in the community serving as Co-founder of the Charlotte Community Health Clinic, a free clinic for the poor and uninsured which is now a federally qualified health clinic. Formerly, she also served as Medical Director of the health clinic at the Salvation Army’s Women’s and Children’s Shelter; and in her spare time, she also volunteered at the Charlotte Pregnancy Care Center. In her current role as Chief Community Wellness and Health Equity Executive at Novant Health and as a board-certified family practitioner, Dr. Garmon-Brown has touched the lives of thousands of patients from Charlotte, her home since 1980, to distant countries around the world in her work as a medical missionary.

“Dr. Garmon-Brown’s work is lifting up people in our region and making our broader community better,” said Jennifer Weber, CLT Alliance Chairman of the Board. “We are in awe of and grateful for her dedication to the health and economic success of all our neighbors.”

Dr. Garmon-Brown received a bachelor’s degree in biology from North Carolina Central University and medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a master’s in divinity from the Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education.

She has received numerous awards for her dedication and commitment to serving the community. Among her more recent honors, she is the 2018 recipient of the State of North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, 2018 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award – Queen’s University and the 2018 Whitney M. Young Award –Urban League of the Central Carolinas. In 2018, she also received an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. In addition to her various professional and philanthropic positions, she has served or is currently affiliated with several organizations including the Board of Directors of Mecklenburg County Medical Society, the Leading on Opportunity Council, and the Belk Family Foundation to name a few.

Dr. Garmon-Brown was born in Detroit, Michigan. She has two children, LaShawn and Spenser, and she is the very proud grandmother of Ezekiel, Elaya, and Emmanuel. Currently, she is an active member of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church.


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