Special Section – Influential Women Leading the Way in Charlotte 12

As the CEO of C.W. Williams Community Health Center for seven years, Debra Weeks has focused on transforming the way many patients, especially the underserved, receive medical services. The mission of the health center is to provide access to excellent and comprehensive preventative, medical, dental and mental health care to all in Mecklenburg County and surrounding counties, regardless of their inability to pay. Weeks has used her vast experience as a business consultant to guide C.W. Williams’ expansion, including a $3 million revitalization to the center’s headquarters on Wilkinson Boulevard in West Charlotte. The support of elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, donor and federal funding, and Weeks’ vision and drive to educate and serve the community has been paramount C.W. Williams recent success.

The health center has added medical staff and extended their marketing reach so the community knows they can depend on the healthcare providers at C.W. Williams, Weeks said. “We will always be here,” she said. “And it’s important that our patients know they will receive the best possible care in the best possible location and environment just like any other paying patient would.” Through the COVID pandemic, Weeks and her team worked diligently to ensure that C.W. Williams remained open. Since the
pandemic began, the center’s healthcare team has provided COVID care, including vaccines and now early-stage COVID care. The center’s team has also maintained focus on HIV-prevention education
as public attention to HIV concerns is waning. Weeks wants patients to know that the C.W. Williams Health Center is available to meet their health needs.

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