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Cone Health Foundation proudly celebrates its 15th year of investing in the development and support of activities, programs and organizations that measurably improve the health of people in the greater Greensboro area.

We celebrate these achievements by taking a look at the impact the Foundation has had over the years and to check that progress against our vision of:

  • A health-conscious community, where social and physical environments support healthy choices.
  • A community that identifies good health as an asset.
  • A primary health care home for each person.

This timeline highlights key dates in the history of the Cone Health Foundation and our community.


  • Moses Cone HospitalThe Moses Cone Health System Board of Trustees establishes a Community Health Program to address the unmet health-related needs in the community.


  • United WayMoses Cone Health System starts a Community Health Improvement Fund, administered by the United Way of Greater Greensboro.

  • Wesley Long Community Hospital creates Wesley Long Community Health Foundation with an initial contribution of $50 million. Wesley Long HospitalThese funds came primarily from proceeds of the hospital’s interest in Physician’s Health Plan.


  • Children's Health Insurance Program has the largest single expansion of taxpayer-funded health insurance coverage for children in more than 30 years.

  • CDCThe Centers for Disease Control report the first substantial decline in AIDS deaths in the United States. Due largely to the use of highly active anti-retroviral therapy, AIDS-related deaths decline by 47 percent compared with the previous year.

  • Robert L. Newton is named President of Wesley Long Community Health Foundation.


  • Foundation begins grantmaking activities with early grants to:
    • Wise GuysFamily Life Council for its pioneering work involving males in preventing adolescent pregnancy. Today, the Wise Guys program enjoys nationwide recognition with 250 communities in over 30 states implementing the program in their local settings.
    • HealthServe, a clinic for the medically underserved offering primary care to adults and children, opens a second clinic in northeast Greensboro with the support of Cone Health Foundation.
    • Congregational Nurse Program is a collaborative effort between Cone Health and area faith communities. With funding from The Duke Endowment and Cone Health Foundation, this partnership recognizes that faith communities have a long history of promoting healing and caregiving.  The program continues to flourish today.
  • The American tobacco industry and 46 states sign the Master Settlement Agreement.  Tobacco companies agree to pay $246 billion over 25 years to offset the states' costs of treating tobacco-related health conditions. The agreement also exempted the companies from private liability regarding harm caused by tobacco use.

  • Partnership for Community CarePartnership for Community Care (formerly Partnership for Health Management) is launched and demonstrates that case management coupled with a medical home saves money and provides better health outcomes for the uninsured population. Today, the program is known for its work in improving health care services for Medicaid and other populations. This early support is at the center of creating Greensboro’s health care safety net. This safety net is comprised of those public, private and not-for-profit organizations that provide health care services to uninsured, underinsured and vulnerable people throughout our community.

  • Central Library opens on Church Street in downtown Greensboro.


  • Henry Frye

    Henry Frye

    Henry Frye becomes the first black Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

  • Since September 1997, the Foundation has funded more than 30 health initiatives and projects, which have provided more than $3.2 million in financial investments in the community. These funds have directly benefited nearly 10,000 individuals in the Greater Greensboro area and countless citizens indirectly. 

  • Moses Cone Health System Board of Trustees announces a $59.5 million contribution to the Wesley Long Community Health Foundation from the Moses Cone Health System endowment; the nonprofit, charitable-giving organization becomes Moses Cone - Wesley Long Community Health Foundation. At that time, the Foundation was the largest in the state focused solely on local health issues.

  • Heart and Vascular CenterCone Health Foundation makes its first multi-million dollar commitment to a community-wide heart disease prevention program administered by Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center.

  • Cone Health Foundation joins with other funders including The Cemala Foundation, Weaver Foundation and others to support the Welfare Reform Liaison Project, an organization born out of the need to move welfare recipients into the workforce. One aspect of the program offers health education to people who would not otherwise seek it. Individuals learn how to manage stress, make healthy choices and cope with serious, long-term health concerns. 

  •  O.Henry Hotel opens on Green Valley Road.


  • Building Stronger NeighborhoodsBuilding Stronger Neighborhoods, a grant and technical assistance program for neighborhoods with limited resources, is established through a collaborative with Cone Health Foundation, The Cemala Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation and the Weaver Foundation. The goal is to identify and mobilize resources within a community. The program continues today, and has funded 73 different communities and invested over $307,000 in neighborhood projects. 

  • The Medication Assistance Program is established at the Guilford County Department of Public Health with Cone Health Foundation funding. The program targets those who do not have prescription coverage through Medicaid or other insurance programs.

  • The Immigrant Health Access Project, a project of University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Center for New North Carolinians, launches with funding from Cone Health Foundation to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services and prevention programming to low-income immigrant and resident minority populations.

  • Cone Health Foundation supports Nurse-Family Partnership, a maternal health program that introduces vulnerable first-time parents to caring maternal and child health nurses. Nurse Family PartnershipThis program delivers the support first-time moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and provide their babies with the best possible start in life. Cone Health Foundation’s early support allowed Guilford Child Development to compete for national grants to continue operations.

  • Family Service of the PiedmontCone Health Foundation makes a significant capital campaign pledge to Family Service of the Piedmont to expand Clara House, a shelter for battered women.

  • Health Choice is a new insurance program created from the federal initiative known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). More than 7,000 children in Guilford County have health insurance thanks to the collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cone Health Foundation and CHIP. By paying the enrollment fee for children in families with incomes above eligibility guidelines for Medicaid but below 200 percent of the federal poverty limit, low-income, uninsured children have access to medical care. In addition, the Foundation provides in-kind office space for project staff. 

  • Piedmont Triad International Airport makes most public areas of the airport smoke free.


  • START (Student Tobacco and Alcohol Resource Team), a foundation-funded, student-led alcohol and tobacco prevention program, is launched by Alcohol and Drug Services, Project Assist and the Guilford County Schools.

  • Red RibbonCone Health Foundation begins making annual investments that will eventually total $1.7 million in the local fight against HIV/AIDS. The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and Cone Health Foundation’s local investments leverage an additional $1 million from national funders including the National AIDS Fund and the Elton John Foundation.

  • All Guilford County Schools become 100 percent tobacco free. Foundation funding allows schools to provide an alternative to suspension, a voluntary ten-week smoking cessation program.  

  • North Carolina's General Assembly calls for sweeping changes to the state's mental health care system.  The state privatizes the provision of local and regional mental health services by requiring that local jurisdictions contract out delivery of services.


  • Guilford Community Care Network (GCCN), formerly Healthcare Sharing Initiative, begins. Guilford Community Care NetworkIt addresses the need for health care services and develops programs to directly impact access to health care/chronic disease management for the adult uninsured and underinsured and low-income individuals in Guilford County. In addition to Foundation funding, GCCN receives funding from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, The Duke Endowment, Office of Rural Health and the Hayden Harman Foundation.

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the first rapid HIV diagnostic test kit for use in the United States. It provides results with 99.6 percent accuracy in as little as 20 minutes.  Unlike other antibody tests for HIV, the blood test can be stored at room temperature, requires no specialized equipment, and may be used outside traditional laboratory or clinical settings, allowing more widespread use of HIV testing.

  • In its five years of grantmaking, the Cone Health Foundation has invested $20 million dollars in the greater Greensboro community in 225 separate programs.


  • Partnership ProjectThe Partnership Project launches its Racial Disparities Research Project, funded by Cone Health Foundation, which aims to create interventions that improve health care outcomes for people of color. 


  • Guilford Adult Health Dental Clinic is established to provide accessible, affordable and quality dental services to Guilford County residents with incomes between 0 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

  • Guilford CaresGuilford CARES  (formerly Guilford County Substance Abuse Coalition) is founded to pursue a comprehensive prevention strategy for Guilford County in mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities.

  • Malachi House II (formerly Malachi House) is funded to provide faith-based, residential substance abuse treatment for men. Malachi House II model focuses on sustained recovery, character building, vocational training, and job-readiness and job search skills.


  • New Bridge Bank Park, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers minor league baseball team, opens in downtown Greensboro.


  • BiPedCone Health Foundation underwrites the Greensboro Urban Area Bicycle, Pedestrian & Greenway Master Plan on behalf of the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department through Action Greensboro.

  • All Cone Health facilities become tobacco free.

  • CDC recommends an HIV test for every American age 13-64.

  • Cone Health Foundation funds Jóvenes Sabias, an adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention program for the emerging Latino community. The program continues today reaching Latino youth with important messages about goal setting, sexuality, communication skills, decision-making skills and establishing healthy relationships.


  • Yvonne Johnson becomes the first African-American mayor of Greensboro. 

  • Foundation funding helps establish the 18th District Mental Health Court that focuses on defendants with mental health concerns and helps them address the underlying issue that led to arrest.

  • With significant funding from Cone Health Foundation, the Congregational Social Work Education Initiative is launched.  Congregational Social Work Education InitiativeThis nationally recognized, community-based program uses master's and bachelor's level social work students from North Carolina A & T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, to provide social work services to Greensboro area congregations.  Partnering with nurses from the Congregational Nurse Program, the social work interns and congregational nurses provide free health and mental health/wellness services to designated churches and other faith-based institutions.

  • Jan Rowe Capps becomes president of Cone Health Foundation.

  • Foundation 10th Anniversary Cone Health Foundation marks the 10th year of operation with $38.3 million invested in the greater Greensboro community.


  • Greensboro celebrates its 200th anniversary.

  • Beginning in July, health insurance companies in North Carolina were required to provide the same level of coverage for some mental illnesses that they do for physical ailments.

  • League of Women VotersLeague of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad partners with Cone Health Foundation to create Civics 104:  Your Health, Your Money, Your Vote.

  • Centers for Disease Control release new HIV incidence estimates that are substantially higher than previous estimates (56,300 new infections per year versus 40,000). The new estimates do not represent an actual increase in the numbers of HIV infections, but reflect a more accurate way of measuring new infections.

  • Downtown GreenwayCone Health Foundation joins Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, The Cemala Foundation and Weaver Foundation to fund the Downtown Greenway. This partnership leveraged an additional $7 million in voter-approved transportation bonds to finance the 4.8 mile Downtown Greenway.

  • A state law went into effect requiring 100 percent tobacco free public schools in North Carolina.


  • Susan ShumakerSusan F. Shumaker is named President of Cone Health Foundation.

  • The North Carolina General Assembly passes the Healthy Youth Act, a state law that updates North Carolina’s public school sexuality education requirement to align more closely with parent opinion and public health best practices.

  • The YWCA’s Teen Parent Mentor (a Cone Health Foundation grantee since 1998) program celebrates 25 years.  This relationship-based program empowers teen mothers to overcome adversity and establish a future orientation for themselves and their children. 

  • Foundation StrategyCone Health Foundation convenes grantees to explain its white paper strategy that will lead to more focused funding priority areas and to a more robust role in advocating for policies that promote health.  


  • North Carolina’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars bill goes into effect.

  • International Civil Rights Center and Museum International Civil Rights Museum and Center opens with a History of Access to Care exhibit jointly funded by Cone Health and Cone Health Foundation.

  • President Barack Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called the Affordable Care Act) into law.

  • The first comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy for the United States is released.

  • The Foundation marks a major reorientation with a new strategy and a new name. The Foundation is now focusing on four health concerns and will be known as Cone Health Foundation.   Over Cone Health Foundationthe past 18 months, the Foundation has narrowed its focus and funding priority areas and is taking a bigger role in advocating for policies that promote health.  Cone Health Foundation is putting its resources into four areas: access to health care, adolescent pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS and substance abuse/mental health.


  • Triad Health Project (THP) recognizes 25 years of service.  Over those 25 years, THP has served about 1,500 people with HIV or AIDS.  In those early days, THP helped people dying with the disease, today it helps them live with the disease.  THP’s powerful vision captures why Cone Health Foundation has been a partner since 1990:  We will stand together for as long as it takes until HIV/AIDS is no more, promoting enlightenment, dignity, acceptance, understanding, and love; demonstrating that we are not only enduring this epidemic, but also prevailing over it.
    Triad Health Project
  • With leadership from Cone Health Foundation, the new Regional Center for Infectious Disease opens, out of a partnership between Cone Health Foundation, Cone Health, Family Service of the Piedmont and local HIV/AIDS providers (Triad Health Project, Central Carolina Health Network).  The Center offers patients with HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases a “one-stop-shop” for medications, counseling, care management and treatment.

  • New data was released by the State on the number of persons in need of mental health services. There are 1.37 million North Carolinians in need of services, or 14.4 percent of the state population. Of those, 596,624 need mental health services; 120,302 need services for developmental disabilities; and 657,513 need substance abuse services. Across disabilities, there are 312,634 children in need of services.

  • The Natural Science Center opens its permanent human body and health exhibit called HealthQuest.  The exhibit provides visitors a memorable experience and journey into personal health that showcases how choices in life impact our major body systems. Greensboro Science Center
    The exhibit was created through partnerships and collaborations with Cone Health Foundation, Guilford County Schools, the National Museum of Health and Medicine, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.

  • Twentieth anniversary of the Guilford Coalition on Infant Mortality Adopt-A-Mom program. Nearly 5,000 women from more than 120 countries and six continents have received access to prenatal care through the Adopt-A-Mom program.

  • T R ReidA community conversation featuring T.R. Reid, author of The Healing of America, a New York Times best seller, is presented by Cone Health Foundation, Greensboro Public Library, League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad and WFDD.

  • The Guilford County teen pregnancy rate per 1,000 for 15 to 19-year-old girls drops to 35.6, an historic low and a 15 percent change since 2010.


  • Cone Health Foundation releases its seventh white paper and affirms its commitment to the “access to care” funding area.

  • The Supreme Court upholds the health care reform law, saying its requirement that most Americans obtain insurance or pay a penalty was authorized by Congress's power to levy taxes.

  • For 13 years, Cone Health has covered the enrollment fee for families eligible for the Health Choice program (a free or reduced price comprehensive health care program for children).  With a goal of reducing the number of uninsured children in the state, this program works with families who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford rising insurance premiums.

  • Since 1998, Cone Health Foundation has awarded more than $62 million in the greater Greensboro area in the form of 1,121 grants, scholarships and contributions.  The majority of these grants fall into the Foundation's four focus areas of grantmaking.

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