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Village Heartbeat Inc is a 501c3 collaborative program organized to address health disparities in Black & Brown communities thru faith-based organizations. The overarching goal is to be a bridge in the community to improve health outcomes.

Meet the Village Heartbeat Inc
Board of Directors

A strong collaboration of multi-denominational Faith-Based Organizations

Pastor Jordan B. Boyd

Rockwell AME Zion Church

Rev. Dr. Ricky Woods

Vice Chairman
First Baptist Church-West

Pastor Donnie Garris

Antioch Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Cathy Jones

Parkwood Institutional CME Church

Rev. Dr. Sheldon Shipman

Greenville AME Zion Church

Rev. Dr. Dennis Williams

Faith Memorial Baptist Church


Joelle Dugue

Executive Director

How We Started

Our Beginning

Village HeartBEAT began in 2012 as an initiative to address chronic diseases within the 'Crescent' with 7 Faith Based Organizations and 70 participants.

Awards & Recognition

Along the way, the model received several awards and was recognized both nationally and internationally. It positioned the FBOs' leadership to establish a non-profit organization in June 2019: Village Heartbeat Inc.

Where We Are Now

Village Heartbeat, Inc is now a growing collaborative effort of multi-denominational Faith-Based Organizations, currently 60 FBOs and 600 participants.

We partner with the public health system, hospitals and universities. We are committed to addressing chronic diseases and other health disparities, such as Covid and Mental Health, without our communities.

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Joelle Dugue

Joelle Dugue is a first-generation Haitian American who grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She was raised by her grandmother after losing her parents at the age of ten. Her experience shaped her passion for addressing the healthcare needs of underserved communities. Now she combines her passion with public health to increase health equity for underserved communities.

Today, she serves as the Executive Director of Village Heartbeat Inc., an organization addressing health disparities in the Black and Brown communities in Charlotte, NC. She runs the operations, fundraising, and partnership departments of this amazing organization that is so close to her heart. In addition to leading an organization, she teaches health education at the Nest Academy in East Charlotte to refugee, Immigrant, under privileged, at-risk, under represented children. As a first generation Haitian American, she is passionate about helping kids become first generation graduates. She continues to advocate for children by dedicating her time to support children and young adults who have lost a parent through the international nonprofit Empower. She is also a member of the Women’s Impact Fund, an organization strengthening communities by maximizing women’s leadership in philanthropy through collective giving, education and engagement and serves on the Member Education Committee.

Joelle earned both her Master’s Degree in Public Health and Bachelor’s Degree in Respiratory Care from Long Island University. After graduating undergraduate, she worked in the healthcare system as a respiratory therapist for over 10 years in both leadership and direct patient care. She later transitioned into the Public Health sector.

Most importantly, she is a wife, mother, sister, friend, and a daughter to many. She adores her family and friends, a good dining experience, Christmas season and watching the sunrise.