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Community Health Worker (ARPA)

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.