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DTH Photo Illustration. The Orange County Health Department recently launched a health equity page designed to be user-friendly and informative.

Orange County Health Department creates community health and racial equity webpage

The webpage, which comes after nearly four years of collaboration and input from the community, features content that is updated with information and resources pertaining to equity work. "It’s not something where you can just read a book or attend a class and you’re done, it’s a lifelong journey," she said. "The equity webpage and all the work we’re doing we see as a continual process that is looked through a racial equity lens." 

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Tom Henkel poses for a photo in his garden on April 12, 2021. Henkel is one of the key organizers of the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town and current member of the environmental stewardship. Since 2014, CHALT has successfully run mayoral and Town Council candidates that share the organization’s values of sustainable development.

Who are Chapel Hill’s PACs, and how do they influence the community?

Last year, the Orange County Board of Commissioners election was shaped by endorsements made by two local PACs: The Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town, or CHALT, is a group of community members who advocate for responsible growth and work to preserve Chapel Hill’s college-town character. Save Orange Schools and its affiliated PAC, the Save Orange Schools PAC, formed in 2020 in response to concerns over deteriorating infrastructure in CHCCS. Here's a look into the PACs of Chapel Hill and how they have impacted the community since their creation. 

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One of the buildings that was added to the site when it was repurposed as a radioactive waste decay site. Most of the radioactive waste was stored in this building. Pictured on Thursday Feb 25 2021.

Former youth prison turned radioactive waste decay site operated by UNC

The Chapel Hill Youth Development and Research Unit, now known as Chydaru, was an experimental youth prison that was later repurposed as a radioactive waste decay site. While there was never any radioactive or hazardous waste buried at the site, the facility would take short-lived radioactive waste generated at the University and store it until the waste was no longer radioactive.

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