Legislative Health Policy Fellows Program


The Legislative Health Policy Fellows Program will provide participants with the data and resources needed to make effective decisions about the health of our state. Over the course of three full-day sessions during the Winter/Spring of 2018, fellows will learn about the health issues facing North Carolina, the state’s priorities for health care delivery, and challenges and opportunities for improving the health of all North Carolinians, with a focus on evidence-based solutions. Participants will also have opportunities to network with health policy researchers, state agency staff, and legislative colleagues.

Certificate Program

Given the large portion of the state budget dedicated to health care and health-related services, the decisions legislators make regarding health policy have tremendous impact on North Carolina’s economy and the health of individuals and communities across the state.

Meetings will be held at NCIOM once a month for three months, beginning in January 2018. Sessions will focus on the drivers of health, health policy and the state economy, health care financing, and components of the health care system.

Who Should Participate

The Legislative Health Policy Fellowship Program is best
suited for early career legislators (those in their first three
terms) but is open to all legislators who want to learn more
about available health policy resources.

2018 Program Sessions

Session 1: What Are the Drivers and Impacts of Health Policy? | January 22, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Systems thinking
  • Data-informed decision-making
  • Health and the economy
  • Evidence-based policy and practice
  • Determinants of health


Session 2: How Is Health Care Financed? | February 26, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Health care financing
  • Private market insurance, including employer-based insurance
  • Medicaid (cost, trends, eligibility, federal-state partnership, reform, expansion)
  • NC Health Choice
  • Medicare
  • The opioid epidemic — an update


Session 3: What Makes A Health Care System? | March 19, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • The health care delivery system
  • Drivers of access
  • Gaps in care
  • Health care workforce
  • The safety net
  • Rural health
  • Telehealth
  • Behavioral health and integrated care
Session Info

Program sessions will include presentations and panels from health policy experts, policymakers, and nationally renowned guest speakers. While most of the agenda is planned in advance, participants will have the chance to prioritize topics they want to learn more about.

See brochure here.


Participants will also select at least two topics for future research and publication by the NCIOM as issue briefs. The first issue brief will be presented to participants and other legislators at a breakfast where Legislative Health Policy Fellows will be recognized and awarded with certificates.


Sessions will be held at NCIOM, 630 Davis Drive, Suite 100,  Morrisville, NC 27560.

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