Legislative Health Policy Fellows Program

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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, participating General Assembly members 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.

About the Program

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

In the Legislative Health Policy Fellows Program, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) will support informed decision-making on health policy.

 

The program will provide General Assembly members with resources needed to make effective decisions about the health of our state. Over three full-day sessions, fellows will learn about health issues facing North Carolina, priorities for health care delivery, and opportunities for improving health, with a focus on evidence-based solutions and systems thinking.

 

Monthly meetings will be held at NCIOM from January to March 2018.  Sessions will focus on the drivers of health, health policy and the state economy, health care financing and insurance coverage, and components of the health care system.

 

This program is supported by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Cone Health Foundation, the Duke Endowment, and the Commonwealth Fund.

Who Should Participate

The Legislative Health Policy Fellows 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 Information

 

Program sessions will include presentations and panels from health policy experts, policymakers, and nationally renowned guest speakers. NCIOM staff will work with participating legislators to prioritize special topics of interest and to ensure a balance of formal presentations and informal discussion and networking time.

 

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 of completion (date and location TBD).

 

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

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