Future of Local Public Health in North Carolina

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s (NCIOM) Task Force on the Future of Local Public Health in North Carolina will develop a vision for the future of local public health in the state and recommendations to achieve that vision. This includes principles of health equity, leadership, connection between clinical services and population health, opportunities for targeted investments, public communication about the value of public health, and data integration to drive improvements in service delivery and outcomes.

The work of the task force is happening in conjunction with a special initiative of the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors (NCALHD) to improve the visibility and influence of public health as a critical part of the state’s health care safety net infrastructure, supported by a grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The NCALHD will lead future action planning to implement task force recommendations with local public health departments, and additional partners may carry forward regional and state public health action planning, including policy development for consideration by the NC General Assembly.

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Project Leadership

Task Force Member List

Task Force Co-Chairs


Leah McCall Devlin, DDS, MPH

Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill


Lisa Macon Harrison, MPH

Health Director

Granville-Vance Public Health


John Lumpkin, MD, MPH


Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation


Vicki Parker High

Vicki Lee Parker-High, MBA

Executive Director

North Carolina Business Council

Project Director

Brieanne Lyda-McDonald

Brieanne Lyda-McDonald, MSPH

Project Director

North Carolina Institute of Medicine