New NC Podcast Creates Platform for Health Policy Analysis & Debate

News | June 10, 2022


Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips


MORRISVILLE, NC (June 8, 2022) – The North Carolina Medical Journal is pleased to announce the launch of its first podcast: The North Carolina Health Policy Forum. All episodes of Season 1 are available now on PodBean.

The NC Health Policy Forum is a platform for conversations about the health of North Carolinians for insiders and newcomers alike. Hosted by NCMJ Managing Editor Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips, the podcast facilitates connections between people from various sectors across the state who care about improving health. Season 1 focuses on non-medical drivers of health, guided by Healthy North Carolina 2030. Each 30-minute episode includes two interviews with experts and thought leaders and a five-minute policy analysis. Listen to the trailer here. Featured guests include:

Episode 1: What’s Driving Health in NC?

Dr. Betsey Tilson, State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer for NCDHHS

Victor Armstrong, RTI International’s Chief Diversity Officer


Episode 2: Contending with Adverse Childhood Experiences

Drs. Lisa Amaya-Jackson and George (Tripp) Ake of the Center for Child & Family Health

LaToya Powell, Deputy General Counsel at DCDPS


Episode 3: Improving Access to Healthy Food

Josie Williams, Executive Director, Greensboro Housing Coalition

Sam Springs, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture

Anna Casey, PhD, Cape Fear Collective


Episode 4: Health in Place

Michelle Kenned, Neighborhood Development Director, Greensboro

Gladys Hairston, John Rex Endowment

Tim Schwantes & Phil Bors, Healthy Places by Design


Episode 5: The Economics of Health Outcomes

Dr. Henry C. McKoy, Jr., Director of Entrepreneurship, NC Central University

Dr. Kimberly Montez, pediatrician, Wake Forest Baptist Health


Episode 6: Access to Care

Randy Jordan, CEO, North Carolina Association of Free & Charitable Clinics

Dr. Adam J. Zolotor, UNC Department of Family Medicine

Senator Joyce Krawiec (R-31)


This podcast is produced by the North Carolina Medical Journal, a publication of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine sponsored by The Duke Endowment. The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the NCMJ, NCIOM, The Duke Endowment, or other organization funders. Contact Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips ( for more information.