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2021 Annual Meeting

Community, Resilience, and Hope: Achieving Healthy NC 2030 Behavioral Health Goals

NCIOM's 38th Annual Meeting on October 20, 2021 will provide a deep dive into the behavioral health goals identified by the Healthy NC 2030 initiative.

With a focus on community resilience and equity, the Annual Meeting will feature expert speakers in topics including trauma-informed practices, substance use and overdose, access to behavioral health services, suicide prevention, and adverse childhood experiences.



Registration has closed. We look forward to welcoming you for our 2022 Annual Meeting. 


NCIOM Annual Meeting Agenda

NCIOM Annual Meeting Program



Speakers & Panelists

Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, MS

Director of the Health Disparities Institute

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

University of Connecticut


LaToya Powell, JD

Deputy General Counsel

NC Department of Public Safety


Betsey Tilson, MD, MPH

State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


David Sousa, JD

Chair, Board of Directors

North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel



Carrie Rosario, DrPH, MPH, CHES

Incoming Chair, NCIOM Board of Directors

Associate Professor

Department of Public Health Education

University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Kathryn Dail, PhD, MEd

Director, Community Health Assessment

Director, Healthy NC 2030

Division of Public Health

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD, MPH

Senior Scientist

Injury Prevention Research Center Innovation Fellow

Gillings School of Global Public Health

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials


Jamie Carter, MD, MPH

Primary Care and Addiction Medicine Physician

Lincoln Community Health Center


April Bragg, PhD

Senior Impact Officer

Dogwood Health Trust


Gabriela Livas Stein, PhD


Psychology Department

University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Deepa Avula, MPH

Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Director

North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services


Cherene Caraco, CPSS, QMHP, QDDP, CESP

CEO and Chief Global Strategist

Recovery Mental Health Consultant

PROMISE Resource Network Inc


Sally Herndon, MPH

Branch Head

Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch

Chronic Disease and Injury Section

Division of Public Health

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services






Kurt Ribisl, PhD

Jo Anne Earp Distinguished Professor and Chair

Department of Health Behavior

Gillings School of Global Public Health

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


James Davis, MD

Medical Director, Duke Center for Smoking Cessation 

Director, Duke Smoking Cessation Program

Co-Director, Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Credentialing Program


Michael Scott, CHES

Senior Program Manager

Center for Black Health & Equity


Mike Yow, LCAS

President & CEO

Fellowship Hall


Elinor Landess, MA


Chapel Hill Campus & Community Coalition to Reduce the Negative Impacts of High-Risk Drinking


Mina Cook

Project Coordinator

North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative


Kurtis Taylor

Executive Director

Alcohol Drug Council of NC


Victor Armstrong, MSW

Chief Health Equity Officer

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


Lisa DeCiantis, MA, LCMHC

Adult Mental Health Program Coordinator

Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services 

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


Ames Simmons, JD

Policy Director

National Center for Transgender Equality


Jason Nieuwsma, PhD

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Duke University


Paul Lanier, MSW, PhD

Wallace Kuralt Distinguished Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Associate Director, Jordan Institute for Families

Research Fellow at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Sharon Hirsch

President and CEO

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina 


Jesse Kohler, MEd

Executive Director

Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice


2020 COVID-19 and the Impact of Foregone Care


The NCIOM's 2020 Annual Meeting explored research on the long-term potential impacts of foregone care due to COVID-19 on population health and the health system. Panelists and speakers discussed the factors that drove these impacts, such as changes in insurance coverage, capacity of the health system, changes to models of care and payment models, and drivers of health.

2018 Team-Based Care for a Healthier North Carolina


The NCIOM's 2018 Annual Meeting explored how practices and systems across the state are evolving from coordinated care to team-based care models. While coordinated care has been widely embraced and implemented across North Carolina, true team-based care is still an elusive target for many health systems and providers. Team-based care has the potential to improve efficiency, effectiveness, value, outcomes, and patient and provider satisfaction. However, profound changes in culture and organization of care, education and training, financing, the fundamental nature of interactions.



2016 Annual Meeting
Economic Development for a Healthier North Carolina


NCIOM’s 2016 Annual Meeting explored opportunities at the intersection of economic development and health care. Topics included:

  • health care as an economic engine
  • local economic development as a catalyst for improving the health and well-being of communities
  • community health as a prerequisite for economic development
  • individual health as a product of community health.



2019 Transforming Medicaid in North Carolina


The NCIOM's 2019 Annual Meeting discussed Medicaid transformation in North Carolina. Discussion topics included the Healthy Opportunities Pilots, the NCCARE360 resource platform, navigating the transition, monitoring, oversight, evaluation, and special populations, as well presentations by representatives from each of the Medicaid Prepaid Health Plans.

2017 Accountable Care Communities for a Healthier North Carolina


The NCIOM's 2017 Annual Meeting focused on  how community organizations, health systems, insurers, and others can share responsibility for the health of our communities using an accountable care communities model. Accountable care communities address health from a community perspective, pulling multiple stakeholders together in a coalition that shares responsibility for addressing multiple determinants of health. Accountable care communities use collaborative and integrated strategies to promote health, prevent disease, and ensure access to quality services.

2015 Annual Meeting
Food Policy for a Healthier North Carolina

The 2015 Annual Meeting focused on several aspects of food policy, including the intersections between food policy and the environment, economic growth, and nutrition. Our keynote speaker was Kathleen Merrigan, Ph.D., Executive Director of Sustainability at the George Washington University. Morning and afternoon breakout sessions led by experts from North Carolina addressed health system challenges relevant to specific stakeholders in the state. Breakout session topics include food safety, hunger, obesity, regulation, sustainability, and economic development.


Shaping Policy for a Healthier State



Our Impact

Informing Health Policy


North Carolina Health Data

Health and Well-Being Statistics


Reports, Issue Briefs, and the NCMJ