NCIOM Annual Meeting 2022:

Building the Workforce for a Healthy North Carolina


Date: November 15, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: McKimmon Center, Raleigh, North Carolina

The NCIOM Annual Meeting provides an important opportunity to network, reflect, and work toward health policy solutions in North Carolina.

This year’s annual meeting will provide a deep dive into the challenges of recruitment, retention, and support for the North Carolina's Workforce for Health. Our annual meetings have historically had 300+attendees, with a broad mix of policymakers, practitioners, leaders, and representatives of health care, public health, and community-based organizations. This event has been held virtually for the past two years, and we are thrilled to be planning for an in-person event this fall.

You can view more information about the sessions here.

In-person registration will be open August 3 through November 1, 2022, or until tickets are sold out. We hope you can join us!

Confirmed speakers include

Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN - former Senior Adviser for Nursing and the Senior Scholar-In-Residence/Senior Adviser to the President at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Co-Founder and Principal, Sulu Coaching and Consulting

Erin P. Fraher, PhD, MPP - Program Director, Carolina Health Workforce Research Center at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill

Cherry Maynor Beasley, PhD, MS, FNP, RN, CNE, FAAN - Associate Dean, McKenzie-Elliott School of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer, UNC-Pembroke

Chet Mottershead, MPA - Assistant Secretary for Workforce Solutions, NC Commerce

Honey Yang Estrada, MPH, CHW - President, North Carolina Community Health Worker Association

John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH - President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Mark F. Dunn, CPC, MSL - Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Management Officer, ECU Health

Walker Wilson, MPH - Assistant Secretary for Policy, NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS)

Velma Taormina, MD - Women’s Health Medical Consultant, Taormina Healthcare Innovations

Ami Goldstein, CNM, FNP - President, NC American College of Nurse-Midwives and Associate Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill

Cindy McMillan, CD(DONA) - Director of Education and Marketing, Sistas Caring 4 Sistas

Julissa Thompson, BA, CLC - Parent Coach Supervisor, Attachment & Biobehavioral Catch-up

Rachel Urrutia, MD, MSCR - Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UNC-Chapel Hill

Carolyn Bird, PhD, AFC, RFC - Professor, Faculty Affairs Fellow, Office of Faculty Excellence, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, North Carolina State University

Erin Kent, PhD - Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD - Director, Center for Aging and Health

Michelle Schmerge, DNP - CEO, Remote Health

Ted Goins - President/CEO, Lutheran Services Carolinas

Brianna Lombardi, PhD, MSW - Deputy Director, Carolina Health Workforce Research Center at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC-Chapel Hill

Luke Smith, MD - Psychiatrist and Executive Director, El Futuro

Paula Bird, DNP, MSN - Vice President, Psychiatry and Mental Health Institute, Novant Health

Zachary Brian, DMD, MHA - Vice President of Impact, Strategy, & Programs and Director of the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative, Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation

Alec Parker, DDS - Executive Director, NC Dental Society and CEO, NC Dental Society Foundation

Amanda Stroud, DMD - Dental Director for AppHealthCare

Kelly Cook, MPH, BSDH - President, NC Dental Hygienists’ Association

Rhonda Stephens DDS, MPH - Dental Public Health Residency Director, NCDHHS

Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH - Professor of Family Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill and Associate Director for Medical Education at NC AHEC

Chip Baggett, JD - Executive Vice President and CEO, North Carolina Medical Society

Chris Shank - President & CEO, North Carolina Community Health Center Association

Greg Griggs, MPA, CAE - Executive Vice President, North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians

Tina Gordon, MPA, CAE, FACHE - CEO, North Carolina Nurses Association

Dawn Daily Mack, RN - Registered Nurse and ACO Care Coordinator, Rural Health Group

Cedric Bright, MD - Associate Dean for Admissions, Professor of Internal Medicine, and Interim Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University

Pamela McCue, PhD, RN - Chief Executive Officer, Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter School

Carmen Canales, MILR - Senior Vice President, Chief People & Belonging Officer, Novant Health

Michelle Ries, MPH - Associate Director of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Walker Wilson, MPH - Assistant Secretary for Policy, NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS)

Hugh Tilson, JD, MPH – Director, North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program and Associate Dean and Assistant Professor, UNC School of Medicine

Jill Forcina, PhD - Director of Education & Nursing, North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program

Sarah Arnett, MA - Owner, Ampersandbox Coaching & Consulting

Sarah Lackey, DNP, APRN, CCNS - ICF Trained Professional Coach, Cone Health

Omari Richins, MPH - Health Improvement Program Officer, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Doug Urland, MPA - Local Health Department Operations Liaison, NCDHHS

Kimberly Hardy, DNP, MSN - Director of Nursing and Personal Health Division, Pitt County Health Department

Lisa Macon Harrison, MPH - Health Director, Granville Vance Public Health

Nancy Messonnier, MD - Dean, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors





Past NCIOM Annual Meetings

2021 Achieving Healthy NC 2030 Behavioral Health Goals


The NCIOM's 2021 Annual Meeting explored the behavioral health goals identified by the Healthy NC 2030 initiative. The meeting featured expert speakers on topics including substance use and overdose, access to behavioral health services, suicide prevention, and adverse childhood experiences.

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.

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.



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.


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