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 three full-day sessions in Fall 2021, 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. This will be the third year of the program. See a list of previous fellows below.





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. The program will provide General Assembly members with resources needed to make effective decisions about the health of our state.


Topics will include:

  • Factors that drive our health outcomes
  • How health impacts the economy
  • Factors that affect health care costs
  • Important things to know about US health policy
  • Current topics in health (e.g., opioid epidemic, mental health, maternal health, telehealth)
  • The safety net for health care
  • How Medicaid works in North Carolina
  • North Carolina’s local public health systems
  • Health care workforce and scope of practice


Session and Enrollment 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.


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 reception where Legislative Health Policy Fellows will be recognized and awarded with certificates of completion.


Our goal is to hold in-person sessions at NCIOM, 630 Davis Drive, Suite 100, Morrisville, NC 27560. However, we acknowledge the uncertainty of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will monitor public health recommendations for in-person meetings and adjust plans accordingly.


The program is open to all legislators who want to learn more about health policy and resources, regardless of the amount of time they have served in the General Assembly.


There is no fee for enrollment in the Legislative Health Policy Fellows program.


Please note: Enrollment is limited to 20 legislators.


To enroll, or for more information, please contact:


Brieanne Lyda-McDonald, MSPH

Project Director




Kathy Colville, MSW, MSPH

President and CEO




Program Brochure Available Here
2021-22 Legislative Health Policy Fellows Program

2021-22 Legislative Health Policy Fellows:

Representative Kristin Baker, R, District 82 - Cabarrus

Senator Sydney Batch, D, District 17 - Wake

Representative Becky Carney, D, District 102 - Mecklenburg

Representative Linda Cooper-Suggs, D, District 24 - Wilson

Senator Sarah Crawford, D, District 18 - Wake

Representative Susan Fisher, D, District 114 - Buncombe

Senator Amy Galey, R, District 24 - Alamance, Guilford

Representative Pricey Harrison, D, District 57 - Guilford

Representative Ricky Hurtado, D, District 63 - Alamance

Senator Steve Jarvis, R, District 29 - Davidson, Montgomery

Representative Grier Martin, D, District 34 - Wake

Senator Natalie Murdock, D, District 20 - Durham

Representative Mark Pless, R, District 118 - Haywood, Madison, Yancey



2019 Legislative Health Policy Fellows Program

2019 Legislative Health Policy Fellows:

Representative Kelly Alexander, D, District 107- Mecklenburg

Senator Deanna Ballard, R, District 45 - Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes

Representative Lisa Barnes, R, District 7 - Franklin, Nash

Representative Mary Belk, D, District 88 - Mecklenburg

Senator Jim Burgin, R, District 12 - Harnett, Johnson

Representative Christy Clark, D, District 98 - Mecklenburg

Representative Zack Hawkins, D, District 31 - Durham

Representative Rachel Hunt, D, District 103 - Mecklenburg

Representative Verla Insko, D, District 56 - Orange

Representative Marcia Morey, D, District 30 - Durham

Senator Jim Perry, R, District 7 - Lenoir, Wayne

Representative Joe Sam Queen, D, District 119 - Haywood, Jackson

Senator Vickie Sawyer, R, District 34 - Iredell, Yadkin

Representative Wayne Sasser, R, District 67 - Cabarrus, Stanly

Senator Sam Searcy, D, District 17 - Wake

Representative Raymond Smith, D, District 21 - Sampson, Wayne

Representative Julie von Haefen, D, District 36 - Wake

Senator Joyce Waddell, D, District 40 - Mecklenburg

Representative Ashton Wheeler Clemmons, D, District 57 - Guilford


2019 LHPF Issue Brief: Moving to Value-Based Care in North Carolina2019 LHPF Issue Brief: Supporting the Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being of Students in North Carolina Schools

2018 Legislative Health Policy Fellows Program

2018 Legislative Health Policy Fellows:

Representative Cynthia Ball, D, District 49- Wake

Representative MaryAnn Black, D, District 29 – Durham

Senator Angela R. Bryant, D, District 4 – Halifax, Nash, Vance, Warren, Wilson

Representative Deb Butler, D, District 18 – Brunswick, New Hanover

Representative Carla D. Cunningham, D, District 106 – Mecklenburg

Representative Josh Dobson, R, District 85 – Avery, McDowell, Mitchell

Senator Chuck Edwards, R, District 48 – Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania

Senator Rick Horner, R, District 11 – Johnston, Nash, Wilson

Representative Pat B. Hurley, R, District 70 – Randolph

Senator Joyce Krawiec, R, District 31 – Forsyth, Yadkin

Senator Paul A. Lowe, Jr., D, District 42 – Forsyth

Representative Graig R. Meyer, D, District 50 – Durham, Orange

Representative Gregory F. Murphy, MD, FACS, R, District 9 – Pitt

Senator Paul Newton, R, District 36 – Cabarrus, Union

Senator Louis Pate, R, District 7 – Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne

Representative Larry W. Potts, R, District 81 – Davidson

Senator Jeff Tarte, R, District 41 – Mecklenburg

Representative Evelyn Terry, D, District 71 – Forsyth

Senator Terry Van Duyn, D, District 49 – Buncombe

Representative Donna McDowell White, R, District 26 – Johnston

Representative Shelly Willingham, D, District 23 – Edgecombe, Martin

Senator Mike Woodard, D, District 22 – Durham, Person, Caswell


2018 LHPF Issue Brief: Recruitment and Retention of the Rural Health Workforce

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