Sharing Health Policy Insights with NCGA Legislative Staff

Blog | December 2, 2020


Building on our Legislative Health Policy Fellows Program, which provides data and resources to help legislators make effective decisions about the health of our state, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine held four two-hour Health Policy Briefing Sessions for North Carolina General Assembly legislative staff from September 28 through October 19. Sessions were open to all legislative staff who wanted to learn more about health policy. Individuals were invited to attend all sessions or select individual sessions that matched their interests.


These sessions provided an overview of health policy and structure, urgent 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. The program included presentations from health policy experts and policymakers from public and private institutions in the state. Topics and presenters are listed below.


September 28:

  • What is the NCIOM? – Michelle Ries, NCIOM
  • Health Landscape of North Carolina and How We Pay for Health & Primer on State Department of Health and Human Services Primer – Pam Silberman, UNC – Chapel Hill
  • Current State of COVID-19 in North Carolina – Zack Moore, NC DHHS


October 5:

  • Medicaid in North Carolina – Future of Managed Care – Kelly Crosbie, NC DHHS
  • What Drives our Health Outcomes? – Cornell Wright, NC DHHS
  • Health and Human Services at the Local Level – John Eller, David County


October 12:

  • Rural Health in North Carolina – Sharita Thomas, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
  • Health Care Workforce in North Carolina – Erin Fraher, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Care in North Carolina – Kenny House, Coastal Horizons Center


October 19:

  • Serious Illness and End of Life Care in North Carolina – Don Taylor, Jr., Duke University
  • Maternal and Infant Health in North Carolina – Alison Steube, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Planning for North Carolina – Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, NC DHHS

“It is always tremendously exciting to see this kind of interest in learning more about the most pressing health issues in our state. We are also very appreciative of our expert partners who gave their time to make sure that state health policy decisions are informed by unbiased data and research.” – Michelle Ries, NCIOM Interim Director

The NCIOM looks forward to Fall 2021, when a new class of legislators will participate in the Legislative Health Policy Fellows Program.