Task Force for Developing a Comprehensive Child Health Plan

Former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Honorable H. David Bruton, MD, asked the NCIOM to convene a statewide task force to assist the DHHS in formulating a comprehensive child health plan to ensure that all children reach their maximum health potential. The NCIOM Comprehensive Child Health Task Force conducted a thorough examination of a broad spectrum of issues affecting the health status and health care available to North Carolina’s infants, young children, and adolescents. The task force's findings are presented in its report.

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Task Force Leadership

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Samuel L. Katz, MD

Wilburt C. Davidson Professor and Chairman Emeritus

Department of Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center

Dean E. Smith

Former Head Coach, Men's Basketball

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


The NCIOM was charged with identifying and/or setting measurable health status goals for North Carolina children; determining how well North Carolina’s children already meet these goals and identifying areas that lack data for measuring child health status in our state; and identifying existing services and programs available to enhance children’s health.

The task force’s report summarizes the problems that currently exist, the range of current programs addressing these issues, and the gaps that exist in terms of coverage and the effectiveness of existing programs. In addition, the Task Force identified additional efforts that are needed to ensure that all children reach their maximum health and developmental potential.