Task Force on Serious Illness Care

The Task Force on Serious Illness Care has been established to develop a workable plan to meet the needs of individuals living with serious illness and their caregivers across the state of North Carolina. The NCIOM, in partnership with agencies and organizations that provide care and advocacy around issues of aging, palliative care, hospice care, and long-term supports and services, will convene the Task Force ten times through 2019 and issue a final report in early 2020. This Task Force is supported by the Duke Endowment, with additional support from AARP NC, the NC Health Care Facilities Association, the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina, and the Carolinas Center.

The goal of the Task Force will be to develop consensus-based, evidence-based, actionable recommendations in the following areas:

- Delivery of person-centered, family-oriented care (including palliative, hospice, and other types of care)

- Communication and advanced care planning

- Professional education and development

- Policies and payment

- Public education and engagement

This Task Force will include 10 Task Force meetings through 2019. Task force meetings will be held from 10am to 3pm, at the NCIOM office in Morrisville, NC. For meeting dates, please refer to the bottom of the page.

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Task Force Leadership

Task Force Member List



Paulette Dillard, PhD


Shaw University

Jonathan Fischer

Jonathan Fischer, MD

Assistant Professor

Duke University Department of Community and Family Medicine


Joyce Massey-Smith, MPA

Director, Division of Aging and Adult Services

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Project Director

Headshot: Michelle Ries

Michelle Ries, MPH

Project Director

North Carolina Institute of Medicine