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Network Update 62: 04/17/2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014
(update is publishing one day early due to tomorrow's Good Friday holiday.)

In the News

HELP Testimony. On April 9, Dr. Dobson testified before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) - Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. The hearing topic was “Addressing Primary Care Access and Workforce Challenges.” A text version of Dr. Dobson’s testimony is available on, and a video is available on the CCNC website.

AccessCare wins National Rural Health Award.  CCNC was honored again this week when AccessCare of the Blue Ridge was selected by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust as the 2014 winner of the Rural Health Award for their program pairing college interns from Appalachian State’s College of Health Sciences with rural medical practices.  Kudos to the team at AccessCare!

CCNC participates in Healthcare Media Summit.  The NC Medical Society and NC Press Association jointly hosted an event on Wednesday to help connect healthcare reporters and medical experts, and to examine the current state of healthcare reporting in North Carolina. Topics included the decline in newspaper and broadcast resources dedicated to healthcare and the growing tendency for non-media sources (think tanks, corporations, etc.) to drive healthcare coverage and debate.  
Media panelists included Mark Binker of WRAL, Jay Price of the Raleigh News & Observer, Rose Hoban of NC Healthcare News, Sarah Avery of Duke Medical Center News Office and Mark Holmes of the Sheps Center. Health reform panelists were Dr. Grace Terrell of Cornerstone Health Care, Julian "Bo" Bobbitt of Smith Anderson, Mardy Peal with NC DHHS, State Rep. Nelson Dollar, State Senator Louis Pate and Paul Mahoney of CCNC. Video of the Media Panel and Reform Panel is available on

Project Lazarus. Project Lazarus recently placed a prescription drug drop box at the Avery County Sheriff’s Office. Read more here

NC Medicaid Reform. The DHHS Joint Legislative Oversight Committee held a meeting April 17 to provide an update that included North Carolina's Medicaid program. Relevant coverage of the meeting can be found here.


Urban Institute. The Urban Institute recently released three papers on Community Health Workers. One paper, “Integrating Community Health Workers into a Reformed Health Care System,” references a 2009 article by Dr. Dobson and Denise Levis Hewson on CCNC’s Medical Home Model. The article’s writers also spent several days with the staff of the Division of Community Health.


Strategic Planning Seminar. Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is hosting Strategic Planning for the Future of Health Care, a 3-day Executive Education course that will challenge participants to think more strategically and creatively about how their business can continue to prosper in health care's new landscape. The event will be held May 14-16. Visit The Fuqua School of Business Executive Education website for more information and to register.

CTG Action Institute. The NC Community Transformation Grant Project (CTG Project) has been working across the state to build capacity at the community level for preventing chronic disease, promoting healthier lifestyles, reducing health disparities, and controlling health care spending. CTG Project strategies, successes and lessons learned will be highlighted during the upcoming Action Institute on May 20-22 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, NC. Click here for more information on the 2014 Action Institute meeting registration and click here for the full conference program.

Other News

Infographic. A new infographic detailing how CCNC improves quality and reduces cost in North Carolina is now featured on the CCNC homepage – check it out!  The infographic is a great introduction to CCNC for those unfamiliar with our organization.

Healthcare Quality Awards. This spring, CCNC seeks to publicly recognize field-based CCNC staff, participating providers and community partners who are going “above and beyond” in the service of patients and health care quality though its Inaugural Healthcare Quality Awards. These awards will recognize a few of the people who make CCNC special and North Carolina a better place to live. To submit a nomination, please send an email to Melissa Biediger with the following information by Wed., April 30. 

  • Name and contact information of the person making the nomination.
  • The name of the individual being nominated and the category under which you would like him or her considered (can designate more than one category if desired).
  • A 200-word or less statement explaining why you believe your nominee is worthy of consideration.

NC HIE. NC HIE has launched a monthly e-newsletter that will be distributed on the first of every month. NC HIE e-News aims to provide a monthly summary of NC HIE news, current initiatives and related health care topics. To view the April 2014 NC HIE e-newsletter, click here. To subscribe to NC HIE e-News for automated monthly updates, click here.

IEI Webinar. The Institute for Emerging Issues, in partnership with Duke University’s Sanford School and Center for Child and Family Policy, hosted a webinar, Strengthening Health Systems in Resource-Limited Areas — Lessons from rural South Africa and rural North Carolina. CCNC’s Dr. Chip Watkins presented on the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice “demonstration project” and the PCMH model. To view his presentation, click here.

NCDOJ Grant Opportunities. The NCDOJ Consumer Protection Division has released information about 2014 grants available for health and consumer protection programs. Funds have been used in the past to educate consumers, support local food banks, help struggling homeowners, and give patients access to needed medicines. Click here for more information on how to apply and the review and awards process.

Welcome New Faces! Please welcome Senior Accountant Colin Felmet!

Career Opportunities at CCNC. Applications are currently being accepted for several positions - for more information, please see the CCNC Careers page. Partnership for Community Care is also hiring a Children’s Specialty Care Manager for the Child Health Accountable Care Collaborative (CHACC) and a Pharmacy Program Assistant. Don't forget to check out these and other positions open in other local CCNC networks on our Network Careers page.  

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