It is with mixed emotions that I announce Lee Dixon will be stepping down as NC Get Covered’s Project Director, on March 12, 2016 to dedicate more time to his consulting practice, Albemarle State Policy Center. If you would like to stay in touch with Lee, you can reach him at Lee.Dixon@albemarle-statecenter.org or (202) 255-9190.
Care Share has contracted with Lee since 2013 to manage NC’s first Navigator Consortium grant in OE1 and to help provide infrastructure and support to ACA partners through the Big Tent Coalition, now called NC Get Covered. Through Lee’s policy expertise and passion for the ACA, he has worked hard to bring a broad range of stakeholders together to engage in conversation and collective planning that has served the NC Get Covered Coalition well. He has also done a great job linking DHHS and other national leaders with the Coalition partners across NC. I hope you can join us on Friday, Feb. 19th (during the Coalition meeting) to thank him for his contributions to the first three chapters of Open Enrollment and wish him well in his future endeavors.
While change is difficult, it also presents new opportunities as well. It is my pleasure to announce that Willona Stallings, MPH will become the new Director of NC Get Covered. Willona joined Care Share Health Alliance as the NC Get Covered Project Specialist in October 2014. She has provided technical support to organizations in North Carolina that are working collaboratively to increase enrollment, education and outreach around the ACA. As an example, Willona provided staff support to a subcommittee of NC Get Covered stakeholders who are working to strengthen the capacity of Latino community-based organizations to engage in this work through the distribution of mini-grants, which has been identified as a national best practice by the Department of Health and Human Services. Willona brings 10 years of experience in program development and management, grant writing, stakeholder engagement, and data management. Prior to coming to NC Get Covered, Willona served as the founding director of the NC Council of Churches’ health initiative, Partners in Health and Wholeness – helping to promote health as a faith issue and to connect people of faith with statewide resources and mini-grants. She also served as Public Health Program Consultant II for the NC Sickle Cell Syndrome Program and Statistical Research Assistant II for the NC State Center for Health Statistics. Willona holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Public Health degree, with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can reach her at wstallings@CareShareHealth.org or (919) 861-8361.
Please feel free to contact me at kmoore@CareShareHealth.org if you have any questions about these staffing transitions.
Thanks for all you do for the ACA, NC Get Covered and the uninsured.