Zolotor helps facilitate Health Policy Boot Camp for members of NC General Assembly

In June, 16 members of the North Carolina General Assembly graduated from the North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s Health Policy Boot Camp. Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH, of the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine, serves as President and CEO of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine.

Zolotor helps facilitate Health Policy Boot Camp for members of NC General Assembly click to enlarge Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH

On June 18, a bipartisan group of 16 members of the North Carolina General Assembly graduated from a months-long course in health policy sponsored by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine.

Over the course of three sessions, the legislators learned about the drivers of health, the private insurance market, the behavioral health system, Medicaid transformation, rural health, scope of practice and more.

“In this time of hyper-partisanship, a fly on the wall during our program may not have recognized these men and women as elected officials from different parties,” said Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH, President and CEO of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and a member of the UNC School of Medicine faculty.

“When these officials rolled up their sleeves to study the issues  -- opioids, Medicaid, rural health, private insurance, care for older adults, etc. – their concerns were the same. They were all focused on the health and well being of their constituents.”

At the conclusion of the program, legislators heard from Robert Bashford, MD, Associate Dean for Rural Initiatives at the UNC School of Medicine, regarding the challenges of training a rural health care workforce.

The Legislative Health Policy Fellows program is funded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Cone Health Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, and The Duke Endowment.

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