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A Great Opportunity for
Western North Carolina

The State’s New Healthy Opportunities Pilot

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What is Western North Carolina Doing to Engage in Healthy Opportunities?

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) has a bold new plan for Medicaid services, and Dogwood Health Trust and Western North Carolina are part of it. In a nutshell, DHHS has created a new pilot program called Healthy Opportunities that will make it possible for Medicaid dollars to fund much more than just clinical health care. Through Healthy Opportunities, organizations that provide services related to nutrition and food assistance, transportation, housing and interpersonal safety can receive payments for services they provide to Medicaid patients. The goal? To ultimately improve health and save millions on treatment of clinical illnesses or conditions by investing in evidence-based interventions before health becomes a problem. NC DHHS is supporting Healthy Opportunities pilots in three areas across the state. Dogwood Health Trust is serving as the Network Lead for the 18 counties in Western North Carolina. To manage this work, we’re launching a new community led entity called Impact Health

Impact Health

Impact Health will be responsible for building and supporting our region’s network of Human Services Organizations that will provide housing, nutrition, transportation and interpersonal safety services as part of Healthy Opportunities. Impact Health is led by Interim Executive Director Dionne Greenlee-Jones.

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Dionne Greenlee-Jones has a background in implementing public health, social justice, equity and community engagement initiatives. Previously, she’s served as a Resource Development Manager for United Way, as a grant writer and strategic planning consultant, as a Community Engagement Manager for Unite Us/NCCARE360 – the nation’s first statewide coordinated care network – serving in 23 WNC counties and in numerous others in partnership with statewide coalitions.
Formerly, Dionne directed the Duke Nonprofit Management Certificate Program and consulted with Duke’s Continuing Studies and Duke Integrative Medicine, assisting with program development and implementation. As a “change agent,” she utilizes her skills in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), along with group and facilitation training methods, to accelerate strategic collaborations among stakeholders, bringing them to consensus to address critical community issues.
Academic credentials include distinction as a UNC Chapel Hill Pogue Scholar, a B.A. in English from UNC Charlotte, a B.S. in Public Health from UNC Greensboro, a Master of Public Administration from UNC Charlotte and pursuit of graduate studies and the documentary arts at Duke University. She holds a certificate in Epidemiology from the Centers for Disease Control and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, among others.
Although born in Greensboro, NC, her paternal family origins hail from the Ridgecrest, Swannanoa, and Black Mountain communities, and she feels deeply rooted and connected to this region. Some of her formerly enslaved ancestors helped erect the “Original” Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Black Mountain, and in her spare time, she co-leads a nonprofit established to protect this historic site on the National Register of Historic Places. Dionne continues to serve many organizations in Western North Carolina, including the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition, the WNC Health Equity Coalition, the WNC Health Network, CoThinkk and Building Bridges of Asheville.

Impact Health will be hiring positions over the next few months. Check out current listings here