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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 (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. 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 Executive Director Robyn Hamilton.

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Executive Director Robyn Hamilton is a seasoned leader with deep organizational and community building experience. Robyn’s background includes extensive experience in organization effectiveness, strategic planning, leadership, community affairs, diversity and inclusion. Since 2012, she has operated The Hamilton Experience, an advisory firm that provides clients with strategies for Community and Economic Development as well as Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and business development strategies for women, veterans and minorities. Prior to running The Hamilton Experience, Robyn held various leadership positions with Novant Health, a not-for-profit integrated health system serving North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. She began her career in Atlanta with positions at the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council and the Atlanta Business Development Center and holds an MBA from Queens University and a BA in human resource management from Saint Leo College.

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