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 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.