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Impact Health Established to Manage and Oversee WNC’s Healthy Opportunities Pilot

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Robyn Hamilton Announced as Executive Director

Asheville, N.C. –   Dogwood Health Trust is pleased to announce the establishment of Impact Health, a new entity formed to manage and oversee the Healthy Opportunities Pilot across Western North Carolina’s 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary. The Pilot is a key feature of the State’s transition to Medicaid Managed Care.

Impact Health will focus solely on deploying Healthy Opportunities throughout the region.  Its main function will be to provide resources, training and support to the consortium of human services organizations (HSOs) and providers delivering non-medical services important for improved health outcomes for eligible Medicaid members. 

Robyn Hamilton, a seasoned leader with deep organizational and community building experience, has been selected to serve as the Executive Director for Impact Health. Hamilton, will be tasked with setting up Impact Health’s initial operations and hiring its staff in the coming months. Hamilton’s background includes extensive experience in organization effectiveness, strategic planning, leadership, community affairs, diversity and inclusion. Prior to Impact Health, she operated The Hamilton Experience, an advisory firm that provides clients with strategies for philanthropic endeavors, Community and Economic Development as well as Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Hamilton also held various leadership positions within Novant Health, a not-for-profit integrated health system serving North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia and served in both the Army and Air Force National Guard. She received a master’s in business administration from Queens University’s Hugh McColl School of Business and a bachelor’s in human resource management from Saint Leo College.

“This is a unique opportunity for Western North Carolina to demonstrate a better way to invest in health,” Hamilton said. “I am looking forward to making strong connections with human service organizations across the region and working with them to implement a pilot that will be both instructive and inspiring for our region, the state, and the country.” 

To learn more about employment opportunities or Impact Health, visit Dogwood’s temporary webpage for Impact Health at

About Dogwood Health Trust

Dogwood Health Trust is a private foundation based in Asheville, North Carolina with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities of 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust was created from the net proceeds of the sale of Mission Hospital System and focuses on innovative and equitable ways to address the many factors that contribute to overall health and wellness, with a focus on housing, education, economic opportunity, and access to care and health resources. Dogwood Health Trust works to create a Western North Carolina where every generation can live, learn, earn and thrive, with dignity and opportunity for all, no exceptions. To learn more, please visit


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