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UNC Campus Community Forum – NC State Health Plan

August 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

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Join the UNC Employee Forum, UNC Faculty Council, and the Carolina Black Caucus as we discuss the status of the North Carolina State Health Plan! State Treasurer Dale Folwell and other panelists will open the discussion, after which UNC Staff and Faculty will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. The questions on top of all of our minds include:

  • Why is open enrollment being delayed, and what do I need to know before I sign up?
  • Is there an update on efforts to reduce costs?
  • What is the long-term plan surrounding the state health plan’s provider network?

Opening Remarks

Becci Menghini, Interim Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement

Moderator & Introductions

Jeffrey McQueen, UNC-Chapel Hill Employee Forum Parliamentarian


  • Dale Folwell, North Carolina State Treasurer
    • Dale R. Folwell was a four-term member of the N.C. House of Representatives, including two years as Speaker Pro Tempore. During that time, he sponsored 29 major pieces of legislation enacted with bi-partisan support. More recently, he was Assistant Secretary of Commerce with the Division of Employment Security​, where he took the most “broke and broken” unemployment system in the United States and turned it into a national leader in debt-repayment, quality and customer service.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a Masters in Accounting. Married for 30 years with three children, he lives in Winston-Salem. 

  • Matt Brody, UNC System Senior Vice President for Human Resources
    • Serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the executive leadership team of The University of North Carolina System.  Also, serves as Special Consultant to the Director for Planning and Strategy with the NC State Bureau of Investigation.  Formerly the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

  • Shayna Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill Employee Forum Chair
    • Shayna Hill received her Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She spent 20 years in New York and Los Angeles pursuing a career in acting, writing and directing. She also performed improvisation comedy with the Los Angeles Second City Touring Company and the Second City Alumni Players. She began her professional career at UNC as a Parking Control Officer in 2007, she served as the Materials Manager at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry, and as the Business Officer in the Department of Dental Ecology under Dr. Lauren Patton.  Currently, she works as the Department Manager in Statistics and Operations Research.  In December of 2014 Shayna completed her Master’s degree in Public Health here at UNC. 

  • Matt Ewend, MD, Neurosurgeon, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, President of UNC Physicians, UNC Health Care
    • Dr. Matthew Ewend is the President of UNC Physicians and has responsibility for the overall physician enterprise of UNC Health Care System, a statewide network of 13 hospitals and more than 1,900 employed physicians across more than 600 practices. He also serves as UNC Health Care’s Chief Quality and Value Officer and is charged with planning and leading UNC’s quality improvement and population health initiatives.  In addition, Dr. Ewend is Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the UNC School of Medicine. He joined the faculty in 1997 after completing medical school, neurosurgery residency, and a brain tumor fellowship at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Ewend’s clinical interests center on endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of brain tumors, especially pituitary tumors, skull base tumors, and metastases. His research interest centers on developing neuro-stem cell-based therapies for treatment of brain tumors.

  • Aaron McKethan, Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, Senior Policy Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, UNC PhD Recipient in Public Policy Analysis
    • Aaron McKethan is an Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine and a Senior Policy Fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. He recently served as the Chief Data & Analytics Officer for the North CarolinaDepartment of Health and Human Services. Previously, he was a co-founder of RxAnte, a health care analytics company with the mission to improve medication use at a population scale.  Before that, he was a senior official at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and a Research Director at the Brookings Institution. Aaron’s work has appeared in such publications as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs.
  • Donna Falvo, President of the UNC Retired Faculty Association
    • Dr. Falvo is the current President of the Retired Faculty Association UNC-CH.  She retired from Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology (now Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling) UNC School of Medicine in 2010.  Prior to moving to Chapel Hill in 2002 she was Professor and Director of Rehabilitation Counseling at the Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University and Director of Behavioral Science, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She is Past President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and Past Chair of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s National Group on Patient Education.  In 2008 she was named Faculty Expert by the Patient Centered Care Institute (formerly Picker Institute at key National Research Corporation) Lincoln, NE.  Her career of teaching, research, and service has focused on medical and psychosocial dimensions of chronic illness and disability, including health care, as well as advocacy for individuals with chronic illness or disability.  Dr. Falvo is a UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Council member and retired faculty member of the University.

Event Sponsors

  • UNC Employee Forum
  • UNC Faculty Council
  • Carolina Black Caucus

This event will be streamed live via Zoom, where you can submit questions to the panel digitally. For more information on connecting to the Zoom livestream, see the instructions below.

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August 26, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
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