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Forsyth County Virtual Forum: COVID-19 and the Health Insurance Coverage Gap

October 19, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


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Care4Carolina is proud to co-host a virtual forum for Forsyth County with the Partnership for Prosperity and the American Heart Association.

The virtual forum will focus on how COVID-19 and the health insurance coverage gap have impacted the county. Our expert panel of speakers will provide local perspectives on the issue and discuss a variety of topics, including: the economic impact of the pandemic and rising unemployment rates, challenges to our health systems, health disparities, and the struggles that community health and public health professionals face in confronting the virus.

We will discuss how closing the health insurance coverage gap is vital to the health of our citizens, and to alleviating the devastating impacts of this pandemic.

Additionally, Care4Carolina’s Director, Erica Palmer Smith, will offer insight on the policy opportunity that North Carolina has to address some of the concerns discussed during the forum.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the panel and fellow participants to discuss the health care issues our state is facing related to the health insurance coverage gap.

This virtual forum will take place over Zoom.

Click here to register for this event. Participants will receive a confirmation email following registration with the Zoom link to join the forum. Registration is required.

The forum agenda with speaker information is included below.



Welcome from Co-hosts

Peg O’Connell, Chair, Care4Carolina Coalition

Paula McCoy, Interim Director, The Partnership for Prosperity

Economic Briefing

Mark Hall, J.D., Professor of Law and Public Health, Wake Forest University

Health Briefing

Jamy Ard, M.D., Professor, Epidemiology and Prevention, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Local Community Perspective

Cindy Gordineer, President & CEO, United Way of Forsyth County

North Carolina’s Policy Opportunity

Erica Palmer Smith, Director, Care4Carolina Coalition

Facilitated Discussion

Peg O’Connell


October 19, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


The Partnership for Prosperity
American Heart Association


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