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

October 14, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


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Care4Carolina is proud to co-host a virtual forum for Northeast North Carolina with the Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center and Eastern AHEC.

The virtual forum will focus on how COVID-19 and the health insurance coverage gap have impacted the northeast region. 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

Economics of COVID and Uninsured in the Northeast

Jason Gray, Senior Fellow for Research and Policy, NC Rural Center

Health Provider Perspective

Dr. Jessica Fuller-Hines, M.D., F.A.A.P.M.R., Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Pain Specialists

Community Health Center Representative

Kim Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center

Local Government and Economy Perspective

Ron Wesson, Chairman, Bertie County Commission, Retired Senior Vice-Pres. and Global Leader, The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation

North Carolina’s Policy Opportunity

Erica Palmer Smith, Director, Care4Carolina Coalition

Facilitated Discussion

Peg O’Connell


October 14, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center
Eastern AHEC


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