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

September 30, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


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Care4Carolina and CommWell Health are proud to co-host a virtual forum for Southeast North Carolina.

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

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

Community Health Center Perspective

Pam Tripp, Chief Executive Officer, CommWell Health

Local Government Perspective

Ed Causey, Sampson County Manager

Local Health Department Perspective

Dr. Marilyn Pearson, Health Director, Johnston County Public Health Department

North Carolina’s Policy Opportunity

Erica Palmer Smith, Director, Care4Carolina Coalition

Facilitated Discussion

Peg O’Connell


September 30, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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