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Senator Mike Woodard (D-District 22) Durham, Granville, & Person

 

Senator Mike Woodard is the North Carolina State Senator representing District 22: Durham, Granville, and Person counties. Before joining the General Assembly in 2013, Senator Woodard served on the Durham City Council for seven years. In his professional life, Senator Woodard is a long-time administrator with Duke University and the Duke Health System. He also worked as an administrator and instructor at Durham Technical Community College. A native of Wilson, NC, he graduated from Duke with degrees in economics, political science, and non-profit management. Read more…

 

 

 

 

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

Governor Roy Cooper is a trusted leader and family man who is honored to serve as North Carolina’s Governor.

Roy Cooper has spent nearly three decades in public service protecting families, keeping communities safe, and working to create jobs and improve schools. The son of a school teacher, he knows that education creates opportunity and he has worked throughout his career to strengthen our schools and create a sound foundation for our state’s children.

In the NC House and Senate, Roy Cooper fought to increase teacher pay and reduce class sizes. He wrote North Carolina’s first children’s health insurance initiative. During his service in the legislature, Roy Cooper worked with members of both parties to get balanced budgets that raised teacher pay to the national average, grow the economy and cut taxes for middle class families. Read more…

State of the State – Mental Health

Dr. Mandy K. Cohen Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)

 

Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH
Dr. Mandy Cohen was appointed to the role of Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) in January 2017 by Governor Roy Cooper. Secretary Cohen and her team work tirelessly to improve the health, safety and well-being of all North Carolinians. DHHS has 17,000 employees and an annual budget of $20 billion serving as the home to NC Medicaid, Public Health, Mental Health/IDD/SUD, State Operated Hospitals and Facilities, Economic Services, Adult and Child Services, Early Childhood Education, Employment Services, and Health Services Regulation. Secretary Cohen and her team are focused on responding to and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, building a robust, efficient Medicaid program, improving early childhood health, safety and education, combatting the opioid crisis, and ensuring equitable access to health resources.

Dr. Cohen leads the COVID-19 response for the State of North Carolina. Read more…

 

 

 

 

Kody H. Kinsley Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at NCDHHS

 

Kody H. Kinsley serves as the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at DHHS. He leads state-wide public policy and operations that promote whole-person health by developing prevention methods, interventions, and systems of care for individuals living with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and substance use disorders. To that end, he oversees the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, which develops policy and funds community-based services and supports. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Carrington is the Executive Director of the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF)

Donna Carrigan

Donna Carrington (she, her) is currently the Executive Director of Community Empowerment Fund(CEF) a local non profit organization that is working to end the racial wealth gap by having 1 on 1 relationships with members to achieve their own financial goals. She also has been a former NAMI  Orange County NC board member and has trained to facilitate their NAMI Peer to Peer course, NAMI Basics, Parent and Teachers as Allies, and can facilitate the NAMI  Connections Peer group, and the family support group. She has a loving partner, 4 children and spends her “spare “ time advocating for people and various causes which include homelessness, mental health and financial well being

 

 

 

 

 

 

Representative Carla Cunningham (D-District 106) Mecklenburg

 

 

 

 

Representative Carla Cunningham ​represents the 106​th ​District in the North Carolina  State House of Representatives. Before being elected to the North Carolina General  Assembly in 2012, Carla was working as a Hospice Nurse and fulfilling her appointment  to the North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and  Substance Abuse Services. An active civic and community leader, she is a recognized  national advocate for women and children, Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities,  and Substance Abuse, and Healthcare. Read more

 

 

 

 

Legislative Q & A Panel

moderated by Rose Hoban


Rose Hoban
 is a multiple prize-winning journalist who started NC Health News in 2011 when she realized that most of the other reporters concentrating on this topic in the state had been laid off, taken buy-outs or quit. She has built the organization from a one-person website into a small non-profit with three full-time and six part-time reporters that has become the “go-to place” for health information in North Carolina. Hoban is the legislative reporter and editor at NC Health News.

Before starting the organization, she reported on health care at WUNC – North Carolina Public Radio for almost seven years.

Hoban has been a registered nurse for almost 30 years, who practiced full-time for more than a decade. She also holds graduate degrees in public health policy and journalism. See more about North Carolina Health News

 

 

 

Senator Jim Burgin (R-District 12) Harnett, Johnston and Lee

Senator Jim Burgin Senator Jim Burgin is the North Carolina State Senator representing District 12: Harnett, Johnston and Lee counties. Before joining the General Assembly in 2019, Senator Burgin served two terms as a Harnett County Commissioner with three years as Chairman. In his professional life, Senator Burgin is President / Owner of C&D Insurance and Insurance Network Group, Chairman of the Board of New Horizon Insurance Group and President of B.C. Property Inc. He is also a partner of John Hiester Automotive, which owns Chevrolet and Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealerships. He was born in Knoxville Tennessee, attended The University of Tennessee Knoxville and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

Representative Robert Reives II (D-District 54 ) Pittsboro, Durham

Representative Robert Reives II has served in the North Carolina House of Representatives since 2014. He represents House District 54, serving constituents in portions of Durham County and all of Chatham County. In 2020, he was given the distinction of being chosen as North Carolina House Democratic Leader.

Representative Reives’ legislative committee assignments include Agriculture, Appropriations- Justice and Public Safety, Education- Community Colleges, Judiciary, Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Matters, and Redistricting, and Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

Prior to becoming a legislator, Representative Reives earned a renowned Pogue Scholarship while studying at UNC-Chapel Hill for a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance. He continued his studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. After graduating from law school, Representative Reives returned to his community serving as a prosecutor for the Lee County District Attorney’s Office. He entered private practice and has been a partner in the law firm of Wilson & Reives for almost two decades. Read more…

 

 

 

Representative Pat B. Hurley (R-District 70) Randolph

Representative Pat B. Hurley is a North Carolina State Representative representing House District 70, Randolph County. Representative Hurley assumed office in 2006 as the first woman in Randolph County to be elected to State Office and is in her 7th consecutive term. She was born, raised, and educated in Asheboro, and served as Deputy Clerk of Superior Court before retiring.
Representative Hurley is Chair of the Aging, Appropriation on Education, and Education- Community Colleges Standing Committees, Vice Chair of Appropriations. She also serves on the House Select COVID 19, School Safety, Pensions and Retirement, and Transportation Committees, and Interim Committees Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Transportation, Governmental Operations, LRC Committee on Private Process Servers, NC Sentencing Policy and Advisory Commission, Administrative Procedures Oversight, Vice Chair of Justice and Public safety Oversight Committee, and Co-Chair of Emergency Management. Read more…

 

 

 

Representative Marcia Morey (D – District 30) Durham County

 

 

Representative Marcia Morey sits on the Appropriations, Appropriations-Capital, Education-Universities, Judiciary, and Transportation Committees. She is also a member of the North Carolina Courts Commission. Representative Morey was named an honorary sponsor of the Raise the Age legislation which passed in 2018. The law guarantees that children under age 18 charged with minor offenses appear in juvenile court and are entitled to the resources offered in juvenile court. In addition to raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction, Representative Morey has been an advocate for reasonable gun safety laws, criminal justice and redistricting reform.

 

 

Representative Carla Cunningham (D-District 106) Mecklenburg

 

Representative Carla Cunningham ​represents the 106​th ​District in the North Carolina State House of Representatives. Before being elected to the North Carolina General Assembly in 2012, Carla was working as a Hospice Nurse and fulfilling her appointment to the North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. An active civic and community leader, she is a recognized national advocate for women and children, Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse, and Healthcare. Read more…