Improving the Health Status of Your Community

May 14, 2019
3:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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WakeMed Raleigh – The Andrews Conference Center
3000 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610

Early Bird registration ends May 4.

The Triangle Healthcare Executives' Forum of North Carolina (THEF) chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) cordially invites you to a networking and education event on the topic of 'Improving the Health Status of Your Community'. The evening includes two panel discussions, dinner with beer/wine, and a special presentation.

The American College of Healthcare Executives has awarded 3 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credits to this program. Face-to-Face Credits are reported to ACHE by THEF on your behalf following the program.

ACHE has also awarded 0.5 ACHE Qualified Credits to this program. Qualified credits must be self-reported through your ACHE profile at


Healthcare organizations exist to serve the communities in which they reside. The health of a community or geographic population has a critical impact on a healthcare organization’s planning, operations, financial sustainability, outcomes and success. It is important that provider organizations are both aware of and responsive to the health status and disease states that are most prevalent in their communities. Not only is a population-based focus the right thing to do, but it may prove to be the financially astute course of action.


3:30 - 4pm: Arrival and Networking

4 - 5:30pm: Panel 1 - 'Addressing Community Behavioral Health Needs'

5:30 - 6:30pm: Dinner and Presentation

  • First Place presentation from the 16th annual Harvard Health Care Conference Case Competition: 'Healthy Living Challenge – Influencing Healthy Behaviors in Low-Income Communities'


6:30 - 8pm: Panel 2 - 'Building Healthy Communities'

8 - 8:30pm: Post-Event Networking



Panel 1 - Addressing Community Behavioral Health Needs

Healthcare systems have always played a vital role in the health of their communities. In the past few years health systems have increased their focus on improving the behavioral health of their communities for a variety of reasons. Some of those reasons include:  mental health parity, healthcare legislation at the state and federal levels, hospital emergency rooms overwhelmed with patients experiencing a behavioral health crisis, and most importantly, a growing recognition that evidenced informed mental health care can play a critical role in the prevention and treatment of chronic physical health conditions. The mind and body travel as one.

Predictive analytics, more sophisticated community-based care coordination, integration of physical and behavioral health treatment, strategic community partnerships, and community specific innovations have all contributed to better clinical outcomes and, in some case, an improved bottom line. Our panelists will discuss their successes and ongoing challenges in integrating behavioral health into their healthcare systems and ultimately improving the behavioral health of their communities.


Carrie Brown, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health & IDD for North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services

Carrie Brown, MD, MPH is the Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health & IDD for North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services. A graduate of Princeton University, she received her medical degree from Duke University’s School of Medicine, a Master’s in Public Health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and trained in Psychiatry at Duke University Hospital. She has experience within the North Carolina state psychiatric hospital and prison systems and with various evidence-based community treatment models, such as Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and integrated behavioral health/primary care programs. She has published health services research on various topics, such as de-escalating aggressive behavior and quality measures in serious mental illness. She is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UNC, a Consulting Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Duke, and a Research Fellow with the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC.



Obi Ikwechegh, MD, Clinical Physician Executive, Novant Health

Obi Ikwechegh currently serves as the physician market leader for Behavioral Health in the Novant Health GWM. He is driven to develop and implement healthcare best practices consistent with the organizational alignment. Dr. Ikwechegh first became involved with Novant Health in 2013 as a staff psychiatrist and brought with him the viewpoints of having worked in a for-profit organization, a thriving outpatient practice and instituting a new inpatient geriatric psychiatry program.  Since joining the organization, he has transitioned through several roles including multi center medical directorships.

Obi’s medical training began under the auspices of the West African College of Physicians and went on to completion of a psychiatry residency at Wake Forest University. Currently Dr. Ikwechegh holds certifications from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, for General Psychiatry and the American Board for Preventive Medicine, for Addiction Medicine.  He remains dedicated to building a healthcare team that recognizes the benefit of reducing healthcare disparities and applying same to a true person–centered care.

He continues to collaborate with different organizations in the West African region where he was born and is driven by his own experience of mood problems. Obi says “I have achieved the things I have because I have chosen to take advantage of resources that address my depression…the same resources as one would take if they had hypertension or diabetes”

Dr. Ikwechegh continues to find opportunities to educate about patient advocacy, eliminating stigma, and advancing an understanding of health equity.


Katherine Hobbs Knutson, MD, MPH, Director of Behavioral Health for Blue Cross North Carolina

Katherine Hobbs Knutson, MD MPH is the Director of Behavioral Health for Blue Cross North Carolina (BCNC).  She is an Adult and Child Psychiatrist and adjunct Assistant Professor at the Duke University School of Medicine.  At BCNC, Katherine is leading the strategy for value transformation for behavioral health, focusing on alternative payment methods, outcome measurement, and innovative service delivery models.  At Duke Health, she practices in an integrated care setting treating individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.  Prior to joining BCNC, Katherine was the Chief Medical Officer at Alliance Behavioral Healthcare (2017-18), Director of Community Psychiatry at the Children’s National Health System (2014-15), and Associate Medical Director for Psychiatry for the Massachusetts Medicaid program (2013-14).  She has conducted health services research on psychiatry telephone consultation programs, behavioral health predictive modeling, and care management interventions that incorporate peer and family support. 


Rick Shrum, MHA, MBA, Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, WakeMed Health and Hospitals


Rick Shrum, Sr., joined WakeMed’s executive leadership team as vice president and chief strategy officer. In this role, Rick is responsible for identifying, evaluating and executing market opportunities and strategic initiatives to help WakeMed achieve its mission and aspirational goals. He is also responsible for leading the behavioral health services of the system.

Rick Shrum has more than 25 years of leadership experience in both acute and behavioral health care. Most recently, he was the chief operating officer of Diamond Healthcare Corporation in Richmond, Va.  Rick holds masters’ degrees in Health Administration and Business Administration from Xavier University.



Dinner Presentation - Healthy Living Challenge – Influencing Healthy Behaviors in Low-Income Communities


Aditi Borde, MHA/MBA Candidate (May 2020), Gillings School of Global Public Health & Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Aditi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before going back to graduate school, she worked as a medical scribe in the Emergency Department at UNC Hospitals and as a full-time research coordinator at the Institute for Trauma Recovery with UNC Department of Anesthesiology Research. Last summer, she interned at Deloitte as a strategy and operations summer associate, where she worked on an electronic health record implementation at a large health system. Aditi is a dual degree candidate pursuing her Masters of Health Administration (MHA) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Kenan Flagler Business School.


Jacqueline Gerhart, MS, PhD Candidate, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jacqueline (Jackie) earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She worked in various roles across the drug development pipeline for over five years as a scientist at GlaxoSmithKline. Jackie is currently pursuing her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at UNC's Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where her research focuses on using modeling and simulation techniques to determine safe and effective drug doses in children with obesity.


Panel 2 - 'Building Healthy Communities'

No single healthcare organization can improve the health of its community on its own. Key community-level partnerships involving local government, schools, businesses, and community organizations (i.e., United Way) are necessary to address the whole spectrum of health determinants beyond just healthcare. Healthcare leaders play a pivotal role in fostering and supporting these partnerships.  The purpose of the “Building Healthy Communities” panel is for the panelists to share their experiences in developing strategic partnerships within the community to improve the overall health of a community by addressing health determinants beyond just healthcare for their organization.


Tom Klatt, Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Network, WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Behavioral health and substance use issues consistently top the list of priorities to address for communities throughout the United States, and Wake County is no exception.  As the Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Network, Tom Klatt is leading a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind strategy to help behavioral health patients receive the right care, in the right environment, at the right time.  Tom is stationed at WakeMed, which is the convening entity of an innovative effort to bring together behavioral health leaders in the county and region in developing a multi-disciplinary network of inpatient, outpatient and community-based organizations.  Together, their goal is to provide enhanced access to the care behavioral health patients and their families both need and deserve. 

Tom brings more than 35 years of experience in behavioral health care delivery to WakeMed and Wake County and our community is very fortunate to have his expertise. 



Donna Albertone, MS, CCDCIII, Senior Improvement Specialist, Population Health Improvement Partners


Donna Albertone, MS, CCDCIII, is a Senior Improvement Specialist at Population Health Improvement Partners. Donna brings 30 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to bear on today’s most urgent population health issues. Passionate about mission-driven work, she leverages deep connections in the local community to provide technical assistance to coalitions building strategies for population health improvement.

Donna holds degrees in psychology, criminal justice, and political science, the management of nonprofit organizations and is a certified adult and adolescent addictions clinician.


Tina Markanda, MBA, MSPH, FACHE, Executive Director, The Foundation for a Healthy High Point

Tina Markanda joined the Foundation in 2014 and serves as Executive Director. Prior to that she served as a Program Officer with the Health Care Division at The Duke Endowment, in private industry, at an academic medical center, and a private not-for-profit community hospital. She earned an MBA from Wake Forest University and MSPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tina is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and is a Hull Fellow with the Southeastern Council of Foundations.


Erika Ferguson, MPP, Director of the Office of Healthy Opportunities, NC Department of Health and Human Services

Erika Ferguson serves as Director of the Office of Healthy Opportunities for the NC Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she leads the Department’s portfolio of work addressing the non-medical drivers of health including housing, food, transportation and interpersonal safety. Erika started her career managing a homeless shelter in the Mississippi Delta and has since served in a variety of capacities across healthcare and human services including positions at Duke University and the World Health Organization. Erika holds a BS in Public Health from the University Of North Carolina Gillings School Of Public Health and Duke University and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 


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