Dogwood Health Trust has established Impact Health, a new entity formed to manage and oversee the Healthy Opportunities Pilot across 18 Western North Carolina counties, including Jackson.
The Healthy Opportunities Pilot is the nation’s first comprehensive program to test evidence-based, non-medical interventions designed to reduce costs and improve the health of Medicaid members. The groundbreaking program will create a systematic approach to integrating and financing services that address housing stability, transportation access, food security and interpersonal safety into the delivery of health care – with a goal of building the evidence base to identify which services are most effective at improving health and lowering health care costs.
Impact Health will focus solely on deploying Healthy Opportunities throughout the region. Its main function will be to provide resources, training and support to a consortium of human services organizations and providers delivering qualifying non-medical services important for improved health outcomes for eligible Medicaid members.
Robyn Hamilton, a seasoned leader with deep organizational and community building experience, has been selected to serve as the director for Impact Health. Hamilton will be tasked with setting up Impact Health’s initial operations and hiring its staff in the coming months.
“This is a unique opportunity for Western North Carolina to demonstrate a better way to invest in health,” Hamilton said. “I am looking forward to making strong connections with human service organizations across the region and working with them to implement a pilot that will be both instructive and inspiring for our region, the state and the country.”
To learn more about employment opportunities or Impact Health, visit Dogwood’s temporary webpage for Impact Health at dogwoodhealthtrust.org/healthy-opportunities.