Dr. Mandy K. Cohen will present the University Of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health’s 2019 Novant Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 12:30 to 1:45 in the Gillings School’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Auditorium, 0001 Michael Hooker Research Center. Dr. Cohen is secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The event is hosted by the Gillings School’s department of health policy and management and presented by the department’s doctoral students.
A gift from Novant Health established the annual lecture series in 2016. Novant Health is a network of physicians, clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals incorporating more than 1,380 physicians and 24,000 employees at 530 locations committed to improving the health of the communities it serves.
Dr. Cohen was appointed by NC’s Gov. Roy Cooper in January 2017. With 17,000 employees and an annual budget of $20 billion, her office works to improve the health of North Carolinians through services in N.C. Medicaid, public health, mental health, economic services, early childhood education and others. Dr. Cohen is an internal medicine physician who formerly services as chief operating officer and chief of staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A graduate of Cornell University, she earned a Doctor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and a Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.