Dr. Pam Silberman already felt honored to accept the NC Justice Center’s Lifetime Champion of Justice Award at a special ceremony in Durham, NC, on March 7.
Little did she know that before the night was out, she also would be presented with the North Carolina Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, reserved for those who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.
“It was an overwhelming evening, to say the least,” Dr. Silberman said. “I was so honored to receive the Lifetime Champion of Justice Award from the NC Justice Center, one of the most effective anti-poverty advocacy organizations in our state. But I was shocked when they also gave me the Long Leaf Pine award.”
A professor of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, director of the School’s executive doctoral program in health leadership and co-director of the School’s Master of Public Health concentration in health policy, Dr. Silberman’s research centers on Medicaid, the health care safety net, uninsured populations, rural health and the Affordable Care Act.
Earlier in her career, she was a statewide advocate for consumers who earn low incomes and communities with limited resources. She served as the health and public benefits attorney at the NC Legal Services Resource Center, the predecessor organization to the NC Justice Center.
During the Clinton health reform debate in Congress, Dr. Silberman created the Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition (now the Health Advocacy Project), a coalition of more than 140 different community-based religious and advocacy organizations working on health reform from a consumer perspective.Friday Letter Submission