NCMS Morning Rounds 11-14-19

Happy chilly Thursday! Here’s your

NCMS Morning Rounds.

Nov. 14, 2019

Coming Soon – the NCMS 2020 Calendar!

The long-awaited NCMS calendar, featuring the photos of your NCMS member colleagues, is at the printer and will be mailed soon to NCMS life members and those who have renewed their membership for the coming year. If you have not yet renewed, you can do so now here,so you’ll be sure to receive your 2020 calendar.

This year’s calendar includes all NCMS Board and Committee meetings, which are open to NCMS members, so you can plan to be engaged in areas of interest to you.

The photo contest winners’ artwork will be revealed when you receive your calendar.

The featured photos are:
• “The Alpha Pair” by Kathryn McConnell Greven, MD.
• “River of Fire” by Karl S. Chiang, MD.
• “Frozen: Linn Cove Viaduct” by Craig M. Greven, MD.
• “Patagonia Sunrise” by Rodger D. Israel, MD, MPH.
• “Black Pebble Beach” by Vikas J. Patel, MD.
• “Female Bluebird Making Her Approach” by M. E. Dossenbach, PA-C.
• “Pollinating Bees” by Charles H. Classen, Jr., MD.
• “Chihuly Glass at Biltmore Estate” by Jeffrey L. Coston, DO.
• “The Standing Stones of Stenness after a Summer Rain” by Robert M. Varnell, MD.
• “A King Quietly Admires His African Dreamland” by Cynthia M. Gary, MPH, PA-C.
• “Art of the Microbes” by Hampton A. Howell, MD.
• “Lilac-Breasted Roller” by P. Mark Gallerani, MD.
• “Barn” by Arnold C. Olegario, MD.

Be informed: The NC Medical Board Meets Next Week

While portions of the NC Medical Board’s work must be carried out behind closed doors, much of this regulatory body’s work is open to you as physicians and physician assistants. Stay informed about the Board’s work through its website and following it on Twitter, @ncmedboard. The Board will meet next week, Nov. 20-22, at its headquarters in Raleigh.

At the upcoming meeting, the Board will hear from its outreach committee on its efforts; and review various policies among other business.

You can review the full agenda on the Board’s website. The Board meets approximately six times a year.

Devlin to Chair CDC Foundation Board

Longtime NCMS associate and leader, Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH, has been named Chair of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation Board of Directors. As authorized by Congress, the Foundation helps the CDC save and improve lives through collaboration between the CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world.

A Professor of the Practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Devlin joined the CDC Foundation’s board in 2012.

“Since joining our board seven years ago, Leah has made incredible contributions to the CDC Foundation,” said Judith Monroe, MD, president and chief executive officer of the CDC Foundation. “Leah’s passion for public health shines through in all of her efforts. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Leah as we act with our board members, staff, donors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to save and improve lives in America and across the globe.”

Dr. Devlin has more than 30 years of experience in public health practice in the state of North Carolina and served as state health director from 2001 to 2009. [Read the Summer 2019 issue of the NCMS’ Bulletin Magazine for more on her views on public health in North Carolina.]

Dr. Devlin also has served as president of the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, North Carolina Public Health Association and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). In addition to her service as board chair of the CDC Foundation, Devlin is a board member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Gillings School of Global Public Health Advisory Council, Campbell University and the NC Healthcare Foundation. She also has served on the NCMS Foundation’s Board of Trustees and currently is part of the campaign cabinet for the NCMS’ Business Alliance.

Dr. Devlin earned her bachelor’s degree, doctor of dental surgery degree and master’s in public health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the School of Public Health’s honor society. In 2008, she received the University’s Distinguished Alumna Award.

Congratulations, Dr. Devlin!

In the News

No State Budget? No Medicaid Transformation?, North Carolina Health News, 11-12-19 [The article misstates the name of the provider-led entity selected to provide Medicaid managed care services in three regions of the state. The correct name is Carolina Complete Health.]

Learning Opportunity

The NC Department of Health and Human Services Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee will meet Friday, Dec. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the McKimmon Center at NC State in Raleigh. The focus of the meeting will be on Medication Assisted Treatment for substance use disorder and health services in jail and justice involving those with SUD. Learn more and register.



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