Care Share Health Alliance (Care Share) is pleased to announce that it can now help strengthen North Carolina’s Medicaid transformation efforts and ensure the success of Healthy Opportunities Pilot (HOP) implementation by establishing an HOP resource center, providing technical assistance and sharing best practices across the Western, Eastern and Southeastern regions of North Carolina, as well as designing an infrastructure to bring state and community Medicaid transformation stakeholders together. This is thanks to $500,000 in grant funding awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and $439,120 awarded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, located in Winston-Salem.
“The NC Collaborative on Medicaid Transformation that Care Share has been leading for the last two years is an important way to connect, convene, and create new conversations around capacity building and health equity. It’s becoming an increasingly important space for stakeholders to learn together, and we can’t wait to see more engagement in this work,” said Valerie Stewart, Director of Leadership and Capacity Building at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. “We are encouraged and excited about Care Share leading the way for shared resources and collective capacity of our nonprofit sector in these transformation efforts.”
“This generous funding will allow Care Share to continue and strengthen the work the organization is doing to support Medicaid transformation in North Carolina and the Healthy Opportunities Pilots,” said Care Share Health Alliance Board Chair, Alice Pollard. “Care Share’s experience with, and focus on, collaboration is essential as we work towards a health care system that is more equitable and consumer-focused.”
Care Share supports state and community-level stakeholders by informing, connecting, and aligning organizations and systems to remove barriers to health and well-being. Fundamental to Care Share’s mission is bringing greater voice to those experiencing health inequities by promoting consumer-driven solutions that have the potential to shift the way healthcare is delivered at a systemic level, while reducing overall costs. With its history of relationship building and work in the health equity space, Care Share will be able to facilitate the coordination of key partners to ensure the successful implementation of North Carolina’s Medicaid transformation.
“We are beyond grateful and excited for this opportunity to further our work in supporting Medicaid transformation and the success of the Healthy Opportunities Pilots,” said Care Share Health Alliance Executive Director, Weyling White. “I want to thank Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and Kate B. Reynolds for not only their generous support but also for their commitment to communities and building capacity for organizations like Care Share and others across the state.”
Care Share Health Alliance is a North Carolina based non-profit that builds capacity, creates networks, and partners for systems change so that communities are healthy and equitable. Learn more about Care Share at www.caresharehealth.org
The Kate B. Reynolds Trust was established in 1947 and is now one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life for residents in Forsyth County and around North Carolina. The Health Improvement in North Carolina program area supports equitable access to care and equitable health outcomes across the state. The Local Impact in Forsyth County program area works to foster an inclusive economy and improve the quality of life in Forsyth County. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. serves as sole trustee. www.kbr.org
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is a private, charitable foundation established as an independent entity by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina in 2000. Over the past two decades, the organization has worked with – and supported – nonprofit organizations, government entities, and community partnerships across the state, investing $178 million into North Carolina through more than 1,200 grants. Within its focus areas of early childhood, healthy communities, healthy food, and oral health, the Foundation strives to address the key drivers of health, taking a flexible approach designed to meet identified needs in partnership with the community. Learn more at bcbsncfoundation.org