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Governor Cooper appoints Sandra Greene as Chair of NC State Health Coordinating Council

Sandra Greene headshotSandra Greene, DrPH, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Program on Healthcare Economics and Finance at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health was recently appointed as Chair of the NC State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) by Governor Roy Cooper’s office.  The SHCC oversees health planning in the state and develops the annual State Medical Facilities Plan to guide expansion of heath care services in this state.  Dr. Greene has been a member of the SHCC for 25 years, and has served as Vice-Chair for the past two years. There are 25 members of the SHCC, all appointed by the Governor, who represent providers, business and industry, city and state government as well as members at large.

Through Dr. Greene’s leadership and service to the state, the Cecil G. Sheps Center makes several valuable datasets available for all UNC Researchers to use including NC Hospital Discharge data, state and national Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data, and NC medical insurance claims from multiple payors (NC Medicaid, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC,  NC State Health Plan, Medicare, and IBM MarketScan).  Insurance claims data represent about 80% of all medical insurance claims filed in NC. These valuable sources of data are part of a larger initiative that Sandra helped found called the Carolina Cost and Quality Initiative (CCQI), which is a collaborative partnership between UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and is supported by the NC TraCS Institute. Its mission is to promote population-based research on the incidence and prevalence of disease in insured populations, patterns of utilization and treatment, and cost of care in North Carolina in order to improve the delivery and quality of care for its residents.