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Dogwood Health Trust Establishes Impact Health For WNC


Last updated 7/5/2021 at 10:08am

Dogwood Health Trust has announced the establishment of Impact Health, a new entity formed to manage and oversee the Healthy Opportunities Pilot across Western North Carolina’s 18 counties.

The Healthy Opport-unities Pilot is the nation’s first comprehensive program to test evidence-based, non-medical interventions designed to reduce costs and improve the health of Medicaid members.

The groundbreaking program will create a systematic approach to integrating and financing services that address housing stability, transport-ation access, food security and interpersonal safety into the delivery of health care – with a goal of building the evidence base to identify which services are most effective at improving health and lowering health care costs.

Impact Health will focus solely on deploying Healthy Opportunities throughout the region. Its main function will be to provide resources, training and support to a consortium of human services organizations (HSOs) and providers delivering qual-ifying non-medical services important for improved health outcomes for eligible Medicaid members.

Robyn Hamilton, a seasoned leader with deep organizational and comm-unity building experience, has been selected to serve as the executive director for Impact Health.

Hamilton will be tasked with setting up Impact Health’s initial operations and hiring its staff in the coming months. Hamilton’s background includes extensive exper-ience in organization effectiveness, strategic planning, leader-ship, community affairs, diversity and inclusion. Prior to Impact Health, she operated The Hamilton Experience, an advisory firm that provides clients with strategies for philanthropic endeavors, community and economic development, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives. Hamil-ton also held various leadership positions within Novant Health, a not-for-profit integrated health system serving North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia, and served in both the Army and Air Force National Guard. She received a Master’s in business administration from Queens University’s Hugh McColl School of Business and a Bachelor’s in human resource management from Saint Leo College.

“This is a unique opportunity for Western North Carolina to demon-strate a better way to invest in health,” Hamilton said. “I am looking forward to making strong connections with human service organizations across the region and working with them to implement a pilot that will be both instructive and inspiring for our region, the state and the country.”

To learn more about employment opportunities or Impact Health, visit Dog-wood’s temporary webpage for Impact Health at http://www.dogwoodhealth-trust. org/ healthy-opportunities.

Dogwood Health Trust is a private foundation based in Asheville, with the sole purpose of dram-atically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities of 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust was created from the net proceeds of the sale of Mission Hospital System and focuses on innovative and equitable ways to address the many factors that contribute to overall health and wellness, with a focus on housing, education, economic opportunity, and access to care and health resources. To learn more, visit


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