NC ACT Leadership Team and Partner Organizations
The NC ACT Leadership Team consists of state-level associations committed to improving transitions of care for optimal safety, care, and coordination when patients transition between health care settings. The Leadership Team is charged with the ultimate accountability and responsibility for the Alliance’s success and compliance with funder requirements. The Team meets monthly and provides administrative support, leadership, and strategic direction for NC ACT. If your organization is interested in joining the Leadership Team please contact us.
Leadership Team agencies include: the North Carolina Quality Center, the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, Alliant -GMCF (QIN-QIO), Community Care of North Carolina, the Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Association on Aging. Read below for additional information on these agencies.
A Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) is a group of health quality experts, clinicians, and consumers organized to improve the care delivered to people with Medicare. Contracted to do this work by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the QIO works with all health care providers across the care continuum. The QIO brings local providers and community leaders together to work on improving the quality of health care and related community services. Alliant partners with organizations and agencies to support them in improving transitions of care.
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Jennifer Hodge, RN, MSBA
Task Lead, Coordination of Care
Established in 1972, AHHC is one of the oldest and largest organizations of its kind in the nation. AHHC represents over 825 agencies serving patients in all 100 counties. North Carolina home care and hospice agencies employ 100,000 and provide in home care and/or hospice service to over 500,000 North Carolinians. AHHC’s mission R.E.A.L: Resources, Education, Advocacy, Leadership!
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Cindy Morgan, RN, MSN, CHC, CHPN
Vice President for Hospice, Palliative Care & Clinical Innovation
Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) works to provide national leadership in health care reform, and by doing this to improve the health and quality of life of all North Carolinians by building and supporting better community-based health care delivery systems. CCNC strives to enhance and support advanced primary care for patients, effectively manage the care funded by Medicaid and other public programs to provide the best care at the best value for North Carolinians. CCNC also focuses on improving quality, value and resources available to the local health care system for the benefit of all North Carolinians. They work to collaborate effectively with all North Carolina health care providers and serve as a nonproprietary representative of all providers and integrator in our communities.
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Jennifer Cockerham, RN, BSN, CDE
Senior Vice President of Clinical Programs
The Division of Aging and Adult Services works to promote the independence and enhance the dignity of North Carolina’s older adults, persons with disabilities, and their families through a community-based system of opportunities, services, benefits, and protections.
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he North Carolina Association on Aging (NCAOA) is an organization representing community-based service providers in the North Carolina aging network. Under the umbrella of the Association there are three peer group Alliances: the NC Senior Center Alliance, the NC Caregivers Support Alliance, and the Senior Nutrition Alliance. The mission of the NCAOA is to represent agencies and other professionals in the field of aging who provide home & community based services, and advocate for quality programs which enable older adults and their families to live as independently as possible.
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Dr. Sandy C. Gregory
The NC Quality Center seeks to engage, educate and empower providers and patients to contribute to excellence in healthcare quality and patient safety. A part of the NC Hospital Association, the NCQC’s goals focus on promoting a fair and just patient safety culture, optimizing teamwork and communication among healthcare professionals, ensuring evidence-based care processes through reliable system design and gaining knowledge through organizational learning. Since it’s beginning in 2004, the NC Quality Center has engaged and supported almost every hospital in the state. A founding member of the NC ACT leadership team, NCQC promotes effective care transitions and the development of community cross continuum teams through learning networks, improvement collaboratives, and educational programming.
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Director of Operations, NCQC
NC ACT Staff:
Trish Vandersea, MPA
NC ACT Program Manager, NCQC
Trish is the Program Manager for the North Carolina Alliance for Effective Care Transitions (NC ACT), a statewide coalition bringing together organizations across North Carolina in partnership and collaboration, committed to improving the transition of care from one healthcare or home setting to another. Prior to joining the NCQC, Trish worked at Community Care of North Carolina as Project Manager for the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration working with CMS, BCBSNC, and the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees. She has extensive experience empowering high performing teams, strengthening collaborations with stakeholders and community agencies, and implementing evidenced based programming in communities across NC. Trish has a Master of Public Administration degree from Appalachian State University with a focus on Project Management and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. She lives in Cary with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
Sarah Roberts, PMP
Project Manager, NCQC
Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family relations from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She has 3 years of experience in Logistics Management and administrative assistance for Presentation Strategies in Durham, NC. PStrat assisted pharmaceutical companies in preparation and execution of FDA Advisory Committee Meetings. Sarah joined the North Carolina Quality Center in February 2012 as a Project Coordinator. She has worked for the Center the past 5 years on Safety Culture, Healthcare Acquired Infections, and Patient-Family Engagement Initiatives, as well as Education Programs, and on the NC Alliance for Effective Care Transitions. In November 2016 Sarah earned her Project Management Professionals (PMP) certification. She lives in Morrisville with her husband, son, and two dogs.