Investing in and improving early childhood health and education is a top priority of Governor Roy Cooper, and the Department of Health and Human Services has many of the tools to make sure that all children in the state, regardless of their zip code, get off to the best start in life. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will share some of the early successes of the administration’s partnership with the General Assembly to fund an additional 3,500 new Pre-K slots over the next two years, as well as the department’s priorities in expanding access to healthcare for kids, improving birth outcomes statewide, investing in high-quality child care that helps prepare children for school and life, and reforming the state’s social services and child welfare system.
Since being appointed as secretary of the N.C. DHHS in January, Cohen and her team have worked to improve the health safety and well-being of North Carolinians. DHHS is a cabinet-level agency with approximately 16,000 employees and an annual budget of $20 billion. Among Cohen’s top priorities are combating the opioid crisis, building a strong, efficient Medicaid program, and improving early childhood education.
Cohen is an internal medicine physician and has experience leading complex health organizations. Before coming to DHHS, she was the chief operating officer and chief of staff at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She brings a deep understanding of health care to the state and has been responsible for implementing policies for Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Federal Marketplace.
A graduate of Cornell University, she received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Click here to read an op-ed written by Cohen and published in the News & Observer July 20, 2017.
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