Innovative Strategies to Address SDOH: Lessons From North Carolina’s Healthy Opportunities Pilots

North Carolina’s “Healthy Opportunities Pilots” were among the first 1115 demonstrations granting broad state authority to leverage Medicaid funding to address drivers of health—the conditions in which people live, work and learn that determine up to 80% of health outcomes. In a new webinar, Manatt Health will host a conversation with leadership and key partners in North Carolina’s Healthy Opportunities Pilots. The session will share on-the-ground experiences, lessons learned and best practices from this far-reaching program to test and evaluate the impact of providing Medicaid enrollees with evidence-based, nonmedical interventions related to food, housing, transportation, interpersonal safety and toxic stress. Topics that will be covered include:

  • An overview of key features of North Carolina’s Healthy Opportunities Pilots
  • A look at how diverse stakeholders across the health and human services continuum are working together to deliver nonmedical services to Medicaid beneficiaries
  • Lessons learned, including key successes and barriers, from the Healthy Opportunities Pilot design and implementation
  • Firsthand experiences of participating entities, including community-based organizations and health plans
  • Strategies for ensuring eligible Medicaid enrollees are engaged in services that address health-related social needs and promote operational efficiency across Pilot entities



  • Melinda Dutton, Partner, Manatt Health
  • Emilie Hart, Regional Director, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, Inc.
  • Jay Ludlam, Deputy Secretary, North Carolina Medicaid
  • Sarah C. Ridout, Healthy Opportunities Program Director, Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear
  • Ayana N. Simon, Manager, Community Health Services/Healthy Opportunities Program Director, Carolina Complete Health
  • Amanda Van Vleet, Associate Director of Innovation, Healthy Opportunities Pilot Program Lead, North Carolina Medicaid

Date and Time:

Thursday, March 30
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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