2020 North Carolina Public Health Leaders' Conference

Shifting the Trajectory: Advancing Equity in Public Health

January 23-24, 2020
3415 Wake Forest Rd.
North Raleigh Hilton
Raleigh, NC

The 2020 North Carolina Public Health Leaders' Conference was held January 23-24, 2020, at the Hilton North Raleigh Midtown. The 2020 conference focused on health equity associated with health costs, chronic disease (cancer), management, and reducing implicit bias. The conference also addressed the preparation and implementation of Healthy North Carolina 2030, the state's health improvement plan.

General session speakers included:

  • Elizabeth Tilson, MD, MPH, State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer, NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc, Kenan Distinguished Professor, Department of Social Medicine, Department of Medicine, UNC School of Medicine
  • Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Melanie Rivera, Vice President, The Management Center
  • Rosemarie Allen, EdD, Associate Professor, School of Education, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Kelly Crosbie, MSW, LCSW, Deputy Director, Quality and Population Health, NC Medicaid, Division of Health Benefits
  • Sheila F. Davies, PhD, Director, Dare County Department of Health and Human Services
  • Stacie Saunders, MPH, Director, Alamance County Health Department


Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award

Evelyn Foust and Belinda Pettiford, two longtime leaders in NCDHHS’s Division of Public Health (DPH), were recognized by their peers for their accomplishments with Ronald H. Levine Legacy Awards. Foust is head of the Communicable Disease Branch and Pettiford is head of the Women’s Health Branch.

 Past Recipients

  • 2019 - Sally Herndon, MPH, Head of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch, and Dr. John Morrow, former Director, Pitt County Health Department
  • 2018 - Chris Hoke, Chief of the Division of Public Health’s Office of Regulatory and Legal Affairs
  • 2017
    • Bob Seligson, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President and CEO of the North Carolina Medical Society
    • Megan Davies, MD, former state Epidemiologist and North Carolina Division of Public Health Epidemiology Section Chief
  • 2016 - Thomas J. Vitaglione, MPH
  • 2015 - Jerry Parks
  • 2014 - Joy Reed
  • 2013 - Pam Silberman
  • 2012 - William Pully
  • 2011 - Rachael Stevens
  • 2010
    • Paul M. Stone
    • Beth Lovette
  • 2009
    • Don Yousey
    • Dean Smith
    • Dr. Leah Devlin
  • 2008
    • Thomas D. Bridges
    • Mary L. Piepenbring
    • John H. Frank
  • 2007
    • Carmen Hooker-Odom, former Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Sen. William R. Purcell
    • Rep. Edd Nye
  • 2006
  • 2005 - Dr. Jesse H. Meredith
  • 2004 - Dr. J.N. "Newt" MacCormack

About the Legacy Award

The person honored with the Legacy Award for Public Health will have a distinguished record of achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Expanding the scope and impact of public health services and programs;
  • Significantly improving public health systems, capacity or infrastructure;
  • Enhancing public health capacity through policy development or collaboration with the private sector;
  • Improving the public’s health through the creation of sustained partnerships; and/or
  • Fostering public health improvement through sound science and research.

In order to be considered for the Statewide Impact Award, the selected individual’s contribution in one or more of these areas must have been sustained and significant.

Criteria for Selection

To be eligible for the Legacy Award for Public Health – Statewide Impact, the selected individual must have been:

  • Active in the practice of public health for a period of not less than 10 years; or,
  • In a position to directly influence or guide public health systems change with regard to the body of public health work under consideration;


  • Successful in making an enduring contribution to North Carolina’s state and local public health system.

Selections are not limited to state and local public health staff.


Last Modified: March 3, 2020