July 3, 2020
Governor Roy Cooper has named Sandra B. Greene, DrPH, vice chair of the North Carolina State Healthcare Coordinating Council (SHCC). Greene is a professor of the practice of health policy at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. She previously served as vice president of strategic information at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
The SHCC is a body of 27 members, all appointed by the Governor to develop the State Medical Facilities Plan. This annual plan directs health planning for N.C. health care facilities and services, and determines where and when more services are needed.
The appointment is especially significant as the Governor has never appointed a vice chair of the SHCC before.
“I have served on this Council since 1996,” Greene said. “For the past 10 years, I’ve chaired the Acute Care Committee of the SHCC, which oversees planning for expansion of hospital services. Of course, I told the Governor’s office I was honored and would be pleased to serve in this new role.”
Greene is an alumna of the biostatistics department at the Gillings School, where she now teaches courses in research design and methodology. She also is a senior research fellow and codirector of the program on healthcare finance at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.
Building on her expertise in health insurance claims data, Greene developed the Carolina Cost and Quality Initiative. This is a collaborative effort between UNC-Chapel Hill and owners of health insurance claims data in North Carolina. The project makes claims data available to University faculty and graduate students for research purposes.
“I’m grateful to have these appointees serving North Carolina,” Cooper said in a statement about the group of recent appointees. “Their expertise will help our boards and commissions make critical decisions about our state’s workforce, environment and communities.”