November 23, 2021

Dr. Sandra Greene

Dr. Sandra Greene

Sandra Greene, DrPH, senior research fellow and co-director of the program on health care economics and finance at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, was recently appointed as chair of the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) by Governor Roy Cooper’s office. The SHCC oversees health planning in the state and develops the annual State Medical Facilities Plan to guide expansion of health care services in this state.

Greene, who is an alumna in biostatistics and a professor of practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been a member of the SHCC for 25 years and has served as vice-chair for the past two years. There are 25 members of the SHCC, all appointed by the Governor, who represent providers, business and industry, city and state government, and members at large.

Through Greene’s leadership and service to the state, the Cecil G. Sheps Center makes several valuable datasets available for all UNC researchers to use, including N.C. hospital discharge data, state and national Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data, and NC medical insurance claims from multiple payors (NC Medicaid, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, NC State Health Plan, Medicare and IBM MarketScan). Insurance claims data represent about 80 percent of all medical insurance claims filed in N.C.

These valuable sources of data are part of a larger initiative that Sandra helped found called the Carolina Cost and Quality Initiative (CCQI), which is a collaborative partnership between the Gillings School and the Sheps Center and is supported by the NC TraCS Institute. Its mission is to promote population-based research on the incidence and prevalence of disease in insured populations, patterns of utilization and treatment, and cost of care in N.C. in order to improve the delivery and quality of care for its residents.

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