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Salem Academy & College's Health Leadership Forum

Salem Academy and College will hold its fourth Health Leadership Forum on Friday, October 18, 2024.

Salem’s Health Leadership Forum features a selection of women in health leadership roles from around the nation. This conference offers an opportunity for discussion of current trends in health and networking while hearing from some of the nation’s most widely recognized experts and innovators in their fields.

Health Leadership Forum

Come join us in October for a fantastic day of discussion and connection centered around the topics of leadership in the healthcare industry.

Keynote Speaker

Charlene Wong, MD MSHP serves as the Senior Advisor for Health Strategy in the Office of the Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, she is coordinating a collaborative approach to protecting health that brings public health alongside efforts in health care and social supports.  This work spans CDC’s priority areas of supporting young families, mental health and overdose, and readiness and response.  She previously served as the inaugural Assistant Secretary for Children and Families and the Chief Health Policy Officer for COVID-19 in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).

Dr. Wong was faculty at Duke University and served as the Executive Director of North Carolina Integrated Care for Kids (NC InCK), an innovative model serving ~100,000 Medicaid-insured children in central North Carolina. She is a primary care pediatrician, specializing in adolescent and young adult medicine. She completed her medical, research and policy training at Emory University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, University of Washington, and University of Pennsylvania.

HLF Agenda

For the Health Leadership Forum on October 18, 2024 at Salem Academy & College, the agenda is as follows:

  • 8:30 to 9:00 am – Check-in
  • 9:00 to 9:10 am – Welcome
  • 9:10 to 9:40 am – Keynote Address
  • 9:40 to 9:55 am – Break
  • 9:55 to 10:35 am – Panel One: Diverse Perspectives on Maternal and Child Health
  • 10:35 to 10:50 am – Break
  • 10:50 to 11:30 am – Panel Two: Addressing Equity for Homeless Populations: National And Local Perspectives
  • 11:30 to 11:45 am – Break
  • 11:45 am to 12:25 pm – Leadership Roundtable: Pathways to Success
  • 12:30 to 1:30 pm – Networking Luncheon in the Refectory Dining Hall


Panel One: Diverse Perspectives on Maternal and Child Health

  • Anastasia Gage, PhD – Professor, Tulane University School of Public Health (Global Maternal and Child Health), New Orleans
  • Natalie Hernandez, PhD, MPH – Executive Director, Center for Maternal Health Equity, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta
  • Esther Leerkes, PhD – Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professor of Human Development and Family Studies & Associate Dean of Research, UNC Greensboro

Panel Two: Addressing Equity for Homeless Populations: National And Local Perspectives

Credit Statement

2.5 Contact Hours from Northwest AHEC

Nurses: This educational activity (2.5 contact hours) can be applied toward your continuing competence plan for maintaining your current licensure with the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Northwest AHEC is recognized by the North Carolina Psychology Board as an approved provider of (Category A) Continuing Education for North Carolina Licensed Psychologists. This program will provide 2.5 contact hours of (Category A) continuing education for North Carolina psychologists. No partial credit will be given.

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