Friday Facts is a short (8:30 – 9:00AM), weekly, news style “show” designed to provide you with the latest updates on a variety of topics and features different guest speakers each week.
Although our work as a Coalition can be formal with legislators, webinars, policy changes, and education, our work is also about changing the culture of Serious Illness Care.
Rich sharing, building community, and creativity comes from these informal conversations that impact more than information, but also our vulnerabilities as human beings.
Friday Facts is much about how we relate to one another, how we operate in our professions, and helps us strengthen resilience in the work that we do.
**Friday facts occur every Friday except on Holidays and the 3rd Friday of each month**
See our schedule below along with past broadcasts.
Speaker: Gale Adcock, FNP
NC State Representative (41st District)
Gale Adcock, FNP, is a family nurse practitioner. She has served in the North Carolina House of Representatives representing the 41st district (including constituents in Wake County) since 2015. She is also the House Deputy Democratic Leader. She shares her experience as a health care provider and the importance of health care legislation.
Speaker: Kathy Colville, MSPH, MSW
President and CEO, North Carolina Institute of Medicine
Kathy Colville, MSPH, MSW, is the President and CEO of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. She shares her experience and insights with the North Carolina Serious Illness Coalition during this weekly interview series.
Speaker: Chester Williams, MS
Founder, A Better Chance A Better Community
Chester Williams is the Founder of A Better Chance A Better Community (ABC2), a program to “empower young people by providing a life skills program that promotes positive values, healthy habits, and education through community development, culture, and awareness– resulting in real life power, World Changers as Game Changers.” Williams is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University with a Masters in Mathematical Physics from Indiana University. He shares about ABC2 and the importance of health advocacy in rural North Carolinian communities.
Speaker: Tina Gordon, MPA, CAE, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer, North Carolina Nurses Association
Tina Gordon is a the Chief Executive Officer for North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA). She shares about growing up in rural North Carolina and her career path through politics to representing the state’s nurse practitioners.
Speaker: Erin E. Kent, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Member, Lineberger Comprehensive Center Cancer Prevention and Control Program
Dr. Erin Kent is a social epidemiologist and brings significant insights especially to the social support needs and opportunities for people with serious illness.
Speaker: Mary Bethel
Mary Bethel joined us for Friday Facts today to discuss issues around Aging and how aging advocates can be involved in Caregiving.
Speaker: Lily Gillmor, MSPC, BSN, RN, CHPPN
Associate VP of Palliative Care & Kids, Transitions Life Care
Lily is the Associate VP of Palliative Care & Kids and started the Transitions Kids program six years ago. She currently serves on NHPCO’s Pediatric Advisory Council and is the Chair of the NC Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition.
Speaker: Bill Lamb
Board Chair, Friends of Residents in Long Term Care
Bill joined us as our featured guest speaker for this week’s Friday Facts to discuss his background, his role with FORLTC, and to share an invite to the upcoming Fall Gala.
Speaker: Ann McNellis Elmore
NC Department of the Secretary of State, Agency Legal Specialist: Investor Protection, Business Outreach, Advance Health Care Directive Registry Awareness
Ann Elmore joined us as our featured guest speaker for this week’s Friday Facts to discuss her family background, her career path, and how the NC SOS and NCSI can come together to achieve a better future.
Speaker: Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith
UNC Kenan Distinguished Professor of Social Medicine, Director of the Center for Health and Equity Research, Professor of Internal Medicine
Dr. Corbie-Smith is nationally recognized for her scholarly work on the inclusion of disparity populations in research, and has over a decade of experience in using community engagement to conduct innovative, translational health equity research. She has shown a deep commitment to working in North Carolina by bringing research to communities, involving community members as partners in research, and improving health of minority populations and underserved areas.
Speaker: Stan Walters
Join us as we welcome Caregiver and Patient Engagement Work Group member, Stan Walter. In this interview, Stan talks about his personal experience as a caregiver and why self-care is so important. Stan’s selfless caregiving serves as an inspiration and reinforces why the voices of caregivers always belong at the table.
Speaker: Dr. John Moskop
Professor of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Dr. Moskop is Professor of Internal Medicine and Wallace and Mona Wu Chair of Biomedical Ethics at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He is author of more than one hundred articles and book chapters on ethical issues in emergency medicine, death and dying, the allocation of health care, and other topics in bioethics. Dr. Moskop is a member and 2020-2021 chair of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the Ethical and Judicial Affairs Task Force of the North Carolina Medical Society.
Speaker: Michelle Ries
Associate Director, NCIOM
Join us as we welcome NCIOM’s Michelle Ries. In this interview, Michelle highlights her work within the serious illness space and shares how she went from Broadway to Public Health.
Speaker: Mark Hensley
Associate State Director, AARP North Carolina
Mark Hensley, member of the NCSI Caregiving and Patient Engagement Work Group, joined us as our featured guest speaker for this week’s Friday Facts. As an advocate for older adults and the LGBTQIA+ community, Mark discussed his background, his career path, and his caregiving experience. Mark also highlighted resources related to alzheimer’s and dementia.
Speaker: Julia Adams-Scheurich, MSL
Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy , Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina and South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association
If you’ve been following the current ACP legislation closely, you’ve most likely seen and heard from Julia. Julie Adams-Scheurich joined us as our featured guest speaker for this week’s Friday Facts to discuss her family background, her career path, and to highlight the importance of self-advocacy.
Speaker: Jai Kumar, MPH
Senior Director, Program Design, Carolinas Health Innovation Institute
If you missed the May Coalition meeting, not to worry! Jai Kumar came back as our featured guest speaker for this week’s Friday Facts. Kumar discussed his background, how his mother’s serious illness journey inspired his career, and how the Coalition and CHII can collaborate in the serious illness space.
Speaker: Jeff Thigpen
Register of Deeds, Guilford County
This Friday, Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen, joined as our featured guest speaker. Thigpen discussed his background, what inspired his career choices, his podcast, and how the Coalition can use “connection and collaboration” to reach a common goal.
Speaker: Bebe Smith, MSW, LCSW
Director of Mental Health/NCEBPC Project Coordinator, Southern Regional AHEC
This Friday, NCSI Coalition member, Bebe Smith, MSW, LCSW, joined as our featured guest speaker. She discussed her background, what inspired her career choices including her role as Director of Mental Health/NCEBPC Project Coordinator (Southern Regional AHEC), and how the Coalition can get support and include mental health advance care planning documents.
Speaker: Ellie Ward, BSN, RN
Advance Care Planning Coordinator, Vidant Health
This Friday, NCSI Coalition member, Ellie Ward, BSN, RN, joined as our featured guest speaker. She discussed her background and what inspired her career choices including her role as Advance Care Planning Coordinator at Vidant Health.
Speaker: Rev. F. Keith Stirewalt PA-C MBA MDiv
Program Director FaithHealth and Clinical Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Health
This Friday, NCSI Coalition member, Keith Stirewalt, joined as our featured guest speaker. Rev. Stirewalt discussed his background, what inspired his career choices, and how the Coalition can get more involved with faith-based partners.
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