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Former NC Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen to deliver Lambeth Lecture

March 1, 2022


Emerging from the COVID crisis: 

What have we learned, and where do we go from here?


Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH

Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

5:00 p.m. in person and via Zoom

Free and open to the public

Digital Program


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Dr. Mandy Cohen is an internal medicine physician and nationally recognized public health expert with extensive public sector experience in senior leadership positions at the state and federal level. Most recently, Dr. Cohen served as the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services from January 2017 until December 2021. Dr. Cohen led and was the face of North Carolina’s COVID response for Governor Cooper, participating in more than 150 press conferences. Her leadership and the state’s COVID response have been lauded for its focus on equity, data accountability, and transparent communication. Dr. Cohen also led the transition of North Carolina’s Medicaid program to managed care, and received national recognition for its innovation and its focus on whole-person care and the non-medical drivers of health.

Beginning in March of 2022, Dr. Cohen will join Aledade, the leading primary care enablement company, as Executive Vice President and will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of Aledade Care Solutions (ACS), the company’s new health services unit. Prior to her leadership in North Carolina, Dr. Cohen served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, helping to implement the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges and innovative new payment models.

Dr. Cohen has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and currently serves as an adjunct professor at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. A graduate of Cornell University, she received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health; she trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Cohen is married to Sam Cohen, a health care regulatory attorney and Senior Vice President for Health Policy at Curi. They have two daughters, ages 7 and 10.


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