Bernstein Dinner

Berstein Fellows GatheringEvent Contact:
Rachel Presslein
919-821-0485 ext. 221
rachel.presslein@foundationhli.org

Each year the Foundation hosts the Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Fund Dinner & Lecture, bringing together over 300 health care professionals from all over the state of North Carolina and beyond to celebrate the legacy of Jim Bernstein and the work being done to advance health care access and community health in North Carolina. The proceeds from the event support the Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Fellows program, administered by the Foundation.


Thank You to Our 2017 Donors

The 12th Annual Event and the growth in our Fellows program would not be possible without your generous support.

Thank you to our Reception Co-Sponsors:
Access East, Inc.
Vidant Health
East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine

Thank you to our Future Leaders Sponsor:
Duke University Hospital

Thank you to our Pledge Match Sponsor:
Community Care of North Carolina


Event Information


Each year the Foundation recognizes outstanding individuals at the event through presentation of the following awards: the Jim Bernstein Community Health Career Achievement Award, the Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Distinguished Fellow Award, and the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation Community Achievement Award.

Jim Bernstein Community Health Career Achievement Award Recipients

2017: Dave Tayloe, Jr., MD, FAAP

Dr. Dave Tayloe, Jr. founded Goldsboro Pediatrics in 1977, shortly after completing medical school at the University of North Carolina and pediatric residencies at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and NC Memorial Hospital. Today, his practice includes 16 pediatricians, 7 nurse practitioners, 2 physician assistants, 2 behavioral health professionals, and a certified lactation consultant who provide comprehensive pediatric services in four offices coordinated by an electronic medical record.

A visionary community leader in efforts to address school health issues, school readiness (Reach Out and Read), child abuse, and adolescent pregnancy, Dr. Tayloe also directs six school-based health centers. He also currently serves as an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) and serves on the AMA Council on Legislation.

In prior years, Dr. Tayloe has also served in various leadership roles. He was previously the President of the national AAP (2008-2009) as well as its North Carolina Chapter (1993-1995), and served as the District IV AAP Chairperson and Executive Committee for the national AAP from 2001-2010. He was also an architect of the very successful child health system in North Carolina that includes the NC Universal Childhood Vaccine Distribution Program (sunset 2012), the physician-directed Medicaid managed care initiative, and the NC Health Choice Program (CHIP), and is now working to help Medicaid improve the care of special needs children.

2016: Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH

2015: Gene Cochrane, MBA

2014: Thomas Bacon, DrPH

2013: John Price, MPA

2012: Sarah Morrow, MD

2011: Olson Huff, MD

2010: Harvey Estes, MD

2009: John Frank, MBA

Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation Community Achievement Award Recipients

2017: Gayle B. Harris, MPH Gayle B. Harris is currently the public health director and the general manager for community well-being for Durham County, North Carolina. Working in a dual appointment, in addition to her duties as local public health director, Gayle serves as liaison between the County and the Department of Social Services, Cooperative Extension, Veteran Services, Alliance Behavior Health Care, Durham Public Libraries, City Parks and Recreation, Duke University Health System, Lincoln Community Health Center, Public and Private Universities, The United Way and other entities uniquely positioned to promote Durham’s health indicators to new levels.

With nearly 45 years of service with Durham County, Gayle has previously served a number of leadership roles. Prior to becoming public health director in 2009, Gayle has served as assistant health director, director of nursing, and in various other supervisory roles within the department’s Home Health Program. She was also elected to serve as the President of the North Carolina Public Health Nurse Administrators in 1994 and the President of the North Carolina Public Health Association in 2011.

Lauded as a skilled and resourceful community builder, Gayle is a valued public health leader who possesses knowledge, experience, and talent at strategic thinking. She has been described as consistently demonstrating superior leadership in the oversight of Public Health, in community relationships, and in extending her talents in other areas of county governance, and has been recognized for her tireless efforts to address the social determinants of health throughout Durham.

A Durham native, Gayle earned a BSN from Duke University and a MPH from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.

2016: Robin Tutor Marcom, EdD, MPH, OTR/L

Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Distinguished Fellow Award Recipients

2017: Steve North, MD, MPH

Steve North PortraitSteve North, MD, MPH is a 2007-2009 alumnus of the Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellows program. He is a family physician and adolescent medicine specialist at Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, a rural health center. He also serves as the Regional Clinical Leader for the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital rural health centers, serves as the Medical Director for Mission Virtual Care, and is the Medical Director and Founder for the Center for Rural Health Innovation.

In 2011, as a result of his Bernstein Fellows project, he founded the Health-e-Schools school-based telemedicine program. Currently, Health-e-Schools provides access to acute care, primary care, adolescent medicine, and comprehensive asthma services to over 18,000 students at 40 schools in western NC. In 2014, the program was awarded the American Telemedicine Association’s President’s Award for Health, Quality and Innovation.

Dr. North is the Rural Telehealth Research Fellow at the UNC’s Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a co-author of the American Telemedicine Association’s Pediatric Telehealth Guidelines, and a member of the National Quality Forum’s Telehealth Committee. He currently serves on the boards of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center, the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation, and Parkway Playhouse.

He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his medical doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine Residency, Adolescent Medicine Fellowship, and Master’s in Public Health at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

He lives in Spruce Pine, NC with his sons Eli and Oscar where they spend their free time building Legos, playing ping pong, and reading about dragons.

2015: Ron Gaskins, MPA, MBA

The event often features a distinguished health professional who speaks on a relevant issue facing healthcare at the state or national level.

Bernstein Dinner Speakers

2016: Marcia K. Brand, Ph.D.

2014: Jonathan Oberlander, Ph.D., MA

2012: Tom Morris, MPA

2011: Valinda Rutledge, MSN, MBA

2010: Emily Friedman

2009: Fitzhugh Mullen, MD

2008: Edward Salsberg, MPA

2007: Trish Riley, MS

2006: Ed Wager, MD

 Photos from Past Events