New Staff Feature: Past Bernstein Fellow Tim Smith Joins the Foundation

Tim SmithTim Smith, a past Bernstein Fellow (2012-2014) and full-time Research Associate for Carolina HealthNet (CHN), will be joining the Foundation part-time to assist them with data collection and evaluation. CHN aims to connect uninsured patients to high-quality, low-cost healthcare while educating them on the merits of a patient centered medical home. The Foundation looks forward to having Tim and his expertise on the team. We asked Tim a few questions to get to know him better.

Q: Where are you from and how did you end up in North Carolina?

A: I was born and raised in Chapel Hill, so I didn’t have much choice about coming to NC. But I have chosen not to leave!  My wife, Kelly, was also born and raised in Chapel Hill and we still make our home there with our daughter, Lauren.

Q: What drew you to the Foundation?

A: When I learned about the Bernstein Fellowship and the work the Foundation does, I decided to apply for the fellowship. I was fortunate enough to be one of 4 chosen that year (2012-2014) and that is where my relationship with the Foundation began.  A commitment to rural health and health equity for all are passions I definitely share with FHLI.

Q: What type of organizations have you worked for in the past?

A: I have worked for several types of organizations ranging from political campaigns, higher education and several different non-profits working with rural areas to improve economic development and health outcomes.

Q: What are you excited for in this position?

A: To be part of an organization that works every day to bring our communities closer to a place where all North Carolinians (and beyond) have access to high quality, affordable healthcare.  Working across the different programs will allow me to learn about the different initiatives occurring to help us get there.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?

A: My wife, Kelly, and I enjoy playing with our 19-month old daughter, Lauren, and taking family walks with our dog, Basil. I like attending UNC Tar Heel sporting events, playing golf, running and other exercise. Relaxing with family and friends is important, too.