Recap: The 12th Annual Bernstein Dinner

Our warmest thank you to you all for the success of the 12th Annual Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Fund Dinner & Lecture. Each year, we are delighted to bring 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 and the Jim & Sue Bernstein Health Center Scholarship programs, administered by the Foundation. This year, we generated over $50,000 for these key programs. Please see the list of our 2017 Dinner Donors here. Thank you all—this event and the growth of our Bernstein programs would not be possible without your generous support.

We also had the privilege of recognizing 3 outstanding individuals for their extraordinary service toward the betterment of our communities. Dr. Dave Tayloe Jr., founder of Goldsboro Pediatrics and a visionary community leader, was awarded the Jim Bernstein Community Health Career Achievement Award, for his lifelong career advocating for the health of children.  Gayle B. Harris, public health director and general manager for community well-being for Durham County, was the recipient of the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation Community Achievement Award, testament to her vital role in inspiring community health initiatives. Dr. Steve North, a family physician and founder of the Center for Rural Health Innovation in Spruce Pine, was awarded the Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Distinguished Fellow Award for his exceptional representation as an alumnus of the ideals of the Fellows program.

We also had the honor of congratulating our graduating Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Fellows:

  • Jamie Cousins, MPA
  • Erin Hultgren, MPH
  • Rod Jenkins, MHA
  • Pete McQuiston
  • Catherine Parker, MA

We welcome the 2019 class of Fellows, eight emerging leaders who will embark on their two-year term as they continue to work and improve the health of the underserved in NC communities in North Carolina:

  • Amanda Bennett, BA
  • Lance Goller, MPA
  • Rebecca Grandy, PharmD
  • Shelisa Howard-Martinez, MPA
  • Jennifer Layton, MSPH
  • Bridgett Luckey, MHA
  • Schell McCall
  • Alice Pollard, MSW/MSPH

Click here for bios on all past and current Bernstein Fellows.

It was a memorable night of reflection, connection, and support. We are already looking forward to the next Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Dinner, so please save the date- Thursday, October 18th!