Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture featuring Mandy Cohen
Mandy Cohen is North Carolina's Secretary of Health and Human Services where she leads one of North Carolina's largest departments, with around 16,000 employees. The state agency covers public health, mental health, social services, early childhood education and more. It runs three psychiatric hospitals, three residential centers for people with developmental disabilities and other facilities.
Cohen is an internal medicine physician and has experience leading complex health organizations. Before coming to the N.C. DHHS, she was the chief operating officer and chief of staff at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She brings a deep understanding of health care to the state and has been responsible for implementing policies for Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Federal Marketplace.
A graduate of Cornell University, Cohen received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a Master's in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Among her top priorities are combating the opioid crisis, building a strong, efficient Medicaid program, and improving early childhood education.