- Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 20:27
Laura Emerson Edwards, RN, MPA - Director
As a Registered Nurse, Laura Edwards has been dedicated to serving the underserved throughout her career. With experience in a variety of health care settings, Laura began working in public/community health more than 15 years ago and knew she had found her passion. In 2010, she began to work to improve the health of all North Carolinians through implementation of the NC Prevention Action Plan, followed in 2011 by dissemination of the Healthy NC 2020 (HNC2020) objectives and now with a focus on implementation of evidence based strategies. In her role as Director of the Center for Healthy North Carolina, she is dedicated to population health improvement and believes that interventions based on community needs and priorities are the way to move NC to “A Better State of Health.” Laura is committed to building capacity in communities across NC for the implementation of evidence based strategies (EBS) addressing community-identified health priorities that align with HNC2020 objectives by linking community groups and organizations to existing resources and identifying strategies for sustainability. She serves as North Carolina’s Healthy People 2020 Coordinator and has been the state lead for the County Health Rankings since the Rankings were first released.
Laura is an active member of many public health organizations. She serves on the Governing Council for NCPHA, the Executive Committee for NC SOPHE, the Center for Public Health Quality Advisory Board, NC Farmworker Health Program Advisory Board and Wake Health Services Advisory Board Healthcare Quality and Operations Committee. Laura is a sought after speaker, and has presented in local, statewide and national forums. She is happily married with three children, and spends her spare time volunteering with local service organizations in her community.
Donna M. Albertone MS, CCDCIII – Director of Community Development
Joining the Center for Healthy North Carolina July 2011, Donna Albertone leads strategic partnerships to align the Healthy North Carolina 2020 objectives with communities through deep connections with business, foundations, and the giving community. She leverages her public and private sector experience to support the identification, implementation and evaluation of evidence based strategies and to advance the Center's vision of a healthier North Carolina. Albertone oversees the organization’s efforts to work with communities around substance abuse and mental health initiatives, as well as fund development and strategic partnering.
Prior to joining the Center for Healthy North Carolina, Albertone was director of strategic partnerships for the NC New Schools Project, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiative and was executive director for child and youth protection for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and executive director of community services for the State of Ohio Department of Mental Health. She holds degrees in criminal justice, political science and psychology and is a certified chemical dependency counselor and substance abuse clinician.
Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, CDE, LDN – Director of Training and Technical Assistance
Joanne Rinker is a Master’s level dietitian. She has her BS and MS in Human Nutrition from West Virginia University. Joanne is currently in her fourteenth year as a Registered Dietitian and twelfth year as a certified diabetes educator. Since August, 2013, Joanne has been working as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at The Center for Healthy North Carolina. In her current role, she works to increase community coalitions and assists them in identifying sustainable evidence based strategies to reach the Healthy North Carolina 2020 goals and objectives. Rinker started her Public Health career with the North Carolina Diabetes Prevention and Control Program in May 2007 until July 2013. During those six years, she worked on the implementation and facilitation of the North Carolina Diabetes Education Recognition Program. As the program coordinator, Joanne was instrumental in building the largest American Diabetes Association (ADA) accredited site in the nation.
In 2013, Joanne was named the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) 2013 Diabetes Educator of the Year and used that opportunity to spread the word about the relationship between diabetes, hearing loss and depression. She has been elected to the AADE Board for Directors 2015-2018. Joanne was the North Carolina Public Health Association President 2013-2014, is in the Bernstein Fellowship 2013-2015 class and has been published and presented on the national level for both AADE and ADA. She is married and the proud mother of two little girls. Her interests include, running marathons, 5ks and fun runs with daughters, volunteering as a Girl Scout troop leader, watching live music with her husband, and taking family vacations!
Prior to joining Care Share as Director, Evaluation & Outcomes Andrea Radford served as the Deputy Director of the NC Rural Health Research & Policy Analysis Center housed in the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC. Dr. Radford previously worked with the NC Office of Rural Health and Community Care (ORH); she was also the Chief Financial Officer of a federally qualified health center (FQHC). Over the last twenty plus years, she has worked extensively with safety-net organizations providing technical assistance in the areas of evaluation of practice operations, finance, reimbursement and business operations. She has worked with a variety of agencies to design evaluations, including identification of data sources and development of relevant performance and outcome metrics. She has also worked with staff from several other states in developing technical assistance programs for use in supporting safety net providers in their states. Dr. Radford currently serves as the Evaluator for the Center for Healthy North Carolina, as a member of the NC Farmworker Health Project’s advisory board, and is a Research Fellow at the Sheps Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC.
Sue Daniels joined the Center for Healthy North Carolina in 2014. Sue supports the mission of the Center by providing program coordination and administrative support. Prior to her career at the Center for Healthy North Carolina, she worked in the broadcast media industry. Sue received her BS in Communication from East Carolina University. She is happily married, and enjoys photography, reading and being outdoors with her Chihuahua.