Health & Education

Health Symposium 2016

photo of symposium
The 2nd Annual Health Symposium was held on June 30, 2016 at the Core Lab in Kannapolis, NC. Our keynote speaker was Dari Caldwell, RN, PhD, FACHE, President, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Other committee members, panel members, and presenters included: David Hollars, Megan Smith, Michael Ruhlen, Phil Geissinger, Todd Redden, Jacqueline Ferreira, Kelly McCowan, LeeAnn Nixon, Mandy Mills, Mark Seifel, Meg Patchett, Megan Smith, Peter Kim, Sherie Neely, Tangela Morgan, Tricia Staggers, Amy Mahle, Emily Ward, Alma White, and Patty Scott.

We would like to thank each and every one who helped in any way to make this event successful and those who participated in the event. We look forward to seeing seeing everyone in 2017.


Wendy Barnhardt, Dean of Health and Education


Dari Caldwell – Workforce Need of the Future Healthcare

Michael Ruhlen – Complexity – Challenges and Opportunities in Developing the Healthcare Workforce

Gail Cummins – Resources for Academic and Career Advising

Keri Allman – Medical Career Planning for Adults

David Hollars – Bridging Workforce Gaps in Our Region – Collaborative Initiatives and Innovative Tools

Megan Smith – H3 – School Perspective

Wendy Barnhardt, Emily Ward, and Amy Mahle – Silver Tsunami

The afternoon was filled with questions and discussion regarding building a progressive workforce and creating a culture of healthy living. A panel representing High School, Higher Ed, and Health Care – “H3″ discussed ways the groups could collaborate in continuing to build a strong workforce.

The Symposium Questions from our panel discussion are available if you would like to review them.

Those attending received 6 Hours of Continuing Education Credit.

Survey Results

After the Symposium ended, a survey was sent out and we received lots of positive feedback.

Comments received:

“Thanks for all the effort put forth. You did a great job, speakers were very good. The best thing was meeting the other people attending and networking.”

I learned: “How patient surveys affect payments to physicians and hospitals.”

At future events I would like to see: “More discussion between college level educators and the secondary educators. More industry representatives to help frame the workforce needs of the future.”

I learned about: “Future careers/needs in healthcare; career options for my high school students to consider based on evolving or changing needs of healthcare.”

“What I learned was the new operating procedures needed for the billing issues within the healthcare community. Also how early we are getting children involved in examining careers.”

I learned: “About work force training that is available.”

At future events I would like to learn more about: “How to integrate more [of] what is taught at the high school level and up. What are some tools that we can use to better prepare our kids.”

I learned: “The link between Medicaid and Medicare policies and how it impacted health care careers and demand, especially allied health careers.”