Former NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen Announces New Job

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced her new job Tuesday, as she moves into the private sector.

Cohen shared her next step on Twitter by retweeting a post from Aledade, her soon-to-be employer, and making a few of her own.

“After nearly 15 years in public service at both the federal and state level, I am excited to keep growing and learning as a leader and health care executive, now in the private sector,” Cohen said in a press release.

Cohen will be stepping into the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Aledade Care Solutions starting in March. Aledade is a physician enablement company that helps independent practices, health centers, and clinics deliver better care to their patients and thrive in value-based care, according to a news release.

The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Maryland.

“Aledade’s support for primary care practices to deliver integrated, whole-person care in value-based payment arrangements is good for practices, payers, patients, communities and society. Importantly, it’s the kind of care I want for my family,” Dr. Cohen said. “As part of the Aledade leadership team, I look forward to ensuring primary care practices have the resources they need to keep their patients and communities healthy.”

Cohen, the regular face of COVID-19 updates in North Carolina, left her position serving in Governor Roy Cooper’s administration after five years of service.

“Mandy Cohen has shown extraordinary leadership during her tenure and she has worked every day during this pandemic to help keep North Carolinians healthy and safe,” Governor Cooper said in a news release. “We are stronger because of her efforts and I am enormously grateful for her service. She has built a remarkable team of talented people including Kody Kinsley, and I know he will continue the strong legacy of competence, effectiveness and efficiency as he takes over as Secretary.”

The governor appointed Kody Kinsley, current NCDHHS Chief Deputy Secretary for Health and lead for COVID operations, to succeed her beginning January 1st.