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Carmen Hooker Odom

Vice Chairman

Carmen Hooker-Odom was appointed to the Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Board of Directors in 2018.
She has extensive background in healthcare and has served with significant distinction in many capacities related to health and human services, both public and private. Prior to moving to North Carolina in 1995, Hooker-Odom served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for eleven years, including four years as House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care.

From 2001 to 2007, she served as Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, leading the early implementation of the 2001 Mental Health Reform Law enacted by the General Assembly. Following that appointment, she served as President of the Milbank Memorial Fund, a New York-based foundation that conducts non-partisan research on significant issues in health policy and works to improve the health of populations by connecting leaders and decision makers with the best available evidence and experience.
Ms. Hooker-Odom is currently self-employed as an independent health policy consultant. She has continued her commitment to health services by serving on numerous boards related to health education and research.

From 2009-2015, she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is presently a member of the ACGME Sponsoring Institutions 2025 Task Force and the ACGME Council of Public Members. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute as chair of the Research Committee.

Recently she served as an Advisory Committee member and as an independent technical consultant to the Aspen Institute’s project of working with health leadership teams. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the state leadership program worked with 13 states to facilitate team-based leadership development across different branches of government. She has also served as a board member and chair of the Community Care Clinic of Dare, a free healthcare clinic for the uninsured; co -chair of the Dare County Task Force on Healthy Weight and Chronic Disease; and board member of Trillium Health Resources, a mental health/developmental disabilities/substance abuse agency that serves 24 counties in eastern NC.

She received her undergraduate degree in sociology and political science from Springfield College and a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives in Charlotte.

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