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Layton Long


L. Layton Long, Jr. was appointed to the Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Board of Directors in 2018. He is the former Health Director of Chatham County and has been described as a vital leader and vocal advocate for better mental health services in his community. He has built collaborations and partnerships within the community to advance public health initiatives and was named the 2016 Health Director of the Year by the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors.

He was instrumental in the formation of a community-based partnership aimed at addressing the county’s top health priorities identified in a 2014 Community Health Assessment. This led to the charter of the Chatham Health Alliance which has a major focus on access to mental health services. The Alliance was recently the recipient of significant support awarded through the Healthy People, Healthy Carolinians Initiative.

In 2010 he received the Citation of Merit from the NC Public Health Association. For the past five years he has provided leadership and supervision for a department of 72 employees whose mission is to serve the 70,000 residents of their county. He is highly respected in his community and has served successfully in many roles such as past president of the Siler City Rotary Club, board member of the Chatham Partnership for Children, board member of Medical Associates for Healthy Air, and Chair of the local Child Fatality Review Team.

Mr. Long has extensive experience in the public health sector and has served on a vast variety of boards and committees across the state including Western NC, Transylvania County, Buncombe County, Davidson County, Lexington Kiwanis Club, State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board (Brevard and Lexington), Northwest Partnership for Public Health, and the North Carolina Public Health Association.

His educational credentials include a BSBA from North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC and an MSA, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He has also participated in the programs offered by Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute (2008) and the Management Academy for Public Health (2010).

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