Special Topics: Health Care and Planning for Sustainability

 Chapel Hill 2020: Our Town. Our Vision.Reflecting Chapel Hill 2020’s partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care, a special topic meeting titled “UNC Health Care and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina: Partners in Innovation and Service” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall. The public is invited to attend.

 

Presenters will be Bill Roper, dean of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs and chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Brad Wilson, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

They will discuss innovation and the new clinic named Carolina Advanced Health that specializes in the treatment of adults with chronic medical conditions. The new medical practice is a collaborative approach that will enhance efficiency and quality of care by coordinating a patient’s health care under one roof. By doing this, the practice will improve health and quality standards and reduce complications among patients – both of which are expected to reduce medical costs.

The presentation will be aired live on Chapel Hill TV-18 and via streaming video. The presentation will be replayed on TV-18 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6-9.

Another special topic will be presented also on Jan. 5, at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber, by David Godschalk, Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Godschalk will discuss “Sustaining Places: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan,” and the role of the comprehensive plan in helping communities to achieve sustainable outcomes. He will discuss best practices that integrate sustainability into the comprehensive planning process. He will review the features of 10 outstanding comprehensive plans from around the country in terms of how well they meet sustaining places principles.

Chapel Hill 2020 is communitywide project to develop a new comprehensive plan that will guide Chapel Hill’s future. The Chapel Hill 2020 meetings continue to be among the largest public meeting gatherings in the history of Town issues. People are welcome to join with their friends and neighbors as the process continues into 2012, even if they have not participated to date.

The special topic presentations planned by Chapel Hill 2020 organizers respond to requests from the stakeholders who are developing the plan for the community’s future. As part of their work in exploring the plan’s key themes, they are gathering information, including demographic, economic and budget data. One of the first special topic meetings featured Mitch Silver, president of the American Planning Association, who provided much food for thought to help inform the thinking about what Chapel Hill will look like over the next 10 years, and also the next 20 to 30 years. His talk focused on demographic trends that are affecting the entire country and also Chapel Hill. Specifics of Silver’s talk included that by 2050 one in five North Carolinians will be over the age of 65 and that by 2042 the population will be less than 50 percent white.

For more information about Chapel Hill 2020, visit www.chapelhill2020.org  or www.2020buzz.org. Would you like to schedule a speaker to attend your club or group’s next neighborhood meeting or luncheon? Please contact us and help us involve more people who care about our community in planning its future. Contact compplan@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5068.

Upcoming Chapel Hill 2020 Special Topic Presentations and Community Meetings:

  • 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5:  Sustaining Places: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan in the Council Chamber of Chapel Hill Town Hall. Presentation by David Godschalk, Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners 
  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5: UNC Health Care and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina: Partners in Innovation and Service in the Council Chamber of Town Hall. Presenters will be Bill Roper, dean of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs and chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Brad Wilson, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10: Retail, Housing, and Economic Development in Chapel Hill in the Council Chamber of Chapel Hill Town Hall. Presentation by Dwight Bassett, economic development officer for the Town of Chapel Hill 
  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12: Theme Group Working Session at Glenwood Elementary School, 2 Prestwick Road. Child care for children ages three and older is available, thanks to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Teen Leaders’ Club.
  • Noon Thursday, Jan. 19: Demographics, Land Use, and Transportation in the Council Chamber of Chapel Hill Town Hall. Presentation by David Bonk, long range and transportation planner for the Town of Chapel Hill 
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21: Innovation Unconference in Hamilton Hall-Room 100 on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Chancellor Holden Thorp will be the keynote speaker for this event. 
  • Noon Wednesday, Jan. 25: The Carolina North Development Agreement in Council Chamber of Chapel Hill Town Hall 
  • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25: Priority Based Budgeting in Council Chamber of Chapel Hill Town Hall. Presentation by Kenneth Pennoyer, director of business management services for the Town of Chapel Hill
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One thought on “Special Topics: Health Care and Planning for Sustainability

  1. Apparently David Gottschalk’s talk was scheduled since the last 2020 meeting and I’m just learning about it. I regret I can’t attend it as it promises to be very informative. Would it be possible to record this and share it on the web? As a side note – folks who have satellite TV service through Direct TV do not receive Channel 18 (at least as far as I can tell), so posting videos on the web is the only way they can view events.

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