Fact Sheet: North Carolina Healthy Opportunities Pilots Focus Group Findings

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: North Carolina Healthy Opportunities Pilots Focus Group Findings

This fact sheet describes key takeaways from focus groups conducted to assess the initial awareness of and access to the Healthy Opportunities Pilots services in North Carolina. 

To study the early rollout of the Pilots, we conducted two focus groups with eight individuals receiving Pilot social support services from all three of the Network Lead regions. Of these eight participants, seven were Medicaid beneficiaries, and six had already received food services through the Pilots. These focus groups brought people from diverse backgrounds (racially, ethnically, geographically, etc.). These focus groups were conducted in early May, so the experiences shared were limited to food services (notably, only food boxes). However, we asked about their needs related to the other service domains and thoughts on housing, transportation, and stress services available through the Healthy Opportunities Pilots.

This work is part of a larger project studying the Healthy Opportunities Pilots. Our team received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help generate timely implementation and policy recommendations for North Carolina’s Healthy Opportunities Pilots. The Pilots provide up to $650 million in Medicaid funding to deliver and evaluate evidence-based services related to housing, food, transportation, and interpersonal violence for Medicaid enrollees in three state regions. Each Pilot region has a Network Lead organization that is critical in coordinating prepaid health plans, care managers, and human service organizations to deliver and pay for services. Capacity-building for the program began in July 2021. Service delivery started in early 2022 and will continue through October 2024. 

Duke-Margolis Authors

Margolis Summer Experience

Karina Vasudeva

2022 Margolis Intern

Katie Huber

Katie Huber, MPH

Policy Research Associate

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William K. Bleser, PhD, MSPH

Research Director, Health Care Transformation for Social Needs and Health Equity
Senior Team Member
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member

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Rebecca Whitaker, PhD, MSPH

Research Director, North Carolina Health Care Transformation
Core Faculty Member
Senior Team Member
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member

Robert Saunders

Robert Saunders, PhD

Senior Research Director, Health Care Transformation
Adjunct Associate Professor
Executive Team Member
Margolis Core Faculty

Additional Authors

Michelle Lyn, Chief, Division of Community Health, Department of Community & Family Health