Former NC health secretary named CEO of health firm

NCDHHS secretary Mandy Cohen watches as Gov. Roy Cooper during a press conference at UNC Health in Chapel Hill, NC Thursday, Dec. 7, 2020 where frontline healthcare workers are among some of the first recipients of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Pool photo

RALEIGH — The former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of a healthcare company focused on servicing Medicaid service providers. Mandy Cohen, who left the administration of Gov. Roy Cooper at the end of 2021, will become the CEO of Aledade Care Solutions. ACS is a a new health services unit of parent company Aledade. She will also serve as Aledade’s Executive Vice President. Cohen will start her roles in March 2022.

“One of Aledade’s secret powers has been our ability to welcome amazing executives from public service to come and serve the broader social good in a different way,” said Dr. Farzad Mostashari, co-founder and CEO of Aledade. “I have had the opportunity to work with Mandy when she was a leader at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and as Secretary of Health and Human Services for North Carolina.” Mostashari was the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology under President Barrack Obama before becoming a fellow at the Brookings Institution. He left Brookings to found Aledade.

According to a release from the company, Cohen will lead Aledade’s work to support the large and growing number of patients enrolled in Medicaid programs that are served by Aledade practices and health centers.