Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the mission of the NCIOM?

What is the primary function of the NCIOM?

How is the NCIOM governed?

Who are NCIOM supporters?

Who are NCIOM staff members?

Who is the NCIOM’s membership?

What is the task force process like?

How long do Task Forces last?

How are Task Force recommendations developed?

How are reports finalized?

1. What is the mission of the NCIOM? Click here to return to top.

The mission of the Institute is two-fold:

  • To seek constructive solutions to statewide problems that impede the improvement of health and efficient and effective delivery of healthcare for all North Carolina citizens
  • To serve an advisory function at the request of the Governor, the General Assembly, and/or agencies of state government, and to assist in the formation of public policy on complex and interrelated issues concerning health and healthcare for the people of North Carolina.
  • The Institute addresses this two-part mission through coordination and sponsorship of research, collection of information on major issues, the analysis of viable options, and the development of consensus within the membership of the Institute and the various stakeholders with respect to particular issues on a range of solutions which are in the best interests of the public.

    2. What is the primary function of the NCIOM? Click here to return to top.

    The Institute fosters its research, review and educational functions through collaborative efforts with established centers and agencies within NC, drawing on the expertise of the major universities, governmental units, and the private sector. Each research initiative is undertaken by a task force, comprised approximately of one-third NC IOM members and two-thirds non-member experts, convened to study the key issues and propose solutions to the problems at hand. The NCIOM is a convenor and facilitator of stakeholders and approaches the Task Force from a “staff” perspective, allowing the Task Force to mature naturally.

    3. How is the NCIOM governed? Click here to return to top.

    The Institute is governed by the Board of Directors, which meets on a quarterly basis. The Institute is directed by the President and CEO, who oversees a staff of health researchers and administrative personnel who manage various Institute projects.

    To see a list of the current board members, please click here.

    4. Who are NCIOM supporters? Click here to return to top.

    The NCIOM receives financial support from a variety of sources. Since 1998, the Institute has had core support through an appropriation from the NC General Assembly. Other financial support for specific projects is obtained through contracts and through private grants and donations.

    To see a list of the NCIOM’s supporters, please click here.

    5. Who are NCIOM staff members? Click here to return to top.

    To see a list of current staff members, please click here.

    6. Who is the NCIOM’s membership? Click here to return to top.

    Appointed by the Governor for five-year terms, the 100 active members of the Institute are drawn from government, education, business and industry, the health and legal professions, the hospital and health insurance industries, private philanthropy, the voluntary sector and the public at large.

    Click here for current member list.

    Because of its broad membership base, NC IOM serves to objectively represent the public interest in its advisory and consultative role. As members of the Institute, citizens appointed to serve are not advocates for any particular point of view on issues under study and do not officially represent the organizations with which they are affiliated. The purpose of the NC IOM is to ensure that all aspects of complex health issues are examined and the results of these deliberations are made available to public and private sector officials with decision-making authority. All former active members of the Institute continue to be listed as alumni members and are invited to continue their involvement in activities of the Institute.

    7. What is the task force process like? Click here to return to top.

    Although every North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force (NCIOM) is different in its topic, member composition, partnering organizations, and scope of work, the process typically adheres to a certain general method.

    There is a steering committee that guides the work of the Task Force by constructing agendas, inviting speakers, and reviewing materials before distribution to the Task Force. The Task Force is guided by co-chairs who chair the Task Force meetings. NCIOM staff ensures the needs of the Task Force are met by facilitating discussion, authoring written materials (such as reports and fact sheets), arranging meeting logistics, and meeting other needs at they arise. The Task Force meetings are public; interested persons may attend as many meetings as they like, although comment and discussion is limited to Task Force members per se unless invited by the chair.

    Click here for additional information on the task force process.

    8. How long do Task Forces last? Click here to return to top.

    Generally, a Task Force meets for between 6-9 months. The work can be conceptualized into two phases. The first phase typically involves between one-half to two-thirds of the meetings and may be viewed as the “fact-finding phase.” In this phase, speakers are invited to offer their perspective on the issue. These presentations may include research summaries and/or statistics, a description of a particular program, the challenges and opportunities a certain constituency faces, or national developments. Presenters may include Task Force members, researchers, national or state leaders, or NCIOM staff.

    The second phase is the “recommendation phase,” described below.

    9. How are Task Force recommendations developed? Click here to return to top.

    The second phase of the Task Force process may be viewed as the “recommendation phase.” At this point, the Task Force turns to developing, reviewing, refining, and approving policy recommendations based on the findings of the first phase. The final report is also initially authored by NCIOM staff during this time. At all points in the recommendation and report process Task Force and Steering Committee members are encouraged to comment on written materials. Draft documents are circulated via email multiple times. At the final meeting, the Task Force votes on the slate of recommendations.

    10. How are reports finalized? Click here to return to top.

    Two steps must occur before any report becomes final. Task Force members review the draft final report, make changes, and vote on the report and recommendations. The Task Force usually select a a smaller subset of recommendations as priority recommendations. In addition, because the report is issued under the name of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, the full report must first be approved by the NCIOM Board of Directors before it can be released. The NCIOM Board may make substantive changes to the report or recommendations, but typically the changes are very minor.