Monarch CEO invited to D.C. to discuss issues that impact organizations supporting seniors, disabled
Dr. Peggy Terhune, chief executive officer at Monarch, was invited to Washington, D.C. last week to participate among a distinguished group of healthcare professionals, leaders from community-based organizations and policymakers from across the country to discuss the opportunities and policies that impact organizations that support the aging and disabled.
The daylong meeting on Oct. 4 was hosted by The SCAN Foundation, which solicited feedback from the group of professionals on what community-based organizations should know and how to effectively support managed care in the future for the aging and people with disabilities.
Founded in 2008, The SCAN Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization devoted to transforming healthcare for seniors and individuals with special needs in ways that encourage independence and preserve dignity. The Foundation helps to bring professionals together, like the group last week, and fosters communication and partnerships between policymakers, healthcare leaders and community-based organizations to ensure the groups discuss legislation and policies that impact seniors and people with disabilities. The purpose is also to determine how the healthcare fields should provide strategic guidance to the Administration on Community Living as well as to The Scan Foundation.
Terhune is no stranger to Washington. In February, she was among dozens of Arc leaders nationwide invited to a White House Community Leaders Briefing to discuss important issues that impact people with disabilities. In addition to her latest invitation from The SCAN Foundation, Terhune has served on numerous boards, including the National Board of Directors for the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL); representative for The Arc of the United States; and serves on the Mecklenburg, Sandhills and the Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions (formerly Piedmont Behavioral Healthcare) Network Councils. Earlier this year, Terhune was selected to serve on the N.C. Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services; the state’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Transitions to Community Living as well as the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Waiver Advisory Committee (DWAC).
Terhune and her husband, Bob, reside in Asheboro. The couple has seven adult children and has served as foster parents to several children with disabilities.
Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges in more than 55 North Carolina counties. Monarch is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership and is CABHA certified. The agency is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people in our communities, call (800) 230-7525 or visit www.MonarchNC.org.