The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experience

(ACE) Scores on LBGT+ Healthcare Disparities

Dr. Brown is Medical Director for LGBT Health Services for Novant Health. He is a member of the Board of Medical Advisors for Presbyterian Hospice and was President of the NC Academy of Family Physicians in 2016.  He was selected among Top Doctors of Charlotte by Charlotte Magazine for 3 years and recognized as physician of the year by Creative Loafing in 2016. He is also recipient of the Charlotte Pride Legacy Award and received Equity Physician of the Year in 2019 by the Charlotte Health Care Executive Association of Greater Charlotte. He is a co-founder of Charlotte Transgender Health Care Group.  He is a graduate of Davidson College and the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his residency in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center.

Rhett L. Brown,


Medical Director for LGBT

Health Services, Novant Health

Room #901

Opioid Epidemic: The Intersection of

Population Health and Emergency Medicine

Christopher A. Griggs, MD, MPH, FACEP

Emergency Physician 

Atrium Health

Room #906

Dr. Griggs is an Emergency Physician and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Atrium Health.  He earned both an MD and MPH in Health Policy from Emory University School of Medicine, and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center. He works administratively on population health initiatives at Atrium, including the development of systems of care to address hospital readmissions, high ED utilization, and improving access to care.  He also speaks nationally on responsible pain management and opioid use disorder, and is the medical director of a substance use treatment program imbedded in the Atrium Emergency Department.  His clinical interests include health policy, opioid misuse, injury prevention, and pain management and prescription monitoring programs in the emergency department setting.

Everything You Know About Health

Care Is Changing: Envisioning a

Better System of Care in Charlotte

Donald K. Jonas, Ph.D. serves as Executive Director of Care Ring. He leads Care Ring’s mission to help individuals with limited resources establish and maintain good health. He provides executive leadership for a variety of programs, including: a low-cost clinic in uptown Charlotte offering access to basic primary health care services and chronic disease management to those with limited resources; the Physicians Reach Out program coordinating voluntary primary and specialty care to the indigent from more than 1,600 area physicians; and Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based, nurse home visiting program improving the health and well-being of low-income mothers and their children. He leads Care Ring’s strategic goal to advance and advocate for a better system of care through multiple platforms, including hosting the podcast series Seeking the Heart and writing for Care Ring’s blogDon is also a Research Professor for Community Health with the Academy for Population Health Innovation at UNC Charlotte, and serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the UNC-Charlotte Department of Public Health Sciences. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Blair College of Health at Queens University of Charlotte (where he also is an adjunct professor).

Donald K. Jonas, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Care Ring

Room #904


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