Jan 2, 2019
Donald K. Jonas, Ph.D. is
executive director of Care Ring, which provides primary care to
persons with modest means. He previously served as executive
director of the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation and as Senior
Vice-President of Community Philanthropy at Foundation For The
Carolinas. Don has written extensively on public policy,
including the aging of our labor force and the future of America's
health care system. He is a 2005 recipient of the Charlotte
Business Journal's "40 Under 40" award, he is a German Marshall
Fund Fellow, and he serves on a number of boards in the Charlotte
region, including UNC Charlotte’s Institute for Social Capital. Don
received a bachelor of arts from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, a master of arts from Appalachian State University
and a doctorate in political science from the University of
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
community health, medicaid transformation, human capital and
singing in a band.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Don describes Care Ring and its mission of
providing health care to persons with limited resources.
- He identifies the number one issue facing the
patients of Care Ring.
- He explains the Physician’s Reach Out and Nurse Family
- He answers how Care Ring is funded and whether
Care Ring has the funds it needs.
- Don tells the story of Maribelle Connerat, the
founder of Care Ring.
- He addresses medicaid transformation in North
Carolina and how it might affect Care Ring’s unique model of
- He discusses social determinants of health and
how it its leading Care Ring in new directions.
- He shares his excitement and concerns about One
Charlotte Health Initiative and a collective response to
- Don describes the community health he
envisions and what would have to happen for it to
- He reveals the personal challenges of leading Care
Ring and how he feels about his work.
- He talks about growing up in Charlotte and the
influence of his parents.
- He answers whether he wanted to run for political
- Don describes his Ph.D. dissertation on
telecommunications and the work he did on the book
Workforce 2000 and Workforce 2020.
- He shares how his interest in human capital and health
- He discusses why and how he joined the Foundation For
The Carolinas as Vice President of Community
- He reflects on the influence of Joe Martin, a
community leader and executive at Bank of America.
- Don shares what he learned about himself as
executive director of Presbyterian Hospital Association.
- He talks about being the lead singer of a
band, what he wishes he had more time to do, and why his
band is called The Fidgets.
- He reveals what the lyrics of his songs are
- Don answers whether he senses time passing and what
matters most to him.
plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Black Mirrors and Frumious
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