Cummings named to disabilities council

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RALEIGH — Dr. Robin Cummings, a Robeson County native and currently North Carolina’s Deputy Secretary for Health Services and acting state health director, has been appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities.

McCrory also appointed state Sen. Tommy Tucker of Waxhaw, Wayne Black, director of the state Division of Social Services, and Dr. Peggy Terhune, chief executive officer of Monarch Inc., to serve on the council.

Based in Raleigh, the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities has 40 members, and 60 percent of the members need to be people with developmental disabilities or family members of people with disabilities. The council awards grants for effective and innovative initiatives that promote community inclusion, independence, productivity, self-determination and integration for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Grants are awarded to grassroots advocacy groups, government agencies, disability nonprofits and other community organizations.

“We welcome the new council members with their extensive knowledge of community needs, and state programs for those with disabilities,” Kelly Bohlander, the council’s director for systems change management, said in a statement. “Their experience will provide valuable guidance as the council addresses the funding of future initiatives.”

Cummings, a former cardiothoracic surgeon from Pinehurst, was serving as the medical director and executive director of Community Care of the Sandhills, an organization that serves 60,000 Medicaid recipients in a seven-county region, when he became the director of the Rural Health and Community Care division of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in March. He was appointed to the position of acting state health director in July following the resignation of Dr. Laura Gerald.

Cummings is a former trustee of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a position he held from 2009 until he went to work for the state. A state employee cannot serve as a university trustee.


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