North Carolina American Indian Health Board Appoints New Board Members

Organization grows as it aims to eliminate health disparities among the largest population of American Indians east of the Mississippi River
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Feb. 7, 2012 - PRLog -- WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The North Carolina American Indian Health Board (NCAIHB) recently appointed three new board members, signaling a new day in the fight against health disparities among North Carolina American Indians, the largest population of American Indians east of the Mississippi River.

“Improving healthcare for American Indians in North Carolina is essential. Through research, education and advocacy, we hope to improve the quality of life and health for American Indians in our state – new visionary member on our board will help us accomplish this goal,” said NCAIHB Executive Director Edgar Villanueva, MHA, FACHE.

New members include:

Casey Cooper of Cherokee, NC, is the Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Indian Hospital (CIH). He has been involved in American Indian health care for 17 years and has served the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation (EBCN) and its community as a Primary Care Nurse, Community Health Nurse, Nurse Educator and Nursing Manager since graduating from nursing school in 1993. As the Health Director of the EBCN from 1999 to 2004, he helped shape public health policy with a focus on chronic disease prevention and lead a community wide initiative to assume the management responsibilities of the CIH from the Indian Health Services through an Indian Self-Determination and Self-Governance Agreement. Currently, he is a member of the WNC Health Network, the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Health Committee, and current member and former Chairman of the Board of Directors for Smoky Mountain Mental Health.

Eric P. Locklear of Lumberton, NC is the Pharmacy Director of Southeastern Regional Medical Center. Currently his positions are as follows: Clinical Assistant Professor, Campbell University and Wingate University Schools of Pharmacy, Adjunct Assistant Professor Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at UNC Chapel Hill School Of Pharmacy. Locklear, has an extensive educational background in Pharmacology which through dedication and hard work he received his Doctor Of Pharmacy from the UNC Chapel Hill, MBA and Master of Science Pharmacy both from University of Utah. Previous positions held at Southeastern Regional Medical Center include these Committee Membership- Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Secretary, Infection Control Committee, Institutional Review Board, Intensive Care Committee.

Timothy McNeill also of Lumberton, and now residing in Raleigh, NC, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Pre-Med) from UNC-Pembroke in 1988.  Upon college graduation Tim was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps where he served honorably as an Infantry Officer. McNeill holds a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1995 the American College of Healthcare Executives awarded him standing as a Board Certified Healthcare Executive. For eight years, Tim held various management positions in hospitals, health plans and consulting firms in North Carolina, New Mexico, and Iowa.  Attorney McNeill is licensed to practice in North Carolina and Iowa. McNeill is admitted to practice before all North Carolina State Courts and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Attorney McNeill concentrates his legal practice in the areas of civil litigation and healthcare law.

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The North Carolina American Indian Health Board (NCAIHB) is an organization formed as a result of the efforts of many leaders from the NC Commission of Indian Affairs and the NC Department of Health and Human Services to address health disparities in NC’s Native population. NCAIHB’s mission is to “focus on promoting quality health care and healthy lifestyles within American Indian families and communities in North Carolina through research, education, and advocacy” and serves the largest population of American Indians east of the Mississippi River. For more information, please visit
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