Julia Wacker is the Vice President of Community and Behavioral Health at the NC Hospital Association. In this role, she develops state-level behavioral health policy and programmatic initiatives in support of NC hospitals and patients. Ms. Wacker is the co-author of the American Board of Pediatrics’ Performance Improvement Module on motivational interviewing. Ms. Wacker is the recipient of the Public Health Social Work Leadership Award and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Award. She earned a Bachelors in Education Studies from the New School University and Masters in Social Work and Masters in Science in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill.