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  MAY 18, 2012
UNC Alumnus, Adjunct Faculty Named ‘Champion of Change’ by White House
SearingMr. Adam Searing, adjunct faculty member in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health's Public Health Leadership Program and alumnus, was honored earlier this month for his achievements as a leading health care advocate in North Carolina.

Named a "Champion of Change" by the White House in March, Mr. Searing received a U.S. flag that had once flown over the Capitol from U.S. Rep. David Price (NC) during a ceremony May 3. "When you get that kind of national recognition, it's a great feeling because not only is it recognition of the work you've done, but the work of the whole organization," Mr. Searing said.

Mr. Searing teaches "Policy Development in Public Health Leadership" in UNC's Public Health Leadership Program. He received an MPH and a law degree from UNC in 1994.

The award recognizes Mr. Searing's outstanding contributions on behalf of U.S. healthcare consumers and his dedication to improving access to health care in North Carolina through his direction of the North Carolina Health Access Coalition at the N.C. Justice Center. Mr. Searing has fought for health plans and hospitals to remain nonprofit and community-focused, helped to implement expansions of the state Medicaid program and helped  pass the state's Children's Health Insurance Program.

[Photo: Mr. Adam Searing receives a U.S. flag that has flown over the Capitol from U.S. Rep. David Price (N.C.) at a ceremony May 3.]