Council for Allied Health in North Carolina (Council): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

At the Council, we are asked a lot of different questions about a lot of different things. We have put together the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Q: What is the Council and how long has it been around?


  • The Council is a statewide organization working to find solutions for our state’s healthcare workforce problems. For almost 20 years, the Council has been working to connect Allied Health Professionals, examine allied health workforce issues and foster collaboration in allied health.

Q: What is the purpose of the Council?


  • Serves as a resource for allied health workforce information and communicates allied health workforce data to stakeholders for use in addressing workforce shortages.

  • Convenes bi-monthly meetings for allied health professionals, educators and employers. The bimonthly meetings provide updated information, surface issues and trends and provide networking opportunities.

  • Collaborates with stakeholders to address health workforce issues.

  • Promotes Allied Health Professions as sound occupational pathways for students and persons who wish to change careers.

Q: Who can be a member of the Council?


  • Council members include: healthcare employers, allied health professional associations and their members, government agencies and North Carolina’s higher education institutions (both 2-year and 4-year).

Q: Will I become a member once I complete the online membership application?


  • Completing the online application is the first step in becoming a member. Once the application is received, we will contact you confirming receipt of the application. The application is presented to the Executive Committee for review and vote. The application is then presented to Council members at the next bimonthly meeting for a vote.  To download the application, please click HERE.

Q: What are the operating guidelines?


  • The operating guidelines are the internal written rules that govern the Council. They determine how the Council is structured and the procedures by which the Council functions.

Q: Who are the officers of the Council and who maintains oversight for the Council?


  • Officers of the Council consist of Chair, Vice-Chair, Past Chair and Treasurer. With the exception of the Past Chair, officers are elected for two-year terms. Officers of the Council are nominated from currently serving Council Members. The officers, along with the Executive Director are accountable for the actions of the Council.

Q: How is the Council funded?

  • The Council is dependent on contributions from its members and from Foundations. Currently, the Council is receiving member contributions from the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Department of Allied Health Sciences, North Carolina Hospital Association, East Carolina University College of Allied Health Science, Western Carolina University and from the NC Association of Blood Bankers Inc. and the Music Therapy Association of North Carolina.

Q: Is the Council a non-profit organization?


  • No. There have been many discussions regarding becoming a non-profit organization. Because of the financial constraints, it was decided that the Council continue to function under its current structure.

Q: Why is the Council housed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH)?


  • UNC-CH has been gracious to provide in-kind office space, web-site and other support, , but the Council could be based at another location if the same support were available. Chapel Hill also provides a central location in the state making travel to meetings accessible. Without this support, the Council would not be able to maintain its existence.

Q: How can I make a contribution to the Council?


  • Because the Council is not a non-profit organization, the Council has established an account through the Medical Foundation at UNC; all contributions to this account are tax deductible. All contributions to this account are directed back to the Council and managed by the Council. Checks should be made payable to the Medical Foundation and in the memo section of the check, please include CAHNC (Account #9195).

Q: What is the Council’s position on lobbying?


  • The members of the Council represent diverse constituencies. The Council maintains a neutral position on such activities; however, the Council encourages open discussion, and debate of the issues at its meeting. The Council stands ready to serve as a forum for the provision of information and discussion on issues affecting the alliance of allied health.