Adam Linker is the Health Care Division program officer for eastern North Carolina. After years of living in Greenville and working at the NC Justice Center to improve access to health care for all residents, Adam knows how to work with diverse stakeholders in the east and throughout the state to improve community health. In addition to convening community and nonprofit leaders around specific issues and working with grantees to ensure their work is in line with the Trust’s long-term strategic goals, Adam also spearheads the Trust’s Healthy Places NC work in Beaufort County.
Prior to joining the Trust in March 2016, Adam served as the co-director of the North Carolina Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition where he helped set the organization’s statewide health policy agenda. An expert on access to care and health care policy, Adam, in partnership with his Justice Center colleagues, won a big victory when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010. The Health Access Coalition spent countless hours making sure legislators and North Carolinians alike were fully informed about the impact of the ACA legislation.
Adam was a health care and education reporter for the Triangle Business Journal before joining the Justice Center in 2008. He currently serves on the board of NC AIDS Action Network.
He holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in African American history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He grew up in Raleigh and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an undergraduate. In 2015, Linker and his wife moved from Greenville to Greensboro with their two young children.