NCOA Connect

Navigating Network Partnerships

Network development is an essential element of community-based organization sustainability. Listen to this interactive office hour on the topic of navigating network partnerships, including how to assess network gaps and assets and work with competitors.

Sharon Williams


Williams Jackson Consulting, LLC

Sharon R. Williams is the founder and CEO of Williams Jaxon, Consulting, LLC, a business development and training firm focused on support for community organizations, government agencies and health organizations serving Medicare/Medicare consumers. Sharon’s experience includes executive leadership in both the traditional health care and the Home and Community Based Services industries. She is a seasoned and results oriented executive with a passion for the delivery of high quality, culturally competent, comprehensive and cost effective health care services for publicly funded consumers. Sharon was CEO at CareSource Michigan, a top 100 ranked health plan with Medicaid and Medicare product lines. Additional leadership experiences include Vice President roles at Coventry, Amerigroup and OmniCare. She has also served as COO for one of the nation’s leading Area Agencies on Aging. Sharon is a consultant with the National Council on Aging (NCOA). She conducted the research and construct for the soon-to-be-released CDSME marketing video. Additionally, she administers NCOA’s Community Integrated Health Council and the 2017 Network Development Learning Collaborative.

Sharon has been affiliated with leading industry organizations such as America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA), National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), National Association of Health Services Executives, Meals on Wheels America (MOWA), and the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP).

Laura Plunkett (Moderator)

Program Specialist, Center for Healthy Aging

National Council on Aging

Laura B. Plunkett is a Program Specialist with the Center for Healthy Aging at the National Council on Aging. In this role, she works with chronic disease self-management education and fall prevention grantees across the country to provide information, support, and resources to strengthen, expand, and sustain the delivery of evidence-based programs. Prior to joining NCOA, Laura spent four years at an Area Agency on Aging in North Carolina, where she coordinated the implementation of evidence-based health promotion programs in 12 counties. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Social Work from North Carolina State University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her professional interests include the integration of community-based services and health care, the sustainability of evidence-based programs, and continuum of care efforts.


Recorded 07/21/2021
Recorded 07/21/2021
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