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Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC

Instructional Technologist at Northwest AHEC, Nationally Certified Health and Wellness Coach
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Latest in the Podcast Learning Series: Predrag Gligorovic, MD - Tele-psychiatry and Electroconvulsive Therapy.

Feb 6, 2024 3:33:47 PM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC


Want to earn an hour of CE Credit with a podcast? Listen to the latest episode and and earn continuing education  in the podcast learning series course. Pass the 3-question post-test after listening to the episode to claim your CE.

Register for CE Credit and listen here: Predrag Gligorovic, MD - Tele-psychiatry and Electroconvulsive Therapy  http://nwahec.org/73195

Listen on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nwahecwebmaster/hi-ep-93-predrag-gligorovic

Or listen in the embedded content below!

In the episode we discuss:

- the impact of the covid-19 response on psychiatric consultations in the Emergency Department.    
- Tele-psychiatry consultations trends in adults and pediatric patients between 2018 and 2022 in AHWFB.    
 - the use of electroconvulsive therapy for treatment of depression, OCD and other conditions.

Check out Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina Episode 93 - With Predrag Gligorovic, MD - Tele-psychiatry and Electroconvulsive Therapy

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New Podcast Learning Series

Jan 24, 2024 2:56:38 PM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC posted in Social Determinants of Health, Healthcare Insights, mental health, Substance Use, behavioral health, rural health centers, housing, continuing education series, online learning, population health, alcohol use, winston-salem, podcast, harm reduction, resource, homeless, shelter


We have a new learning opportunity from Northwest AHEC called the Podcast Learning Series. Now you can listen to select episodes of our Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina podcast and earn continuing education credits. And it’s free!

The podcast format allows you to listen at your convenience and multitask while listening. I personally like to do my cardio workout or weight training while consuming podcast content, and sometimes find myself listening while cooking, cleaning, or doing yard work. It's a great way to optimize your learning and your life activities.

This first episode in this Podcast Learning Series is on homelessness in Forsyth County. In this episode you will learn about the main causes of homelessness in our region, the services provided by service organizations in Forsyth County, and the challenges of serving the homeless population and finding permanent housing.

Once you have finished the episode you can take the short post-test to receive 1 hour of CE credit. And another bonus is that this is offered to you at no cost aside from your time and attention.

You can link directly to the course, register and listen here: https://northwestahec.wakehealth.edu/courses-and-events/72832/podcast-ce-series-homelessness-in-forsyth-county 

Alternatively, you can listen to Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina wherever you get your podcast content (Spotify, Google, Apple, Soundcloud, etc.). Simply search for "Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina" and look for Episode 87 featuring William McDonald, Director of the Bethesda Center for the Homeless in Winston-Salem, NC

Once you have listened you can register for the course, take the post-test and claim your 1 hour CE credit.

I hope you find our episodes timely and relevant to your practice. And finally, if you have a topic or know of a person that you think would be great to have on the podcast, please don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know. I am always looking for interesting topics and presenters to have on the podcast.

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Learning and Working for Upward Mobility and Healthy Lives

Jan 3, 2024 3:31:21 PM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC


Jennifer Brown Coulombe of Forsyth Technical Community College shares the college's challenges and opportunities with training today's and tomorrow's workforce. What does the economy have to do with our health? What are the keys to creating and sustaining college training programs? What are companies looking for when choosing a location? How does Forsyth Tech meet the needs of local industry? And how does the college forecast for future programming? 

Listen to this episode of Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina for answers to these questions and more!

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What do you want to be different? Counseling teens and their families.

Dec 31, 2023 10:50:43 AM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC posted in Keeping Kids Well, Wellness, Healthcare Insights, mental health, behavioral health, high school, motivational interviewing, adolescent, mindfulness, counseling, coaching, growth, masculinity


Clinical psychologist Sebastian Kaplan of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist sits down for this episode of the Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina podcast to discuss teens and family therapy and approaches to counseling parents and teens. What are the expectations teens face these days and what role does technology and social media play in their lives?

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Seeking Content Collaborator for Online Tobacco Cessation Coaching Course

Dec 5, 2023 10:33:20 AM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC posted in Health coach, tobacco, online learning, coaching


We are seeking a Community Health Worker (CHW) to join our team and play a crucial role in creating content for an e-learning course focused on motivational interviewing and coaching for tobacco cessation. The course aims to equip CHWs with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively support the communities they serve. 

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Homelessness and Serving the Homeless Population in our Communities

Nov 28, 2023 3:41:32 PM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC posted in Medicaid, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Use, Community, #alcohol


How many people in Forsyth county North Carolina are homeless each night? What are the main causes of homelessness? How is the community serving the homeless population? What are the needs in the community for serving the homeless population?

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The Microbe Transport and Delivery Platform - Epidemiology in the Hospital - with Katie Passaretti, MD

Nov 21, 2023 10:40:32 AM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC posted in hospital medicine


Katie Passaretti, MD, is vice president and enterprise chief epidemiologist at Atrium Health. Dr. Passaretti is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She is a member of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

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Mitigating Fall Risks in the Elderly: A Practical Look at Wearable Technology

Nov 20, 2023 8:48:17 AM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC posted in technology, falls, aging


As our population ages, addressing fall risks among the elderly becomes increasingly crucial for maintaining their well-being. Falls are a prevalent concern among older adults, leading to severe consequences such as injuries, hospitalizations, and decreased quality of life. Recent studies have shed light on the correlation between fall incidents and health status among the elderly, as well as the effectiveness of wearable technology in detecting and preventing such events.

Despite advancements in technology, preventing falls entirely remains a challenge. However, wearable devices equipped with fall detection capabilities offer a proactive approach to mitigate risks. By alerting caregivers or emergency services immediately after a real fall occurs, these devices facilitate prompt medical intervention, potentially reducing injury severity and improving outcomes for the elderly population.

Not all wearables are finding success, however as comfort, privacy, practicality, and user experience affect usage rates.

Listen to this episode of Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina with special guest, Richard Hirsh, Chief Marketing Officer for UnaliWear, a wearables tech company and producer of the Kanega watch for fall prevention.

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The Boys Are Not Alright - Teen Boys and the Masculinity Crisis

Oct 16, 2023 6:15:00 AM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC posted in psychology


What is a "real man"? What is a "good guy"? What does our culture want for our teenage boys, and when does a boy become a man? My guest in this episode of Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina and I discuss these questions and more. 

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Anxiety and Life Satisfaction with Coach James Traub

Oct 13, 2023 10:33:49 AM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC posted in Wellness, Healthcare Insights, mental health, stress, behavioral health, Health coach, therapy, trauma, anxiety, PTSD, communication, outcomes, podcast, depression, referral, burnout, counseling, suicide, resource, self care, psychiatry, Adult health, coaching, masculinity


Emotions are energy in motion. How we embody them into our current state of being determines our mood, disposition, dopamine and cortisol levels, and much more. If we find ourselves in a state of anxiety, James suggests ways to work out a path through, and closer to peace of mind, calm, confidence, and more.

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