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Check Out the Line-up of Speakers for 8th Annual Wake Forest NCORP Research Base

Sep 16, 2021 9:41:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in mental health, cancer, research


This virtual meeting is designed to familiarize attendees with current understanding of the etiology and treatment options for selected unmet cancer and treatment related symptoms, toxicities and CCDR challenges. It will also review the current and planned studies developed by the Wake Forest NCORP Research Base addressing these issues.

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You Don’t Want to Miss the Addiction Research & Clinical Health (ARCH) Symposium - With Nationally Recognized Experts

Jul 19, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in Social Determinants of Health, mental health, Substance Use, research, recovery, addiction, trauma, social justice, equity, health disparities, motivational interviewing, treatment


Join us on September 9-11 for the Addiction Research & Clinical Health (ARCH) Symposium - Making the Connection: Exploring the Intersectionality of Social Justice and Addiction Care. The ARCH Symposium is unique in that it brings together professionals and experts from several different fields—from physicians and public health experts to counselors and journalists—to take a broader look at addiction care and the many systems involved. Oftentimes, the topics of addiction and recovery focus solely on the individual and overlook the many systems that individuals interact with and how these systems can work with—but more often against—someone seeking care for their substance use.

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Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Free and Charitable Clinics in North Carolina

May 3, 2021 2:53:27 PM / by Janice Moore, MLS posted in Social Determinants of Health, research


The Northwest AHEC Practice Support Team is committed to promote understanding and improve the orientation of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) for North Carolinians. In order to support these goals, we will share a publication on SDOH each month on our Practice Support Blog. 

SDOH (1)The social determinants of health, or the areas in which people are born, grow, work, and age, have a profound impact on health. This month we are highlighting the article Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Free and Charitable Clinics in North Carolina.

This publication summarizes findings by Wake Forest Baptist Health researchers Deepak Palakshappa, MD MSHP, Mark Scheerer, Charles Thomas Alexander Semelka, MD, and Kristie L. Foley, PhD. Utilizing a web-based survey, this research team examined free and charitable clinics level of participation in screening for Social Determinants of Health among their 80,000 uninsured and underinsured patient population. The article examines how they can address the needs of patients even more effectively.

The article describes in detail the survey used to collect the data, how the responses were obtained and the final analysis of the data that was received. In addition to the methods of the study, the article details what the authors and researchers learned from the results. Although the results represent findings from a small sample of North Carolina free and charitable clinics, it’s findings reveal a microcosm of the barriers facing the healthcare system and how it can slowly but surely address the needs of all people.


Palakshappa D, Scheerer M, Semelka CT, Foley KL. Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Free and Charitable Clinics in North Carolina. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2020;31(1):382-397. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2020.0029. PMID: 32037338. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32037338/

Full text article - https://muse.jhu.edu/article/747795

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Share Your Experience in Prescribing Naloxone

Apr 20, 2021 3:00:00 PM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in research, Wake Forest School of Medicine


researchstudyThe Northwest AHEC (NWAHEC) is partnering with researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine to learn more about naloxone prescribing to conduct a research study. We are interested in your experiences about patient education regarding naloxone. Your participation is voluntary and refusal to participate will not result in any penalty or loss of benefit.

To participate in this study, you are asked to complete an anonymous online questionnaire. We anticipate that the questionnaire will take no longer than 10 minutes of your time. After completing the questionnaire, you will be given an opportunity to enter into a raffle drawing for one of four $250 Amazon gift cards. The raffle entry is optional.

If you are interested in participating, please access this link.

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