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Dr. John Tinga - 45 Years Ago Participated in AHEC Program - Where Is He Today?

Mar 3, 2022 4:30:00 PM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in NCAHEC, Healthcare Insights, Medicine, Obstetrics, rural health

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Dr. John Tinga practiced Obstetrics in eastern North Carolina for 40 years and delivered over 8,000 babies. We recently had him on our Healthcare Insights Podcast where he talks about his training, the challenges with rural medicine, his experience with AHEC, and shares his insights on the joys and challenges of medical practice.

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Published Article: Community-engaged research in translational science: Innovations to improve health in Appalachia

Dec 14, 2021 7:30:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in rural health, Wake Forest School of Medicine

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The Wake Forest Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Program in Community-Engaged Research (PCER) published an important paper outlining proceedings from the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN) Health Summit that was hosted in September 2020. Northwest Area Health Education Center partnered to provide the Summit which brought together 141 attendees, making it a very successful virtual conference during the pandemic.

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Grace Clinic of Yadkin Valley Prevents Chronic Disease Through Hepatitis C Screening Program

Nov 7, 2021 2:00:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in Primary Care, rural health, Free and Charitable Clinics, Hepatitis C, Preventive Care

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Northwest AHEC Practice Support would like to celebrate great work going on in its seventeen-county region. Grace Clinic of Yadkin Valley in Elkin, NC was one of six Free and Charitable Clinics nationally that received funding from grantee: Becton, Dickenson and Company (NYSE:BDX) to provide multi-year diagnostic testing.  This initiative which began in 2017 is called Point of Care, Enhancing Clinical Effectiveness (PoCECE) program.  The PoCECE program provides a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) waived point-of-care test system consisting of instruments, reagents and quality control to perform the following tests: Cholesterol, LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, Macroscopic Urinalysis, Microalbumin, INR, Hemoglobin A1c, Strep A, HIV, Rapid Hepatitis C, Pregnancy, Flu A & B, and RSV.  The grants also include technical support consisting of standard operating procedures, equipment setup and configuration, competency training and documentation.1

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Exciting Collaborative Learning Opportunity for State Designated Rural Health Centers

Apr 9, 2021 8:45:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in Social Determinants of Health, NCAHEC, nccare360, rural health centers, Office of Rural Health, rural health

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The Office of Rural Health (ORH) and North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) invite you to participate in no-charge educational offerings to learn more about screening for unmet social needs, NCCARE360, and human service organizations in the region.

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Social Determinants:  housing needs and home ownership in Watauga County, NC

Apr 1, 2021 9:02:59 PM / by Andrew Brewer posted in Social Determinants of Health, Healthcare Insights, Healthy Opportunities, health equity, rural health, housing

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Social determinants awareness has become a consistent consideration in healthcare as we've become intentional about recognizing the environmental, social, and other factors leading to suboptimal health outcomes. Housing and the demand for safe and affordable housing is a challenge in many communities.

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