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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

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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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Is it time to retire the term “Social Determinants of Health?”

Jun 29, 2021 2:00:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health

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In 2019, The Northwest AHEC re-prioritized our health education objectives to include non-medical drivers of health. These non-medical key drivers of an individual’s health (e.g. employment status, where we live, the air we breathe, our access to food and safe places nearby to exercise) have gained an elevated status in improving public health. This is noted in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s seminal work on preventing premature injury, the Healthy People 2030 Framework. Healthy People 2030 in its foundational principles includes: healthy physical, social, and economic environments to strengthen the potential to achieve health and well-being.

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NWAHEC Gives Back by Volunteering at Meals-On-Wheels

Jun 24, 2021 1:45:34 PM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in Social Determinants of Health, community, seniors

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When searching for a way to give back to the community, Northwest AHEC did not have to look far for something where we could impact our local community. Senior Services of Forsyth County is located just across the street from our office location, at McCreary Tower, and they have a critical need for volunteers for the Meals-on-Wheels program.

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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

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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.


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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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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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Medical-Legal Partnership: Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Team-Based Care

Apr 1, 2021 9:14:00 AM / by NW AHEC posted in Social Determinants of Health

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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. 

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Social Determinants of Health: Family Physicians’ Leadership Role

Mar 2, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health, family medicine

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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. 

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A Mission to Care

Feb 12, 2021 12:00:00 PM / by Andrew Brewer posted in Social Determinants of Health, NCDHHS, telehealth, engagement, Wellness, public health, Healthcare Insights, mental health, Healthy Opportunities, community

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I recently connected with Jeremy Moseley, the Director of Community Engagement of FaithHealth, to discuss the mission and their ministries. Their mission is to build, align and animate religious and community assets to improve access to health care and the health of the community - a mission that aligns well with Northwest AHEC's. 

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Healthcare Insights Interview with Our Fearless Leader – Michael P. Lischke, EdD

Jan 28, 2021 11:23:23 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in Social Determinants of Health, Healthcare Insights

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On this edition of Healthcare Insights Podcast Andrew Brewer spoke with our fearless leader, Michael Lischke, on his journey to where he is today. Take a listen and see all they discussed or read some of the highlights here on our blog.

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