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Enhancing Healthcare Education Through Interprofessional Collaboration

May 6, 2024 4:17:00 PM / by Alana Dodson, MBA, BSN, RN posted in Social Determinants of Health, WSSU, interprofessional, collaborative care, FTCC, occupational therapy

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WSSU School of Health Sciences students, WFUSM Dept. of PA students, and Forsyth Technical Community College nursing students collaborate through Northwest AHEC on an inter-institutional, interprofessional program.

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History of Race and Medicine in the United States - Online Program

Apr 16, 2024 6:00:00 PM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in Social Determinants of Health, Medicine, health equity, equity, race, history

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Delve into the complex and intertwined history of race and medicine in the United States, gaining valuable insights into the pervasive presence of structural racism within the healthcare system. By participating in the online program led by esteemed expert Dr. Jennifer Schaal, you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of how racist ideologies have shaped the development of American medical systems.

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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

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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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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

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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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Screening and Intervening for Unmet Social Needs - Online Self-Paced Learning

Oct 26, 2023 1:28:16 PM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in Social Determinants of Health

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Everyone deserves to live their healthiest life. Unmet social needs impact health outcomes more than clinical interventions. Check out this online self-paced learning opportunity. 

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Social Determinants of Health - Innovations in Care Delivery Article (NEJM Catalyst)

Nov 16, 2021 9:09:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health

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The Northwest AHEC Practice Support Team supports social, physical, and economic environments which promote attaining the full potential of health and well-being for all. This blog segment will highlight impactful publications which promote improved health outcomes through Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) each month.

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Addressing the Social Determinants of Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ensuring Equity, Quality, and Sustainability (Clone)

Sep 6, 2021 8:17:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health, COVID-19, health equity, equity

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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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Get Registered for Obesity as a Disease: Innovative Approaches to Treatment

Aug 20, 2021 9:30:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in Social Determinants of Health, Nursing, obesity, weight loss, pharmacotherapy

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The aim of this conference is to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to support and treat patients who struggle with obesity and obesity-related comorbidities. Participants will gain an evidence-based understanding of obesity as a disease that is influenced by a complex dynamic of physiological and psychosocial variables. Upon completion of the conference, participants will leave with a basic skill-set that enables them to identify treatment strategies that goes beyond 'eat less and move more'. Live Webinar is October 1st, 8am - 4pm, make sure to join us!

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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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