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Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN


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Do you routinely ask your patients if they have served in the military?

Nov 22, 2022 1:55:09 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in Primary Care, veterans, intake

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Many Veterans seek and receive care outside of the Veteran's Administration system.  Military service is an important part of a patient's history.  The 'Have You Ever Served' initiative, spearheaded by Michele Obama and Jill Biden, provides general intake questions to explore a Veteran's military history, areas of concern and common military health risks, along with other resources.

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Clinical Corner: FREE Online Microlearning

Nov 9, 2022 9:27:20 AM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in online learning, physicians, clinical corner

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Achieving the goals of Healthy NC 2030 requires engaging partners across multiple sectors to improve population health and drive health equity over the next decade (Healthy NC 2030, p.17).

Clinical Corner is a one-hour CME activity, divided into 4 microlearning modules. It is focused on high priority health indicators in North Carolina, as outlined in Healthy North Carolina 2030. 

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September is Recovery Month

Sep 13, 2022 12:00:00 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in behavioral health, recovery, alcohol use, opioid use disorder

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Join the Practice Support Team at Northwest AHEC in observing Recovery Month. 

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Monkeypox: Information session hosted by CDC and HRSA

Jun 29, 2022 2:00:00 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in cdc, hrsa, monkeypox

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first case of monkeypox virus infection in a North Carolina resident, identified by testing at the State Laboratory of Public Health. Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious, viral illness that typically involves flu-like symptoms, swelling of the lymph nodes and a rash that includes bumps that are initially filled with fluid before scabbing over. Illness could be confused with a sexually transmitted infection like syphilis or herpes, or with varicella zoster virus (chickenpox). Most infections last two to four weeks. 

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Collecting SOGI data: Resources for your practice

Jun 28, 2022 10:05:12 AM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in health equity, LGBTQ, SOGI, intake

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Collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) of your patients is an important step in providing patient-centered health care.

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Building Upon Success - Best Practices in Opioids Prescribing and Management Webinars

May 25, 2022 3:39:36 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in opioid, online learning, prescriptions

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Building on the success of previous ‘Lunch and Learn’ offerings to regional primary care practices, Northwest AHEC provided ten online self-paced modules in 2020-2022 on a variety of topics related to Best Practices in Opioid Prescribing and Management.

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COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Calculator

Apr 6, 2022 4:30:00 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in COVID-19, cdc

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Patients, caregivers, family members exposed to someone with COVID-19 and calling your office asking what they should do?

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Extension of NC State of Emergency Temporary Flexibilities

Mar 31, 2022 7:30:00 AM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care

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End-date of some flexibilities set to sunset March 31 extended to June 30, 2022

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April 7th: National Alcohol Screening Day

Mar 30, 2022 2:45:00 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in alcohol use, screening

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Unhealthy alcohol use is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. 

Risky drinking is associated with:

  • Cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, colon, liver and breast
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Injuries and accidents
  • Miscarriages / still birth
  • Depression and Suicide

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Child Mental Health in Primary Care: Free Consultation

Mar 30, 2022 10:21:36 AM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in mental health, family medicine, anxiety, Pediatrics, depression

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Children's Hospital Association,

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