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Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN


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Join Us in Recognizing Falls Prevention Awareness Week 2023

Sep 7, 2023 7:30:00 AM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in Geriatric, Enduring, care planning, falls

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Falls Prevention Awareness Week is a national health campaign observed on the first day of fall to increase awareness around falls health and injury prevention. Join us September 18-22, 2023 for Falls Prevention Week, a nationwide effort to raise awareness that falls are preventable. Read more on our blog and check out our online Falls Prevention activity!

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Don't let gossip undermine your clinic site!

Aug 30, 2023 2:30:00 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN

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Gossip among staff and providers can upset your patients, undermine morale and affect your reputation in your community. Controlling gossip is essential to successful medical clinic management.

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month!

Aug 8, 2023 3:15:00 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in Primary Care, Vaccines, family medicine, Pediatrics, Vaccination, internal medicine

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National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of routine vaccination for people of all ages.

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Grant Awarded to NWAHEC & WFUSM Internal Medicine Residency for Telehealth Patient Home Monitoring

Mar 23, 2023 7:30:00 AM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in telehealth, Wake Forest School of Medicine

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In an effort to improve physician skills and experience with Telehealth, Northwest AHEC and Wake Forest School of Medicine Internal Residency were awarded a grant to produce online learning for physicians and distribute medical supplies to patients.  Funding allowed telehealth technology capabilities to be fully integrated in two clinics.

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Colorectal Cancer Screening Reimbursement Changes for 2023

Jan 4, 2023 8:00:00 AM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in Primary Care, medicare, cancer, screening

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  • Colorectal cancer was the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in North Carolina in 2019.

  • Data from 2020 shows that 20% of people aged 50-75 in the US have never been screened for this disease.

  • In March 2021, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed screening recommendations to lower the age to begin screening from 50 to 45.

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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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