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New Podcast Learning Series

Mar 28, 2024 8:23:46 AM / 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


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: 

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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Highlighted Resource: Problematic Gambling Risk Factors and Resources

Mar 7, 2024 7:45:00 AM / by Janice Moore, MLS posted in mental health


North Carolina regulations around gambling will become more permissive in March 2024, making problematic gambling a greater public health concern.

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Unlocking the Signs: Mental Health Awareness for You and Your Loved Ones

Dec 27, 2023 12:46:00 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in mental health, behavioral health


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Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? 

Mental illnesses can affect a person's thinking, mood, or behavior. There are early warning signs and symptoms that can help determine if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health condition.


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9 Simple Stress Busters to Sleigh Holiday Hassles and Jingle Away the Pressure!

Dec 14, 2023 8:15:00 AM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in mental health, stress, mindfulness


Stress can really disrupt our lives and steal our joy.

There are both healthy and unhealthy ways to cope with stress.

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Highlighted Resource: Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Children and Youth Report 2023

Nov 2, 2023 7:30:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Well-Child Care, mental health, adolescent, climate change, adl


Climate change has a serious impact on mental health, particularly for children, according to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Highlighted Resource: Impact of the Youth Behavioral Health Crisis in North Carolina

Sep 20, 2023 3:46:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in mental health, youth


While children's mental health has become a very pressing issue in a post-pandemic world, the significant shortage of pediatric behavioral health providers in North Carolina makes this challenge greater.

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Register for NCPAT Conference - July 27-28

May 25, 2023 9:45:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in mental health, Substance Use, social work, therapy


Join us virtually on July 27-28 for the NCPAT Conference. This two-day training will offer concepts, skills, and perspectives on how to enhance your group work with this population.

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Highlighted Resource: What Will It Take to Reduce Suicide Among Transgender North Carolinians by 2030?

May 18, 2023 7:00:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in mental health, suicide, transgender


Transgender people face many significant mental health challenges, and one of the most critical is the high risk of suicide among transgender youth.

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Can't find your phone/glasses/keys? Take a walk in the woods!

May 16, 2023 9:47:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in mental health


Did you know walking in nature could improve your short-term memory? One study at the University of Michigan showed that participants did almost 20% better on a memory test after taking a walk among trees.

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Practice Support & Mental Health Awareness Month

May 11, 2023 7:00:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in mental health, practice support


Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, it's a good time to pause and check in on family, friends, neighbors...and yourself. 

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