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Across the State: FaithHealthNC Year End Update

        In 2014 FaithHealthNC staff and volunteers have been busy! Our vision of improved health depends on many partnerships, built on webs of trust, that combine the caring strengths of congregations, the clinical expertise of health providers and a network of community resources. To date, almost 130 North Carolina congregations have partnered […]

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IHI highlights “Supporters of Health”

  Some health systems look to outsourcing to answer financial challenges—a Detroit system is currently considering laying off more than 500 housekeepers. But one system is taking a totally different approach. Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) vice president Kathy Luther describes an effort at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to determine the best approach for housekeeping, […]

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FaithHealthNC Videos

FaithHealthNC helps ease the journey to health and healing for people and the communities in which they live by connecting the caring strengths of congregations, the clinical expertise of providers and a network of community resources. Join with FaithHealthNC to improve the health of North Carolina’s citizens. Clergy or lay leaders of congregations, health care providers […]

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Charlotte Observer: Working poor and health care fears

An article in Sunday’s Charlotte Observer describes a large segment of North Carolinians who fall into a gap of fear about their health coverage. Talking about coverage from the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, the article says, “In general, lower income means a higher subsidy.” “But for those who hover around the poverty line, a slump can put […]

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A Healthy Tomorrow

Here’s another video from the folks at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. Sanne Magnan, ICSI’s president and CEO describes it: “In a somewhat humorous way, it illustrates the social determinants of health (SDH) and shows how rising health care costs are taking money away from education, housing, walkable communities, and so on—and why we should […]

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NPR: Health Coaches in Harlem

City Health Works—African-inspired Experiment in NYC While in South Africa, Manmeet Kaur was working with people with HIV/AIDS and diabetes through a network of “peer health educators,” ordinary people who lived in the community who could help out. When she came back to the U.S. she noticed similarities in Harlem. And with her husband, Dr. […]

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Buncombe County: Culture of Health Prize

This summer the people of Buncombe County were recognized for their “innovative efforts to improve health.” The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) named the county a winner of the 2014 “Culture of Health Prize.” The county, along with five other communities, was chosen from 250 applicants nationwide. “Buncombe County, North Carolina, is living proof that improved collaboration among […]

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Q &A: Paul Laurienti

Community isn’t brain science — it’s harder A chat with brain scientist Paul Laurienti, MD, PhD Interview by Les Gura When he was 14 years old, Paul Laurienti was in a construction accident while helping his father, a small contractor, build a home in Denver. A scaffold he was standing on collapsed, pinning his head between […]

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Diane Dixon, Connector in Ashe

  Old friends make new connections in Ashe County “It’s wonderful how God works.” That’s Diane Dixon’s answer to how she became a FaithHealthNC Connector, someone who works with congregations in a movement that helps people receive support on their health journeys. Dixon was a longtime diagnostic services technologist and imaging director at Ashe Memorial […]

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