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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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Smarter Community Healing

  Former hospital environmental workers support health in the neighborhoods of Winston-Salem By Les Gura In the small but neatly appointed living room of Shirley Gray’s home in east Winston-Salem, Annika Archie and Vernita Frasier gently ask Gray questions and offer reminders. “How’s your blood sugar?” “Are you eating well at home?” “Do you feel […]

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Groups Lend Hand to Dialysis Patients

        By Dianne Horton As Chaplain for Care Transitions I have the opportunity to work closely with the dialysis centers, specifically Miller Street and Piedmont in Winston-Salem. At these centers I have established a connection with the social workers. Through these connections and time spent with patients I have become aware of […]

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