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Ocracoke to get a pharmacy next year

It may surprise some that Ocracoke does not have a pharmacy. The Ocracoke Health Center has relied on next-day prescription deliveries from Beach Pharmacy located in Hatteras village. Islanders then go to the health center to retrieve their medicines. But it is not possible to get them on weekends since...
OCRACOKE, NC

Should North Carolina operate its Medicaid oral health program as fee-for-service or transition to managed care?

As lawmakers ponder whether to expand Medicaid to add some 600,000 more people to the rolls, the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative is looking at a different aspect of the federal- and state-sponsored insurance program. Nearly a year ago, North Carolina transformed its Medicaid program from a fee-for-service-based plan to...
HEALTH

New study asks Black and Latino residents who had COVID-19 in pandemic’s first year about their experience

From higher infection and hospitalization rates to disproportionate death rates, the COVID-19 pandemic hit people of color hard. Many academic studies and journalistic accounts have documented and analyzed why this might’ve been, but fewer pieces of academic research have looked at the subjective experiences of people from these marginalized communities who got sick with the SARS CoV2 virus.
PUBLIC HEALTH

UNC researchers embark on statewide effort to reduce racial disparities, improve maternal health outcomes for Black moms

Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, in North Carolina and nationally, Black infants are about two times as likely as white infants to be born low birth weight, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
CHAPEL HILL, NC

Prisons were some of the hardest hit places during the pandemic. What are the next steps forward?

It’s easy to ignore prisons and jails if you’re on the outside. Inside and outside seem like different worlds, but they aren’t. The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on North Carolina’s prison system demonstrated the interconnectedness of the inside and outside communities as the number of cases behind the barbed wire ballooned through 2020 and 2021.
PUBLIC HEALTH

Annual County Health Rankings report starts conversations across the state about a community’s health

When one calls the Columbus County Health Department, there’s an automated message narrated by Health Director Kimberly Smith. The message presents options such as calling 911 for an emergency or entering the four-digit extension for a specific staff member. Right in the middle of the typical menu options, Smith issues a blunt and sobering truth. “The national County Health Rankings report ranks Columbus County as one of the unhealthiest counties in North Carolina for the eighth year in a row.”
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC