UNC Health Talk

Category: Social Justice

November 9, 2015

New Study Shows Race, Neighborhood, Income Affect Availability of S...

A new study from the UNC Family Medicine Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP) finds that where an individual lives may impact their access to cheap or improperly marketed tobacco. Published in the Center for Disease Control’s Preventing Chronic Disease journal, the study by Joseph G.L. Lee, PhD, MPH; Hannah M Baker, MPH; Leah M. Ranney, PhD; and Adam O. Goldstein, MD, MPH, presents the first national evidence that neighborhood characteristics are closely associated with illegal sales of single cigarettes, or “loosies.”

Social Justice, Substance Abuse

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Arlene Chung

December 10, 2014

Information for the People

Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, MMCi, the 2014 James Woods Junior Faculty Award winner, sees a future where technology and data analytics will drastically improve health care outcomes for patients everywhere. And at UNC, we’re getting a glimpse at the future right now.

North Carolina, Social Justice

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November 13, 2014

5 Ways UNC Informatics will Improve Health Care for North Carolinians

Health informatics is changing the way North Carolinians receive their care. Sam Cykert, professor of medicine and director of the UNC School of Medicine Program on Health and Clinical Informatics, and Tim Carey, professor of medicine and director of the Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC, share ways UNC informatics systems will improve health care for North Carolinians.

North Carolina, Social Justice

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Yvonne Josephson, a nurse at High Point and Eppi.

July 9, 2014

Widow finds new hope with Sudanese refugee

Yvonne Josephson, a nurse at High Point Regional Hospital, lost her husband unexpectedly. Because of his chronic illness, they decided not to have children. But then Yvonne was introduced to Eppi and the beginning of a sweet and tender relationship began.

Social Justice, UNC Stories

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Doctor sitting on bed talking with a senior male patient in his home.

May 27, 2014

Frequent in-person home visits can reduce both readmission and deat...

Home-visiting programs and multidisciplinary heart failure clinic interventions can reduce hospital readmission and improve survival for patients with heart failure, according to research from RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Heart Failure, Heart Health, Social Justice

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An illustration of a hospital with people coming in and out.

April 7, 2014

Follow-up program at UNC Hospitals clinic reduces readmissions by 6...

The study also found that a new follow-up program in the Internal Medicine Clinic at UNC Hospitals prevents one hospital readmission within 30 days for every seven patients seen in the program.

Social Justice, Wellness

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March 26, 2014

After Years of Suffering, Hope for Women in Malawi

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is May 23. Jeff Wilkinson, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UNC, likens victims of obstetric fistula to modern-day versions of Job: they have lost their homes, their families, and their health. Funded by the Freedom From Fistula Foundation, with additional support from UNC Project-Malawi and the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, Wilkinson is surgically repairing fistulas and saving Malawian women from the devastating condition.

Social Justice, UNC Stories

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Stacie B. Dusetzina

January 6, 2014

Out-of-pocket costs play major role in treatment adherence for canc...

The cost of insurance co-payments for cutting-edge pharmaceuticals can vary widely from patient to patient. When the patient’s share of prescription costs becomes too high, many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina.

Cancer, Social Justice

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Illustration of a piggy bank inside a child's mind.

December 12, 2013

Poverty influences children’s early brain development

Poverty may have direct implications for important, early steps in the development of the brain, saddling children of low-income families with slower rates of growth in two key brain structures.

Social Justice, Wellness

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Eric B. Elbogen

June 25, 2012

Study identifies factors related to violence in veterans

Veterans with protective factors in place such as employment, living stability and social support were 92 percent less likely to report severe violence than veterans without these factors.

PTSD, Research, Social Justice, Studies

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