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UNC Family Medicine Ranked #2 in the Nation

UNC Family Medicine Ranked #2 in the Nation

UNC Family Medicine is again ranked 2nd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. "We are humbled by this news and appreciate the recognition," said Dr. Warren Newton, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. How does UNC Family Medicine do it year after year? By constantly searching for innovative ways to improve the patient experience while increasing the quality of care and decreasing costs.

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Is there a doctor in the house?

Is there a doctor in the house?

We’ve all watched the scene play out on television or at the movies – a character collapses in a public place, and immediately someone calls out, “Is there a doctor in the house?” Always, a daring physician dashes to aid. A new study released this week by UNC Family Medicine researchers proves this may be one case where the movies are startling similar to real-life.

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What Is Quality Spiritual Care in Health Care and How Do You Measure It?

What Is Quality Spiritual Care in Health Care and How Do You Measure It?

Spiritual care has long been an important part of health care, but now health care experts are beginning to measure it with the goal of being able to interpret the impact of spiritual care on health outcomes. Dr. Tim Daaleman is part of a panel who recently developed the first evidence-based measures for quality spiritual care.

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UNC Family Medicine Offers FREE Living Healthy Workshop

UNC Family Medicine Offers FREE Living Healthy Workshop

Do you suffer from a chronic condition? Do you or your partner feel stressed and fatigued because of your chronic illness? If the answer is yes, our Living Healthy workshop may be right for you. Sign up now! Three different class options beginning in March!

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How to be a healthiest employer?

How to be a healthiest employer?

Just ask the Town of Chapel Hill. The Town of Chapel Hill was again named one of the Triangle's healthiest employers in part because of the comprehensive wellness program provided by UNC Family Medicine's Wellness@Work, Congratulations!

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Are Electronic Cigarettes a Threat to Progress?

Are Electronic Cigarettes a Threat to Progress?

Smoke-free policies at North Carolina hospitals help protect patient health while promoting the denormalization of smoking in society. But could that progress be undone by the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes?

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The UNC Family Medicine Center needs your help!

The UNC Family Medicine Center needs your help!

Dr. Mark Gwynne, Medical Director at the UNC Family Medicine Center, makes an appeal to support UNC Family Medicine by making a donation.“As a doctor practicing at the Family Medicine Center since 2001, it has been my honor to care for patients from remarkably diverse backgrounds. For years I have wanted to give my patients a more comfortable experience, with access to the best diagnostic tools and the most comprehensive care possible. It would be so touching if patients helped us achieve this dream.”

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New Study Shows Race, Neighborhood, Income Affect Availability of Single Cigarettes

New Study Shows Race, Neighborhood, Income Affect Availability of Single Cigarettes

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.”

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Fifteen Physicians From UNC Family Medicine Named to Prestigious BEST DOCTORS IN AMERICA® List

Fifteen Physicians From UNC Family Medicine Named to Prestigious BEST DOCTORS IN AMERICA® List

Fifteen physicians affiliated with UNC Family Medicine appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2015-2016, officials from UNC Hospitals announced today. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review. These doctors are: Kathleen Barnhouse, Timothy P. Daaleman, Clark Denniston, Narges Farahi, Andrew Hannapel, Margaret Helton, Julie Monaco, Warren Newton, Brian Rayala, Philip Sloane, Donald Spencer, Beat Steiner, Anthony Viera, Samuel Weir, and Adam Zolotor.

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Shaken baby prevention effort reduces crying-related calls to nurse advice line

Shaken baby prevention effort reduces crying-related calls to nurse advice line

The study found no reduction in state-level rates of abusive head trauma (AHT) or “shaken baby syndrome.” Dr. Adam Zolotor from UNC Family Medicine is lead author of the article published on October 26, 2015 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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UNC Family Medicine Partners with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Triangle on Healthy Child Initiative

UNC Family Medicine Partners with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Triangle on Healthy Child Initiative

On Saturday, September 19, 2015 a team from UNC Family Medicine worked alongside staff and volunteers from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Triangle to provide an array of health related services to children, mentors, and families who attended the annual back to school picnic.

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UNC Family Medicine Part of Collaborative Receiving Large Award to Reduce Health Disparities in Rural South

UNC Family Medicine Part of Collaborative Receiving Large Award to Reduce Health Disparities in Rural South

Researchers from UNC Family Medicine, in partnership with researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and East Carolina University, were awarded more than $9 million to study ways to improve blood pressure in the rural south. Minorities, low-income individuals, and those living in rural areas suffer more than others from health problems associated with uncontrolled hypertension. For example, African Americans are nearly twice as likely to die from preventable heart disease and stroke as Caucasians. Rural residents are more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease than urban dwellers.

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Don't forget your flu shot

Don't forget your flu shot

Please don’t forget to come in for your flu shot. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Providers at UNC Family Medicine in Chapel Hill are urging patients to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting a flu shot. This is especially important for pregnant women, the elderly, and those with respiratory conditions. Make your appointment now!

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UNC Family Medicine is a national leader in patient-centered care

UNC Family Medicine is a national leader in patient-centered care

There is universal consensus that patients need to be engaged with their care. In 2012, UNC Family Medicine created a Patient Advisory Council to put this idea into practice. A recently published case study demonstrates the extensive Patient Advisory Council engagement with the operations of a patient-centered medical home.

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Dr. Adam Zolotor talks with WUNC about the state of rural health in NC

Dr. Adam Zolotor talks with WUNC about the state of rural health in NC

People who live in rural North Carolina are still more likely to suffer from serious health problems than their urban counterparts. Rural counties show higher rates of heart disease and obesity, and rural residents have a lower life expectancy. Frank Stasio from WUNC's the State of Things discussed the state of rural health in NC with UNC Family Medicine physician Dr. Adam Zolotor.

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UNC Family Medicine Center Clinical Social Work Program Receives Prestigious Distinction

UNC Family Medicine Center Clinical Social Work Program Receives Prestigious Distinction

The UNC Family Medicine Center, along with clinical social workers Amy Prentice and Rayhaan Adams, recently received a certificate of appreciation for long standing service and commitment to the field of social work from the UNC School of Social Work. Working with clinical social work students and interns, they provide our patients with high quality, comprehensive care management every single day.

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Don't Forget your Mental Health

Don't Forget your Mental Health

Dr. Linda Myerholtz is a psychologist with UNC Family Medicine. Almost 1 in 5 people in the U.S. suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. Dr. Myerholtz wants to help people recognize common symptoms that can indicate they need to seek treatment, hoping to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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Daaleman selected to serve on PCORI's Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems

Daaleman selected to serve on PCORI's Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems

Timothy Daaleman, DO MPH, Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, has been selected by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to serve as a member of its National Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems.

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