On Wednesday March 2, 2016, UNC Family Family Medicine and Dr. Joan Huntley will host the 12th annual Huntley Lecture. This is a special and interactive lecture and promises to be an exciting and engaging lecture to help attendees challenge their assumptions and rethink health transformation.
This is an exciting time for the UNC Family Medicine Center as we move into the very last (YES, we said LAST) leg of our renovation. ALL construction is scheduled to be finished by April 1. Thank you for your patience during this time -- we realize that it has been disruptive. The new space will offer more exam rooms, dedicated sports medicine and procedural space, state-of-the-art equipment, patient-friendly flow and expanded hours.
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!
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!
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?
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.”
UNC Family Medicine will co-sponsor an enroll-a-thon on January 9, 2016 where community members can get information about the Health Insurance Marketplace and get help signing up. Join us on January 9! Don’t delay! Open Enrollment is November 1, 2015-January 31, 2016.
UNC Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program Finds Poly-Tobacco Use Among Teenagers Is on the Rise
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Beginning August 22, the UNC Family Medicine Center will offer a fall walk-in sports injury clinic for local high school and college athletes as well as weekend warriors. The walk-in clinic is on Saturday mornings from 8:00am – 10:00am. All services are provided by Board-Certified Sports Medicine Specialists and include everything from xray and ultrasound to casting and concussion 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.
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.
UNC Family Medicine is ranked 2nd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in their 2015 Best Medical School Rankings.
Phase 2 of the Family Medicine Center will begin on June 10. The current front door will be closed for renovation through October and we will be re-routing patients through the newly created secondary entrance. We are really excited about the changes and look forward to the creation of our new space.
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.