Dr. John Parks, former UNC Family Medicine resident, has a passion for spreading Family Medicine across the globe. He is now teaching medical students and postgraduate registrars (residents) at the University of Malawi School of Medicine in southeast Africa. The family medicine department established its residency program just last year, and Parks has helped develop the curriculum.
UNC Family Medicine awarded FITTEST company award for employee participation in the Tar Heel 10 Miler for the second year in a row!
Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 4:00-6:00 pm 450 West Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.