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.
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.
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.
UNC Family Medicine physician, Dr. Adam Zolotor, has been selected to lead the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. The Institute fosters its research, review and educational functions through collaborative efforts with established centers and agencies within NC, drawing on the expertise of the major universities, governmental units, and the private sector.
Dr. Adam Goldstein, who is director of the tobacco intervention programs in the UNC School of Medicine, argues his point in an opinion piece published in the March/April 2015 issue of Annals of Family Medicine.
What is it like to be someone who smokes in today’s increasingly smoke-free world? How can providers best interact with their patients who smoke and support their efforts to become tobacco-free? A new study by researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Department of Family Medicine and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center represents one of the first efforts to ask these and other seemingly simple, yet critical, questions like “What do patients who smoke want and need from their physicians?”
Cristen P. Page, MD, MPH, has been named interim chair for the department of Family Medicine, effective April 1. Page will accept the role from Warren Newton, MD, MPH, who recently announced he would step down as chair to assume the role of senior medical advisor to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. He was a featured speaker at TEDxUNC held at Memorial Hall on Saturday, February 7, 2015. At TEDxUNC, innovative thinkers, from both our university and the greater community, discussed their approaches to some of humanity’s fundamental concerns.
"...I remind myself that mercy, which is a willingness to enter into the chaos of another, is part and parcel of what I signed onto as a physician." Dr. Tim Daaleman, Vice Chair of the UNC Department of Family Medicine, shares his thoughts in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The National Institutes of Health recently awarded researchers from the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Gillings School of Public Health more than $2 million to study the effects of physical activity food labeling on consumer food choices and exercise.
This study is believed to be the first to measure attitudes toward e-cigarettes among physicians treating adult smokers.
A majority said they were worried about potential ethical consequences in the doctor-patient relationship. A new survey of North Carolina doctors finds that many are concerned about the increasing number of requests they are receiving to assess their patients’ competency to carry concealed weapons. UNC Family Medicine doctors Goldstein, Barnhouse and Viera call for more standards.
Milele Bynum is a third year medical student at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. But she is not just a future physician. She is a mother. She is a woman who has struggled with her weight. And she is an activist. Using her life experience and her new knowledge from medical school, Bynum designed a project that sought to take a collaborative approach to effectively address the growing epidemic of obesity within the African American community. Her work earned her the Community Outreach Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians. She will be honored at the 2014 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City, Missouri.
We are proud to announce that we are expanding our listening audience! Residents in Wilmington, NC will now be able to listen to YOUR HEALTH® radio. Port City Radio 103.7 FM will air YOUR HEALTH® with Dr. Adam Goldstein and Dr. Cristy Page every week on Saturdays at 3pm. We look forward to talking with you!
UNC Family Medicine recognized the need for more primary care physicians in the underserved areas of North Carolina. They took action to help address the shortage by creating North Carolina’s first teaching health center, a partnership between community health centers (CHCs) and academic centers that train primary care physicians to provide care to vulnerable communities.
The Faculty Development Fellowship class of 2014 sponsored a Health Care Symposium on Thursday, June 6 with an exciting look at new and innovative models of care! Two teams of fellows from around the country worked together over the last year to investigate two topics that directly impact the quality and cost of health care as well as patient satisfaction.