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Bridge Counselors Engage Patients in Care

February 20, 2018

Robin Akins remembers receiving a phone call from a patient living with HIV she had been trying to reach for months. Dealing with the sudden loss of a family member had prevented the patient from keeping appointments at the UNC Infectious Diseases (ID) Clinic. Akins works as the clinic’s bridge counselor, ensuring people living with HIV remain in care.

New study aims to address the opioid crisis in western North Carolina

December 15, 2017

Three UNC researchers, two from the department of medicine, are joining forces with investigators at RTI International to devise solutions to address the opioid epidemic and related public health problems in eight counties in North Carolina’s western tip.

Defining the Burden of Hepatitis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

November 9, 2017

Hepatitis C virus is a curable infectious disease, but treatment remains unavailable in resource-limited settings like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC Ministry of Health asked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) to help determine the burden of infection and find a way to connect people infected with the virus to treatment. Using laboratory equipment readily available in developing countries, researchers from UNC and Abbott Diagnostics were able to define and map the burden of disease in the DRC. Their findings were published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.