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Macon County Volunteers Needed for Free Pharmacy Event

September 27, 2018

NC MedAssist, which provides needed medications to those not able to afford them, in conjunction with Carolina Complete Health is holding an ‘over-the-counter’ free pharmacy event Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Macon County Community Facilities Building in Franklin.

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Innovative Practice Interview: Biltmore Company's On-site Employee Clinic

September 27, 2018

Biltmore Company opened its onsite health clinic through a partnership with Vickery Family Medicine in March 2012.  The focus of the clinic is a pro-active, wellness based approach to healthcare for employees and their families. 

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Letter from Dr. Lisa Ladd, Chairman of the WCMS Foundation Board of Directors

September 12, 2018

In the midst of change in our medical communities, there are always new opportunities to help patients become healthier.  In addition to access to care for the underserved and uninsured, there has been an ever increasing interest and focus on the social determinants of health.

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WNC Conversion Health Foundation Report

September 10, 2018

COAH (Communities for Older Adult Health) and its sponsoring partners hosted the August 3rd WNC Conversion Health Foundation Forum held at UNC Asheville.

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New Research and Website Highlight Health in Appalachia

July 27, 2018

Three new resources released today by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky offer a fresh approach to understanding health in Appalachia by focusing on community strengths and identifying local factors supporting a Culture of Health. These resources include case studies of ten “Bright Spot” counties, each defying predictions for health with better-than-expected outcomes; the performance-focused research methodology that helped identify these counties; and HealthinAppalachia.org, a website that explores extensive county-level health data for the entire Appalachian Region.

 

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24th World Scout Jamboree Recruiting Volunteer Medical Services

July 16, 2018

The 2019 World Scout Jamboree is looking for qualified medical staff volunteers

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NC Attorney General Explores Ethical Responses to the Opioid Crisis at Asheville Conference

July 5, 2018

On July 19, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein will present the keynote address at a daylong conference in Asheville on the ethical issues healthcare professionals face when treating patients who are struggling with opioid use disorders (OUDs) and substance misuse. The Attorney General will provide an update and discuss the ethics of North Carolina’s formal response to the opioid crisis.

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June is National Hernia Awareness Month

June 22, 2018

The purpose of National Hernia Awareness Month is to raise the public knowledge of the warning signs and latest treatment options available regarding hernias. It is estimated that more than 5 million persons have some type of hernia, but only 750,000 people per year actually seek medical attention.

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Increase in Confirmed Cases of Pertussis Throughout Buncombe County

May 23, 2018

This month, and especially in the past week, we have seen an increase in confirmed cases of pertussis throughout Buncombe County, mainly in school-aged children. Our Communicable Disease Control staff are working with school nurses and school administration to inform parents of exposed students, identify additional symptomatic individuals, and provide prophylaxis for high-risk contacts.

 

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Stand with WCMS to protect access to healthcare for all

May 4, 2018

Since learning about the recent ICE raids that are targeting the Spanish speaking communities in Buncombe, Henderson, and McDowell Counties, I have been greatly concerned for our patients and our community.

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ICE Raids in WNC Hurt Our Communities

April 18, 2018

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As most of you know, over the last several days there have been ICE raids targeting the Spanish speaking communities in Buncombe, Henderson, and McDowell Counties. As of now, WLOS and  the Citizen-Times report that 17 people have been detained. Sadly, that number is expected to rise. Our patients and interpreters tell us that people have been targeted when leaving places of worship, dropping their children off at the bus stop for school, arriving at medical clinics, and leaving the grocery store.

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Hillcrest Community Health Clinic

April 16, 2018

Hillcrest Apartments is a public housing community serving low-income residents who face multiple economic and social barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. Residents face physical and mental health problems and many lack  insurance or primary care doctors. For eight years, the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation (WWD-F) has been working in the Hillcrest community to promote healthier lifestyles.

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Retired Physician Shares Article he Wrote for Physicians for a National Health Program

April 11, 2018

Dr. Robert Kline has shared an article with the Western Carolina Medical Society that he wrote for Physicians for a National Health Program.  Dr. Kline eagerly wanted to share with his colleagues from WNC. 

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MAHEC and Preconception Health

March 15, 2018

The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC has partnered with a national maternal child health collaborative to test a new model that it helped to develop for assessing mothers’ health during well-child visits.

The goal of this screening tool is to reduce low birth weight and preterm births, which account for more than 70 percent of infant mortality, where the US ranks among the worst of all industrialized nations.

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Your Legal Risks When Patients Don't Speak English Well

March 1, 2018

WCMS's WIN was quoted in a Medscape article on working with interpreters.

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