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Resources by State: North Carolina

The Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative
Provides an overview of the UNC Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative (RIPHI), a workforce initiative focused on collaboration between healthcare professionals and students in rural North Carolina. Describes the RIPHI's growth, goals, achievements, and lessons learned since the initiative's start in 2017. Discusses the value of rural experience for health professions students.
Author(s): Meg Zomorodi, Lorraine Alexander, Philip T. Rodgers
Citation: North Carolina Medical Journal, 85(3), 188-190
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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Who is at Risk Amid the H5N1 Influenza Outbreak? Characteristics and Health Coverage of Animal Production Workers
Analyzes demographic characteristics of animal production and aquaculture workers to determine risk for contracting H5N1 influenza, also known as bird flu. Characteristics include race and ethnicity, immigration status, insurance status, household income, and English proficiency in the 7 impacted states. Discusses policy measures to address health threats.
Author(s): Josh Michaud, Drishti Pillai, Samantha Artiga, Jennifer Kates
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: KFF
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Time for Action: Securing A Strong Nursing Workforce for North Carolina
Offers 8 recommendations for developing the nursing workforce in North Carolina. Discusses the workforce pipeline, professional education, well-being and safety in the workplace, leadership, retention, advocacy, staffing standards, billing, and more. Discusses rural throughout.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Institute of Medicine
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Implementation Characteristics That May Promote Sustainability of a Rural Physical Activity Initiative: Examination of Play Streets Through the Lens of Community Implementers
Discusses implementation of Play Streets, a community-based initiative to create safe physical activity areas for children and families, from interviews with program team members in rural Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas. Highlights factors influencing program effectiveness and sustainability, including community engagement, partnerships, and more.
Author(s): Marilyn E. Wende, M. Renée Umstattd Meyer, Cynthia Perry, et al.
Citation: Implementation Science Communications, 5, 48
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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North Carolina Medicaid Expansion: A Rural Perspective
Reports on expanded Medicaid coverage in rural North Carolina using state-level monthly enrollment data. Compares expansion enrollment in rural, suburban, and urban counties, and evaluates whether enrollment is associated with poverty at the county level.
Author(s): Dalton Bailey
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Center
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Transforming Oral Health Care in North Carolina
Makes recommendations for improving oral health access, supporting oral care workforce and providers, and promoting oral health quality and equity in North Carolina. Discusses oral health in rural and underserved areas throughout, including coverage of workforce distribution, dental safety net, and access barriers.
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Institute of Medicine
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Communities Need Safe Drinking Water: A Rural Environmental Justice Case Study
Discusses access to clean drinking water in rural, underserved communities and Native nations, and presents case studies of communities working to improve environmental health equity. Features the Environmental Justice Community Action Network (EJCAN) of North Carolina, the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) of the Native Village of Hooper Bay, Alaska, and community leaders in Ivanhoe, North Carolina.
Author(s): Rebecca Huenink
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Aspen Institute
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Health Care Coalitions: A Resource to Support Critical Access Hospital Emergency Preparedness Planning
Describes unique challenges Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) face regarding emergency preparedness planning. Presents findings from interviews with leaders from eight statewide or regional healthcare coalitions (HCCs) regarding strategies and resources HCCs provide to support the CAH emergency preparedness planning process.Outlines the functions and roles of HCCs by the four Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) capability goals.
Author(s): John Gale, Karen Pearson, Rebecca Stearns
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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North Carolina Healthcare Association Critical Workforce Needs Assessment
Reports on healthcare workforce trends in North Carolina, including discussion of state demographics, policy changes, and strategies influencing workforce needs and availability. Highlights the rural aging population and a need for health workers in rural communities.
Author(s): Patrick McHugh, Alison Bean de Hernandez, Chrystall Davis, Michael Hogan, Sara Nienow
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Healthcare Association
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North Carolina Counties Designated Health Professional Shortage Areas
County-level map of Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in North Carolina. Includes Primary Care, Mental/Behavioral Health, and Dental Care HPSAs.
Date: 03/2024
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Office of Rural Health
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