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Network Update 76: 11/10/2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

In the News

Pharmacy Innovation. In late October, CCNC announced a collaboration with GSK and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy that will focus on the role of community pharmacists in lowering health care costs and improving health outcomes through better use of medicines. Read the press release here. The project received coverage in Pharmacy Times and on WUNC. Pictured at right are CCNC President and CEO Dr. Allen Dobson, Jack Bailey, GSK Senior Vice President and Robert Blouin, Dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Thanks to both organizations for working with CCNC to improve healthcare delivered in North Carolina.

Project Lazarus. WDBJ-TV (Roanoke, VA) mentioned Project Lazarus in story about a new drug incinerator.

"Direct pay" practice featured. Apex, NC, primary care physician Brian Forrest and his subscription practice approach was featured in a joint North Carolina Health News/MedPage Today article published last week. The article is available here.

NC Medicaid. Medicaid-related news coverage can be found here.


Journals. CCNC’s Theo Pikoulas, Carlos Jackson, Troy Trygstad, Amelia Mahan and Mike Lancaster contributed to a paper for the Mental Health Clinician. Check out the article, “Community Care of North Carolina – A Statewide Initiative for Innovative Pharmacy Practice with a Behavioral Health Focus,” here. Theo also contributed to an article for the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy on, North Carolina Medicaid Recipient Management Lock-In Program: The Pharmacist’s Perspective.” Check it out here.

NASHP Issue Brief Highlights CCNC's Pregnancy Medical Home. In February 2014 a team from the National Academy for State Health Policy contracting with AARP visited North Carolina spending time at CCNC, DMA and traveling to Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear. The group recently released an Issue Brief that highlights the role of RNs in healthcare transformation, and highlights the Pregnancy Medical Home Program. Check it out here. Congrats to Kate Berrien and Pregnancy Home stakeholders for their efforts.


Affordable housing and community health. DHIC, the Triangle’s largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing, is offering a “Health & Housing Symposium” on Friday, November 21, at the Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh. From 9:00AM until 11:00AM, participants will discuss the link between affordable housing, health and well-being for seniors, families and communities. Topics will include collaborations between public health and housing providers, the role of housing stability in community health and the intersection of health and housing policies. Click here for more information.

One Community in Recovery. The 6th Annual NC "One Community in Recovery" Conference will be held Nov. 12-14 at the Village Inn and Conference Center in Clemmons, NC. Online registration and an informational brochure can be found here.

Other News

NCSU ISE. On Nov. 7, Dr. Allen Dobson participated as a panelist for "The Face of Healthcare," hosted by NC State's Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering during the College of Engineering’s homecoming event.

Pinnacle Award. Dana Baker of Community Care Partners of Greater Mecklenburg has been named a winner of the 2014 Carolinas Healthcare System Pinnacle Award. Way to go, Dana!

QuitlineNC has special, one-day deal on nicotine patches. In honor of the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 20, anyone enrolling in QuitlineNC and setting a quit date will be eligible for eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy patches. For more information, please contact Ann Staples of the NC Tobacco Prevention & Control Branch.

Eastern NC clinician appointed to Social Service Board. Community Care Partners of Eastern Carolina's own Clayton Gaskins, SWPCM, was recently appointed to the NC Association of the County Boards of Social Services as one of three Directors in Region V.  Congratulations Clayton!

NC HIE. Check out NC HIE on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for real-time updates. 

Welcome New Faces! Please welcome Project Coordinator Rebecca Sink and Business Analyst/Integration Analyst Shukla Debnath to the CCNC family!

Career Opportunities at CCNC. Applications are currently being accepted for several positions - for more information, please see the CCNC Careers page. Don't forget to check out positions open in other local CCNC networks on our Network Careers page.  

Social Media Update. If you haven't already, please support CCNC's growing social media presence by clicking on the links below.

Have a great week!  Please note that CCNC’s Central Office in Raleigh will be closed for the Veteran’s Day Holiday on Tuesday, November 11. Thanks to all who have served our nation with honor!

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