Rural Health in North Carolina

This issue of the NCMJ discusses factors that influence the well-being of residents in rural communities in North Carolina. These include factors related to health care, such as physician recruitment and retention, the effects of hospital closures, and the need for behavioral health services, and factors beyond the health care sphere, such as child care, health behaviors, economic development, and access to health services. TABLE OF CONTENTS | FULL ISSUE (pdf) »

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The Impact of Maltreatment on the Developing Child

INVITED COMMENTARY Child maltreatment represents an extreme traumatic insult to the developing child. Chronic traumatic exposure during childhood may lead to persistent changes in brain structure and chemistry that contribute to long-term dysfunction.

BrdsNBz: A Text-Messaging Forum for Improving the Sexual Health of Adolescents in North Carolina

INVITED SIDEBAR The BrdsNBz Text Message Warm Line (hereafter, “BrdsNBz”) was launched by the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina in February 2009 to address the sexual-health needs of our state’s teenage population. The primary objective of BrdsNBz is to provide a trusted forum for adolescents to ask questions and receive medically accurate information about their sexual health.

What Will Long-Term Care Be Like in 2040?

INVITED COMMENTARY Many innovative long-term care models can now be found in nursing homes, assisted living, and community home care settings. Key forces that will shape the future include the aging of the baby-boomer generation, personal choice, concerns about quality, new technologies, dementia research, payment issues, financial pressures, and workforce needs.

A Renaissance in Pharmacy Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

INVITED COMMENTARY The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is transforming its doctor of pharmacy program to emphasize active engagement of students in the classroom, foster scientific inquiry and innovation, and immerse students in patient care early in their education. The admissions process is also being reengineered.

  • 76(2) Traumatic brain injury
  • 76(3) Patient engagement
  • 76(4) Clinical guidelines
  • 76(5) Military health