The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and the NCMS Foundation (NCMSF) are committed to improving the health of North Carolinians by supporting our physician and PA members, and by creating and supporting innovative programs to achieve positive health outcomes.

In early 2020, the NCMS reaffirmed its Guiding Principles to help shape future health policy to improve the health and well-being of patients. The NCMS also endorsed the NC Institute of Medicine’s HealthyNC2030 report, which defines 21 metrics to indicate improved health outcomes in the state over the next decade.

In the coming months and years, the NCMS will leverage the input and expertise of physicians and PAs, as well as our influence in the larger health care community, to help move the state toward more positive health outcomes as part of our own Healthy NC initiatives.

Upcoming Healthy NC Events

Please join us for this virtual event where we will provide an introduction into Healthy NC and build knowledge and awareness around Lifestyle Medicine as a branch of medicine that addresses research, prevention, treatment and reversal of diseases that are caused by lifestyle factors.

This event is being held at no charge and participants may choose to attend one or both days when registering.

For more details, download an agenda (PDF) or review the agenda page.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) through the joint providership of the Southern Regional AHEC and the NCMS. The Southern Regional AHEC is accredited by the NCMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Southern Regional AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health professionals will receive Southern Regional AHEC CEU and/or contact hours and a certificate of attendance from an AMA PRA Category 1 ™ activity. These certificates are accepted by the NC boards for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. License requirements are subject to change. Southern Regional AHEC recommends that participants contact their licensing board with specific questions. Southern Regional AHEC will provide 1.0 Continuing Education Units (9.75 contact hours) to participants upon completion of this activity.

The Southern Regional AHEC adheres to ACCME Essential Areas and Policies regarding industry support of continuing medical education. Disclosures of faculty/planning committee members and commercial relationships will be made known at the activity. Speakers are also expected to openly disclose a discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices in their presentations.

Gathering the Data

The first part of this multi-faceted project begins as the NCMS/NCMSF works with our Community Practitioner Program (CPP) participants to gather data on key health metrics among their patient populations.

Initially, NCMS Healthy NC will engage with five CPP practices, located in underserved areas of the state where patients may face multiple challenges to optimizing their health, and with the Cabarrus County Health Department. We have developed a survey to be used by each CPP practice to gather data on the social determinants of patients’ health. This is an invaluable source of information on the current health environment and behaviors of patients and will help benchmark our progress as we enhance our existing resources and develop new initiatives to improve health as part of Healthy NC. Review the survey here.

Addressing public health issues and social determinants of health

The NCMS currently directs two innovative programs — Project OBOT, which addresses opioid use disorder, and Our Community Health Initiative (OCHI), which focuses on the social determinants of health. Aware of North Carolina’s low ranking in health care outcomes for mothers and infants and determined to explore and implement improvements, the NCMS hosted several Maternal and Infant Health Summits, bringing together health care and community leaders to address this important issue.

Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine is another spoke in the NCMS Healthy NC wheel of programs. Rooted in clinical research findings, Lifestyle Medicine seeks to prevent, treat and reverse disease through changing lifestyle factors including diet and exercise. According to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, this specialty “uses evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic interventions—including a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection—as a primary modality, delivered by clinicians trained and certified in this specialty, to prevent, treat and often reverse chronic disease.”