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February 14, 2022

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In the News


1. Racial and Health Equity: Concrete STEPS for Health Systems

As the commitment to advance health equity and racial equity grows across many sectors, physicians in medium and large health systems may wonder how best to pursue these goals through their day-to-day work. The new AMA STEPS Forward™ toolkit “Racial and Health Equity: Concrete STEPS for Health Systems,” developed in collaboration with HealthBegins, offers five steps to advancing health equity for clinicians, patients, and the communities served. “Racial and Health Equity: Concrete STEPS for Health Systems” helps motivated leaders develop a shared understanding and commitment, set data-driven goals, and embark on a journey of continuous learning and improvement for racial justice and health equity. Learn more.

2. U.S. Appeals Court Will Not Block Order Barring Biden Federal Staff Vaccine Mandate

On Wednesday February 9, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that President Joe Biden could not require federal employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.  The decision was by a 2-1 vote.  Judge Stephen A. Higginson dissented noting a dozen district courts rejected requests to block the vaccine rule while a single district judge issued an injunction.  This decision impacts physicians, PAs, and other healthcare workers working in Veteran Administration hospitals and other federal medical facilities.  For more information, read Reuters: U.S. Appeals Court Will Not Block Order Barring Biden Federal Staff Vaccine Mandate 

3. The Intersection of State and Federal Policies on Access to Medication Abortion Via Telehealth

This brief outlines the intersection of federal policy regarding dispensing medication abortion with state laws regulating the provision of abortion services and mifepristone dispensing via telehealth and considers the implications of the recent FDA change in different states. Read the brief here.



COVID-19 Updates


1.     COVID 19 Therapeutics Overview: Paxlovid and Molnupiravir

2.     COVID-19 Community Profile Report

3.     NC DHHS COVID-19 Dashboard


Learning Opportunities


COVID-19 Therapeutics: Evidence, Access, and Misinformation

Wednesday, February 16th
7-8 p.m. CT

Join your family medicine colleagues for a conversation focused primarily on COVID-19 treatments, including evidence, benefits and risks to patients, and other information to support patient care.



Upcoming Events


·       2022 NC Neurological Society Hybrid Annual Meeting (Feb. 25-27, 2022)

·       2022 NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting (April 8-10, 2022)