Happy Thursday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

March 18, 2021

Is there a positive change brought about by the pandemic that you would like to see become part of post-pandemic life? RESPOND HERE. The most interesting responses may be published in the upcoming NCMS Bulletin magazine. Thanks for sharing!

Joint Media Statement on COVID-19’s Impact on Mental Health

The NCMS joined with the NC Psychiatric Association yesterday in releasing a media statement on the impact of the pandemic on mental health.

“The COVID-19 pandemic’s negative impact on the nation’s mental health is not likely to abate even after the pandemic is over,” the statement reads. “Now is the time not only to help those currently in crisis, but also to plan for better access to mental health services in the future.”

Information on how to access care now is included as well as praise for pending legislation addressing future needs for mental health services.

Read the statement here.

Is Telehealth Here to Stay?

This week’s NCMS Foundation Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership’s Power Hour addresses whether the increased use of telehealth platforms during the pandemic is here to stay post-pandemic.

Telehealth was a hot topic for a Power Hour last April. How has its use evolved over the past year? Is it a viable means of patient-centered care for the future? What needs to change? What is working well now? Join your colleagues as we explore this topic in our friendly and engaging virtual Power Hour forum.

Learn more and register here.

Care Share Welcomes New Executive Director

Care Share Health Alliance recently announced that Weyling White will serve as its next Executive Director. White succeeds Linda Kinney, who remains at Care Share as Director of Innovation and Capacity Building. Care Share Health Alliance, a public/private partnership, was created to serve as a statewide resource and technical assistance center to help communities develop Collaborative Networks to improve access to care and the health of low-income, uninsured and underserved people.

“We are fortunate to have Weyling lead Care Share,” said Alice Pollard, Board Chair. “Weyling brings tremendous leadership experience with programs that promote systems change to increase access to health care. His experience and passion for health equity and social justice will be a guiding light for advancing Care Share’s vision of communities that are healthy and committed to health equity for all.”

White most recently worked with Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center (RHCC) as the Practice Administrator. He joined RCCHC in 2013 as the Director of Hertford Health Access, a collaborative network that was supported by Care Share. Weyling is a native of Ahoskie, NC, and in 2019, made history when he was elected as Ahoskie’s first African American Mayor. Weyling is a graduate of the Rural Economic Development Institute with the NC Rural Center, a Leadership North Carolina Class XXVI graduate, and a current Bernstein Health Leadership Fellow.

In the News

First Children Vaccinated In Moderna’s Phase 2/3 Pediatric Covid-19 Vaccine Trial, CNN Health, 3-16-21

Learning Opportunity

Shifting Power Workshop: Collaborations to Confront the Root Causes of Health Inequities, March 26 from 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Across the United States, state and local health departments and community power-building organizations are collaborating to challenge the social, environmental, and economic conditions that create health and racial inequities.

This work is more important than ever given the intersecting and cascading crises of COVID-19, police violence, and housing and economic insecurity. Health departments are accountable to these crises and should increasingly seed and nurture collaborations with groups explicitly focused on building community power as a strategy to achieve health equity. In that spirit, this discussion will highlight a framework to approach this work, along with examples of health department and community organizing collaborations.

Register here.


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