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March 21, 2022

“The future depends on what you do today.” —Mahatma Gandhi


In the News


1. Raising Kidney Health Awareness During National Kidney Month

During March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) recognizes National Kidney Month. Estimates show more than 1 in 7 adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and 9 in 10 adults with CKD do not know they are infected with the disease. CKD is most common in those over the age of 65 and among those with Medicare. Visit CMS OMH’s Health Observances page for a collection of resources for you and your patients.

2. Black Doulas and Black Mothers Program

A recent article discusses the Black Doulas and Black Mothers Program, which aims to improve maternal health and create a workforce pipeline. In May 2021, The North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (NCOGS) offered its endorsement and support of Ms. Venus Standard’s, a certified nurse midwife and the program director, request for support from The Duke Endowment and applauded her project to expand and improve maternal care through a doula training program, as well as her goal of improving services for and in collaboration with underserved communities. Read the NCOGS letters of endorsement: The Duke Endowment and C. Felix Harvey Award.

3. Standing Order for Contraception

Recently, the North Carolina Obstetrical & Gynecological Society (NCOGS) shared important information regarding a notice from the State Health Director, Dr. Betsey Tilson, issued Monday, March 14th.

Self-administered oral or transdermal contraceptives

o    Hormonal Contraceptive Standing Order – Signed March 2022
o    Patient Documentation Communication Form – March 2022


COVID-19 Updates


1.    NC will start using 7 new metrics to chart COVID’s severity and spread. What we know

2.    HHS launches vaccine ad campaign targeting parents

3.    Moderna seeks FDA authorization for 4th dose of COVID shot

4.    NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard

Learning Opportunities

Violent Conflict: The Challenges of Protecting Public Health & Health Care

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm ET

Join the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Committee on Human Rights (CHR) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for this online event that will discuss the impacts of violent conflict on public health and health care and strategies to protect frontline workers, ensure access to routine and emergency medical care, and maintain crucial public health infrastructure.



Upcoming Events

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

·       2022 NC Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting (April 22-23, 2022)

·       2022 NC Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society Annual Meeting (May 20-22, 2022)