Mustafa Abid and Ziyad Knio, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Abid and Knio are conducting health literacy workshops to help immigrants and refugees help access medical care in the United States. Topics include health maintenance, chronic disease management, health insurance, patient rights, prescription and non-prescription medication, and other issues tailored to meet the needs of the participants. The program will also provide participants with a forum for discussion regarding their current frustrations and successes in seeking medical care and in navigating the healthcare system.
Community site: Annoor Islamic Center and YMCA at the Ledges
Allen Bunch and Morgan Stroud, ECU School of Dental Medicine
BCBSNC Foundation Fellows
Bunch and Stroud are establishing a referral system to link patients at ECU Department of Pediatrics to ECU SoDM Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. In addition, they conducting education to patients and their caregivers and pediatric medical care teams on dental care as well as the importance of establishing a dental home by the child’s first birthday.
Community site: ECU SoDM Pediatric Dentistry Clinic and the ECU Department of Pediatrics
Samantha Forlenza and Kiersten Bethea, ECU Brody School of Medicine and ECU School of Dental Medicine
BCBSNC Foundation Fellows
Provide no cost dental emergency treatment for homeless patients and link to a medical/dental home.
Bethea and Forlenza are piloting an interprofessional medical-dental clinic for homeless patients in Greenville, North Carolina. Patients will be screened at local free clinics for dental emergencies and referred to East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Emergency Clinic to receive free emergency dental treatment and nutritional counseling. Patients will be referred to the James D. Bernstein Community Clinic for continued medical and dental needs. Ultimately, the program’s goal is to provide patients with a medical and dental home and to improve local interprofessional healthcare access for patients.
Community site: James D. Bernstein Community Health Center, East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Emergency Dental Clinic, Community Crossroads Center, and Greenville Homeless Shelter Clinic
Keyachtta Hawkins and Tariq Jah, NC School of Dentistry
BCBSNC Foundation Fellows
Hawkins and Jah are addressing the lack of access to comprehensive dental care and health literacy at the CAARE Clinic in Durham NC, by establishing a “Smile TIME (Treatment through Interdisciplinary methods and enrichment) program for uninsured adults. In addition to providing free comprehensive dental care, the program will collaborate with UNC School of Pharmacy, Public Health, and UNC School of Dentistry’s prenatal oral health program to provide educational seminars on: general oral health, pharmacy, nutrition, and prenatal oral health. The program aims to increase access to dental care as well as to change the health behaviors of at risk patients.
Community site: SNDA CAARE Clinic
Kevin Holley and Trevor Staton, ECU School of Dental Medicine
BCBSNC Foundation Fellows
Holley and Staton are working with disadvantaged elementary students within targeted Pitt County school classrooms in order promote proper oral hygiene, dietary, health, and lifestyle choices as well as build positive habits to improve and maintain oral and systemic health. Holley and Staton are also partnering with Greene County Health Care (GCHC), a federally qualified
health center, to recruit these students into children’s screening and sealants services through the Green Access Program (GAP). Altogether, this project extension aspires to build life-long
healthy habits, prevent and diagnose dental disease, and establish dental homes within Pitt county’s disadvantaged youth. This is an expansion of a 2014 Schweitzer project.
Community site: Greene County Health Care and Pitt County Public Schools
Cierra Hong and Kristen Rhodin, Duke School of Medicine
Hong and Rhodin are addressing health disparities in perioperative management of surgical oncology patients with Medicaid or without insurance who are receiving care at the Duke Cancer Institute by pairing medical student “health coaches” with patients and their families throughout the operative course and recovery. Through these student-patient partnerships, they aim to reinforce appropriate postoperative management and target comorbidities, in addition to providing further support to patients and their families navigating our complex health system in such a difficult time. Furthermore, they hope to provide an enriching experience to students, exposing them to the intricacies of surgical oncology and cancer care as they embark on their careers in medicine. Community Community site: Duke Cancer Institute, Durham NC.
Community site: Duke Cancer Institute
Kwone Ingram and Brandon Sowell, Wake School of Medicine
Ingram and Sowell are addressing the disparities that minority males in East Winston-Salem experience as a result of the lack of guidance and exposure to role models and opportunities afforded to other students their age. Supporting Young Scholars Through Empowerment and Mentorship (S.Y.S.T.E.M.), is a mentoring program for 4th and 5th grade minority males who face social, behavioral, and academic challenges. Partnering with Petree elementary school, S.Y.S.T.E.M. pairs each scholar with a mentor, imparts life skills, builds self-esteem, and provides male guidance to stimulate scholar growth emotionally and academically.
Community site: Petree Elementary School
Nicholas Lenze and Molly Crenshaw, UNC School of Medicine
Lenze and Crenshaw are working with Spanish-speaking type 2 diabetes patients served by the Carrboro Community Health Center through a multifaceted diabetes education program. This community project will integrate interactive teaching sessions with the patients’ individual medical needs to help each of them better understand their disease and treatment regimen. Patient-led group visits, monthly insulin education clinics, and educational home visits will address barriers to care faced by this patient population and empower patients to take control of their type 2 diabetes. This is an expansion of a 2016 Schweitzer project.
Community site: Piedmont Health Services in Carrboro
Katherine Mulligan and Yasamin Sanii, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Mulligan and Sanii are addressing the need for coordinated care for patients at the Greenville Community Shelter Clinic (GCSC). Their GCSC Continuity of Care Project will create a care manager volunteer position, partner with Health Assist/Access East, and incorporate a free EHR in order to keep track of patients, provide supportive care, and assist in finding a permanent care provider for recurring patients. Ultimately, the project will not only help to develop coordinated care while patients are at GCSC but will link patients to a permanent medical home that can provide sustainable health care for their chronic conditions.
Community site: Greenville Community Shelter Clinic
Reena Patel and Rebecca Jones, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Patel and Jones are addressing maternal health disparities and infant mortality in Pitt County by providing prenatal and postpartum education aimed at building care capacity for low-income, low education, and other at-risk mothers. Specifically, prenatal education will promote healthy pregnancies, covering topics such as healthy eating during pregnancy, signs/symptoms of labor and preterm labor, gestational diabetes, and hypertension. Furthermore, post-pregnancy expectations will be outlined, including education regarding normal/abnormal behavior in newborns, feeding/stool/spitting up, and infant CPR instruction. The program intends to lower anxiety and increase confidence by providing a supportive and nurturing educational environment for Pitt County mothers who are at a greater risk for labor and delivery complications (both physical and emotional).
Community site: ECU Women’s Health Clinic at Brody Outpatient Center and ECU Pediatric Clinic
Vinayak Subramanian, UNC School of Medicine
Subramanian is addressing care coordination and post-operative rehabilitation for patients with limb threatening peripheral vascular disease. The project will use a novel photo sharing mobile app to improve care-coordination between wound care and vascular specialists. In addition, the program will include strategies to address lifestyle factors to improve patient independence and quality of life. Ultimately this project is aimed at building a community around peripheral artery disease which has long been an under recognized source of morbidity, and mortality.
Community site: UNC REX Heart and Vascular Clinic
Aarti Thakkar, Duke School of Medicine
Thakkar is expanding the efforts of the Duke Hot Spotting Initiative (a 2015 Schweitzer project) in Durham which identifies and partners patients from complex socioeconomic and social backgrounds with medical student teams. This relationship-based partnership serves to ensure that patients follow through on goal setting, attending primary, specialty, and mental health care appointments, as well as help facilitate patient communication, and support patients’ motivations for behavioral change. This model works to increase patient adherence and trust in the healthcare system for Durham’s most vulnerable residents while also offering first year students a clinically focused opportunity to exercise their strength with a patient population where they are needed.
Community site: Duke Outpatient Clinic and Lincoln Community Center
Shian Williams, NCCU Communication Disorders
Williams is addressing stuttering in Raleigh/Durham by implementing public speaking practices for children and adults who stutter. In addition to helping children and adults find their voice, the program will provide public speaking practice in several service delivery settings: school-based, summer camps, support groups. The program will also expose children and adults to various public speaking opportunities in the RDU area and host a public speaking exhibition to showcase the participants’ skills. This program will serve as a resource for families, SLPs, and friends who communicate with people who stutter.
Community site: National Stuttering Association chapter in Raleigh and Chapel Hill and Rita Thurman Private Practice