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Kody Kinsley looks to make his appointment as HHS secretary official

By Rose Hoban As Kody Kinsley, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, answered a lawmaker’s question about how to get more nurses trained in North Carolina’s community college system, he noticed a group of school children walking by the floor-to-ceiling windows of the North Carolina Legislative Building. He didn’t miss a…

Annual County Health Rankings report starts conversations across the state about a community’s health

By Rachel Crumpler When one calls the Columbus County Health Department, there’s an automated message narrated by Health Director Kimberly Smith. The message presents options such as calling 911 for an emergency or entering the four-digit extension for a specific staff member. Right in the middle of the typical menu options, Smith issues a blunt…

North Carolina nurses press for fixes in the health care system during D.C. march

By Rose Hoban We’ve heard throughout the pandemic about nursing shortages, but there was no scarcity of nurses gathering this past Thursday in the nation’s capital. Thousands of them, including many from North Carolina, marched from the White House to the U.S. Capitol to demand better working conditions that could ultimately benefit those in their…

NC advocates work to reduce HIV transmission and stigma

By Elizabeth Thompson As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, North Carolinians sheltered in place, masked up and maintained distance, all in an effort to stop the spread of the infectious disease. Along the way, many people may have forgotten about getting tested for other infectious diseases, such as HIV. But that disease hasn’t gone away. One…