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Messaging a challenge for getting the word out on monkeypox

By Rose Hoban Now that North Carolina has 46 confirmed cases of monkeypox, public health leaders are moving to inform affected communities about how to reduce their risk. On Thursday evening, North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Kody Kinsley held a virtual town hall meeting to address the growing outbreak in the state.  Kinsley’s…

Activan línea directa de salud mental “988” en Carolina del Norte 

Por Taylor Knopf, traducido por Lidia Hernández Tapia Este sábado la línea directa para atender las crisis de salud mental, 988, comenzó a funcionar en todo el país. La idea detrás del cambio de la Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio de 10 dígitos al número de crisis de salud mental de tres dígitos es…

Yet another attempt to expand Medicaid in NC

By Anne Blythe For all those waiting with bated breath to find out whether Medicaid will be expanded to nearly 600,000 more North Carolinians, take a pause. Republicans in the state House of Representatives are not ready to embrace the policy whole hog. Instead, there will be one more study and more planning, while the…

Fuquay-Varina couple carry blood stem cells across the U.S.

By Rachel Crumpler Retired couple Karon and Leo Mertens, who live in Fuquay-Varina, are traveling more than they ever have. Since the beginning of 2020, they’ve gone on 48 trips, flying thousands of miles all over the United States. To Washington, Ohio, Texas and many more destinations.  But they are not taking personal vacations to…

House speaker adds another Medicaid expansion plan to the mix

By Rose Hoban On Wednesday morning, a group of advocates who’ve been working to persuade the General Assembly to expand the state’s Medicaid program started their day with a prayer service.  By the end of the day, they seemed closer to having their prayers answered. After weeks of telling reporters that consideration of closing this…