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A series of conversations about topics of vital interest in North Carolina. Watch for a new conversation each month.

January 20, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.

Join us for an update on the most recent COVID testing protocols.

Dr. Laura Murray, Cone Health Medical Group
Thomas Denny, Duke Human Vaccine Institute
Rose Hoban, Editor-in-chief at NC Health News

November 2021

Successful reentry: Health issues facing people leaving incarceration

In North Carolina, some 98 percent of people currently incarcerated will eventually be released back into society, but reentry isn’t easy. Many people come back with physical health and behavioral health conditions and struggle to get the help they need.

Join us for an in-depth discussion about the incarceration experience and reentry resources.

Read Elizabeth Thompson’s recent story: Evidence-based reentry resources key for sicker incarcerated population, researchers say

Featuring: Reporter, Elizabeth Thompson; Peer Support Specialist at NC Formerly Incarcerated Transitions program, Tommy Green; and Essence Hairston, a program manager from UNC Horizons, a program for pregnant and parenting women struggling with substance use.

October 2021

Environmental justice in eastern NC

In eastern North Carolina, hogs outnumber the people 40 to 1, with serious impact on the community. Melba Newsome discusses her reporting on the subject here.

For the October Health Care Half Hour, editor Rose Hoban talks with reporter Melba Newsome about her recent work documenting how intensive hog farming in eastern North Carolina has impacted the environment there.

And it’s not just hogs, poultry farms are proliferating across North Carolina with little oversight.

Melba’s work has been supported by the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative.

September 2021

How assisted living centers have avoided paying millions in fines

For the September 2021 Health Care Half Hour, NCHN editor Rose Hoban and reporter Thomas Goldsmith spoke with Bill Lamb, board chair of Friends of Residents in Long Term Care, and Lisa Riegel, Manager, Advocacy & Livable Communities at AARP North Carolina.

August 2021

Dr. David Wohl answers your questions about the Delta variant

NC Health News editor Rose Hoban brings your Delta variant questions to UNC infectious disease specialist Dr. David Wohl.

July 2021

Health Care Half Hour: We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation – July 29,

Editor Rose Hoban talks to author Eric Garcia about his new book, We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation.

June 2021

Mental health and the overuse of involuntary commitments in North Carolina

Screenshot from the June, 2021 Health Care Half Hour


Laurie Coker, mental health advocate, founder of Green Tree Peer Center in Winston-Salem

Bob Ward, Mecklenburg County Assistant Public Defender


Taylor Knopf, mental health reporter for NC Health News