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Downtown Health Plaza & Robert Jones Always Find a Way

  By Les Gura Robert Jones speaks softly, in the gentle Southern accent of his native Scotland County, North Carolina. Behind that quiet voice, though, lies a powerful life purpose. And a mighty pen. Jones, PhD, is director of the Downtown Health Plaza (DHP), a center that serves the underinsured and uninsured in Winston-Salem. Beyond the […]

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CareNet Counseling Northwest

“Amazing Asset” Ready to Expand Outreach to Those in Need   By Les Gura Robert Willis (pictured above left with Graylin Carlton), director of CareNet Counseling Northwest Region, has lived in the area for more than a decade. He’s well aware that the average household income is $13,000 less per year than the North Carolina […]

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Personal Experiences Help Peer Support Specialists Provide ED Care

  The Power of Shared Experience   Pictured from left: Christopher “Crick” Watkins, Bob Richardson and Terry Cox. By Wayne Mogielnicki There’s a new level of care in Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED). To better serve patients who exhibit both obvious and less-apparent signs of substance abuse or mental health issues, the […]

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Q&A with Nashville, NC, Police Chief Thomas Bashore on substance abuse program

  Nashville NC Police Department Breaks with Tradition and Provides HOPE to Drug Users   Interview by Melanie Raskin It’s not your typical law enforcement model, to invite people with opioid addiction to come to the police department, turn in their drugs and get treatment help, with no judgment, no arrest and no jail. But […]

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Q&A: Urban Ministry’s Dale Mullennix, Charlotte, NC

  Housing Is Healthcare at Charlotte’s Moore Place Apartments for the Homeless: A Q&A with Urban Ministry’s Dale Mullennix   Interview by Melanie Raskin “Housing is healthcare.” That’s the point of view of Charlotte, NC’s Urban Ministry. Their Moore Place apartments for the chronically-homeless replaces the approximate $39,000 per person per year societal band-aid of […]

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Robeson County Compassion for U Congregational Wellness Network

  (Rev. William Gentry, left, and the Care Connections Transportation Ministry under Compassion for U Congregational Wellness Network.)   By Melanie Raskin Rev. Dean Carter, Coordinator of the Department of Pastoral Care, and a small interdisciplinary team were doing something amazing. They were working together to change how palliative care was done at Southeastern Health […]

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