NCMS Morning Rounds 3-23-21

Enjoy Tuesday’s NCMS Morning Rounds.

March 23, 2021

Today is Diabetes Alert Day

Did you know that over 1.3 million people in NC are living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes? Almost half of all North Carolinians have diabetes (12.5 percent) or prediabetes (34.5 percent). To learn more about the burden of diabetes in NC and things you can do to make a difference, check out NC’s Guide to Diabetes Prevention and Management. The NC Diabetes Advisory Council is hosting a webinar today at 11:30 a.m. to review the Guide. Click here to register. If you can’t attend the live webinar, it will be recorded and posted to the Diabetes Advisory Council’s website for later review.

Over the past 18 months the NCMS has partnered with the AMA and other state organizations to address diabetes prevention. Watch below as three of your physician colleagues, who have been working as diabetes prevention champions, explain how they have connected patients to diabetes prevention programs through a variety of referral platforms and how the guide has helped them become more aware of the importance of diabetes prevention.

Watch Karen Smith, MD, tell about her diabetes prevention referral experience.
Watch Jeffrey Viar, MD, as he explains the usefulness of the NC Guide to Diabetes Prevention and Management.
Watch Brian Klausner, MD, as he describes the benefits of the diabetes prevention programs available to patients.

Learn more and take the pledge to help prevent diabetes here.

Grants Available to Promote Digital Inclusion

The Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University has announced a new round of funding from BAND-NC, a grant program focused on promoting digital inclusion by providing mini-grants ($5000) to communities that want to implement digital inclusion plans, begin a digital inclusion planning process, or otherwise address immediate digital needs. The goal is to create opportunities for everyone to access and be able to use affordable internet and devices, which is more important now than ever before due to the pandemic and increased use of telehealth.

A broad range of entities, including nonprofits, government institutions, academic institutions and churches are eligible to apply. Grantees will be eligible to attend technical assistance workshops to learn more about digital inclusion and how to develop county-wide digital inclusion plans.

The Application is due by April 30, 2021. More details regarding the process can be found in the Application Instructions. A second round of funding will open in July 2021.

Program Seeks to Improve Birth Outcomes for Black Women

Congratulations to Venus Standard, MSN, CNM, assistant clinical professor in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine on receiving the C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities. The NCMS and the NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society both wrote letters of support of Standard’s project proposal, which is a pilot doula training program.

Doulas are trained professionals who guide mothers and families before, during and after childbirth. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has recommended that families receive care from doulas to improve birth outcomes, and Standard’s program aims to create a pipeline of black doulas to attend births of black families in North Carolina.

Black women in the United States die at three to four times the rate of Non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women during childbirth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found. Standard believes that helping connect black women and black doulas presents a potential solution to those elevated birth risks.

Standard was instrumental in initiating the NCMS’ Infant and Maternal Health Summit in 2019 and in supporting our ongoing work in this area. The NCMS’ maternal and infant health policy supports payment for doulas and has a strong focus on health equity.

With the Harvey Award’s $75,000 grant, Standard will be able to recruit and train 20 black women to earn the DONA International Labor Doula certification, considered the “gold standard” in doula training. While DONA certification is a critical step for aspiring doulas, there has been a lack of access to training for black women because of barriers such as high fees and limited recruitment. Funds from the award will be used to train two cohorts of 10 women, recruited from Orange County and surrounding areas to train at the UNC Family Medicine Center. Standard expects training for the first cohort to begin in May and conclude by mid-summer.

Learn more about the award and pilot program here.

In the News

House Passes Bill That Would Extend Medicare Sequester Cuts Until December, Health Care Dive, 3-19-21

Learning Opportunity

Prioritizing Equity in Public Health Leadership Summit (Virtual), April 21, 11 AM- 5 PM
This half-day virtual meeting will provide a forum for state and territorial health practitioners to learn about emergent public health issues and apply evidence-based and promising practices to address structural racism and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. The summit will feature keynote presentations from national thought leaders, breakout discussions, and real-world case examples that can be applied to current public health challenges.

Register here.

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