NCMS Morning Rounds 6-11-20

Enjoy this Thursday’s

NCMS Morning Rounds.

  June 11, 2020

Interested in Joining the NCMS Book Club?

Our newfound abilities to meet virtually have opened up a wealth of possibilities for NCMS members from across the state to come together for more frequent discussions. One popular idea has been to start an NCMS Book Club.

The purpose of this group is to provide an opportunity for personal growth, to build relationships and to foster a collaborative community through a shared enjoyment of reading. Book Club meetings would offer a platform to discuss thoughts on, the impacts of, and lessons to be learned by reading health-related literature. The gatherings would provide a space to explore opportunities for leadership, and to improve our capacity for empathy and understanding through positive dialogue.

If you are interested in being part of this new chance to connect with your colleagues in meaningful conversation, please complete this quick, 5-question survey, which asks for your preferred meeting time and which book should be the first selection for discussion.


Why the US Census Is Important for Health

Helping to ensure an accurate count in this year’s US Census is important for health care professionals because census data helps determine political districts and funding for many programs that impact health in our communities.

Data collected every 10 years through the Census, as set out in the US Constitution, determines allotment of Congressional seats and more than $800 billion in federal funding annually. On the local level, money for hospital services and health programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is allocated based on data from the latest Census. This fact sheet details specific health-related programs that derive funding through census data.

With the NCMS’ focus on the goals outlined in the Healthy NC 2030 report, we want to be sure that the Census data reflects our entire state, since an accurate count is crucial to ensuring access to health services and the resources necessary for improvement. Communities of color and people living in poverty are more likely to be missed by the census, which can adversely impact the allocation of resources to people and places that need them.

Beyond encouraging your patients to complete their census forms, you may also help elected officials understand why it’s important to have adequate resources so the Census Bureau may conduct the 2020 Census in a way that will accurately collect health-related data.

Give Us Your Best Shot!

The 2021 NCMS Photo Contest is underway! We are currently taking your photo submissions by the July 31, 2020 deadline. Please submit your most fabulous photo(s), but please note that only high-resolution images (300 dpi minimum; print size at least 10 inches wide) will be accepted.

This year we will not be offering a printed version of the 2021 calendar, but will publish an online calendar that will be designed so you can print out. All the rules – and the prizes for the winning entries – will remain the same.

As in previous years, there will be four main categories for submissions:
• North Carolina
• Nature
• Travel
• Wildlife

You can provide details on the name of the photo, your name, town and specialty as well as details about the camera you used to take your picture on this standard photo release form. It will be interesting to see how many great shots were taken on cell phones versus traditional cameras this year.

Review the rules and prizes to be awarded here. Questions? Please contact Kristen Shipherd at

In the News

When Can We Hug Again? Or Dine Out? Here’s What 500+ Epidemiologists Said, The Advisory Board Forum/The New York Times, 6-9-20

Learning Opportunity

On Monday, June 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) subject area experts will offer a webinar on ‘COVID-19 Testing Overview: Updates on Testing Modalities, Guidance and Resources.’
Speakers will include NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, State Health Director Betsey Tilson, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer NC Medicaid Shannon Dowler, MD, Senior Deputy Director NC Division of Public Health Cardra Burns, MD, Director of the State Laboratory of Public Health Scott Shone, PhD, HCLD(ABB) and Assistant Secretary for NC Medicaid Jay Ludlam, JD. Access via Zoom at this link or dial in for audio only at 1-646-558-8656 and enter meeting ID 92221758049#.


If you have policies you’d like your NCMS Board of Directors to consider, please complete the Board input form here. Thanks for reading!


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