Researchers Measure NC Psychiatric Bed Shortage

Researchers at Duke University and University of North Carolina recently published an article “Increasing Access to State Psychiatric Hospital Beds: Exploring Supply-Side Solutions” in the Psychiatric Services Journal. The objective of this study was to identify supply-side interventions to reduce state psychiatric hospital admission delays. The researchers concluded that without more robust community-based hospital and residential… Read more »

Study: Cognitive behavioral therapy can be as effective as second-generation antidepressants to treat major depressive disorder

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— Major depressive disorder affects more than 32 million Americans, and their first stop for treatment is often their primary care provider. A recent evidence review of several alternatives to medication found that using cognitive behavioral therapy as the first treatment for depression can be equally effective as using a second generation… Read more »

Erin Fraher receives Junior Faculty Development Award

Erin Fraher is a recipient of a Junior Faculty Development Award to spend 12 weeks in New Zealand conducting research. Historically, workforce research and planning efforts in the US have taken a supply-side approach that asks, “how many doctors, nurses or other health professions do we need?” New Zealand (NZ) has taken a very different… Read more »

Alexa Waters’ poster won the student competition at the NCAFP

Alexa Waters, a medical student at UNC and a Primary Care and Population Health (PCPH) Scholar, has been working with NCNC on the Monitor Trial. Her poster presenting her work has won the student competition at the NC Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP).   The Monitor Trial is is funded by by the Patient-Centered Outcomes… Read more »

Collaboration to Improve Blood Pressure in the U.S. Black Belt

September 28, 2015 UNC Part of Collaborative Receiving Large Award to Reduce Health Disparities in Rural South Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, in partnership with researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and East Carolina University, were awarded… Read more »

Kaluzny’s book addresses quality of care and access to research for cancer patients in the community setting

Reprinted from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health A new book, published this month by Oxford University Press, calls for an increase in patient access to high-quality cancer care in the community and an improvement in community hospitals’ capacity to support research and genomically informed medicine. Managing Disruptive Change in Healthcare: Lessons from… Read more »

North Carolina does not have a statewide physician shortage

But action is needed to target state funds to specialties and communities with shortages North Carolina has enough doctors to meet the needs of the state’s population but the doctors aren’t distributed well.  Policy action is needed to encourage doctors to practice in the specialties and communities where they are most needed according to a… Read more »

Sheps researchers awarded seed grant for quality improvement in lung cancer screening implementation

Daniel Reuland, MD MPH, was recently awarded a seed grant from the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement ( to address quality gaps related to implementation of lung cancer screening. Alison Brenner, PhD, who is joining the Sheps Center as a Research Scientist, helped to develop this proposal during her postdoctoral fellowship, and will serve… Read more »

UNC Receives $15M AHRQ Award to Advance Heart Health in NC Primary Care

Chapel Hill NC (May 26, 2015) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a cooperative team of health care and quality improvement experts were recently awarded a $15M federal grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to help primary care practices use the latest evidence to improve the heart… Read more »

Tackling the Triple Aim in Primary Care Residencies

Dr. Katrina Donahue published the baseline data from the I3 (Impact cubed) Collaborative that seeks to improve care of patients served by primary care residency practices in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. This work was published in the February 2015 issue of Family Medicine with Ann Lefebvre from the North Carolina Area Health Education… Read more »

Statewide Study of Comprehensive Post-Stroke Treatment

$14 Million Funding Award to Support First Statewide Study of Comprehensive Post-Stroke Treatment, Based on Wake Forest Baptist Model In Collaboration with UNC- Chapel Hill and in Partnership with 51 Hospitals in the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative Jacquie Halladay MD, MPH, Codirector of NCNC and Doyle M. “Skip” Cummings, Pharm.D., FCP, FCCP of ECARE… Read more »