NCNC Presentations at the NAPCRG Conference

At the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) PBRN meeting the collaborating PBRNs of the North Carolina Network Consortium (NCNC) are presenting a poster Lessons Learned During Year 1 of a State-Wide PBRN Collaboration on Dissemination of a Shared Decision Making Toolkit. This toolkit for shared decision making with asthma patients is being disseminated… Read more »

New free questionnaires can improve the care and quality of life of older adults in assisted living through person-centered practices

The Toolkit for Person-Centeredness in Assisted Living was developed through a close partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the national Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL), along with assisted living providers, residents, family members, and organizational representatives. Available for free download, the Toolkit includes questionnaires to be completed by assisted living residents and staff, and simple, easy-to-follow instructions for scoring and interpreting the results. The questionnaires measure Person-Centered Practices in Assisted Living, and are called the PC-PAL.

Gun violence, simple solutions, and mental health workforce shortage

It often takes a crisis to help us see a real problem that has been ignored for too long. One positive result that might yet emerge from the tethering of gun violence and mental health is a concerted, nationwide response to the mental health workforce crisis.  Sheps researchers, Kathleen C. Thomas, Alan R. Ellis, and… Read more »

Sheryl Zimmerman to lead Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section of the Gerontological Society of America.

The members of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) – comprising nearly 6,000 researchers, educators, and practitioners, all dedicated to the field of aging – elected Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-term Care Co-Director, Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, to lead the Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section of GSA.  Dr. Zimmerman will take office during GSA’s… Read more »

Frequent in-person home visits can reduce both readmission and death for patients with heart failure

CHAPEL HILL- Home-visiting programs and multidisciplinary heart failure clinic interventions can reduce hospital readmission and improve survival for patients with heart failure, according to research from RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The work, based on a report funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), was published… Read more »

Medications can help adults with alcohol use disorders reduce drinking

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Several medications can help people with alcohol use disorders maintain abstinence or reduce drinking, according to research from the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center. The work, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, provides… Read more »

Tom Ricketts brings Health Services Updates to Serbia

Tom Ricketts will be a Visiting Professor at the Medical University of Belgrade in Serbia, June 26-27, 2014. He will visit the medical faculty and present on ‘The Flexible Healthcare Workforce’ and ‘Reforming Medical Education’. US Ambassador to Serbia, Michael Kirby will meet with Dr. Ricketts during the visit.  

Sheps Center Child Health Program has a New Director & a New Website

Dr Betsy Sleath, distinguished Professor at the UNC School of Pharmacy and long-time Sheps Center investigator, has recently agreed to take over as Program Director for the Child Health Services Program.  Betsy has worked on children’s health issues for many years, examining efficacy and adherence issues of medication use in this vulnerable population, with additional… Read more »

Tom Ricketts presents keynote at conference: Building a Qualified, Flexible and Mobile Healthcare Workforce for the Future

Tom Ricketts will be the keynote speaker at the conference: Building a Qualified, Flexible and Mobile Healthcare Workforce for the Future: Moving from a ‘Profession/Occupation’ Focus to a ‘Competency’ Focus on February 11-12, 2014 at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health. The conference is co-sponsored by the American National Standards Institute. Erin Fraher will… Read more »

Assisted Living Comparison Experts website featured as UNC’s Spotlight Story

The Assisted Living Comparison Experts website www.alce.unc.edu is featured as UNC’s Spotlight Story.  Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-term Care co-directors Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD and Philip Sloane, MD, MPH were interviewed about their website, which provides information on all licensed adult and family care settings in North Carolina in a user-friendly format, and is designed… Read more »