“Clearly, we already have both the expertise and the commitment to improve lives in our region. What we need is more funding and better coordination among our health care system, county public health and social service agencies, and nonprofit community partners.”
“The only way we can ensure that everyone has the opportunity to achieve optimal health is to work together with a shared and well-coordinated commitment to improving our community’s health.”
The goal looks the same for everyone involved: an equitable, resilient system where all community members have access to plenty of nutritious, fresh food.
“While we need not live each day in the shadow of death, I urge my patients to give their hospital and emergency care some thought and not assume that, just because a medical intervention exists, it is necessarily in their best interest.”
“As a multicultural community in which progressive values of inclusion and equality should prevail, Asheville deserves public servants, professionals and citizens who treat all people equally.”
Food deserts —areas where people do not have easy access to large grocery stores — can occur in both urban or rural areas. Food deserts exist in many areas of WNC, including Asheville and Hendersonville. Malnutrition that occurs in food deserts can lead to poor physical and mental health.
Health and law enforcement officials in North Carolina are trying to deal with an epidemic of opioid addiction, and they’re moving away from criminal prosecution for substance use disorders. Instead, the newer model is to coordinate care across the divide between physical and behavioral health “silos” (separate areas of service provision).
Childhood obesity is a perfect storm of many factors, say local health experts, pointing to poor eating habits, lack of exercise, genetics and environmental factors. Asheville-area agencies are working to help overweight kids lose weight and others to stay within healthy limits.
Maternal and child health experts in Asheville offer prenatal care, education and assistance as first steps toward improving the health of infants. As disparities range across race and socioeconomic status, doctors and agencies strive to relieve the obstacles for healthy pregnancies.
“Beyond Slippery Elm and Buzzard Grease: A Guide to Folk Medicine of Appalachia,” a half-day conference at MAHEC on June 24, will highlight Appalachian folk medicine traditions and practices.
Government agencies and departments from Buncombe County and the City of Asheville are pursuing a slew of initiatives that will reduce the barriers to active modes of transportation like walking, biking and using public transit. In addition to their environmental benefits, these coordinated efforts also promote mobility, health and well-being.
Unless you’ve just emerged from the wilderness after several decades, chances are you’ve heard some of the roiling discussions going on across the country concerning the current state of the health care system. Whether it’s presidential candidates working on a policy speech or an individual making home budgeting decisions, implementing a comprehensive health care reform […]
Kristin Scott’s mother had strong preferences about her own medical care as she neared the end of her life. She was able to make those wishes clear in an advance care directive, sometimes called a living will. When she passed away two years ago, Scott, facilitator for the WNC Health Network, says, “It was so much easier for us knowing what she wanted.”
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) will host Dr. Dean Ornish at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Asheville Community Theatre for an event centered on educating the community about food, chronic disease and aging.
A bill that would both rename the Biltmore campus of the Mountain Area Education Center and honor former state representative and lifelong Asheville resident, Mary Nesbitt, was signed into law yesterday by Gov. Pat McCrory. (Photo of the bill signing courtesy of Sen. Martin Nesbitt’s Facebook page)
The sometimes challenging road to health care in rural Western North Carolina extends beyond the curves of country back roads. Whether it’s dealing with the current physician shortage that affects all but Madison in the 16-county region or wrestling with social and economic barriers, local providers and patients share their challenges and plans to address rural health-care needs. (Cover by Emily Busey. Photo by Max Cooper.)
President and CEO of the Mountain Area Health Education Center for a little more than a year, Dr. Jeff Heck says the academic medical center has an eye toward not only training physicians, but thinking about sustainability. And it starts with recruiting and retaining doctors.
As one of the mothers quoted in the Nov. 23 Mountain Xpress Wellness article, "Mother Knows Best?" I feel the need to clarify and correct a quote attributed to me that stated childbirth was "dangerous." During my conversation with the reporter, Caitlin Byrd, I attempted to convey to her why hundreds of people in our […]
A suit and a countersuit at Haywood Regional Medical Center; MAHEC is building a new Biltmore campus; genetic-test kits for $29.95 at the local pharmacy? Caregiving spouses more likely to develop dementia; and more in this week’s WNC Wellness Review.