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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012 :: 73(1)
Care Transitions READ MORE »

The policy forum of this issue focuses on transitions of care in the health care delivery system. Transition practices to and from hospitals, nursing facilities, and adult care homes are explored, and among other topics, select commentaries focus on community engagement, transitions for special populations, and Community Care of North Carolina’s transitions program. Original articles in this issue address treating pediatric obesity to prevent chronic disease, Medicaid policies and health care access of low-income children in the American South, and physical therapy utilization for obese patients following traumatic leg fracture.

MARCH / APRIL 2012 :: 73(2)
Oral Health READ MORE »

This issue's policy forum focuses on initiatives that promote oral health and on challenges the state currently faces. Commentaries discuss new practice models and trends in dental practice, dentist workforce numbers, the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine education model, and insurance innovation in dental coverage. Several articles focus on access to oral health care in specific populations including children, adult Medicaid recipients, and people with special needs. Original articles examine reasons for tanning bed use among community college students and evaluate the effectiveness of mailed interventions to increase colon cancer screening.

MAY / JUNE 2012 :: 73(3)
Mental Health READ MORE »

This issue examines the challenges and opportunities North Carolina faces in reforming its mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse system. The policy forum includes a historical perspective on the state’s behavioral health delivery system, as well as articles on integrated care, crisis intervention and management, and community-based care. The forum is complemented by original research on the state’s mental health workforce and on depression and academic performance among college students. The issue concludes with an article on the Affordable Care Act and how it will change the availability of services to people with behavioral health problems.

JULY / AUGUST 2012 :: 73(4)
Promoting Healthy and Sustainable Communities READ MORE »

This issue explores collaborations to improve the health of communities across the state, which are paramount to a healthy population, workforce, and economy. The policy forum includes articles highlighting various state departments' visions for healthy communities, as well as articles on planning, health impact assessments, local food systems, and efforts to strengthen the built environment. Original research includes an evaluation of the North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System and Medicaid coverage cost for the uninsured. A farewell and welcome to NCMJ editors in chief and a perspective on the challenge for health policy are also included.

SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2012 :: 73(5)
Social Determinants of Health READ MORE »

This issue's policy forum focuses on key social determinants of health. Authors explore how health is linked with education, poverty, and housing, and discuss the role of neighborhoods and health disparities in shaping individual health status. Complementary sidebar articles describe effective and promising interventions occurring throughout the state to address these social determinants of health. Original articles examine the state of racial/ethnic diversity in North Carolina's health workforce and review dental visits to an emergency department in the state.

NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2012 :: 73(6)
Heart Disease and Stroke READ MORE »

This issue focuses on heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death in North Carolina. Commentaries explore collaborations, state-of-the-art treatment, and various efforts to reduce mortality due to these conditions, including the national Million Hearts initiative. Authors also discuss contributions of groups within the state such as the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force and the Eastern North Carolina Stroke Network. Original articles examine heart disease and stroke awareness among women and the public’s valuation of tobacco control policies.