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COVID-19: A Perfect Storm

COVID-19: A Perfect Storm

Early Days of Pandemic In March, when the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading nationwide, measures were put in place to mitigate the horrendous effects of the virus. Except for essential businesses, most businesses closed. A record number of schools transitioned to a virtual platform.  People were...

When Did Public Health Become the Enemy?

When Did Public Health Become the Enemy?

The Goal of Public Health The goal of public health is to prevent people from getting sick or injured. Unlike most health care where the focus is on treating people after they develop a medical condition,  public health has always been about protecting the public, focusing on ways to prevent...

In Appalachian Healthcare, Cultural Understanding is Key

In Appalachian Healthcare, Cultural Understanding is Key

45th Annual Transcultural Nursing Society Conference   I was very excited to attend the 45th Annual Transcultural Nursing Society Conference in Richmond, Virginia, October 16-19, 2019. The Transcultural Nursing Society was founded in 1974 under the leadership of Madeleine Leininger, RN, PhD. ...

Dogwood Health Trust Holds Community Meetings

Dogwood Health Trust Holds Community Meetings

On October 9th, I attended the first of three Dogwood Health Trust Community meetings which was held at McDowell Tech Community College in Marion, NC. Appalachian Healthcare Training & Consulting is focused on seeing improvement in health and healthcare in the South-Central Appalachian region....