Health

Increasing Temperatures Worsen Health Disparities in NC

North Carolina’s low-income communities of color already face higher rates of chronic diseases like heart disease. And with the threat of increasing temperatures due to climate change, these disparities will only worsen. In this episode, Marian Johnson-Thompson, a virologist and environmental justice advocate, talks about how climate change will worsen health disparities, and why these…

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Effects of Coronavirus on HIV+ Individuals in Eastern NC

Family nurse practitioner, nonprofit leader and HIV care provider Leshonda Wallace discusses the shifts she’s seen in patients at her facility. On one hand, she’s seeing a surge of patients seeking healthcare for their HIV+ status for the first time. At the same time, Wallace discusses how the shift to virtual appointments has highlighted just…

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PSA: Chemours Toxic PFA Spill into Cape Fear River

On July 22nd, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority was notified by the facility Chemours in Fayetteville, North Carolina of a potentially toxic sediment spill into the Cape Fear River. In this episode, Emily Donovan, co-founder of Clean Cape Fear, tells us what counties that relies on the river for drinking water need to know….

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Preparing for School during COVID-19

The She Rocks squad is back for Season 3! Amari Poindexter, Brealyn Freeman, Jonaiyah Jordan, and Arabia Earth bring us updates on what’s new with them, and they talk about how they stay focused on school during this new normal. The four talk about how to get the most out of online schooling and how…

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Sustaining the BLM Movement in Small, Rural Beaufort, NC

Sheresa Elliot, 31, of Beaufort, NC speaks about how her job as a therapist is informing her work as she continues to organize for Black Lives Matter in Beaufort, NC. Elliot had never worked on social justice issues before she organized nearly 500 people for Black Lives Matter protests within her town of about 4,000…

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How Surfing Can Improve the Well-being of People with Disabilities

Brock Johnson is the president of Coastal Adaptive Sports and assistant director for Adaptive Surf project. Johnson discusses his journey with sports and surfing as a quadriplegic. He describes how surfing and other adaptive sports can improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities.

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Protesters Weigh Health Risks of COVID and Civic Responsibility

Angela Colon of Wilmington Advocacy and Protest Organization (WAPO) discusses the how protesters have addressed health risks related to COVID-19.

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PFA Chemical Runoff & Fishing in the Cape Fear River

Theresa Cantu, a scientist at North Carolina State University, explains the findings of a study on the PFA chemical levels in striped bass in the Cape Fear. Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)   Want to Help:  Donate – to Coastal Carolina Riverwatch an organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the lands, waters, and communities across easter NC….

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Addressing Contamination from Chemours Plant

Chemours, a chemicals plant located in Fayetteville, North Carolina has been leaching PFAS chemicals into the Cape Fear River for decades, impacting the health and well-being of the communities that rely on the river for drinking water. Three new bills have been recently proposed that Emily Donovan, co-founder of Clean Cape Fear, thinks are a…

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Health Disparities Among Pregnant Mothers

“A lot of times pregnant women are not listened to. And pregnant black women are not listened to at all.” Coastal Carolina University professor, Dr. Fredanna McGough, explains the growing concerns regarding maternal health issues, and how these issues are exacerbated by COVID-19.

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