Healthcare

Nursing homes and COVID-19

A certified nursing assistant (CNA) at a nursing home in a Jacksonville, North Carolina shares the changes that have been made since COVID-19 to protect staff and residents. Visitors aren’t allowed, nurses have started making homemade newspapers for residents, and increased security measures have been put in place. This is the new normal for residents…

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Medicaid during COVID-19

Jeff Mills, volunteer and Medicaid Ambassador with the North Carolina AIDS Action Network (NCAAN), reads an essay he composed with Lee Storrow, the Director NCAAN. Mills and Storrow note the positive changes to restrictions and limitations on Medicaid programs during COVID-19. They call on policy-makers to extend these considerations beyond times of crisis. Mills is…

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HIV, Hurricanes & COVID-19 in coastal North Carolina

When people living with HIV in coastal North Carolina talk about how they prepared for Hurricane Florence, their considerations are about the same as the average person – with exceptions. HIV-positive community members have to think about their medications – how they’ll get them and where they’ll store them. They have to think about access…

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HIV & COVID-19

Jeff Mills, 72, talks about how the coronavirus pandemic compares with the HIV/AIDS outbreak in the 1980’s and his life experiences as an activist. Mills has lived in Wilmington, North Carolina with his partner since 2013. Before moving to the southeastern U.S., Mills spent over fourty years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s a…

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COVID-19 & Rural NC Hospitals

Bonnie Weeks, 36, is a labor and delivery nurse working at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, North Carolina, which is currently on semi-lockdown due to Coronavirus. Weeks has lived in Morehead City – a rural, coastal town of 9,000 people – all of her life. Most folks that come into the hospital work on…

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EMT

As Hurricane Florence battered the Southeast, some had no choice but to stay. Before, during, and after the hurricane, the 911 calls kept coming, and first responders like Aaron Kasulis met them head on.  

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