Articles about Health & Wellness

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Big changes loom for health care: Are we ready?
   October 9, 2012

Remember the Y2K or “Millenium Bug” that was supposed to hit on Jan. 1, 2000? Planes were going to fall from the sky, banks would close and we’d never be the same, because none of our computers would boot up that morning. Health care faces its own Y2K milestone moment. Jan. 1, 2014, is coming, and fast. Are providers ready? Read more


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Women’s Summit sponsors new online resource
   February 1, 2012

You may already know that, as a group, women tend to earn less than men. Something that may surprise you is that in 2010, smaller percentages of women were overweight or obese compared to men in Mecklenburg County. The new online tool sponsored by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Women's Summit allows users to compare men and women across a range of indicators. Read more


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Survey finds preventive care, dropouts among top concerns
   December 7, 2011

What are the greatest needs facing our community?  United Way of Central Carolinas posed this question to Mecklenburg County residents via the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s Annual Survey last spring. The survey found the greatest perceived community health need is preventive care, the greatest perceived need for children and youth is dropout prevention, and the greatest perceived... Read more


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The curious link between alpha-gal allergy and deer season
   November 22, 2011
Ruth Ann Grissom
Say you wake up in the middle of the night with a few hives on your arms.  You might take some Benadryl and go back to sleep.  Another night, you wake up with hives covering your body. You end up in the emergency room with a dose of epinephrine and a doctor asking questions.  What caused this anaphylactic reaction? Read more


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Mecklenburg County Community Food Assessment 2010, Phase 2
   July 19, 2011

Elizabeth Racine & Qingfang Wang

In 2010, a UNC Charlotte research team led by Dr. Elizabeth Racine conducted a Mecklenburg County Community Food Assessment for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council.  The results of Phase 1 of that study (posted on this website in September...

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United Way of Central Carolinas Releases Needs Assessment Full Report
   June 23, 2011

Staff
Just over a year ago, the United Way of Central Carolinas (UWCC) partnered with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a region-wide community needs assessment.  The Executive Summary of the report for this study was released online and at community meetings several weeks ago, and now the full report  is available for review. Read more


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United Way of Central Carolinas Needs Assessment 2011 - Full Report
   June 23, 2011

Hannah Guerrier

In June 2010, United Way of Central Carolinas commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment for its five-county service area.  The primary purpose of the study was to pinpoint the community’s greatest needs and identify gaps in the current array of human services. This study is one of several endeavors UWCC is pursuing as part of a broader...

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United Way of Central Carolinas Needs Assessment 2011 - Executive Summary
   June 8, 2011

Hannah Guerrier

In June 2010, United Way of Central Carolinas commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment for its five-county service area.  The primary purpose of the study was to pinpoint the community’s greatest needs and identify gaps in the current array of human services. This study is one of several endeavors UWCC is pursuing as part of a broader...

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Gardening for Life
   April 28, 2011

Sow Much Good, a local community organization dedicated to empowering residents to improve their health through better nutrition, has created an outdoor classroom and garden at Ashley Park Elementary in Charlotte.  Supported through local corporate groups including Wells Fargo, Sow Much Good’s founder, Robin Emmons has worked with...

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Geographers, doctors and community members
   April 15, 2011

Heather Smith
In 2005 and 2006 researchers from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute partnered with the Latin American Coalition, our region’s largest Latino outreach and advocacy organization, to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of Mecklenburg County’s rapidly growing and transitioning Latino population. Read more