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NEIGHBOR NEWS February 2024

Published by
Rich Kells
February 27, 2024

NeighborHealth Center Women’s Health Spotlight: Stepping Up to Care for ALL Women

For women living in the Triangle who have Medicaid or no insurance at all, options for high-quality healthcare are extremely limited. Few, if any, private practices offer care for these vulnerable neighbors – leaving many without routine or preventive care. 

And, for expectant mothers who are un- or underinsured, there are even fewer choices with most seeking care from the Wake County Health Department. Fortunately, every day, the growing women’s health team at NeighborHealth Center steps up willingly to care for all our female neighbors, regardless of their insurance status.   

Over the past year, the women’s health team at NeighborHealth has expanded to meet the growing demand for care we’re seeing across our community. To share more about our team and the services we offer, we sat down with Onitisha Anders, MSN, WHNP-BC, one of our newest Women’s Health nurse practitioners on our NeighborHealth provider team. 

Onitisha Anders, MSN, WHNP-BC, NeighborHealth Women’s Health nurse practitioners

National children's dental health month

Parents and caregivers can advance oral health for everyone in a family. That’s why February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, shining a spotlight on oral health and raising awareness about gaps in care.

Did you know? 

By ages 12 to 19, 23% of children from low-income families have untreated cavities in their permanent teeth, twice that of children from higher-income households. (CDC)

In response to this incredible disparity, NeighborHealth Center is launching a new children’s oral health program, in partnership with Delta Dental, and led by our pediatrician Dr. Penny Bliss. Look for updates in Neighbor News later this spring as we kick off this important new program.

Afghan Support Center: NeighborHealth Outreach Event

NeighborHealth Center participated in a 3-day Afghan Support Center event in Durham last month. The event was hosted by the US Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) to connect the growing Afghan community in North Carolina to important resources including legal services, healthcare, and employment opportunities. Berkley Dixon, Isabel Rodriguez, Tori Horton, and Davion Alexander represented NeighborHealth at the event. It was a great opportunity to promote NeighborHealth Center alongside an important government partner and to connect with other local nonprofits, share about our services, and schedule new patient appointments.

NeighborHealth Patient Testimonial

“I have never had a bad experience when it comes to my visits with Dr. Briggs. He always takes the time to listen to me and allow me to be a participant in my plan of care. He explains things to me while offering the treatment plan that he feels best suits my needs. I’m so happy that I found him!”

Anonymous Patient

NeighborHealth Partner Highlight

We are grateful to partner with Duke Health, who recently awarded a grant to support NeighborHealth’s commitment to language accessibility. Last year, 46% of our patients preferred to be served in a language other than English, and we had more than 160 languages spoken in our clinic! NeighborHealth is committed to providing interpretation services for the patients we serve, including Wake County’s growing refugee population. However, the costs for interpretation services are always increasing! We’re grateful for Duke Health’s shared commitment to this work.

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NeighborHealth Center, Inc. (NHC), is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 agency founded to meet the healthcare needs of the underserved in the Raleigh area.