The Black Church Rises: Uplifting Communities of Color During the Pandemic
Reverend Dr. D. Gregory Ceres
During the coronavirus pandemic, places of worship had to rethink and retool how they connected with members outside of the physical building. As a result, Reverend Dr. D. Gregory Ceres, Pastor of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, worked diligently with other clergy members to teach their communities about relevant health issues as it relates to faith, and embrace the new role of the church. Along with educating communities on health issues, local clergy members also provided vaccine and testing accessibility with free public health sponsored pop-up community health centers. Keeping communities of color safe, informed, and providing credible information are just some of the Black Church’s duties, that are essential on providing a safe space for holistic healing.
Keeping COVID Out of the Classrooms
Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail
Amid widespread concern for how educational institutions could continue to provide quality education while remaining safe and healthy, Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail focused on keeping her college community healthy and informed amid the coronavirus pandemic. As President of St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. McPhail’s ability to create an engaging atmosphere for her students while handling the death of her husband and COVID-19 pandemic within a college community was astonishing. Dr. McPhail prioritized her community’s safety by promoting health literacy practices and engaging the student body to work together to accomplish a common goal. Dr. McPhail shared her personal losses and how faith in her religion and students pushed the university to “just excel and soar high.”
Tell Me the Truth
Ms. Patricia Peele
During this podcast, you’ll learn how Ms. Patricia Peele, a Health Education and Outreach Coordinator at Rural Health Group Incorporated based in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, used her 30 years of outreach experience to make creative PR campaigns to reduce vaccine hesitancy in rural Northeastern North Carolina. By partnering with local organizations, Ms. Peele helped to educate community residents on the benefits of vaccinations and share credible vaccination information. Thorough her efforts, Ms. Peele empowered her community to create healthy choices and enable other communities to understand the importance of vaccinations.
Doctor's Orders: Analyzing the Present and Future of COVID-19
Dr. David Wohl
During this podcast, Dr. David Wohl, an infectious disease specialist at UNC Chapel Hill, provided a medical perspective to the ongoing vaccine hesitancy conversation. His medical expertise and outreach experience provided useful information about combatting vaccine hesitancy and addressing the mistrust within minority communities. Dr. Wohl also discussed the benefits of vaccinations, the possibility of COVID-19 becoming a recurring infection, and being boosted for life.
January is National Radon Action Month
You might not think of radon, a naturally occurring gas, as a women’s health issue. But in many ways, it is exactly that. Listen to an expert describe radon and the issues surrounding it. Learn where it is found, the health effects of radon exposure, and how to protect your home and family against this potential deadly exposure.
Rose Hoban interviews featured guest Phillip Gibson, North Carolina Radon Program Coordinator, Division of Health Service Regulation, Radiation Protection Section, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
North Carolina residents: please complete a brief questionnaire to receive a free radon test kit for your home.