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Health roundup: College happiness study; Nansemond clinic opens; OBX launches doctor training program and more

The Outer Banks’ new preceptor program will launch at Manteo Community Health Center in Manteo, NC. (Photo by Laura Philion)
The Outer Banks’ new preceptor program will launch at Manteo Community Health Center in Manteo, NC. (Photo by Laura Philion)

ODU students participate in student meditation study

Student mental health is an increasingly pressing concern for colleges, especially in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns and extended isolation. 

That’s why Old Dominion University professors are conducting research on the benefits of meditation on students’ mental health.

Students said after learning breathwork and meditation techniques as a group and practicing individually, they are already seeing results.

“I feel like my mind is more at ease. I'm able to cope with things better, I'm able to breathe through the emotions,” nursing student Katelyn Seay said.

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Nansemond Nation opens clinic in Portsmouth

The Fishing Point clinic opened this month with three exam rooms while the rest of the building is still under construction. 

It will serve as a primary care practice for tribal members, Medicaid recipients and the uninsured.

Under federal law, Indian Health Services or the tribes themselves can administer care to their population.

“By taking care of our own health, we are able to provide for our own citizens, and we're also able to provide to other federal payees — in this case, Medicaid,” Tribal Councilor and Fishing Point board chair David Darling said.

“We absolutely feel like we have an obligation, by taking our sovereignty and growing into this role that we're doing, we're now able to reach out and extend help to others.”

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A new training program for medical students finds a home in the Outer Banks

The isolated Outer Banks have faced a dwindling number of providers since the onset of COVID-19. 

A partnership between Manteo’s health care task force and the North Carolina Medical Society may offer a solution — they’re launching a preceptor, or training program, based in the Outer Banks.

“One of the best ways to secure the future for health care in Manteo or any other community will be to build a strong pipeline,” said Franklin Walker with the state’s medical society.

The program will start with two trainees this fall at Manteo Community Health Center locations in Manteo, Ocracoke and Engelhard.

Students from UNC Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, Elon University and Campbell University will be able to get involved. Each program lasts four weeks.

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Western Tidewater Free Clinic finishes dental care expansion

The Western Tidewater Free Clinic in Suffolk officially opened its 1,000-square-foot dental addition with space for two new dental exam chairs and a behavioral health room where telehealth services will be available to patients.

“The need for more dental services as well as behavioral health has grown and we’re so happy we can do more to meet this need,” clinic director Ashley Greene said in a statement.

The clinic serves residents of Isle of Wight, Surry, Sussex and Southampton counties and the cities of Suffolk and Franklin. To qualify for care at the clinic, patients must be uninsured, ineligible for Medicare or VA benefits and make under a certain amount of money.

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Sentara part of a nationwide cancer screening study

Sentara patients in Hampton Roads will soon be able to participate in a nationwide cancer screening study thanks to a new partnership between the healthcare system and the National Cancer Institute.

“Like with most cancers, if we can find it early, it's much more easily treated. And survival is so much better in someone that you catch early,” colorectal surgeon John Sayles said.

The study will collect data on multi-cancer detection tests — a new development in the field. Sentara is one of eight groups nationwide collecting data for the study.

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center garners accolades for nurses, patient satisfaction

Money.com named Chesapeake Regional one of its best hospitals of 2024, citing factors like patient satisfaction, safety record and timely care.

Nurses at Chesapeake Regional also achieved recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center this month. 

This is the hospital’s first time getting the recognition, called Magnet status. It requires a lengthy application process. Chesapeake Regional joins 6.6% of other hospitals nationwide that have gotten the distinction for the quality of their nursing care.

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