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Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing will host its first annual Rural Health Symposium in Asheville on Friday, March 27, to shed light on factors that impact the health of the citizens of rural Western North Carolina.

Regional topics to be addressed include community health needs, health care priorities, effective strategies to meet health care needs, the current state of literacy, health care needs seen by free clinics, and factors contributing to the occurrence of stroke in the region. Community assessments and action plans to address needs also will be discussed.

Nationally recognized rural healthcare expert Lisa M. Harmon will facilitate the symposium. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Asheville-Biltmore West from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $30 for adults and WCU faculty, and $10 for students. Lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register, visit nursinged.wcu.edu or call WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education at (828)227-7397.

Free Kidney Smart Classes held in Franklin every third Thursday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Angel Medical Center, Video Conference Room, 3rd floor, 120 Riverview Street. Contact Majestic Rogers, RN (828)369-9474 or register online at DaVita.com/Kidney Smart. Take Control, Make a Plan, & Stay the Course.

Red Cross blood drives are planned in Macon County on Friday, March 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lowe's, 161 Franklin Plaza; April 2 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Macon Middle School, 1345 Wells Grove Road; and on Friday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Franklin First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Ave. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800)RED CROSS (800)733-2767.

Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center recognizes the role of physician leaders in quality person-centered care by celebrating the annual National Day of Recognition for Long Term Care Physicians on March 20.

This initiative started as an effort to honor the memory and work of William Dodd, MD, CMD, founder of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. The U.S. Congress formally designated the special day in 2010.

David Farley, MD, CMD, Macon Valley Center’s Medical Director for more than 26 years, and previously a community physician, recognized that residents of nursing homes were patients with complex medical problems, and that physicians needed to be involved in establishing the standards of management and clinical care for the frail, elderly, and other longterm care facility residents.

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NC Child and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine hosted the 2015 Child Health Summit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the North Carolina Child Health Report Card and 20 years of progress in children’s health. 150 leading voices for child health were in attendance for the event, including legislators, officials from the state Department of Health and Human Service, and non-profit leaders.

“The Child Health Report Card has been an invaluable resource over the past two decades,” said Dr. Adam Zolotor, PhD, Interim President of the North Carolina Institute for Medicine. “By looking at a consistent, comprehensive set of health outcomes every year, we can identify challenges and opportunities, and recognize areas of success.”

According to the authors of the 2014 Report Card, North Carolina’s children are significantly healthier today than they were 20 years ago. Health insurance coverage is at an all-time high, youth smoking is down, and “a child born today is half as likely to die before his or her first birthday as a child born in the 1990s.”

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