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Remote Monitoring Helps People in North Carolina Manage Chronic Conditions

Willie Riddick (right) has been able to manage his health better with the remote monitoring program. BD Photo.

After several months of tracking her daily health screenings as part of the remote patient monitoring program at Roanoke-Chowan Community Health Center (RCCHC) in Ahoskie, N.C., Deborah Walker’s* nurse case manager Crystal noticed that Deborah’s blood pressure was up every Wednesday morning. To better understand why the peculiar pattern was occurring, Crystal asked Deborah about her activities on Tuesday night. […]

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Dental Clinic Helps Central Coast Children Smile Brighter

Children who attended the dental clinic each took home dental kits to maintain their healthy smiles.

Thirty-seven children in Santa Barbara County received dental care free-of-charge on Saturday as part of the Healthy Smiles program, coordinated by Direct Relief in collaboration with other local organizations. The clinic is held annually during February, National Children’s Dental Health Month. Hosted at the office of Dr. Samuel Burg in Santa Maria, Calif., the goal of Healthy Smiles is to […]

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Counting the Most Vulnerable People in Santa Barbara County

Young volunteers helped assemble the tools of engagement for the survey. From left to right: Kennah Shaffer, Kalum Shaffer, Cayden Tuttle, Kairos Shaffer

More than 600 volunteers woke up early in the morning to walk the streets of Santa Barbara County in California and survey people experiencing homelessness as part of the biennial Point-in-Time survey, held over two days at the end of January. Each small group of volunteers took with them lotion, sunscreen, and Neosporin donated by Direct Relief as well as […]

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Expanding Cervical Cancer Screening for Underserved Women in Omaha

Dr. Ochuba of the Charles Drew Health Center treats a patient. Courtesy photo.

Leah Margolis says that one of the most rewarding parts of her job as a community health navigator is empowering the people she serves by educating women about cervical cancer and how to prevent it through screening. “Their eyes are lighting up,” she said. “That simple knowledge helps them feel they have a lot of control.” Leah helps support the […]

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Detroit Health Center Gives People in Need the Gift of Healing

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Michael Morgan had a special wish last year: “I wanted a nice smile for Christmas.” As a result of an 18-year drug addiction, Michael had only 13 teeth remaining. Most adults have 32. Michael was turning his life around through a recovery program and wanted to repair his smile as part of his start to a renewed life. Michael found […]

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Volunteers Pack 3,000 Care Kits for Neighbors in Need

Volunteers assemble Personal Care Packs. Photo by Jay Farbman.

Hundreds of volunteers of all ages from the Santa Barbara area came to Direct Relief on Tuesday and Wednesday to assemble 3,000 Personal Care Packs for people in need in Santa Barbara County. “It is such a rewarding thing to be able to help other people,” said longtime volunteer Sandra Williams. Direct Relief’s Personal Care Packs contain basic hygiene items […]

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