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UNC Horizons celebrates 23 years with new facility

"We are not our disease": UNC Horizons celebrates 23 years of healing women and children with new facility

UNC and surrounding communities gathered together on Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of the new facility for UNC Horizons at Shelton Station in downtown Carrboro. UNC Horizons has been treating new and expecting mothers with substance use disorders, while keeping the mother-child dyad intact, since 1994.

CARBORRO, NC – Twenty-three years after its humble beginnings, UNC Horizons Program has a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in which to treat women and their children under one roof.

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UNC Horizons graduate and employee Lucy Brown, center, cuts the ribbon at the new UNC Horizons center.
Photos by Jon Gardiner, UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC Horizons is a world leader in research-based, holistic treatment of women with substance use disorder that also addresses and treats underlying trauma, all while keeping the mother-child dyad intact to heal the entire family.

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Ten-year study shows steady increase in type 1, 2 diabetes in U.S. youth

The study found there was an average of 1.8 percent increase each year of youth with newly-diagnosed type 1 diabetes and an average of 4.8 percent per year increase of newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes cases among the same population.

A broad scale, five-state study published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that from 2002-2012 the yearly rate of newly-diagnosed cases of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in youth increased significantly and steadily over the 10-year period, especially among Hispanic youth.

Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD
Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD

The 10-year study, co-led by The University of North Carolina's Department of Nutrition Chair Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, found there was an average of 1.8 percent increase each year of youth with newly-diagnosed type 1 diabetes and an average of 4.8 percent per year increase of newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes cases among the same population.

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The Art of Mentorship

In the last two years, Susan Girdler, PhD, and medical student Mary Shen have each been honored for their commitment to mentoring others. In conversation, the two discuss the importance of mentorship, supporting women in leadership, and building beneficial relationships.

Susan Girdler, PhD, and Mary Shen
Susan Girdler, PhD, and Mary Shen

"I should give you my business card," Susan Girdler said, fishing through her bag.

Girdler and Mary Shen had met for the first time only a half hour before, but quickly found common ground discussing the importance of mentorship. It was clear that they were building the same bond they'd help foster with others. It was genuine. There was little doubt promises of further collaboration would be fulfilled. It's what they both do naturally.

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For Diabetes: A Call to Congress

UNC School of Medicine professor and nurse practitioner Kate Bergamo joined diabetes advocates in the annual Call to Congress.

Kate Bergamo, RN, MSN, FNP-C
UNC's Kate Bergamo, RN, MSN, FNP-C, on Capitol Hill.

Kate Bergamo, RN, MSN, FNP-C, a nurse practitioner at the UNC Diabetes Care Center and faculty member in the division of endocrinology in the department of medicine, participated in the American Diabetes Association's Call to Congress, where people with diabetes and advocates visit their representatives in Congress every other year to advocate for issues that affect millions of people with the disease.

Bergamo, who is highly involved in UNC's leading diabetes clinical trials and inpatient and outpatient care, was asked to participate in the Call the Congress through a selective application process. Bergamo was a group leader in meetings with Senate and House offices for North Carolina and South Carolina to advocate for insulin affordability, for increased federal funding for diabetes research, and for insurance coverage for people with diabetes to be maintained or improved with changes in the Affordable Care Act.

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