After being vacant for two years, the iconic Turnage Theater will soon open its doors again for theater performances and live musical entertainment. This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the executive director of the Beaufort County Arts Council about the non-profits plans for the century old venue for the arts. And, we explore how new telecommunication technology is helping diabetes patients living in rural areas connect with specialist at East Carolina University.
This week, we speak with acting State Health Director Dr. Robin Cummings about the new, statewide telepsychiatry program starting in January, and how East Carolina University will be involved with the program.
Last week, we heard an in-depth conversation about the future of telemedicine in eastern North Carolina and how new technology could be used to provide access to specialized healthcare for people living in rural and underserved areas of the state, such as Bertie, Beaufort, Duplin, and Edgecombe.
Diabetes is a growing concern for North Carolinians, especially for people who live in the eastern part of the State where studies have shown diabetes cases are rampant. East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine is looking to curb the obesity rate by offering people who live in rural areas access to health care specialists using new telemedicine methods. Today, Public Radio East’s Mac McKee talks to the Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Dr. Doyle Cummings about how the video conferencing technology works, and how it will be implemented in eastern North Carolina.