Liora Engel-Smith | North Carolina Health News
Liora Engel-Smith joined NC Health News in July 2019 and covers policies, programs and issues that affect rural areas. She has previously worked for the The Keene Sentinel in New Hampshire and the Muscatine Journal in Iowa. Engel-Smith has degrees in both public health and journalism.
The state’s Appalachian region lags behind the rest of the state in internet connection recent data from the Appalachian Regional Commission shows.
As coronavirus mask mandates lift and clients rush back to in-person gatherings, gym staff across North Carolina wrestle with enforcing different policies for all their clients — whether vaccinated or not.
Medical residents who train in cities tend to stay in cities. Some rural providers say that closing the rural-urban physician gap is a matter of training some residents away from these population centers.
The next “new normal” in the coronavirus pandemic is shaping up to be similar, but not identical to pre-COVID life. North Carolina Health News asked health experts to help us make sense of it. Here are some of their suggestions.