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Nash Community College and its Mobile Clinic

by OIC News on 09/26/16

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Dear Edgecombe and Nash Counties,

I can hardly believe summer is over and school has started—I hope everyone soaks in those last few sun rays and enjoys the outdoors before we head into fall. I’m excited to share some great work happening around your community. 

Nash County Project Lazarus Coalition 

The Nash County Project Lazarus Coalition (NCPLC) came together as a working group in January 2016 to respond to the increase in heroin and prescription opioid overdoses and accidental deaths in the county. The Coalition focused on training first responders, community outreach/education, and purchasing Naloxone, a drug used to treat an opioid overdose in an emergency, in Nash County.

Thanks to the generous support from Project Lazarus, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) purchased 105 units of Naloxone and 183 Nasal Atomization Devices. The Coalition has already worked with EMS to train 351 first responders on the use of Naloxone and disbursed 62 units of the lifesaving drug.

A new group, the Nash County Opiate/Heroin Task Force, will work alongside NCPLC. NCPLC, with support from Rural Forward, met on August 31st to launch their strategic planning process.  

You can learn more about NCPLC by contacting Stacy Jesso of the Nash County Hospital Foundation at ssjesso@nhcs.org

Hearing from the Boys & Girls Club 

In August, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe Counties (BGCNEC) heard directly from young people about how poverty and malnutrition contribute to violence and behavioral problems in the community. The fresh perspective triggered a larger conversation between police officers and educators on strategies to help young people avoid problems and grow up safely.

In time for the new school year, BGNEC launched its Walking Classroom which encourages club members to listen to 20 to 30 minute academic podcasts via walkie talkie while briskly walking. The chaperoned program gives students a chance to master their lessons, become a better listener, and exercise all at once.  

You can learn more about BGCNEC by contacting Ron Green at rgreen@bgcnec.org

Nash Community College and its Mobile Clinic 

Nash Community College (NCC) has partnered with Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) to develop a long-term plan centered on student health and wellness. 

The NCC Student Wellness Center offers an array of services including crisis intervention, recovery support, personal counseling, and screenings.  However, it does not have providers on staff. Seeing an obvious need, OIC will deploy its mobile clinic to campus twice a semester and during peak times (e.g. class registration).  Experiences during the visits by the mobile clinic will be used to inform its decision about whether to open a full-service clinic on campus.

To test out implementation, the mobile clinic arrived on campus, as scheduled, and offered clinical, health, and wellness services.

Thanks to the Trust’s initiative to help community colleges become resources and catalysts for healthier living, NCC has become a hub for health and wellness, and is continuing to focus its efforts to stimulate healthier living in the rural community. For instance, a group of NCC students, faculty and staff this past spring met with a culinary teaching chef to learn how a few simple ingredient substitutions can make food much healthier and tastier. 

You can learn more about NCC’s initiatives by contacting Trent Mohrbutter at tlmohrbutter242@nashcc.edu

KaBOOM! Build

Last month, through a partnership with the Trust, nearly 200 volunteers from the City of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department, Holly Street Neighborhood Association, organizers from KaBOOM! and community members gathered to build a new playground at Holly Street Park. The park’s design was based on children’s drawings created at a design event in July. Read more about the KaBOOM! build in the Rocky Mount Telegram.

Dr. Laura Gerald’s Visit to Rocky Mount

Last month, the Trust’s new president, Dr. Laura Gerald, visited the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount to speak to a group of guests about the Trust’s upcoming goals, plans, and her own plans as the new president. Read more about her visit in the Rocky Mount Telegram

Success Starts Here

by OIC News on 09/01/16





Success Starts Here

While living in Williamsburg Virginia, Devonte Dickens found himself struggling, facing failure after failure. Through defiance and procrastination, it seemed like he could never get things back on track. That’s when he received a call from his father, Mr. Eric Dickens, a Rocky Mount native. Eric had known about the OIC and its High School Equivalency program having witnessed several relatives graduate from the program. Though unsure and apprehensive, Devonte made the choice in February to take a leap of faith and move to Rocky Mount. After speaking with Gregory Royal, OIC’s Education Services Job Developer and Recruiter, Devonte enrolled in OIC’s High School Equivalency program. “Devonte was pretty defiant in Virginia, but when he got here, I told him that he needed to get his GED or his diploma,” said Eric Dickens.


Five months later, Eric has accomplished his goal. He now has a solid job and has completed his GED requirements. When asked about his 3-year plan, Devonte responded that college is definitely on his radar. Smiling ear to ear, he confidently proclaimed that he is eager to keep the ball rolling. Indicative of a proud father, Mr. Dickens occasionally glanced over at Devonte in astonishment, clearly a validation that his son is maturing and embarking on what appears to be a future of great promise. “When Devonte graduated, I told him that I was very proud of him and that’s when he hit me with something that brought tears to my eyes. He told me that he loved me.”


And it doesn’t stop there. Devonte is already paying it forward. Classmates recognizing his rapid matriculation through the program frequently ask him for advice and he proudly offers his time and insight. “They ask me about job placement and I tell them that they have to get serious about their success. You have to show them that you really want it and that you are able to adapt to change.” Devonte’s story is a ratification of the importance the community has in empowering its residents. OIC’s slogan is Helping People Help Themselves, but the key factor is the establishment of valuable and genuine relationships. Both Devonte and his father spoke highly about OIC’s education department and the unwavering commitment of the staff and faculty.


If you or anyone within your care and consideration needs educational and/or career assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our recruitment team at 252.212.3478. OIC would 

For Immediate Release

by OIC News on 08/31/16

For Immediate Release                                                                                                         August 30, 2016

For more information, call Aramith Trimiar

(252) 567-8390


Saturday August 27th, 2016, Rocky Mount, NC - Opportunities Industrialization Center’s Family Medical Centers (OIC) hosted their second annual Back to School Kickoff Sponsored by PharmBlue. With more than 300 families in attendance, 600 back packs and plenty of school supplies being given away, this event was validation of OIC’s slogan, Helping People Help Themselves. “With the new school year approaching, remember to study hard. But with studying, also remember that you have to be healthy,” said Bridgett Luckey, OIC Family Medical Center Deputy Director.


With several vendors and partners in attendance including John Battle Arts, AHEC, UNC Nash, Down East Partnership for Children, Pride of Rocky Mount #845, NAACP, East Coast Migrants and Vidant Edgecombe, attendees were provided with plenty of school supplies and informational material. The children and families in attendance enjoyed a number of activities including games, facepainting, dancing as well as received personal tours of OIC’s dental center.


This event comes at the commencement of OIC’s new partnership with PharmBlue, an onsite pharmacy that recently opened it’s doors this past week. OIC is continuing to expand its impact on the community by offering quality primary care, dental and behavioral health services.  “Not only are we here to take care of your health, but OIC is here to take care of our community,” said Dr. Tisa Roberts, OIC Family Medical Center’s Medical Director.

OIC Family Medical Centers’ mission is "Helping People Help Themselves." As a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, OIC provides comprehensive services to those with private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, the uninsured, veterans and the homeless.  For more information on accessing patient services or free screenings go to http://www.oicone.org or call (252) 446-3333. 

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