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Sisters in Medicine

by OIC News on 05/24/16


Sisters in Medicine

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This week, Deborah heads to Rocky Mount to learn about the predominantly female African-American medical team at the Opportunities Industrialization Center - the OIC - a multi-purpose resource center that focuses on health. These doctors, nurses, and dentists are working to both improve health disparities in Eastern NC and to educate their patients about the virtues of medicine and health care.

Press Release

by OIC News on 05/18/16

NEWS RELEASE                NEWS RELEASE                NEWS RELEASE


For Immediate Release                                                                                             May 18, 2016

For more information, call Eileen Kerr

(336) 927-9700


Rocky Mount, NC - Opportunities Industrialization Center’s Family Medical Centers (OIC) have received a national grant from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, said OIC’s President and CEO Reuben Blackwell, “This one-year, $35,000 grant is one of only 12 awarded nationally and focuses on conducting a social marketing campaign in Nash and Edgecombe Counties dealing with the importance of getting screened for HIV and Hepatitis B and C.”  Blackwell added that “there is additional funding from this grant to increase the number of screening tests available for those in the Twin Counties.”

“This campaign,” explained Brian Ellerby, OIC’s Director for Integrated Health Services, “will be designed to reach the greatest number of individuals through multiple media channels: television news segments and programs; radio and print advertisements; billboards, website and facebook materials; distribution of fliers, posters and postcards, and through social media such as twitter, online newsletters, recorded phone messages and text messages.”

Ellerby said that “the key message is that it is important for individuals to get screened for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. If individuals test positive for one of these diseases, there are treatments available. Currently, OIC Family Medical Centers have brought together representatives of key agencies that either test for or treat these diseases in the two counties. These partners are providing us with invaluable information regarding the messages of the campaign as well as collaborating with us to distribute the campaign materials.  All materials will be tested with separate focus groups comprised of the target audiences we want to reach,” Ellerby said.  It is anticipated that the campaign will begin in July 2016.

“This grant augments OIC’s aggressive screening effort conducted at our two medical practice sites and  by OIC’s Mobile Area Health Clinic and our Community Prevention Services team,” said Blackwell. In addition to providing mobile primary care services in neighborhoods and communities, the Mobile Area Health Clinic team also screens for sexually transmitted diseases.  From June 2014 to June 2015, those screened out in the community through OIC’s Mobile Area Health Clinic include 2,443 individuals for HIV; 2,091 for Syphilis; 2,145 individuals for Hep C; and 1,941 individuals for other STD tests.



OIC Family Medical Centers’ mission is "Helping People Help Themselves." As a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, OIC’s two medical practice sites provide 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. 

OIC program offers carpentry program

by OIC News on 05/11/16

OIC program offers carpentry program

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Contractor Bernard Hall, right, teaches the carpentry portion to students of the Highway Construction and Carpentry Trades class Monday at the Opportunities Industrial Center headquarters. The free class began on Monday and will last eight weeks.


By Amelia Harper 
Staff Writer

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Students at the Opportunities Industrialization Center are constructing a better future for themselves and their families.

The Highway Construction and Carpentry Trades class began its sixth session this week. The eight-week class was launched in August 2014 as a joint partnership between the N.C. Department of Transportation, the city of Rocky Mount and the OIC.

"There are opportunities here. This is a place where we can better prepare ourselves for those opportunities,” said Bruce Parker, who just began in the program. “People come here intimidated by the big picture, but the OIC breaks it down for us so that we can understand and see the bigger picture."

The course is offered for free four times a year and features six different modules focusing on different aspects of the trades. The classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Students learn highway construction skills with Michael Wright for the first part of the day and carpentry skills with Bernard Hall beginning at 11:30 a.m. As a part of the carpentry training, students build an 8- by 10-foot replica of a house.

Dyvonte Braswell, a new student in the program, sees this instruction as a path to improving his future.

"My cousin told me about this program on Facebook. I am looking for a job. I want to better myself. I want to get further in life. And I want to build my own house one day,” Braswell said.

At the end of the program, graduates will be OSHA-certified and certified highway construction flaggers. The OIC also helps students by purchasing tool kits and carpentry tools for graduates. The OIC also offers help with job placement by teaching soft skills — such as interviewing — and by providing employment field trips and contacts with local employers.

“This class prepares students for any job — not just a job in highway construction,” said Gregory Royal, employment training services coordinator at the OIC. “With the skills they acquire, they will be able to sell themselves to employers.”

Royal said the classes are free but are offered with limited space for students. Students need to be at least 18 to apply for the program, but Royal said he has had some students in their 50s. Potential students need to come to the OIC to apply and take tests in reading and math to determine if they can handle the coursework. They also have to commit to the eight-week program.

Felix Perry, a new student, said he already feels that he made the right choice.

"Already just today, we have received enough information to know that it is worth it to come here and get what they have to offer here,” Perry said.

For more information on the program, call Royal at 212-3478.

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