InStepp’s 7th Annual International Women’s Day Conference

InStepp’s 7th Annual International Women’s Day Conference will take place Thursday, March 8th, 2018 from 9 am – 1pm at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707. Free Attendance.

This conference is an important forum for immigrant women and their allies in the Triangle area. The theme for 2018 is “Keeping Families Together” and speakers will discuss important topics to immigrant women and their allies.

Register at or Call at (919) 680-8000.

Colombian Artist and Care Manager Exhibits Artwork at Durham Arts Council

Selva by Yholima Vargas-Pedroza

Colombian artist and Local Access to Coordinated Health Care (LATCH, PHMO-Duke Health) care manager, Yholima Vargas-Pedroza is currently exhibiting her artwork at the Durham Arts Council. Yholima’s exhibition is titled Colors of Latin America and features her signature color-rich artwork.

An artist reception will take place Friday, January 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701. The event is free and open to the public.

Lincoln Community Health Center Receives $15,000 Grant

Lincoln Community Health Center, in Durham, NC, received a $15,000 grant from the Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation to help purchase a retinal camera. The Camera will be used for eye screenings for diabetic patients.

Lincoln estimates that 700-800 patients will benefit annually from this camera. The grant was funded from donations to the Foundation from supporters and Lincoln employees.

El Futuro Announces Move to Lakewood Shopping Center

Rendition of planned El Futuro office at Lakewood

Durham-based Behavioral Health Agency El Futuro has announced that it will move to Lakewood Shopping Center in 2018.

The new location will have 40% more space and clients will have easier access with additional parking.

El Futuro is currently doing a fundraising campaign to help with the upcoming move.

El Futuro is a behavioral health agency that provides bilingual and culturally informed behavioral health treatment for underserved Spanish speaking individuals and families. The agency provides high impact clinical services; 2) trains professionals who work with the Hispanic population; and 3) conducts prevention, education and outreach in the community.

Lakewood Shopping Center is also the home of El Centro Hispano, HELP (Health Equipment Loan Program), Scrap Exchange and others.

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Samaritan Health Center in Durham Moving to New Location

Samaritan Health Center has announced that its Garrett Road Clinic will close at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19. The new clinic at 3205 University Drive, Suite 107, Durham, North Carolina will open in the spring of 2018.

The contact numbers remain the same:

Main Phone: (919) 407-8223
Spanish-language line: (919) 407-8226
New patient registration calls: (919) 407-8154
Fax: (866) 331-8301

Samaritan Health Center is currently accepting new patients. The clinic provides wide-ranging medical care to the underserved members of the community, regardless of their ability to pay.

Durham Health Equipment Loan Program Hires New Manager

Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP), a Project Access program, has hired Amy Armstrong as new manager. She can be reached by calling 919-470-7281.

HELP recycles donated durable medical equipment, restores the equipment, and loans it for reuse by any Durham County resident who needs it. It’s a free service.

More information at:

Wake AHEC Announces “Looking Beneath the Surface: Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking in North Carolina” Conference

Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC) has announced the upcoming conference “Looking Beneath the Surface: Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking in North Carolina.”

The conference seeks to attract case managers, law enforcement, counselors, social workers, substance abuse professionals, school personal, qualified professionals, associate professionals, policy makers, prosecutors, clergy, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners or others who may encounter victims of human trafficking.

Date/Time: 1/11/2018 8:30 a.m. – 1/11/2018 4:30 p.m.
Location: The McKimmon Conference & Training Center, Raleigh

Durham County Low Income Energy Assistance Program Open to Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities

Durham County adults who are disabled or 60 years and older can apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) December 1 through December 31, 2017.

LIEAP will be available to all Durham County residents January 2 through March 31, 2018.

Applications will be accepted at 220 E. Main St. (the former Durham County Department of Social Services Building) Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Call 919-560-800 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

DACA, Emergency Planning, and Access to Public Benefits at November 2017 Meeting

Kate Woomer-Deters of the NC Justice Center presented “Hot Topics in Immigration: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Emergency Planning, and Access to Public Benefits” during our November 21, 2017 meeting.

The presentation included background and context with recent statistics; What’s next for DACA; Child Custody and Emergency Planning for Immigrant Families; Powers of Attorney; Financial planning; Child-Related planning; and Immigrant Access to Public Benefits and Privacy/Confidentiality Concerns in relation to DSS system.