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August 2019 Newsletter

Table of Contents

  • Partner Spotlight
  • Community Events
  • Education
medicaid transformation

Medicaid Transformation

North Carolina Medicaid has contracted with private health plans to manage care for most people with Medicaid and NC Health Choice (CHIP) coverage. Here are four important things you need to know:
1. There is no change to who can get Medicaid, and the same services will continue to be covered, including hospitalizations, check-ups, prescriptions, and more. But now, your health plan will decide whether to approve the services your doctor requests.
2. You will have to choose a health plan and a doctor to provide your health care, unless you are exempt. If you don’t, Medicaid will choose a health plan and doctor for you.
3. People who have serious developmental disabilities or mental illness, persons who have Medicare, persons in a Medicaid waiver program, and some others are “exempt” and do not have to choose a health plan.

What do I need to do?
• Look for a letter telling you to enroll in a health plan.
• Contact NC Medicaid at or call 1-833-870-5500.
• Ask if you are exempt. If you are not exempt, ask NC Medicaid to help you choose your preferred health plan and doctor.

cambio de Medicaid

 Transformación de Medicaid

1. No hay ningún cambio en quién puede obtener Medicaid, y los mismos servicios seguirán siendo cubiertos, incluyendo hospitalizaciones, chequeos, recetas y más. Pero ahora, su plan de salud decidirá si aprobar los servicios que solicite su médico.
2. Ud. tendrá que elegir un plan de salud y un médico para proporcionarle servicios médicos, a menos que esté excluido. Si no lo hace, Medicaid elegirá un plan
de salud y médico para usted.
3. Las personas que tienen discapacidades graves de desarrollo o enfermedad mental, personas que tienen Medicare, personas en un programa de exención de Medicaid, y algunos otros son “ excluidos “ y no tienen que elegir un plan de salud.

¿Qué necesito hacer?
• Busque una carta que le indique que se inscriba en un plan de salud.
• Visite o llame al 1-833-870-5500.
• Pregunte si está exento. Si usted no es extento, solicite a NC Medicaid para que le ayude a elegir su plan de salud preferido y su médico.

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Volunteers for Youth

Volunteers for Youth

Volunteers for Youth started in 1981 as a response to a need expressed by professionals in the Orange County court system. They determined that an effective tool for juvenile delinquency prevention is to pair high-risk youth with caring adult volunteers.

The goal of the mentoring program is to develop positive one-on-one relationships between mentors and children.

The mentoring program matches children from eight to fourteen years of age with responsible adult volunteers. Volunteer mentors and children agree to spend at least two hours a week for twelve months together engaging in activities of mutual interest such as hiking, cooking, or playing basketball.

Children from all over Orange County are referred to the mentoring program by many different people for many different reasons.  

Learn more about Volunteers for Youth here.

community events
Chapel Hill Public Library
Summer Blast

Did You Know?

Summer is a blast at Chapel Hill Public Library!
Read, have fun, and aim for the stars! Our Summer Reading Challenge dares kids, teens, and adults to read for at least 20 hours.
  • Print a log or pick one up from the library. You get a handmade friendship bracelet when you sign up
  • Read for 10 hours and get a bookmark that you can plant to grow wildflowers
  • Read for 20 hours by August 15 and get both a free book and a library tote bag!
  • Keep reading! You can get different collectible pencils
Click here for more information.

The IDEA Project
Students, teachers, and staff in the CHCCS district can use their school ID number to access all library resources. The IDEA project lets users do everything they can do with a regular library card – log in to research databases, check out print and audio books, and download digital materials – using a familiar number. Click here for more information.

Not Quite, Snow White

Book Review by Susie Wilde

Not Quite, Snow White
by Ashley Franklin and illustrated by Ebony Glenn (Harper, ages 4-7)

Tamika has a strong sense of self, feels deeply and a poetic way of expressing both. She has a “hip-rolling happy dance,” a “swayful sad dance,” a “stomping mad dance, and a “hair-flicking just-because-she-felt-fabulous dance.” Love of singing and acting make her feel perfect for the school role of Snow White. Until she hears kids whispering she’s too tall, chubby, brown. She can’t sing, dance, or smile until her supportive parents and the joy of performance get her beyond her negatives and onto being who she is.

  • What are your special gifts?
  • Tamika expresses her feelings through dance, howdo you express yours?
  • Have you ever heard people say negative things about you? If so, how does it make you feel? What do you do about those feelings?

Know Your Rights

Know your rights
No matter who is president, everyone living in the U.S. has certain basic rights under the U.S. Constitution—everyone, including people who are undocumented. Use these links to learn and share to others about their rights.

National Immigration Law Center 

We Have Rights Videos – Multilingual  United We Dream = Know Your Rights Flyers – multiple languages From NC Justice Center: 

Orange County Head Start and Early Head Start

The Orange County Head Start and Early Head Start programs are new enrollling 2019-2020 school year! For more information contact: Alesia Sanyika — ERSEA Manager at (919) 490-5577 Ext. 248. Find out more about the programs here.

Orange County Head Start
Orange County Head Start


Avocado-Chimichurri Steak with Grilled Asparagus 

Serves six

[Recipe is from the American Heart Association.]

This chimichurri sauce is packed with herby flavor and pairs especially well with smoky charred meat from the grill.

2 tablespoons salt-free chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
1 1/2 lbs London broil (top round steak) (all visible fat discarded)
3/4 cup finely chopped, fresh cilantro
1/2 cup finely chopped, fresh parsley
2 medium lemons (zested, juiced)
3 tablespoons canola or corn oil (divided use)
1 medium fresh jalapeño pepper (seeds and ribs discarded, finely chopped)
1 small avocado (halved, pitted, diced)
3 medium asparagus spears (trimmed)

In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, garlic powder, and salt. Put the beef on a large platter. Using your fingertips, gently press the mixture so it adheres to both sides of the beef. Let stand for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, lightly spray the grill with cooking spray. Preheat the grill on medium high.

To make the chimichurri sauce, in a small bowl, stir together the cilantro, parsley, juice of 1 lemon (approx. 2 tablespoons), 1 tablespoon oil, and the jalapeño. Halve, pit, and dice the avocado. Stir to combine.

Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons oil over the asparagus.

Grill the beef for 3 to 5 minutes on each side (depending on its thickness), or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center reaches 125°F (rare) to 135°F (medium rare). The beef may need to be turned over occasionally so the rub doesn’t burn.

Remove the beef from the grill. Let stand under a tent of aluminum foil.

Place the asparagus perpendicular to the grill grates or put it in a grilling basket. Grill for 7 minutes, or until tender-crisp.

Transfer the asparagus to a separate large platter. Sprinkle the lemon zest over the asparagus.

Thinly slice the beef diagonally across the grain. Arrange on the asparagus.

Spoon the sauce over the beef.


Events at the Library

Free Special Summer Programs at the Library


Magnet Mania | Grades 3-5
August 15, 2019, 4:00 PM?-?5:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Doesn’t every refrigerator (or metal surface) need a new magnet? Design then create a magnet using clay and a lot of imagination!
Designer T-Shirts | |Grades 3-5
August 22, 2019, 4:00 PM?-?5:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Head back to school with a T-Shirt designed by you! We’ll provide all you need to create your own t-shirt. Call or stop by to register: 919-245-2532.

All registration and event information can be found at
Library Locations
Main Library | 137 W. Margaret Lane | Hillsborough, NC 27278 | 919.245.2525
Carrboro Branch | 900 Old Fayetteville Road | Chapel Hill, NC 27516 | 919.969.3006
Cybrary | 100 N. Greensboro Street | Carrboro, NC 27510 |  919.918.7387
Cedar Grove Library Station | 5800 N. Highway 86 | Hillsborough, NC 2727

Suicide Prevention Walk
Suicide Prevention Walk
Friday, September 20th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Our Vision:

Break the cycle of poverty so that ALL children and families in Orange County thrive in school, jobs, and life. 

Our Mission:

Through collaboration on shared goals, connect families in poverty to resources and uncover their power in driving equity and systems change.

Want to know more? 
Read the FSA Strategic Plan

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Family Success Alliance

300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough, NC 27278

FSA backbone staff work at the Orange County Health Department.

Program Director: Meredith McMonigle 
(919) 245-2071 or

Manager of Family Engagement: Dana Crews 
(919) 245-2458 or

Zone 4 Navigators
Antonia Cortes Sanchez - (919) 695-5982 or
Claudia Yerena - (984) 209-3864
Rhonda Morales -  (919) 698-3925 or

Zone 6 Navigators
Erika Cervantes - (984) 209-3723 or
LaKaya Craig - (919) 695-2271 or
Mariela Hernandez - (919) 695-6969 or
Ling Oy - (919) 257-9960 or
Jena Dolby -  (919) 698-9152 or

Community Outreach Specialist: Dominika Gazdzinska
(919) 245-2468 or

Informatics Manager: Juliet Sheridan
(919) 245-2409 or

Communications Manager: Kristin Prelipp
(919) 245-2462 or

Communications Specialist: Zannie Gunn
(919) 245-2410 or



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