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Medboard Matters Podcast

In this episode of MedBoard Matters host, Jean Fisher Brinkley speaks with some of North Carolina's foremost experts in addressing child maltreatment and focuses on the clinicians’ critical role in protecting children from abuse.

Posted December 17, 2021 | 
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Links to statutes

G.S. 7B-301. Duty to report abuse, neglect, dependency, or death due to maltreatment

G.S. 14-318.6. Failure to report crimes against juveniles; penalty

Resources on recognizing child abuse

Journal of Pediatrics: Early Recognition of Physical Abuse: Bridging the Gap between Knowledge and Practice

Testing for Abuse in Children With Sentinel Injuries

American Academy of Pediatrics: The Evaluation of Suspected Child Physical Abuse

TEN-4 FACES P Mnemonic

NC Child Medical Evaluation Program

NCDHHS: About Child Abuse and Child Neglect

Additional resources

Prevent Child Abuse NC (general information) and Free Online Training 

UNC Hospital's Beacon Program - The University of North Carolina Hospitals Beacon Program provides comprehensive, coordinated care to UNC Health System’s patients, families, and employees experiencing a variety of interpersonal abuse.

Local Department of Social Services Directory by County 

Printable Department of Social Services Directory by County

NCCARE360 - Statewide coordinated care network to better connect individuals to local services and resources.

Podcast Transcript

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Hosts and Guests

Jean Fisher Brinkley

Communications Director, North Carolina Medical Board

Jean Fisher Brinkley

Jean Fisher Brinkley is NCMB’s Communications Director, a role that involves developing and overseeing production of communications materials and strategies needed to enhance public and professional awareness and understanding of the Board and its mission. She joined NCMB in 2008, after an 11-year career in newspaper journalism, most of it dedicated to reporting on medicine, health policy and the business aspects of health care.

Brinkley earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Mills College in Oakland, CA, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and two daughters.

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Molly Berkoff, MD, MPH

Molly Berkoff, MD, MPH

Dr. Molly Berkoff is a pediatrician board-certified in general and child abuse pediatrics. She is dually employed with UNC School of Medicine and Wake County Health and Human Services. At UNC, she is the section head of child maltreatment. At Wake County, she is the medical director for the children’s health and development program and oversees the well-being needs of children entering foster care. Dr. Berkoff has worked as a medical consultant for families involved with child welfare for 18 years.

Melinda Manning, JD, MSW

Director of UNC Hospital’s Beacon Program

Melinda Manning, JD, MSW

Melinda Manning, JD, MSW is the director of UNC Hospital’s Beacon program. She coordinates a multidisciplinary team that works with patients and hospital employees experiencing child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, vulnerable adult abuse, and human trafficking. She is the former chair of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and teaches at the UNC School of Social Work. She’s presented at numerous national and international conferences about intimate partner violence, Title IX, ethics, and victim advocacy. Melinda has consulted with colleges and universities on how to improve services for survivors and was featured in the documentary, “The Hunting Ground.”

Karen Burke-Haynes, MD

Dr. Karen Burke-Haynes

Karen Burke-Haynes, MD, is Chief Medical Officer for the North Carolina Medical Board. Dr. Haynes, a pediatrician, has more than 25 years of experience working in academic and private practice settings. Prior to joining NCMB as its Assistant Medical Director in 2014, she was owner and managing physician of Stepping Stones Pediatrics in Raleigh. Dr. Haynes earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed postgraduate training in pediatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.