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Center for Healthy Communities Helps Develop Housing Resource Guide for Health Departments

7/21 - Local health departments in rural areas are often the only providers to offer key health care services and health education, making them ideal partners in addressing housing needs in rural communities. This brief is designed to guide the use of Medicaid managed care levers to address homelessness and housing insecurity and improve health outcomes for rural Medicaid enrollees. This resourse was created for local health departments in collaboration with the Center for Healthy Communities and the Center for Health Care Strategies with support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. More...

Lincoln Walburn

CHHS Welcomes New Director of Operations

7/21 - Lincoln Walburn joins the CHHS team as the director of operations. He will manage the daily operations, events, facility management and space planning for the college. 

Walburn has worked in higher education facility management for 15 years in various roles, most recently serving as the associate director of the Armstrong Student Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is a two time alumnus of Western Carolina University and holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and a master of education in college student personnel. Walburn also earned his doctorate in education leadership at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and his research interest is student veterans transitioning into higher education. Walburn has extensive experience supervising and developing student employees and is looking forward to helping develop students’ skill sets at UNCW.

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UNCW Signs Articulation Agreement with Carteret Community College

7/21 - The Respiratory Therapy program now offers an articulation agreement to allow students with an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy from Carteret Community College and Fayetteville Technical Community College to seamlessly complete their Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy at UNC Wilmington. This online accelerated degree program is designed to provide graduates with additional knowledge, skills and attributes in leadership, management, education, research and/or advanced clinical practice that will enable them to meet their current professional goals and prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.

“The College of Health and Human Services is incredibly excited to be partnering with Carteret Community College to offer a pathway for students pursuing careers in respiratory care to obtain their bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy,” says Chris Lantz, associate dean for academic affairs for the College. “The articulation agreement outlines specific transfer courses and provides qualifying students automatic admission to UNCW’s respiratory therapy program. Working together, we are directly addressing a pressing healthcare need for access to high quality respiratory care in our region and across the state by increasing student access to this exciting new degree program.”

For more information, please contact Jamy Chulak, program coordinator, at

Sheri Shaw, Assistant Dean for Student Success

UNCW Names Sheri Shaw Interim Bridge Coordinator for New Student Support Program

7/8/21 – College of Health and Human Services Assistant Dean for Student Success Sheri Shaw is a proven expert when it comes to building award-winning student supports, so it’s no surprise that she will lead efforts to create a new UNCW program that empowers underrepresented Seahawks.

Shaw, who was instrumental in developing successful bridge programs at Drexel University and University of Illinois, has devoted her career to helping students thrive in college and beyond. More...

Recreation Therapy Faculty Member Receives Mather Institute Award

Recreation Therapy Faculty Member Receives Mather Institute Award

6/21 – On May 6, Recreation Therapy Assistant Professor Angie Sardina and her collaborators received the Innovative Research on Aging Silver Award from the Mather Institute for their manuscript entitled, Older Black Adults’ Satisfaction and Anxiety Levels After Completing Alternative Versus Traditional Cognitive Batteries. More...

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UNCW Selected to Participate in Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

6/3/21 - UNCW is among 61 institutions selected to participate in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ 2021 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success.

The institute is designed to advance efforts to achieve quality, equity and student engagement goals through the design, implementation and assessment of active teaching and learning practices widely known as “high-impact practices” or HIPs. The institute will be held virtually from June 15-18.

“The institute is an opportunity for UNCW to develop an action plan for advancing HIPS and student success with campus and community stakeholders,” said James DeVita, interim director of applied learning and associate professor of higher education. “What makes it especially meaningful is the invaluable feedback we will receive from experts and lessons we will learn from our peer institutions, which we can use to inform our work with HIPS at UNCW.” More...