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The Center for Healthy Communities seeks to improve health and well-being by addressing community identified needs through collaborations between campus resources and community agencies.

How You Can Help

We value interprofessional collaboration, and we need your knowledge and skills to help create healthier communities. Reach out to us if you have an area of community interest. We desire the help of faculty members to sit on community boards and share their expertise with local organizations. We need students to reach beyond UNCW to make a difference in the lives of those around them.

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought is inspired by Oxfam's Hunger Banquet with the premise to provide an opportunity for education and conversation about food insecurity within the Wilmington community. Not every person in our community has the same access to healthy and nutritious food on a consistent basis. So it is up to us to explore why this is a reality. Explore more...

Health Equity Fellowship

The Health Equity Fellowship is a four-year, scaffolded leadership development program in which a cohort of historically marginalized and first-generation college students take part in intentional mentorship, weekly educational programming, and community-engaged, high impact, applied learning activities. Explore more...

Healthy North Carolina 2030

The Healthy North Carolina 2030 project brings together experts and leaders from multiple fields to inform the development of a common set of public health indicators and targets for the state over the next decade. These indicators will serve as the population health improvement plan for the North Carolina Division of Public Health. With a focus on health equity and the overall drivers of health outcomes (health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment), these indicators and targets will help drive state and local-level activities, provide a springboard for collaboration and innovation, and develop a new vision for public health in our state to improve the health and well-being of all people of North Carolina.

Medicaid Update

In the summer of 2019, the Center for Healthy Communities began working in partnership with the Robeson, Bladen, and Columbus County health departments on a Value-Based Care project supporting the tri-county health departments through Medicaid Managed Care and Medicaid Transformation. The new value-based-care model was designed to incentivize the quality of care that providers administered; to reduce hospital readmissions, to use certified health IT, and to improve preventative care. Under value-based care, providers utilize the social determinants of health to identify holistic plans of health for each patient. Managed Care now has a start date of July 1, 2021 after being suspended in the fall of 2020. 

As part of the Value-Based Care Project, the Center for Healthy Communities developed this website to house information and resources about public health and Medicaid Transformation.

An additional aspect of this project has recently included gaining a deeper understanding of what barriers communities are facing during the Covid-19 crisis. Focus groups, interviews, and a community needs assessment responses will be utilized to create consistent messaging to help mitigate the Covid-19 spread.  CHC and the health departments are working with the NewmanCarpenter marketing team to create this campaign which will be released through the tri-county health departments. The goal is to provide marketing tools that represent the communities that live in these counties and provide relatable and clear messaging at a local level. This project is funded through the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.