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Center for Healthy Communities

 Who are we

The Center for Healthy Communities is an integrating structure designed to contribute positively and measurably to the community through university and community collaboration.

What do we do

We foster collaborations based on respectful reciprocity that addresses community-identified issues of interest to improve the health and well-being of our communities through our strategic goals and initiatives.

How can you help

We value interprofessional collaboration, and we need your knowledge and skills to help make Wilmington a healthier community. 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. Click here to get connected.


Our Programs and Services

Southeastern N.C. Regional Health Collaborative
Health Transformation Lecture Series
N.C. Public Health Training Center


Medicaid Update

In 2015, the NC General Assembly created legislation that would transition Medicaid and NC Health Choice from a fee-for-service model to a value-based care model. In November of 2019, the Transformation was suspended due to the State budget not being passed by the General Assembly. Under fee-for-service, health providers were paid for each service (test, operations, etc) that they administered to a patient. Some of the issues found with this model included providers ordering more tests than needed and managing more patients than could be effectively cared for, to get more money.

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. The recent suspension of the transformation does not mean the state will fail to ever convert to value-based-care, instead, it pushes back the timeline. 

The Center for Healthy Communities is currently working with Bladen, Robeson, and Columbus counties to help prepare them for the eventual transition into value-based care.