HHS Week 2021 Watch on Demand

Lives Well Lived  |  Filmmaker Q&A 

Lives Well LivedView the film then join the UNCW Gerontology program for a Q&A session with the filmmaker Sky Bergman. Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3,000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. Their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you.  

This intergenerational event allows community older adults and students to interact and have a discussion on aging. Participants are invited to watch the film prior to the Q&A session and to come prepared with questions for Bergman.

Sky Bergman is an accomplished, award-winning photographer. She currently is a Professor of Photography and Video at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Lives Well Lived is Berman’s directorial debut. 

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Calming Canvas  

Paint brushesFeeling more anxious than normal? Paula Baisden, lecturer in UNCW’s School of Nursing, explains how creative activities can help us better process our emotions. Afterward, enjoy a guided therapeutic arts session that may help you feel a sense of calm and become more self-aware. 
Paula Baisden is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse with extensive experience in emergency, trauma and psychiatric health care settings. 

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Coffee Hour: Community Engaged Work with Al Richmond, CCPH

Al RichmondGrab a cup of coffee and join Al Richmond, MSW, executive director of Community-Campus Partnerships to dialogue about the successes and challenges associated with community-engaged work. Hear how CCPH is working with the Duke Clinical Research Institute, UNC-CH Center for Health Equity, and the Maya Angelou Center for Health Disparities at Wake Forest University on COVID-19 testing and community engagement projects.   

Richmond is a global thought leader advocating for the increased role of communities in research and public health. In his role as Executive Director of CCPH, he is advancing the organization’s commitment to social justice and health equity. Richmond holds a Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. He is a certified facilitator for the Poverty Simulation, Intercultural Developmental Inventory and ToP Facilitation Methods. 

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Bring Your Best Self to Life: Our Resilience

Bo DeanWhat comes to mind when you think of ‘resilience?’ What do resilient people have in common?Join training and development expert Bo Dean, New Hanover County Government, as he takes you on a journey through exploring personal and community resilience, addressing toxic stress and trauma, and how local county government is developing their staff with skills and a perspective towards cultivating a resilient workplace and workforce.

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The Presidential Election is Over—Now What? The Practical Path to Utilizing Your Political Power

Political DebateLocal and state level leaders explore how to continue civic and community engagement in the year ahead. Discussion topics ranged from municipal elections, serving on advisory boards, and volunteering in your community. 

This program was part of Building a More Perfect Union: Staying Civically Engaged All Year Round, a collaboration between the UNCW School of Social Work, You Can Vote, and the League of Women Voters. 

Panelists: Damon Circosta, NC Board of Elections Chair; Zion Lemelle, Charlotte Organizing Director, You Can Vote: Rob Zapple, New Hanover County Commissioner; Marian Lewin, President of League of Women Voters NC

Editorial credit: Devi Bones / Shutterstock.com

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Support Fair Elections: Redistricting and Voter Equity 

ProtestersBuilding and protecting equity and inclusion into the democratic process ensures everyone has a voice. Discussion topics included redistricting reform, voter enfranchisement, and policy. 

This program was part of Building a More Perfect Union: Staying Civically Engaged All Year Round, a collaboration between the UNCW School of Social Work, You Can Vote, and the League of Women Voters. 

Panelists: Dr. Jennifer Bremer, Fair Elections Chair, League of Women Voters NC; Caitlin Metzger, Deputy Director, You Can Vote; Velva Jenkins, CEO, YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear

 Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com

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Three-Minute Thesis 

RI logoThe Three-Minute Thesis challenges participants to present their research in just 180 seconds, in an engaging format that can be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the research area.

Tune in to hear from CHHS faculty and students about a variety of topics ranging from nature-based education and improving health using Fitbits to impacts of social distancing and gender dysphoria among college students. Explore speakers and topics (PDF).

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Healthcare Innovation

Healthcare InnovationAre you interested in how innovation can transform healthcare? Do you have an idea that might improve wellness, or a health problem that needs an innovative solution? If so, learn more about fostering and testing creative ideas for improving health and wellness. This session will feature local leaders in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as entrepreneurs who will their experiences innovating in the healthcare space.

Explore how you can get involved in healthcare innovation right here in Southeastern North Carolina. Moderated by: Tiffany Erichsen, MPA, MSW, Coordinator, UNCW Center for Workforce Development, College of Health & Human Services.


  • Mary Beth Bobek, PharmD, MBA, Research and Health Care Consultant
  • Diane Durance, MPA, Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Dan Fisher, PhD, UNCW, Assistant Professor, Healthcare Administration
  • Matt Hernandez, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Innovation Team

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*NHRMC and UNCW are in the process of designing a semester-long Certificate Program in Health Care Innovation. Please help us gauge interest levels and subsequently develop the program by taking this <2 minute survey. Thank you!

Healthy Habits: Nutrition During a Pandemic

Healthy lunchAre you finding your eating patterns changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

UNCW's Campus Dietician Chelsea Stant dishes on stress eating, why nutrition doesn’t really “boost” your immune system (and why you don’t want it to), and provides ideas for healthy pantry staples if you know you’re not going to the grocery store for a while.

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Health Equity: Marriage of Programming and Policy 

Engage in an insightful conversation about the intersection of programming and policy development with a focus on nutrition access and infant and maternal health.

Deidre GrimDr. Deidre Grim of Grim Consulting Group joins us from a city that mirrors Wilmington. Savannah, Georgia is a port city that faces similar challenges with nutrition access and infant and maternal health. In this session, we will explore how Dr. Grim navigated both challenges in her work with nonprofits, and her experiences with First Food Friendly Communities. 

She has learned that in order to make sustainable and equitable change, one must co-develop programming that will lead to lasting policy change. Dr. Grim lives by the words of Vice President Kamala Harris teaches, “If you are fortunate to have an opportunity, it is your duty to make sure other people have those opportunities as well.” 

Marissa FranksEvan FoldsModerated by Marissa Bryant Franks, Health Equity Outreach Coordinator for New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Evan Folds, Project Manager, Northside Food Co-Op and Founder/President of Be Agriculture.

Hosted by Center for Healthy Communities and NC Public Health Training Center, part of UNCW CHHS Community Engagement.  

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Film: Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope*  

View the film, Resilience, a documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Following the film, local Community Resiliency Model teachers will discuss the film and how our community is working to reduce, prevent and treat ACEs.

  • J’vaneté Becton Skiba, Training and Film Screening Coordinator, New Hanover County Resiliency Task Force
  • Amy Read, Community Trainer, Coastal Horizons Center Inc. 
  • Rev. Clifford Barnett, City of Wilmington Councilman and Pastor, Warner Temple AME Zion Church

Resilience filmAbout the film: The child may not remember. But the body remembers. Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Hosted by the New Hanover County Resiliency Task Force and the Center for Healthy Communities, UNCW CHHS Community Engagement

Keynote: Healthy North Carolina 2030

Healthy NC 2030The goal of the Healthy North Carolina 2030 project is to improve the health of North Carolinians by facilitating the development of the North Carolina State Health Improvement Plan, which will direct resources to positively impact the drivers of health in the state.

Dr. Kathryn Dail, director of Community Health Assessment and HNC 2030 with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Nick Pylypiw, director of Data Science for Cape Fear Collective and Leah Mayo, coordinator for the College of Health and Human Services' Center for Healthy Communities discuss the 10-year state improvement plan, its goals and how the plan can positively impact our state.
Hosted by the Center for Healthy Communities.  

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Healthy North Carolina 2030 Data Walk 

Data WalkThe Health North Carolina 2030 virtual data walk was developed in lieu of a face-to-face data walk originally scheduled for March 2020. The purpose is for you to have the opportunity to virtually walk through each of the Healthy North Carolina 2030 indicators. Each indicator includes a recording that will automatically play when clicking on the icon with key information from the report.

To view the full presentation in order, use the arrow at the bottom the presentation. To naviage to specific sections or indicators, click on the appropriate icons to "walk" through the document. Use the home key to the right to return home at any time. Have your sound on and enjoy! The information in this presentation is directly from the Healthy NC 2030 report. 

Developed by student interns from Center for Healthy Communities and Center for Workforce Development, UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services Community Engagement 

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Clinical Research: A Student’s Perspective

SACRHosted by the Student Association of Clinical Research (SACR), seniors in their final semester of the clinical research program highlighted their experiences throughout their undergraduate degree – from coursework to internships.

In this recording, student shared why they chose clinical research and their hopes for future career paths.

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*photo taken pre-covid.


Health Disparities, Health Equity & COVID: Witnessing the Impacts in Real-time

Covid and Health EquityCommunities of color are being hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19. Diagnoses and deaths are far greater and concerns grow over vaccine hesitancy among minority communities.

This panel discussion addresses how we can engage these communities moving forward. Hear multiple perspectives on health equity, health disparities and the levels of trust in which the medical community is deficient.


  • Dr. Mark C. Adams, City Council, Hapeville, GA 
  • Dr. Tawny Burgess, Professor, Frontier University 
  • Clydie Coward-Murrell, UNCW School of Nursing Lecturer
  • Dr. LeShonda Wallace, SEEDS of Healing
  • Dr. Ashley Wells, CHHS Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, UNCW

Hosted by CHHS’ Racial Equity and Social Justice Task Force 

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Unpacking Community Engagement with Al Richmond, CCPH 

Al RichmondWhat is community engagement and why should we pursue authentic partnerships? Explore more with Al Richmond, MSW, executive director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH). Learn more about the background of CCPH and their conceptual framework for doing community engaged work. 

Richmond is a global thought leader advocating for the increased role of communities in research and public health. In his role as Executive Director of CCPH, he is advancing the organization’s commitment to social justice and health equity. Richmond holds a Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. He is a certified facilitator for the Poverty Simulation, Intercultural Developmental Inventory and ToP Facilitation Methods. 

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The Foundations of Mindful Communication

Oren Say SoferIn part one of this series, author, communication trainer and Buddhist meditation teacher Oren Jay Sofer will share three essential practices that help create the conditions for meaningful conversations. These foundational practices are flexible enough to be adapted to any context, and when properly applied have the potential to transform any situation into a productive exchange. Join us for the first part in this evening lecture series as we lay the foundation for transformative conversations.  

Oren Jay Sofer teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication nationally. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for the healing of trauma. Oren is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication and co-author of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents. He is co-founder of Mindful Healthcare and the founder of Next Step Dharma, an innovative online program that helps meditators integrate their retreat experiences into daily life. 

This program is part of the Mindful Communication Series: The Foundations of Mindful Communication, hosted by the Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) on Mindfulness. 

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