HHS Week Schedule

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for the College of Health and Human Services' first-ever virtual Health and Human Services Week!

We've curated live and recorded programs designed to educate, inspire and promote health and wellness in our community. This signature week provides learning and wellness experiences organized by and for faculty, staff, students and community partners from UNCW and beyond. Join us!

*Additional programming is being added. Stay tuned!

Monday, March 8

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 and Leah Mayo, coordinator for the College of Health and Human Services' Center for Healthy Communities will 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.  

View the HNC 2030 Report »

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 

Take a Data Walk »  |  View the HNC 2030 Report »

Clinical Research: A Student’s Perspective (Live)
9 a.m.

SACRHosted by the Student Association of Clinical Research, seniors in their final semester of the clinical research program will highlight their experiences throughout their undergraduate degree – from coursework to internships. They will share why they chose clinical research and their hopes for future career paths.

Zoom info: Meeting ID: 509 360 1246  |  Passcode: cHXa08

Watch LIVE on March 8 » 

*photo taken pre-covid.

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

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 will address 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 Presidential Election is Over—Now What? The Practical Path to Utilizing Your Political Power (Live) 
5:30 p.m. 

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

This program is 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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Tuesday, March 9

Wake Up & Flow Yoga (Live)
7 a.m. 

YogaThis morning yoga class will take you through various body opening, stretching, and strengthening poses. This class focuses on waking up your body for the day, and preparing you for whatever may be in store. Leave this class ready to take on the day! 

Hosted by UNCW Campus Recreation. 

Pre-registration and signed waiver are required.

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Healthy Habits: Nutrition

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.



Health Equity: Marriage of Programming and Policy (Live)
9 a.m.

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 Healthy Savannah and 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 within the nonprofit Healthy Savannah, 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* (Live)
Noon - 2 p.m. 

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

*Note: When joining the event, participants will receive a private, unique link to view the film. The link cannot be shared and is only valid for the March 9th screening. Film is 60 minutes long. After viewing the film, participants will return to the zoom meeting for a facilitated discussion. 

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Transgender Courage as a Model for Resilience with transpainter Rae Senarighi (Live)
4 p.m. 

Rae SenarighiDrawing from the teachings of Dr. Brene Brown, this workshop shares themes with her work in The Gifts of Imperfection to guide participants toward what she calls wholehearted living, which is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness, authenticity and courage. All too often, we incorporate internalized shame and oppression into our mental framework, resulting in mental health issues and physical health concerns. By calling upon the research on wholehearted living, we can incorporate resiliency skills. 

Pparticipants will learn several of the guideposts for wholehearted living, and tools for courageous shame-resilience as outline in Dr. Brown’s research and the skills to continue cultivating courageous self-worth. Participants will walk away with vital skills for personal resilience, confidence and living authentically. 

Senarighi is a champion of storytelling through art, as a fine artist, designer and muralist, an activist, cancer survivor and Ally for marginalized people in his community. His art can be seen internationally and is featured in a wide range of outlets from Art Voices magazine to DNA India. Senarighi currently resides in Madison, WI.   

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education; Department of Sociology and Criminology; Department of Art and Art History. 

Watch LIVE on March 9 »

Support Fair Elections: Redistricting and Voter Equity (Live)
5:30 p.m.  

Gerrymandering ProtestBuilding and protecting equity and inclusion into the democratic process ensures everyone has a voice. Discussion topics will include redistricting reform, voter enfranchisement, and policy. 

This program is 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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Wednesday, March 10

Build Your Network of Champions with Jennifer Martineau (Live)
11 a.m.

Jennifer MartineauTo celebrate International Women's Day, join UNCW's Swain Center for a speaker series featuring women in leadership. In this session, Jennifer Martineau, PhD, founder and president of Leap & Inspire Global will introduce key elements of a strong network and provide guidance to participants as they map their current network. Learning outcomes include:

  • Understanding the key elements of a strong network
  • Assessing the strength of your current network
  • Identifying gaps in your current network and actions to fill those gaps

Martineau is the co-author Kick Some Glass and is an expert in women in leadership as well as diversity, equity and inclusion.

Explore more and pre-register »

Three-Minute Thesis (Live)
1-3 p.m. 

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).

Watch LIVE on March 10 »

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

Watch »

*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!

The Foundations of Mindful Communication (Live)
5:30 p.m. 

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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Thursday, March 11

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. 

Instructions and Videos (PDF) »

Coffee Hour: Community Engaged Work with Al Richmond, CCPH (Live) 

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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Look Back to Move Forward: Women and the Vote (Live)
5:30 p.m. 

League of Women Voters2020 marked the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment and March is Women’s History Month. Discussion topics will include reconciling the complicated history of women and the vote, how women power the vote, and the mobilization of the next generation. 

This program is 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: Marian Lewin, President, League of Women Voters NC; Lori Bunton, Co-President, ERA-NC Alliance; Mary Williams Stover, NC Council of Women

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Yoga Relax (Live)
7:30 p.m. 

YogaThis gentle yoga class will take you through various body opening, loosening and stress relief poses. This class focuses on slow stretching and longer holds while relaxing not only the body, but the mind as well. Leave this class feeling totally relaxed and renewed. 

Hosted by UNCW Campus Recreation. 

Pre-registration and signed waiver are required.

Sign up »

Friday, March 12 

Show Up at Your Best with Laura Santana (Live)
11 a.m.

Laura Santana To celebrate International Women's Day, join UNCW's Swain Center for a speaker series featuring women in leadership. In this session, Laura Santana, PhD, founder of Leadership Consulting Solutions and Former Global Leadership Partner at CCL, will empower participants to learn and practice tools to show up at your best more consistently, even during disruption. Learning objectives include:

  • Understand disruption and its potential impact on nervous system
  • Leverage neuroscience findings to chart your own path to calm
  • Identify what gives your days meaning and purpose
  • Practice mindfulness as a tool to connect to meaning

Santana is an expert in women in leadership, cross-cultural leadership, resiliency, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Explore more and pre-register »

Film: Lives Well Lived  |  Live Q&A: 1:30 p.m. 

Lives Well LivedView the film between Friday, February 26 and Sunday, March 14, then join the UNCW Gerontology program for a live 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 will allow 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. 

View the film (Password: CHHSWEEK2021) »

Pre-register for Q&A with the Filmmaker »