Health & Human Services Week 2018 Schedule of Events

*All events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required unless otherwise noted. For questions about specific events, please call 910.962.7999 or email

Monday, April 9

CHHS Research & Innovation Day Lecture: Keynote Speaker, Karin Weman Josefsson

9 – 10 a.m.
McNeill Hall, Room 1005 (Lecture Hall)
To register, click here (registration required)
To watch the live stream of this event, click here.

Project GoDIS (Go-Digital Innovations in Self-determined exercise motivation) is an interdisciplinary research project that uses the tenets of motivational theory in collaboration with experienced and established e-health companies. The aim is to address societal needs related to health and well-being by off­ering professional- and scientific-based services and e-health design for (self determined) motivation to sustainable exercise and physical activity. *Advance registration requested

Poster Showcase

10 – 11 a.m.
McNeill Hall, Room 1051 (Multi-Purpose)

Distinguished Researcher Presentation: One Thing Leads to Another: The Evolving Process of Research

Speaker: Dr. Anne Glass
11 a.m. – Noon
McNeill Hall, Room 1005 (Lecture Hall)

Drawing from both her quantitative and qualitative studies in improving long term care, Dr. Glass will demonstrate how her research contributes to and has become woven into the academic literature. Using examples from her research on nursing home quality as well as on personal care provided in the home, she will illustrate the process and how her work builds on and adds to the interprofessional scientific “conversation.” Her observations will be of value to researchers at any stage of their careers.

Interprofessional Collaboration Case Study Competition (Poster Presentations)

1 – 3 p.m.
McNeill Hall, Room 1051 (Multi-Purpose)

Student Teams consisting of a CHHS faculty sponsor, three CHHS students, representing each CHHS professional school, will display their experience and expertise after being given a unique case study in the field of health and human services.

Invited Presentation: Narratives of Nurse Faculty on Tenure Track

Speakers: Drs. April Bice, Kellie Griggs and Tammy Arms
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
McNeill Hall, Room 1051 (Multi-Purpose)

Transitioning to a faculty role in academia can present multiple challenges.  Many institutions offer tenure track to PhD and DNP prepared faculty. Viewed through the lens of postmodern feminism the researchers conducted a thematic narrative analysis seeking to understand the collective needs and experiences of DNP and PhD prepared nurse faculty on tenure track in academia as told through their personal stories.  The research findings from this study are significant to faculty career development and provide evidence to support faculty with: becoming new investigators, engaging in various levels of service, becoming strong educators, and fostering collaborative relationships. Implications for this study include enhancement of (a) organizational policy (b) inter-professional collaborative research, and (c) faculty satisfaction and retention.

Tuesday, April 10

American Red Cross Training Series: Disaster Mental Health Introduction (Advance Registration Required)

9 – 11:30 a.m.
McNeill Hall, Room 1051 (Multi-Purpose)
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Disaster Mental Health: Introduction is a basic level course that presents real-life stories to illustrate the services that Disaster Mental Health workers provide to people affected by disaster. Participants are introduced to the differences between the day-to-day work of mental health professionals and the delivery of mental health services during a disaster.

Opioid Discussion: Robert Childs, Keynote Speaker

10 – 11 a.m.
Azalea Coast Room (A&B, Fisher University Union)

Join Robert Childs, executive director for the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, for a discussion addressing the opioid epidemic and its impact on the community.Event hosted by Association of Nursing Students, American Association of Men in Nursing, Christian Nurses Fellowship and Students in Clinical Research.

End of Life Care: Advance Directives

10 a.m. – Noon
McNeill Hall, Room 1005 (Lecture Hall)

Jason Clamme will discuss the importance of advance care planning, some of the benefits/challenges of the documents and the value of having conversations before the crisis, using a lot of stories with a bit of humor to keep it light. Catherine and David Sevier will discuss their project, My Health Peace of Mind, a grant funded by The Duke Endowment. This project provides individuals with tools for advance care planning and a place to record their health care choices.

Outdoor Boxing Bootcamp (Group Fitness Class)

Noon – 1 p.m.
McNeill Hall, Front Lawn (weather dependent)

Join Cape Fear Boxing for a boxing-style, high-intensity bootcamp workout! You will have a full-body, circuit-based workout aimed at challenging many elements of your overall fitness, including balance, coordination, endurance, strength and agility. Bottled water will be provided. In the event of inclement weather, event will not take place.

When the Bough Breaks (Film Screening)

6 – 8 p.m.
Lumina Theater
To register, click here.

Aimed to raise awareness and improve health care services, this film screening and panel discussion focuses on the under-addressed public health issue of postpartum depression (PPD), which affects one in five mothers after childbirth. The film, When the Bough Breaks, explores the lived experiences of mothers with PPD and the condition’s impact on families. An interprofessional panel will follow the screening to share insights from the field and facilitate discussion with the audience.

CHHS Health Transformation Lecture Series: The Blue Zones of Longevity: What Does It Take to Live Longer: Keynote Speaker, Nick Buettner

7 – 8:30 p.m.
Warwick Center, Ballroom 1

In his current role as the program director of the Blue Zones Project, Nick is responsible for taking the Blue Zones longevity lessons to 42 communities across the United States. The Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being initiative that positively impacts the health of over five million people across the country. As a keynote speaker, Nick uses his experience as a member of the original Blue Zones expedition team to take his audience to these longest-lived cultures. With a dynamic delivery, first-hand knowledge of these incredible regions and National Geographic photography, he inspires, educates and empowers listeners on the subjects of longevity, well-being and community health. Nick has given 100+ speeches around the world.

Wednesday, April 11

Identifying and Advocating for the Unspoken: Human Trafficking and Victim Awareness in the Wilmington Area: Information & Resource Fair

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
McNeill Hall, First Floor Lobby

The Fair will provide educational and informational resources surrounding the topic of human trafficking. Attendees are encouraged to bring feminine items to donate to “A Safe Place,” which houses women who are victims of trafficking and works to reintroduce them into society.

Red Cross Training Series: Psychological First Aid (Advance Registration Required)

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
McNeill Hall, Room 1051 (Multi-Purpose)
To register, click here.

"Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress" is a basic level, instructor-led course that provides a framework for understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the clients they serve. The course introduces the principles of psychological first aid and guidelines for when to refer to a disaster mental health worker.

Keynote Lecture: Identifying and Advocating for the Unspoken: Human Trafficking and Victim Awareness in the Wilmington Area, Guest Speaker, Lorin VanZandt

11 a.m. - Noon
McNeill Hall, Room 1005 (Lecture Hall)

Human Trafficking expert and advocate, Lorin VanZandt will speak about identifying, supporting, reporting and advocating for these victims who often do not have a voice.

Gentle Yoga (Group Fitness Class)

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
McNeill Hall, Front Lawn (Rain Location: Long Leaf Pine Room, Fisher University Union)

Led by Gail Picillo, gentle yoga flow is designed for beginners and advanced practitioners. The flow is slow to go over yoga postures, while allowing you to gently deepen into the pose. Utilizing the breath and movement, you will be able to flow through this meditative practice into a state of relaxation. Yoga mats and bottled water will be provided.

First In Human (Film Screening)

2 – 4 p.m.
McNeill Hall, Room 1005 (Lecture Hall)

First In Human is a documentary that takes viewers inside the crucial beginning phase of scientific research. The film follows four diverse patients as they participate in a First in Human trial, the initial time when a new therapy is tested in humans, revealing the quiet heroism of both doctors and patients. If successful, the next chapter of medicine is written. Part of a series, the film initially aired in August 2017, exclusively on Discovery Channel.

Open House: FuseCR (Reception)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
FuseCR Space, 803b. South College Road, Wilmington, N.C.

Enjoy an hour of complimentary hors d’oeuvres in the new, state-of-the-art, collaborative workspace that houses FuseCR. Network with clinical research industry professionals and spark new partnerships with students and faculty, while gathering information about upcoming trainings that will help propel clinical research professional careers and provide a burst of energy to local industry. FuseCR (Center for Clinical Research Workforce Development) is a collaborative designed to ignite a new synergy between UNCW and the field of clinical research by fusing resources from both to form a single entity that sets off a burst of career and industry enhancing services in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond. Formed by UNCW, NC Biotechnology Center Southeastern Office, and clinical research industry partners, the FuseCR initiative began following an award from Duke Energy Foundation, with additional start-up and continuing support from UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS).

Massage by Feet: From Thalidomide Baby to Working Lady (Lecture)

7 – 8:30 p.m.
McNeill Hall, Room 1051 (Multi-Purpose)

Sue Kent is the first person in the UK, and some say the world, to become certified in sports massage using only her feet. Being born a Thalidomide Baby, she had to adapt to this type of massage as her arms are only eight inches long and she has no thumbs. In this talk, Sue looks at her career choice and the hurdles and highlights of her working life. Sue also owns her own massage business where she has a steady stream of regular clients. She will share a little bit about how she runs her business and her life as well as how she spends her leisure time. She shares both the serious and the funny side of her massage techniques with video illustrations. Sue has been recognized as an example of the “growth mindset” by Stanford educator Ken Robinson, has consulted with the UK government and various Ministers of Health representing those affected by Thalidomide, and has appeared on television and radio shows. Her talk promises to be both informative and entertaining.

New Era, Next Flight: The Future of Careers in Clinical Research

7 – 8:30 p.m.
CIE Space, 803 Suite G, South College Road., Wilmington, N.C.

Five professionals from the field of clinical research will give an overview of their roles and open the floor for dialogue from participants. Drug and therapeutic development is a very intricate, extensive process in the health care industry. There are a multitude of roles that support this process, providing career opportunities worldwide. The NC Coast Clinical Research Initiative and the Student Association of Clinical Research will host the event, consisting of a Q&A session with a panelist of experts from differing backgrounds, including pharmaceuticals, featuring Glenn Byrd, MBA, RAC, senior director of promotional regulatory affairs at AstraZeneca; research sites, regulatory, featuring Laura Byrd, M.S., Center for Device and Radiological Health and clinical research organizations, featuring Atlantic Research Group (Charlottesville, VA). The panelist will focus on what each sector of the industry does and the potential growth. This free event starts with an Open House Reception networking event at FuseCR (803B), followed by the discussion at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Suite G). The Open House reception at FuseCR is from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. and the discussion is from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on April 11, located at 803 S College Road Wilmington, N.C. Please join us for a great learning opportunity.

Thursday, April 12

Red Cross Training Series: Disaster Mental Health Services Fundamentals (Advance Registration Required)

9 – Noon
McNeill Hall, Room 1051 (Multi-Purpose)
To register, click here.

Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals introduces the key concepts, knowledge and skills required of a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Worker. It is a two-part course that provides participants with the opportunity to apply their learning to real-world examples that reflect challenges experienced by disaster mental health responders, from supporting a local Disaster Action Team (DAT) response to serving on a larger disaster relief operation. Participants must hold a mental health license or be licensed eligible (examples include but are not limited to LCSWs, LPCs, LMFTs, etc.) Upon registering, participants will be required to complete an online training prior to attending this session. Participants will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the online training in an email directly from the American Red Cross. Participants will be given a certificate of completion for the online course and must present the certificate at check-in on Thursday.

Five Shades of Blue: Variations in Health Practices among Blue Zone People, Speaker Dr. Elvin Adams (Lecture)

10 – 11 a.m.
Warwick Center, Ballroom Number 3

The only Blue Zone in the United States is located in Loma Linda, California—the home of the healthiest, longest living, U.S. citizens. The longevity of this group results from a dedication to a healthful diet, moderate exercise, and social and spiritual cohesion. This population is divided into five levels of adherence to a healthful diet. Contrasting health outcomes are correlated with a broad spectrum of specific dietary items consumed by these Blue Zone people.

Keeping Independence Through Exercise: As Seen Through the Eyes of Someone with a Thalidomide Disability

11 a.m. – Noon  
Azalea Coast Rooms A & B, Fisher University Union

Sue Kent has eight-inch arms and no thumbs due to her mother’s use of Thalidomide when pregnant. She takes a first-hand look at the impact of positive exercise (from birth) on the mental and physical health of those disabled by Thalidomide. Sue will present research and look at the barriers to and benefits of exercise. Overuse and misuse of the disabled body will be explained. She explores unique ways around some of the physical problems of mainstream exercise for people with extreme physical disabilities. Sue works with The Thalidomide Trust in the UK to keep her cohort as pain free and independent as possible since many are living significantly longer than predicted. A video of the latest equipment and techniques used with people with physical disabilities and challenges will be shown to help motivate those with disabilities and provide ideas for those who wish to help them.

Thalidomide: History and Continuing Implications for Public Health & Health Policy

3:30  4:30 p.m.
Azalea Coast Rooms A & B, Fisher University Union

Sue Kent was born affected by the drug Thalidomide. She has no thumbs and her arms are only eight inches long. In this presentation, she looks back on how the drug led to the malformation of several thousand babies across the world, how Thalidomide was licensed in some countries and not in others, how the United States was impacted by Thalidomide and how the disaster shaped public health and drug safety in both the United States and the United Kingdom. She will discuss how families impacted by Thalidomide have coped in the decades following its use. Video footage will provided visual incite on treating and helping children with Thalidomide disabilities from the 1960s into adulthood. Sue uses interesting techniques to illustrate some of the issues thalidomide damage brings, and explores problems facing those impacted as they continue to age. Research related to this remarkably large cohort of people with a variety of disabilities will be presented as Sue asks the question, “Can history repeat itself?”

Power Flow Yoga (Group Fitness Class)

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
McNeill Hall, Room 1051 (Multi-Purpose)

Led by Rachael McLoud, this power yoga practice will link breath and postures in a flow of movement designed to build heat and strength, as well as mindfully test one’s edges. Intended for experienced practitioners seeking a more physically challenging practice, options for arm balances, binds and inversions will be offered. Familiarity with postures is encouraged but modifications are always welcome.

Incarcerated & Invisible: Raising Awareness about Mental Health (Lecture, Panel Discussion & Reception)

6 – 8 p.m.
Cameron Hall Auditorium, Room 105

Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, executive director of the Cook County Department of Corrections in Chicago, will discuss criminalization of mental illness, a byproduct of widespread mental health service cuts over the past decade. Tapia developed the Mental Health Transition Center to build a support system for mentally ill individuals’ successful reentry into the community, as well as other programs for which she has received national attention. A panel discussion and reception will follow.

Friday, April 13

Child Welfare Education Simulation (Training)

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
McNeill Hall, Room 1051 (Multi-Purpose) & Simulation Lab

The UNCW College of Health & Human Services’ Schools of Social Work and Nursing, the N.C. Child Welfare Education Collaborative, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the New Hanover County Department of Social Services have partnered together to offer a training on best practices in responding to child welfare investigations. Participants will engage in a simulation exercise in which they practice conducting investigations in a home and hospital setting. Professionals from the New Hanover County Department of Social Services and Sheriff’s Office are on hand to act in the simulations, as well. Participants will process the importance of a multidisciplinary team effort to responding to child abuse cases.

Intergenerational Walk

Noon – 1 p.m.
McNeill Hall, Front Lawn (Weather Dependent)

Join community members of all ages, including students from Pine Valley Elementary School and residents from Brightmore, Plantation Village, Cambridge and Carolina Bay Retirement Communities in a refreshing walk along a portion of the 1.3 mile UNCW Teal Trail. Walk will begin and end on front lawn of McNeill Hall.