Monday, March 27

Research Day

Keynote Address: “Solution-focused Brief Therapy: From Practice Based Evidence to Evidence Based Practice,” Dr. Cynthia Franklin, Ph.D., LCSW
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. | McNeill Hall, Rooms 1005 & 1051

Solution-focused brief therapy is a brief therapy (SFBT) intervention that was developed in the early 1980’s by two social work practitioners and an interdisciplinary team of mental health practitioners at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee. This presentation will describe a process that was followed that moved SFBT from a practice that had minimal evidence but was used in community agencies to a practice that has been recognized as an evidence-based practice. In particular, the process that researchers followed to facilitate research on SFBT and the subsequent steps that resulted in SFBT’s recognition by the National Registry for Evidence Based Programs and Practices will be discussed. (REGISTER HERE)

Coffee Break and Exhibitor Showcase
10:45 – 11 a.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1051

Poster and Exhibitor Showcase
11 a.m. – Noon | McNeill Hall, Room 1051 (REGISTER HERE)

Distinguished Researcher Presentation, Dr. Diane Pastor, Ph.D., MBA, BSN
Noon – 1 p.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1005

This presentation will focus on the science and experience of building inter professional health care teams to investigate questions which benefit community caregivers caring for frail older adults with chronic illness and dementia. Using inter professional models of care, Dr. Pastor will illustrate her professional experiences bringing caregivers together to meet the needs of caregiving families. Continuing education credits available for nurses on site for $10 through SEAHEC. (REGISTER HERE)

Interprofessional Collaboration Case Studies
1 – 2:30 p.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1051

The culmination of the Inaugural CHHS Student Case Competition! 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. (REGISTER HERE)

The Health of Our Community:  Current Health Profile & Future Priorities
6 – 8 p.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1005

Presentations include: The Current New Hanover County Health Profile – Mr. Phillip Tarte, New Hanover County Health Director; Understanding and Influencing the Social Determinants of Health to Achieve Health Equity in Southeastern North Carolina - Dr. Ronny Bell, Chair and Professor, Department of Public Heath, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University.

Panel Discussionmoderated by Dr. Charles Hardy, founding dean, College of Health and Human Services, UNCW.
Panelists: Mr. Chris Coudriet, county manager, New Hanover County Government; Tara Duckworth, director, New Hanover County Parks and Gardens; Mr. John Gizdic, president and CEO, New Hanover Regional Medical Center; Mr. Mike Kozlosky, executive director, Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization; Dr. Tim Markley, superintendent, New Hanover County School System; Dr. Joseph Pino, executive director, South East Area Health Education Center; and Mr. Phillip Tarte, health director, New Hanover County Government (REGISTER HERE)

Film Screening: “Concussion”
7 p.m. | UNCW Fisher Student Center, Lumina Theater

Concussion (starring Will Smith) is a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a sports-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu's emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful - and beloved - institutions in the world. Dr. Omalu will be on campus for the Leadership Lecture Series on March 29, 2017 in the Burney Center at 7 p.m. to discuss his story of going from humble beginnings to becoming one of the biggest disrupters in the history of sports and medicine. The film is being sponsored by the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE) and Campus Life Arts and Programs with an introduction from faculty members Dr. William Bolduc and Dr. Alana Seaman. Tickets are free and will be available in Sharky’s Box Office and Game room beginning at 6 p.m. the evening of the event.

Tuesday, March 28

“Our Voices Have Strength: Collegiate Recovery - National and Local Perspectives”
3 – 5 p.m. | McNeill Hall, Rooms 1005 and 1051*

Kristen Harper, Executive Director of Recovery Communities of North Carolina, will lead an exciting panel discussion regarding involvement of administration, faculty, staff and students to support students in or seeking recovery from substance use.  Her experience at the national level brings a unique perspective of best practice regarding what approaches are the most successful to engage and support our students. (REGISTER HERE)

*Panel discussion will take place from 3 – 4 p.m. in McNeill Hall, Room 1005 (Lecture Hall), followed by a reception with refreshments from 4 – 5 p.m. in McNeill Hall, Room 1051. Presented by Mitzi Averette, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, UNCW College of Health & Human Services, School of Nursing; Noell L. Rowan, Ph.D., LCSW, LCAS, UNCW College of Health & Human Services, School of Social Work; Sarah Rohrman, UNCW Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator; and Lenis Chen-Edinboro, Ph.D., Ed.M. UNCW College of Health & Human Services, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences.

Clinical Drug Development in Oncology-the Science and the Art
6 – 8 p.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1051

Presented by the NC Coast Clinical Research Initiative and the UNCW Student Association of Clinical Research, Dr. Sandra L. Silberman, Attending Physician at Durham VA Medical Center will present information on new therapies, new challenges and the need for innovation in trial design. Dr. Silberman is a Hematologist/Oncologist who earned her B.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and a clinical fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the Harvard Medical Institutions. She led the clinical development and managed the regulatory approval of several novel first in class cancer drugs, and now serves the biopharmaceutical industry as a senior advisor with her own consulting company. Throughout her career, she has continued part time in active clinical practice, and is currently an attending physician in the Duke fellowship program at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center Hematology/Oncology clinic in Durham, NC. (REGISTER HERE)

Poverty and Higher Education: What is Missing? Taking the Pulse on Poverty
7 – 9 p.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1005 and Second Floor Lobby*

Sixth Annual Poverty Symposium in Southeastern North Carolina.  Sponsored by UNCW College of Health & Human Services, College of Arts and Sciences, Watson College of Education, Office of Community Engagement, Department of Public and International Affairs, Department of Sociology and Criminology and School of Social Work. (REGISTER HERE)


Wednesday, March 29

“The Nile River Project: Music, Citizen, Engagement & Water”
9 – 10:30 a.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1051

Presented in partnership with the UNCW Office of the Arts, CHHS’s Globalization, Culture and Diversity Committee hosts Mina Girgis, CEO and producer of The Nile Project, for a discussion on environmental health. Human life depends on the availability and quality of water to sustain our health, grow our food, power our homes with electricity and stimulate our economies. However, due to overpopulation, increased demand for food, climate change and pollution, as much as two-thirds of the world’s citizens may face water-stressed conditions severely impacting the living and economic conditions of communities, countries and regions by 2025. Without water, we cannot survive. How can we, as individuals, become more involved in the management of this precious and limited resource? During this discussion, participants will explore ways in which music has been instrumentalized as a citizen engagement strategy to overcome political stakeholder barriers, create a common understanding between competing interests and build constituencies for action both between and within nations where water has become an impediment to peace and socioeconomic development. (REGISTER HERE)

Dr. Bennet Omalu: Athletic Training Open Discussion
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1005

Dr. Bennet Omalu, a medical professional who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy despite controversy, doubt and denial from the NFL, will be speaking to UNCW students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Dr. Omalu will address the importance of athletic training and the practical and current application of his scientific research.(REGISTER HERE)

Dementia-Capable North Carolina: A Kick Off Event for Wilmington/New Hanover
1 – 4 p.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1051

Dementia is the only disease without a cure or any successful treatment, and the disease has a significant social and financial impact on our community. With support from AARP and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is coordinating a series of "kick-off" events across North Carolina to introduce local stakeholders to Dementia-Capable North Carolina.  Join us to start a conversation about ways that Wilmington area stakeholders can support business, residents, health care providers, and social service organizations and move Wilmington toward becoming a Dementia Capable community.  Speakers to include representatives from AARP NC, the North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services, and Wilmington community and social services providers. To Register for this event, click here.

UNCW Leadership Lecture Series/CHHS Health Transformation Lecture Series: Dr. Bennet Omalu
7 p.m. | UNCW Burney Center

Physician, forensic pathologist and neuropathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after examining former NFL players.  The book, Concussion, was adapted into a film in which Dr. Omalu is portrayed by Will Smith. Presented by UNCW Campus Life Arts & Programs and co-sponsored by UNCW Center for Healthy Communities Healthcare Transformation Lecture Series in the College of Health & Human Services, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE). Please visit for information on ticketing for this event.

Event is free for UNCW students, faculty and staff. Tickets to the general public are $10 and will be available in Sharky’s Box Office and Game Room inside of the UNCW Fisher Student Center or in the Burney Center lobby the evening of the event.

Thursday, March 30

Introduction to Solution Focused Practice for the Helping Professions
9 – 10:30 a.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1051

Solution-focused training for students, faculty and community members. This training will include an introductory overview of the SFP and opportunities for practical applications. The focus will not be on a particular population and will be applicable across all disciplines. (REGISTER HERE)

Solution Focused Practice with Veterans and Families
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1051

This workshop will cover a variety of issues for veterans and families. Topics covered will include: deployment & families, substance abuse, combat & non-combat PTSD, and how clinicians can best help veterans and their families.  Presented by Dr. Kristen Bolton, Assistant Professor, UNCW College of Health & Human Services School of Social Work. (REGISTER HERE)

Presented by Kristin Bolton, assistant professor, UNCW College of Health & Human Services School of Social Work. CEUS will be offered for Social Workers

UNCW Campus Wellness Walk
Noon – 1 p.m. | McNeill Hall, Front Lawn*

Join students from Pine Valley and Bellamy Elementary Schools for a refreshing walk along a portion of the UNCW Teal Trail (distance of route is 1.3 miles). *Walk will begin and end on front lawn of McNeill Hall. In the event of rain the walk will be cancelled. (REGISTER HERE)

“Blossoming Through Reflection”: Using Country Music to Promote Wellness
6 – 8 p.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1051

Join country music duet, The Steel Blossoms ( for a performance that facilitates full musical engagement by the audience! Music will be presented as a therapeutic tool that can be used to promote wellness among faculty, staff and students at UNCW, Wilmington community members, and clients whom CHHS professionals serve. Attendees will have an opportunity to experience enjoyment, social engagement, and reflection. Presented by Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Gazza, Associate Professor of Nursing, UNCW College of Health & Human Services School of Nursing. (REGISTER HERE)

Friday, March 31

David Chrisinger: Bridging the Divide:
Finding Ways to Help Military-Connected Students Feel at Home
8:30 – 10 a.m. | McNeill Hall, Room 1051

The UNCW College of Health & Human Services and Office of Military Affairs are honored to present guest speaker David Chrisinger. He is a communication and veteran transition specialist who believes everyone has a story to tell and that it’s imperative each of these stories is told in a way that leads to connection and understanding. To that end, he teaches a veteran reintegration course at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to help his students tell their stories of war and coming home. He also edited a collection of essays, See Me for Who I Am, that brings together 20 young student veterans working to bridge the cultural gap that divides them from the American people they fought to protect. In addition, he founded and manages a website, Stronger at the Broken Places, that examines the veteran experience throughout American history and regularly features stories written by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (REGISTER HERE)

“Gentle Yoga”, led by Gail Picillo
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | McNeill Hall, Front Lawn (in the event of rain, class will take place in McNeill Hall, Room 1051)

Have you always been scared to try yoga? Fear not!  Gail will guide you through a gentle light-hearted practice that will introduce you to the asanas (yoga postures) by infusing your breath with movement.  By balancing a compassionate meditative flow of strengthening and stretching, Gail encourages a carefree approach through humor and non-judgment.  Join us to give your mind, body, and soul a touch of revitalization and a sense of peace! About the instructor: Gail began her yoga practice over 10 years ago when she recognized her body needed love after being a rigorous athlete. What she discovered was that the practice of yoga not only helped heal her body, but also guided her back to a positive emotional and spiritual well-being. Gail has trained with Gopi Kinnicutt, Sondra Loring, and Raghunath as a Yoga Alliance 500 hour Bhakti Instructor. She also has studied with Edwin Bryant and Radhanath Swami. With a background in psychotherapy, Gail fuses her athletic, education and yoga experiences in a light-hearted practice that will invigorate your mind, body and soul! (REGISTER HERE)