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Research and Innovation day is an annual CHHS event that provides an opportunity to celebrate the scholarly and innovation efforts of CHHS faculty, staff, and students. It takes place during the Health and Human Services Week and consists of a Keynote speaker; Distinguished CHHS Researcher presentation; and Scientific Poster Showcase. 

2020 Research & Innovation Day: Monday, March 23

Scientific Poster Showcase: Call for Abstracts

The CHHS Research Advisory Council and Innovation Advisory Council invite you to answer the call for abstract submissions for the 2020 CHHS Research and Innovation Day. Faculty, students, and community health care professionals are invited to submit abstracts describing their research/scholarship, evidence-based practice or quality improvement projects, literature reviews, theoretical/conceptual work, or innovative projects (e.g., your “big idea,” product development, commercialization, entrepreneurship efforts). All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the Research Advisory Council.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. EST


The intent of this poster session is to share projects on health and human services related activities.

Use the following guidelines when developing your abstract. Abstracts not meeting these guidelines will not be reviewed.

1. Include the following sections of the research completed in your 350 word abstract:

  • Overview of your Research or Innovation Project
  • Purpose statement/objectives
  • Method(s) – if applicable
  • Findings – if applicable
  • Conclusions
  • Practical Implications – what can be learned from this project?

2. A completed Abstract Submission Form must be used for all abstract submissions: Include name(s), credentials, title, affiliation, and email addresses for all presenters.

3. Abstracts in PDF format must be submitted by email using the subject line “Research and Innovation Day Abstract” on or before Monday, February 3, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. EST to the Research Advisory Council at CHHSrandi@uncw.edu. Abstracts received after the deadline will not be considered due to space limitations.

2019 Research & Innovation Day

View a video of the keynote, distinguished researcher presentation and innovation and entrepreneurship panel.  

Keynote: Research and Innovation: How the Two Can Coexist in a University Setting
Dr. David L. Wyrick, founding director of the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, associate professor of Public Health Education and faculty athletics representative at UNC Greensboro, presented his research and experiences on taking innovations to scale within a university setting. Wyrick’s training is in prevention science and research methods and he has focused his research on several areas critical to the health and wellbeing of high school and college students (athletes and non-athletes) such as substance abuse, sexual violence, mental health, sexual risk behaviors, sleep wellness and concussions. Wyrick guided us along his journey towards maximizing the public health impact of his research efforts. 

Distinguished Researcher Presentation: The Role of Leisure in Life Transitions: The Thread that Ties it all Together
Dr. Candace Ashton-Forrester, professor and coordinator of the Recreation Therapy Program at the UNCW School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, presented her research on the role of leisure, recreation and play in life transitions. Spanning the past 30 years, her research has included young adults on the autism spectrum transitioning out of high school; older women transitioning into retirement; adults waiting for a heart transplant; adults after gastric bypass surgery; and adults learning to live with a disability.

Research and Innovation Scientific Poster Showcase
Abstracts by CHHS faculty, students, as well as community health care professionals were offered about their health and human services related research, evidence-based quality improvement projects, literature reviews, conceptual work and innovative projects. Topics included adaptive sports, diabetes, online gaming addiction, antimicrobial drug discovery and more!

Panel: Venturing into Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health and Human Services
Vicky Janowski, editor of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and WILMA moderated a panel discussion about how faculty in the health and human services field can also participate in innovation and entrepreneurship. Panelists were David Wyrick, founder and president of Prevention Strategies, LLC and associate professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro; Diane Durance, director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina Wilmington; Sara Rose, CEO of Dmanna, a company focused on urinary tract infection prevention, and UNCW graduate and Chris Hillier, executive director of Innovation Center, New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

2019 Research and Innovation Day