Dean’s Welcome

Homecoming 2017 (February 3-5) was a great success! It was so great to see alumni return to campus and hear of their many wonderful adventures. Thanks to all of the faculty, staff and students for supporting the CHHS interactive displays. The Tealgate event and basketball game was a perfect ending to a great day for the Seahawk Nation!

The CHHS Spring 2017 faculty and staff meeting (held on Feb. 14) was a great event. The EAB presentation/reports on new degree programing, the update by the Strategic Planning Task Force about our revision and adaptation process and the presentation about the pilot interprofessional collaborative research methods course provided were informative and inspiring. Clearly this is an exciting time to be a member of TEAM CHHS. We are definitely moving forward in our journey toward sustainable distinction.

While I am so proud of what we have already accomplished during our startup phase, I am thankful and humbled by the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff, who, collectively, are the heart and soul of UNCW. CHHS faculty and staff are simply the BEST! I also appreciated Art Frankel’s shout out to the CHHS Leadership Team. I am blessed to have a team that works hard, works smart and works together! The CHHS Leadership Team pledges to continue our work to develop a culture that values each individual and promotes the conditions necessary for joyful work. 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable.  Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer.

This month is Heart Health Month. On Saturday Feb. 18, Becky and I joined Tanya Armour (CHHS director of development for major gifts) and her husband, Jermaine, at the 2017 American Heart Association’s Cape Fear Heart Ball. We enjoyed talking to the many community members, sharing information about the UNCW CHHS. While many organizations focus a lot of attention on heart disease during this month, I believe the CHHS faculty, staff, students and community partners should focus on this leading cause of death throughout the year. With this communication, I am challenging all of us to make a difference in our community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around us to commit to heart-healthy living. Together we can make a difference in the fight against heart disease in our local and global communities!

CHHSTalk is a stakeholder communication tool. The purpose is to communicate about the many things going on within CHHS to remind us to remember why we do what we do. That is to say, this e-newsletter is the CHHS being its best self! It is our hope that you find joy while reading the CHHSTalk. Please send your feedback and future story ideas to .

Mark your calendars for CHHS Health and Human Services Week, March 27-31, 2017. It is going to be AWESOME! More information about the events of this wonderful week will be forthcoming.