Dean’s Welcome

February started with a great retreat for the members of the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Health Collaborative (SENCRHC), led by Coordinator for Center for Healthy Communities Leah Mayo. To begin the meeting, the 2018 Public Health Partners Award was presented to the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Health Collaborative, UNCW College of Health and Human Services’ Founding Dean and Professor, Dr. Charles Hardy. This award was created to recognize organizations, businesses and professional associations that have made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of public health in North Carolina. The award is given by the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors. 

The SENCRHC includes the following county health departments: Bladen County Health Department, Brunswick County Health Department, Columbus County Health Department, Duplin County Health Department, New Hanover County Health Department, Onslow County Health Department, Pender County Health Department, Robeson County Health Department and Sampson County Health Department. In addition, the Collaborative is supported by the South East Area Health Education Center and the College of Health and Human Services. 

The Collaborative was established in 2013 for partners to work together collectively and across county lines to develop a sustainable approach to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and communities. It is a multi-cultural health Collaborative, including health directors, UNC Wilmington Health and Human Services leadership and South East Area Health Education staff. Its vision is for residents to be actively engaged in healthy lifestyles.

A summary of the Collaborative work is as follows: Conducted a regional health assessment; Identified common health issues throughout the region and selected specific focus areas; Targeted chronic disease, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension; Conducted regional foods assessment and identified common food system issues; Placed Kids in Parks trails in county parks throughout the region to promote physical activity among children and families; Formed Regional Diabetes Network; Established regional support and Call to Action around the opioid crisis; Established a community platform (website) where the public can access: Information about communities and county agencies within the region – Issues and Initiatives; Maps and Data; Health Resources/Health Services.

In a collective statement, the members of the SENCRHC said, “Synergy has been created that allows counties to network, identify common public health issues and concerns, bring awareness to the community and find solutions for a healthier community. Dr. Hardy is the constant in the Collaborative and devotes many hours to ensuring its success.”

Homecoming 2018 (February 9 - 11) was a great success! It was fantastic 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! Clinical Research Alumna Rachael Beatty (’13) was named Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year by the UNCW Alumni Association. Like a true Seahawk, Rachael makes a difference in her community through volunteering. She is an active member in the Junior League of Wilmington, where she serves as chair of the Bargain Sale and One Day Committees. The Bargain Sale raises money for charities that fit the mission of the local Junior League, to empower women and enrich the local community. As the One Day Chair, Rachael helps organize a local Saturday Service event each quarter, including Yam Jam. She is also a volunteer speaker at Noble Middle School and a former volunteer for the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Pediatric Department. She gives back to her alma mater by serving on the UNCW Alumni Steering Committee and is an annual donor. Rachael earned a bachelor’s degree in clinical research in 2013, which led to an internship at PPD, followed by a job offer as a clinical research associate (CRA) after graduation. Rachael has served in PPD’s CRA Peer Mentor Program for four years. As a mentor, she meets with new CRAs and assists with their transition into PPD. As a member of PPD’s Charitable Affairs Committee, Rachael serves as a liaison to volunteer efforts between PPD and Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Rachael is currently pursuing her M.B.A. at NC State University, where she was previously a McLauchlan Leadership Fellow and NCSU Professional MBA board president.

I want to thank all members of Team CHHS who organized and presented during CHHS Spring New Faculty Orientation on Friday, February 16 in McNeill Hall. The four-hour orientation included a hearty welcome from staff and faculty; an overview of CHHS; information in the areas of Research and Innovation, Academic Affairs and Student Success; and a summary of the plethora of instructional and operational resources that we have here at the College of Health and Human Services. Welcome to all who have come on board. We are delighted to have you!

Way to Go! What a wonderful gathering we had to celebrate UNCW’s ranking of the 7th Best Online Bachelor’s Program by the US News and World Report, Tuesday February 20th in McNeill Hall. Well over 130 faculty, staff and community partners showed up to show appreciation to the faculty and staff who made this ranking possible. UNCW was recognized for its two qualifying programs – RN-BSN and the BS in Clinical Research. U.S. News reviews a variety of elements to determine the rankings, including student engagement, faculty credentials and training and peer reputation. The Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings are awarded only to programs where all required coursework is completed online. U.S. News collected data from 357 schools with online bachelor degree programs. The ranking was a product of the following domains:

  • Student engagement (35% of the ranking) Rank = 6th
  • Student services and technology (25% of the ranking) Rank = 13th
  • Faculty credentials and training (20% of the ranking) Rank = 124th
  • Peer reputation (20% of the ranking) Peer assessment score = 3.2 out of 5
The IPC Task Force continues to make great progress on their task of developing a roadmap for expanding our impact in the area of Interprofessoinal Collaboration – Teaching, Scholarship and Community Engagement. We have furthered our understanding of IPC thanks to Lorie Sigmon, and we have developed a set of guiding principles that provide us with standards of functioning as a group. We have also developed a SWOT analysis for Teaching, Scholarship and Community Engagement IPC work and have a developed a tool to capture the IPC activities that we have undertaken as a college since 2010. Finally, we have identified two teams that will attend the upcoming Interprofessional Education: Building a Framework for Collaboration, Monday, April 30 - Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the AAMC Learning Center in Washington, D.C.

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Please mark your calendars for the following:

CHHS Health and Human Services Week: April 9-13 2018. It is going to be AWESOME! More information about the events of this wonderful week will be forthcoming.   

CHHS Commencement: May 5 at 9 a.m., Trask Coliseum
. This the first ever CHHS commencement ceremony, so please make attendance a priority.