UNCW CHHS Dean Charles Hardy to Direct New Public Training Health Center

Monday, January 12, 2015

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s College of Health and Human Services founding dean Charles Hardy has been awarded a four-year cooperative agreement to direct the new North Carolina Local Performance Site (NC LPS), formally called UNCW PHTC: A Member of the Region IV PHTC Network. Dean Hardy will collaborate with CHHS faculty including Randy Cottrell, Stephanie Smith and Justine Reel to develop and implement programs at the NC LPS to train the public health workforce, introduce public health students to the value of working in underserved areas, advocate for public health systems and policies, and contribute expertise throughout the nation.  

“The College of Health and Human Services is dedicated to providing resources for our students and community that will improve the overall health and well-being of our region,” said Dean Hardy. “This agreement will allow our faculty and students to collaborate with the many talented public health professionals in our state to develop new programs that will help us better serve the public health workforce of North Carolina."

Funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is being award to UNCW through the Region IV Public Health Training Center (PHTC) headquartered at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. One of ten regional centers funded throughout the United States, the Region IV PHTC services are for health professionals in governmental organizations that serve medically underserved populations.

“I am profoundly grateful that Dean Hardy and his talented colleagues at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have agreed to be a part of our center’s team because their expertise is unmatched and their social commitment beyond compare,” said Kathleen Miner, Professor and Associate Dean of Applied Public Health at the RSPH, Principal Investigator for the Region IV PHTC.

As a member of the Region IV PHTC Network, UNCW will collaborate with five other LPS sites at the University of Alabama Birmingham, Florida A&M University, University of Louisville, Medical University of South Carolina and East Tennessee State University.

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with over 14,000 students, the university is widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. The university is dedicated to offering a community rich in diversity and inclusion, global perspectives, and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as health, education, the economy, the environment, marine and coastal issues, and the arts.