UNCW to Host Third Annual Health and Human Services Week

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The UNCW College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) invites the campus and community to celebrate the 3rd Annual Health and Human Services Week, April 4–8.

Throughout the week, programs from each of the college’s three professional schools (School of Nursing, School of Social Work and the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences) will offer a variety of events that highlight the work of faculty and students and educate participants about enhancing one’s health and overall quality of life.

“This is a great week in our college, at UNCW and for our community,” said CHHS Dean Charles Hardy. “Health and Human Services Week is a signature community event that highlights our commitment to working together, reaching out and enhancing lives.” 

Highlights of the week include:

Tuesday, April 5: State of the Regions Health Forum
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. McNeill Hall, Room 1005 (Lecture Hall)
The Center for Healthy Communities presents guest lecturer, Forrest Toms, associate professor of leadership studies from North Carolina A&T State University. Toms’ research is in the areas of leadership development with faith-based/community leaders around spiritual capital and civic engagement. He is recognized nationally for his systems approach and processes related to diversity and cultural competency in the education, health and mental health fields.

Wednesday, April 6: Campus Walk
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  
Join Dean Hardy and Tamlyn Shields from the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences for a walk around UNCW’s beautiful campus. Work attire is fine, just bring walking shoes. Healthy snacks and bottled water will be served following the walk. Students from Pine Valley Elementary School are taking part in this year’s walk in an effort to promote the importance of outdoor activity/exercise among community youth. Free information on heart health and preventing stroke will also be available courtesy of the Cape Fear Heart Association.
* In case of rain, this event will be cancelled.

Community Call to Action: Drug Addiction and Substance Use
6:30 – 8 p.m. McNeill Hall, Room 1005
Presented in partnership with MedNorth and Coastal Horizons and moderated by Margaret Weller-Stargell, the UNCW College of Health & Human Services will host this 90-minute interactive panel discussion on addiction and treatment within the community.

Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8
Enter the Faun: Film Showing and Workshop
Film: 6-7 p.m., April 7, McNeill Hall, Room 1005
Enjoy a film about the unlikely collaboration between a veteran choreographer and a young actor with cerebral palsy. Producer Tamar Rogoff and actor Gregg Mozgala will provide an introduction to the development of the film, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Workshop: 9-11 a.m., April 8, McNeill Hall, Room 1051
Rogoff and Mozgala offer a Movement Research Workshop in partnership with the Dance on Camera Festival co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. This two-hour workshop is open to all, from dancers to physical therapists, from people with disabilities to neurologists. No movement training is necessary.

The week will conclude with the annual CHHS Research Day on Friday, April 8. The day’s agenda includes poster presentations, remarks by Karen M. Mustian, a nationally renowned expert in oncology caregiving, and McNeill Distinguished Professor Barbara J. Lutz.

The events are free and open to the public, but some require registration. Opportunities for continuing education credits are also available. Complete information may be found online at

-- Caroline Cropp