Students spend spring break in service in Tyrrell County

SON students in Tyrell County for service trip

Each year a group of Carolina Nursing students join peers in UNC’s other health professions schools to head to the North Carolina coast on their spring breaks, but the goal is neither rest nor relaxation – it’s service learning. For a decade now, these students have devoted their time off to the citizens of Tyrrell County, a small county in the Northeast corner of the state that is relatively under-resourced when it comes to the dedicated health and health-care resources needed for a healthy population. Carolina’s health affairs schools have … Continued

Walters, BSN students serve with Carolina for the Kids

On April 27th, Assistant Professor Elizabeth Walters and undergraduate students Chloe Boyd, Gabriela Valchanova, Dina Louis and Suzie Crothers spent the afternoon working with the Carolina for the Kids foundation at a “Movie Night” themed event that Dr. Walters helped organize. Before a showing of Bedtime Stories, pediatric inpatients and outpatients at UNC Hospitals were treated to crafts, games, dancing, and visits with princesses and superheroes provided by Moment of Magic. Through the help of these SON volunteers, those patients who were unable to attend the event in person had the … Continued

Baker leads UNC’s CLARION team to 2nd place in national competition

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Maureen Baker, who lead UNC’s interprofessional CLARION team to 2nd place in this year’s national case competition. This year marks the 15th year of the national CLARION case competition in which interprofessional teams of health affairs students from universities around the US compete for the Premier Richard Norling Scholarship Awards. Seventeen universities participated in 2019; the students presented their proposed solutions for a health care case focused on homelessness in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Way to go, Dr. Baker!

Brooks, Giscombe, Mitchell present at 5th annual Women’s Health Awareness Day

Assistant Professor Jada Brooks and LeVine Wellness Associate Professor Cheryl Giscombe joined graduate student Rhea Mitchell and SON alum Rachell Davis in presenting a two-part Behavioral Health Session on the social determinants of mental health and anxiety disorders at the 5th Annual Women’s Health Awareness Day. The event was sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services, North Carolina Central University and the Durham Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc, a public service organization. The NIEHS Director and the mayor of Durham were in attendance. Additionally, Dr. Giscombe was … Continued

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Lanning a panelist at Go Global, earns Center for Faculty Excellence Large Course Redesign Grant

Kudos to Associate Professor Rhonda Lanning who represented the School of Nursing at a recent panel on the Ethics of Health Care Abroad, sponsored by UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives. The event focused on preparing Carolina Firsts (first-generation college students at UNC) and students from underrepresented backgrounds for first-time international travel. Dr. Lanning likewise learned last week that her proposal to redesign her large enrollment APPLES service-learning course has been funded for $5,000. “The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) received a record number of proposals this year from faculty members … Continued

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Oppewal Receives Provost Engaged Scholarship Award

Hats off to Professor Sonda Oppewal, who was awarded a 2019 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for her work in promoting community partnerships over the past seventeen years. These partnerships include the Orange County Board of Aging to help the Adult Day Center in Hillsborough achieve certification by contracting to provide RN Health Care Coordinator services, Orange County with its annual Project Homeless Connect, and disaster relief partnerships in Biloxi, Mississippi and Tyrrell County, North Carolina. This award recognizes UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and organizations that have performed extraordinary … Continued

SON well-represented at Latino Health Symposium

The UNC School of Nursing was well represented at the Latino Health Symposium hosted by the Southern Regional AHEC in Fayetteville in February. Presenters included: Diane Berry, Jean Davison, DNP Student Zainab Riyami, and our community partner from Frank Porter Graham, School Nurse Janice Anderson.  

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Davison Leads Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Associate Professor Jean Davision, DNP, RN, FNP-C, and the students in her service learning course gathered on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to pack 300 gift bags as part of their Hurricane Florence relief efforts. The bags included soap, shampoo, lotion, tooth brushes, tooth paste, insect repellent and sun screen. This effort was supported by Christ United Methodist Church and supplies were donated by the Hampton Inns in Chapel Hill and Carrboro along with Aloft Hotel in Chapel Hill and a local dentist in Southern Village. Davison also authored an article … Continued

Giscombe Keynotes 2018 Red Ribbon Brunch

LeVine Wellness Professor Cheryl Giscombe served as the Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Red Ribbon Brunch in recognition of World AIDS Day in Wilmington, NC in early December. Dr. Giscombe was invited to speak about her research on stress and health disparities among vulnerable populations, with specific emphasis on the need for balancing caregiving and self-care among healthcare professionals, community advocates, faith-based leaders, and people living with HIV/AIDS who offer peer support to those who have HIV/AIDS. The event was sponsored by Seeds of Healing Inc., New Hanover Regional Medical … Continued

Rioux Featured in CH High School Newspaper for Vaping Intervention

BSN student Elyse Rioux was recently featured in the Proconian, Chapel Hill High School’s student newspaper, for offering a public health intervention on the effects of e-cigarettes and vaping. Please read more about her intervention, developed through her N470 class, here. Great work, Elyse!