Omar AbdelBaky and Christopher Walker, UNC School of Dentistry

BCBSNC Foundation Fellows

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Lewis Lampiris
  • Site Mentor: Dr. Edward Swift, Jr.
  • Site: UNC School of Dentistry and Gillings School of Public Health

Omar Abdel-BakyChristopher WalkerOmar and Christopher created the Oral Wellness and Nutrition (OWN) Program to help diabetic patients manage their disease by providing reduced fee dental services and free nutritional counseling by dental students and registered dietician students during their dental visits. Patients with diabetes were selected from a pool of existing dental patients in the school’s Preventative Recall section. These patients were all past due on their dental recall visits and were not currently assigned to a dental student for comprehensive care.

Of the 22 enrolled OWN program patients, 20 completed the RD-MPH counseling sessions until the end of the school’s clinic year and maintained work on their individual goals. Examples of goals patients set:

  • Decrease portion size
  • Discontinue/modify sugar-sweetened beverage intake
  • Discontinue/modify cariogenic snack intake
  • Increase physical activity

The reduced dental fees and free nutritional counseling resulted in a total savings of $3,081 in addition to the savings patients receive from the already reduced dental fees from the School of Dentistry Clinic. Patients from the OWN program will remain in the dental student’s family of patients for continued comprehensive care.

The Fellows were able to institute a practice change to collect anthropometric measurements and BMI for OWN patients. One adjunct faculty member also instituted these measurements into her dental practice. The Fellows were also able to institute a policy change by adding a module in record keeping software to monitor patient progress.

Two UNC School of Dentistry students were awarded 2015-16 Fellowships to continue to lead OWN, expand the referral network, and add pharmacy counseling to services provided.

Tomesia Barnes, NCCU School of Social Work

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Larry Williams
  • Site Mentor: Principal John Green
  • Site: W. G. Pearson Elementary School

Tomesia-BarnesTomesia launched an anti-bully campaign to increase the awareness of what constitutes bullying behavior, increase anti-bullying advocacy, and decrease the acts of bullying by children in the elementary school setting. Each week, Tomesia held one workshop for a group of 15 fourth and fifth grade students (5 who had repetitive bullying behaviors, 5 who have expressed a concern of being a target of bully-type behavior, and 5 general population students). The students created and signed an anti-bully pledge and encouraged peers and community members to participate. In develop an anti-bullying culture, students created and wore T-shirts with an anti-bully message and wrote and performed a skit to their peers.

By the end of the year-long project:

  • 10 of 15 participants reported taking bystander action.
  • 3 of 5 participants with a history of bullying decreased bullying behavior and chose to advocate for their peers.
  • 2 of 5 participants with a history of bullying no longer engaged in bullying behavior.

Tomesia is currently working with the Assistant Principal to have the curriculum incorporated into the work conducted with special groups of students with behavior or self-esteem issues. Upcoming NCCU School of Social Work interns will be able to lead the anti-bullying curriculum. Program did not require sustainability funding.

Eleni Boukas and Mackenzie Hatfield, UNC School of Dentistry

BCBSNC Foundation Fellows

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Frank McIver, Dr. Shijia Hu
  • Site Mentor: Sarah Hartsook
  • Site: Residential Services Inc.

Eleni-BoukasMackenzie HatfieldEleni and Mackenzie improved the oral health of 30 adults with intellectual and physical disabilities by creating individualized oral health protocols at a residential care facility which were incorporated into the patients’ daily care plan. Additionally, they gave caregivers specialized oral health training so that they may properly care for residents who are unable to brush and floss on their own and supervise those more independent residents in performing those tasks. They also worked directly with residents who are able to conduct their own oral hygiene on proper techniques. They made three home visits and three-month follow-ups to observe both residents and caregivers in action to ensure that protocols are being followed and to reinforce the adopted oral health behaviors. As a result of the Fellows efforts:

  • 30 individualized oral health protocols were developed and incorporated into the patients’ daily care plan.
  • A policy change occurred at the UNC Disabilities Clinic where staff are required to complete a newly created oral health form which includes a plaque score, gingival index, caries index and behavior score to help track oral health status.
  • Timers were installed in all the bathrooms in the homes to reinforce proper brushing time.
  • Patients’ teeth are brushed for the full two minute recommended time and flossed daily.
  • 83% of residents have a plaque score of good and excellent after our intervention.
  • An oral health training webinar was created to educate RSI employees.
  • RSI staff at all 16 homes received in person training and this is now part of a new dental hygiene course requirement.

Addressing the high turnover staff rate and to maintain continuity of oral health care, the Fellows ensured that staff will continue to receive in-person training each spring through a new dental hygiene course requirement and staff hired in the interim have access to a webinar training. Program did not require sustainability funding.

William Bradford and Stacy Marshall, Wake Forest School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Sam Ajizian
  • Site Mentor: Katie Boles Maxey
  • Site: Brenner Fit Kitchen, Exchange Scan, and Salem Pregnancy Services

William BradfordStacy MarshallWill and Stacy created a Healthy Cooking on a Budget series of classes for vulnerable families in the Winston-Salem area. They led four series of six classes which met for 2 ½ hours each week. Each hands on cooking class consisted of practicing healthy cooking techniques, and discussing basic nutrition and grocery shopping on a budget. Thirty-one women participated in the class. Participants who attended at least four out of six of our sessions received a color recipe cookbook with nutritional information and the cookware necessary to cook the recipes in the class. As a result of their efforts:

19 out of 31 participants reported home-cooking at least 2 more meals per week or included fruits and vegetables in at least 3 more meals per week over pre-class baseline.

The Family Medicine Interest Group will sustain the project offering one series in the fall and another in the spring. Program did not require sustainability funding.

Lauren Brown and Hugh Quach, ECU Brody School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Coral Steffey
  • Site Mentor: Melissa Arrington
  • Site: Little Willie Center

Lauren BrownHugh QuachLauren and Hugh expanded the Strive High Program, a 2010-11 Schweitzer project which inspires disadvantaged middle school students to pursue their science interests. In order to impact healthy behaviors, the Fellows developed engaging, health-oriented lessons for participants and separate lessons for their parents in order to improve the overall wellness of this underserved community. Ten children participated in the 2-hour weekly sessions. Fellows used anatomical models illustrating normal physiology as well as pathophysiology and students conducted monthly science experiments to encourage hands-on learning. An end-of-year Science Fair allowed the students to develop a project highlighting their specific areas of interest.

All 10 Strive High participants achieved two or more of the following goals:

  • 7 out of 10 students limited their sugary beverage consumption to 3 times per week.
  • 10 out of 10 students consumed at least 3 fruits or vegetables a day.
  • 8 out of 10 students substituted a healthy snack for an unhealthy snack every day.
  • 8 out of 10 students engaged in physical activity 30 minutes a day, 3 or more times per week.

The ECU Student National Medical Association (SNMA) will be continuing the program and did not require sustainability funding.

Amanda Cadena and Asha Thomas, WSSU Occupational Therapy

  • Academic Mentor(s): Darlene Perez-Brown
  • Site Mentor: Tracy Dinsbeer
  • Site: Salem Pregnancy Services

Amanda CadenaAsha ThomasAmanda and Asha worked to improve the birth outcomes of pregnant-aged minority women in the Forsyth County/Winston-Salem area by providing education on how to access reliable health information on the Internet. They led three five-week workshops for 30 women and topics included internet basics and how to appraise a website, teratogens, stress management, nutrition, and physical activity. As a result:

  • 24 out of the 30 participants gained e-Health Literacy skills.
  • 10 out of the 30 participants engaged in 3 out of 5 of the following behaviors four months or longer:
    1. Consume folic acid daily
    2. Replace 1 unhealthy snack/drink with a healthy snack/drink daily
    3. Engage in recommended stress management techniques 3x/week
    4. Engage in physical activity 3x/week for 30 minutes each trial
    5. Share reliable health information with 2 friends via social networking
    6. each week

Salem Pregnancy Services will sustain the project by incorporating e-healthy literacy information into their weekly classes and conducting a series with the specific health information. The Fellowship provided $700 in funding for purchase of tablets.

Athika Chandramohan, Duke School of Medicine

  • Academic and Site Mentor: Dr. Kelly Muir
  • Additional Site Mentors: Sally Wilson and Kim Johnson
  • Site: Lincoln Community Health Center and Project Access

Artika ChandramohanArthika helped empower low-income diabetic patients manage their disease and prevent future complications by leading 12-week support group education sessions of 1.5 hours in length at a local free clinic. Topics included what represents comprehensive diabetes, complications and management of the disease, SMART goals, diet and exercise, and community resources. As a result of her efforts:

  • 7 out of 11 workshop participants were able to establish and follow a personal diabetes care plan for an average of 4 weeks or more.
  • 6 out of 11 workshop participants completed an eye exam this year.
  • 5 out of 11 workshop participants scheduled a comprehensive eye exam later this year.
  • 45 out of 85 patients who required follow up care implemented a diabetes care plan.
  • 69 out of 85 patients who required follow up care scheduled a comprehensive eye exam, or alternative follow-up, later this year.
  • 83 out of 148 patients accomplished one SMART goal over a four month period related to their diabetes management and care plan.
  • 63 out of 148 patients who received a referable result from their teleretinal imaging, completed a comprehensive eye exam this year.
  • 85 out of 148 patients who received a referable result from their teleretinal imaging, scheduled a comprehensive eye exam later this year.

Duke Primary Care Leadership Tract students and several Duke Family Medicine Interest Group members will lead two series of 12-week support group sessions: one in the fall and another in the spring of next year. Program did not require sustainability funding.

Laura Cone and Stephanie Kiser, UNC School of Medicine

BCBSNC Foundation Schweitzer Fellows

  • Academic and Site Mentor: Dr. Anthony Viera
  • Site: Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC): Free Student-Run Clinic

Laura ConeStephanie KiserLaura and Stephanie launched SHAC: Bridge to Care to ensure continuity of care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension in the period before they can be linked to a permanent medical home. Over the course of one year, they observed physiologic improvements in disease management, the successful establishment of a primary care referral system, improved patient quality-of-life and improved patient efficacy in managing their disease.

  • Eighty patients were served at 173 clinical appointments and 34 of 45 patients who have returned for more than one visit have improved in clinical markers such as Hemoglobin A1c, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), weight, body mass index (BMI), ophthalmology referral, and microalbuminuria.
  • Thirty-seven patients have been linked to a primary care provider within 6 months of being seen at the clinic.
  • A 50-student interdisciplinary volunteer team was recruited to staff the clinic.

In addition, five education workshop series of four classes each were held to empower patients to make lifestyle changes to control their disease.

SHAC: Bridge to Care has become an official program of SHAC so patients will continue to benefit from the initiative. The Schweitzer Fellowship provided $1,000 of sustainability funding for clinic supplies.

Mark Herring and Brandon Landreth, ECU School of Dental Medicine

BCBSNC Foundation Fellows

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Chris Cotterill and Dr. Ivelis Hernandez
  • Site Mentor: Dr. Rob Doherty and Mrs. April Wiggins
  • Site: Greene County Dental Services and Greene County Elementary Schools

Michael Brandon LandrethMark HerringMark and Brandon provided oral hygiene education to Greene County elementary students and recruited them into a school-based screening and sealants intervention, Greene Access Program (GAP).

Through the 2014-2015 school year, GAP treated 296 children and has placed 487 sealants which is an astounding increase over the previously of treating 63 children and placing 55 sealants. Fellows and dental student volunteers taught two dental lessons — one focusing on oral hygiene and the other on nutrition — to all K-5 classes, reaching 1,200 students in three different public schools. Fellows instructed classes in both English and Spanish-language classrooms.

The ECU DMD student organization, a dental-student service fraternity dedicated to community outreach, will be sustaining the program and the Schweitzer Fellowship provided $1,000 in sustainability funding for lesson supplies and toothbrushes.

Gentry Byrd and Veronica Matthews, UNC School of Dentistry

BCBSNC Foundation Fellows

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Rocio Quinonez
  • Site Mentor: Dr. Alice Chuang
  • Site: UNC OBGYN and Dental Clinics

Gentry-Byrd Veronica  MatthewsGentry and Ronnie maintained and expanded the existing Prenatal Oral Health Program (pOHP), a 2012 Schweitzer project, which:

  • Fosters collaboration between dental and medical professionals in accordance with 2013 Prenatal Oral health National Guidelines created by the American Dental Association and American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Maintains a referral system between UNC School of Dentistry, UNC Hospitals and community prenatal clinic sites. Through this system, prenatal providers have a dental home to which to refer their pregnant patients.
  • Trains incoming UNC Hospitals OB-GYN residents and 3rd year medical students during OB-GYN clerkship. Education includes adherence to current guidelines, incorporation of oral health messaging and referral practices for prenatal oral care.
  • Provides 4th year DDS students and 2nd year Dental Hygiene students with the opportunity to triage and treat pregnant patients in the UNC pOPH dental clinic.

Since the start of the Fellowship project:

  • 96 3rd year medical students, 5 OB-GYN residents, and 40 community prenatal providers and staff received pOHP training.
  • 163 prenatal patients have been referred to the pOHP clinic from six referral sites
  • 92 of these prenatal patients received dental treatment and oral health education.
  • 84 4th year dental students and 34 dental hygiene students received pOHP training, and the majority of these students had the opportunity to treat a prenatal patient in the pOHP dental clinic.

To ensure long-term sustainability, the Fellows launched the Prenatal Oral Health Program (pOHP) interest group, a University recognized student organization, which will be responsible for leading pOHP training to 3rd year medical students, UNC OB-GYN residents, and prenatal providers at community referral sites. The Fellowship provided $1,000 in sustainability funding for program needs.

Kate Magee, UNC School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Rick Hobbs
  • Site Mentor: Elizabeth Brill
  • Site: Samaritan Health Center

Kate McGeeKate launched a girls running group to encourage physical and spiritual healthy behaviors for residents at the Oak Creek Village apartments in Durham which is primarily a refugee and immigrant population from Iraq, Somalia, Iran, the Central African Republic, Congo, Mexico, and Honduras. Kate’s program also served as a bridge uniting the community and Samaritan Health Center, a free clinic for uninsured patients with a branch adjacent to the neighborhood. Twenty girls participated in the 24-session program and ran two 5K races. In addition to seeing participants build cross-cultural friendships and develop a new confidence in their ability to live healthy lives, the following was achieved:

  • 20 out of 20 girls increased their physical activity by 45 minutes 3 or more times per week.
  • 16 out of 20 girls improved their scores on the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test.
  • 19 out of 20 girls attended a no cost medical and dental appointment.

The DWELL program at Summit Church will sustain Kate’s initiative and the Fellowship will provide $940 in sustainability funding for race fees, bus transportation to races, and materials. Kate will continue to be involved in the upcoming year’s activities during this transition phase.

Mia Marshall and Christana Sola Ajewole, ECU Brody School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Cassandra Acheampong
  • Site Mentor: Laura Sprinkle
  • Site: Building Hope Community Life Center

Mia MarshallChristana AjewoleThe Fellows created an after school program for girls to improve their spiritual and physical health, nurture their self-esteem, and encourage higher education. Twenty-one girls participated in the 2-hour weekly sessions held throughout the academic year.

  • 17 out of 21 girls exchanged an unhealthy snack for a healthy snack at 3 times or more a week
  • 17 out of 21 girls exchanged an unhealthy beverage for a healthy beverage/water 3 or more times a week
  • 21 out of 21 girls identified an academic track which will enable them to reach their personal career goal (college education, community college education, or job related aspiration).

The weekly program will be sustained by the ECU SNMA and the Fellowship provided $750 in sustainability funding for program materials and an end of year celebration dinner.

Stephanie Ngo and Trevor Dickey, Duke School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi
  • Site Mentor: Jen Skees
  • Site: Church World Service

Stephanie NgoTrevor DickeyStephanie and Trevor created a Duke chapter of the Refugee Health Initiative (RHI) program, originally started four years ago by a 2010 Schweitzer Fellow. RHI recruits graduate/professional student volunteers to provide longitudinal in-home health education for refugee families in Durham. The goal was to assist newly resettled refugees in developing skills and knowledge related to the navigation of the US healthcare system. This year, they recruited 22 volunteers to serve 13 refugee households (a total of 28 individuals) from Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Vietnam, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. For each refugee partner, volunteers utilized the RHI curriculum to cover topics ranging from nutrition, exercise, making medical appointments, using public transportation, medications, reproductive health, dental health and mental health. As a result of their efforts,

Ten out of the 13 families were able to develop behavior changes within 2 health areas that the participants self-selected.

Duke Med Global Health Interest Group (GHIG) will be continuing the program as a service initiative and the Fellowship provided $1,000 sustainability funding for the upcoming year.

Karan Pandya, Wake Forest School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Timothy Peters
  • Site Mentor: Rebecca Sink
  • Site: American Cancer Society

Karan PandyaKaran addressed cancer awareness in Winston-Salem by launching a Relay for Life chapter to celebrate cancer survivors and raise monies for cancer care, education, and research. In addition to engaging people in the local area to spread cancer awareness, this program aimed to inspire communities, through interactions with cancer survivors as well as cancer education, to unite as one and fight for a world without cancer by raising money that will go directly towards cancer research, prevention education and the provision of care. With the help of his site mentor and a committed team of employees at a credit union, a culminating Relay for Life event was held on May 15, 2015 with 27 teams and 226 participants (75 of whom were cancer survivors). The teams raised $61,708 for the American Cancer Society.

Along with Wake medical students, local community members and his site mentor, Karan will help lead the Winston-Salem Relay for Life chapter for the next two years. Program did not require sustainability funding.

Brittany Papworth and Rivers Woodward, UNC School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Benjamin Gilmer
  • Site Mentor: Linda Pittman and Suzanne Gavenus
  • Site: Mitchell and Mountain Heritage High Schools

Brittany PapworthRivers WoodwardTo address the lack of healthcare services in rural areas, Brittany and Rivers created a mentoring and academic enrichment program to encourage rural high school students to consider the health professions within their communities. Ten students participated in the weekly after school sessions and outside mentoring held throughout the academic year. Both Fellows personally mentored a student and volunteer medical students were matched with the remaining participants. To give participants in depth hands on experiences, two all day events were held: a Simulation Lab and a Wilderness Medicine day. Participants also led individual community service projects to gain first-hand knowledge of the value of giving back. As a result of their efforts:

  • 10 out of 10 students who participated in year-long project identified a specific health occupation as a career aspiration.
  • 10 out of 10 students aligned their senior year activities and schedules with the career they want to pursue.

Their program will transform into an internship opportunity for four high school students and will be overseen by the Mountain Area Health Education Center – Minority Medical Mentor Program. The Schweitzer Fellowship will provide $1,000 in sustainability funding.

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Marianne Meeker
  • Site Mentor: Dr. Denise Young
  • Site: Communities in Schools of Orange County (CIS Orange) and the Morehead Planetarium

Vishapreet SinghWilliam RungeRicky and William developed a healthy lifestyles after school program for 8th graders at A.L. Stanback Middle School using a space related theme curriculum. In addition to encouraging healthy behaviors, the Fellows urged students to consider pursuing health related careers. As a result of their efforts:

  • 26 out of 32 participants were able to adopt the following healthy lifestyle changes:-Increase their physical activity by 30 minutes or more three times per week for 10 weeks.
    -Change one or more nutritional habits off the following menu:
    -Increase consumption of fresh produce 3 or more times a week.
    -Replace one unhealthy snack with a healthy snack 3 or more times a week.
    -Replace sugary drinks with water three or more times a week.

The Fellows are approaching service organizations to determine if one is able to sustain the program.


Hagar Abdel-Baky and Luke de Andrade, WSSU Occupational Therapy UPDATED

  • Academic Mentors: Dr. Megan Edwards and Dr. Darlene Perez-Brown
  • Site Mentor: Sheila Hutchinson
  • Site: Piedmont Triad Regional Council- Area Agency on Aging

Hagar and Luke expanded a 2012-13 Schweitzer Fellowship fall prevention project which helped older adults prevent falls, improve their balance, encourage physical activity, and increase their confidence. They educated seniors through screening events and Matter of Balance (MOB) classes held throughout Forsyth County. By partnering with the WSSU Rams Mobile Clinic and the Area Agency on Aging, the Fellows provided screenings for 27 older adults to identify those at risk for falls and to recruit individuals for their MOB classes. As certified MOB coaches, Hagar and Luke led three series of MOB classes for 37 seniors at Healy Towers, Creekside Terrace and Living Well Senior Center. The MOB program is a sixteen hour class comprised of eight lessons (two hours each) which covers fall prevention techniques and exercises that increase balance, strength and gait for older adults. The Fellows also led CarFit events, a national program developed by the American Society on Aging, to help increase the mobility and safety of senior drivers. Four CarFit events were held screening 18 senior drivers.

The Fellows surveyed the participants four weeks after the course’s end to determine impact. As a result of the program, out of the 37 seniors who attended the MOB classes, 36 were able to identify at least 4 environmental factors of fall risks outside their home environment, 22 used the skills taught through the MOB course 20 minutes per day 3 times a week to strengthen their endurance and gait patterns, and 34 reported zero falls.

The WSSU RAMSOTA interest group has an ongoing commitment to sustain the project. Two volunteers led two MOB classes for 20 seniors during the 2014-15 academic year and the Schweitzer Fellowship provided $1,000 in funding for MOB training and program materials. Two new OT students have been identified to lead the MOB classes in the upcoming 2015-16 academic year. The CarFit events were sustained as a first year WSSU OT course requirement and two events were held for 18 participants. Three WSSU OT students are trained CarFit Event Coordinators and these events will continue in the upcoming year.

Jon Andrews and Nick Tsipis, Duke School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Kathryn Andolsek
  • Site Mentor: Arthur Jimerson
  • Site: Durham Nativity School

Jon and Nick developed a first aid/survival skills course for African American and Hispanic middle school boys. Both Fellows were certified in Wilderness First Aid and Basic Life Support and Jon served as an Army Special Forces Medic for eight years. They conducted 3 seven-week sessions for 33 participants. Students learned how to enhance the safety and preparedness of their communities during future disaster situations and during times when basic medical supplies are scarce or when emergency medical services aren’t readily accessible. Topics included basic patient assessment, hands-only CPR, simple wound dressings, and basics of splinting. Each session concluded with a mock-disaster event to evaluate skills. As a result, all 33 students were able to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Recognize all injuries and assess casualties using ABCDE (Airway/Breathing/Circulation/Disability/Environment/Exposure) assessment priorities;
  • Treat all injuries appropriately, and not causing further harm to the patients in their treatments;
  • Report to higher headquarters the number of victims, types of injuries, and treatments provided.

The Duke Wilderness Interest Group sustained the program and provided a 7-week sessions for ten Durham Nativity School students during the spring semester 2015. The boys demonstrated proficiency in disaster preparedness and wilderness first-aid techniques by treating simulated human casualties during a culmination mock disaster scenario. The Schweitzer Fellowship provided $1,000 in sustainability funding for supplies and volunteer training. Plans are for another sessions to be held in the fall 2015.

Austin Annas and Catherine Sawyer Healy, WSSU Physical Therapy

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Sara Migliarese and Dr. Nancy Smith
  • Site Mentor: Beverly Carter-Levy and Clarice Rynes
  • Site: WSSU RAMSOTA and Mount Zion Senior Day Care

Austin and Catherine provided assessments for adults ages 50 and older observing for deficits in lower extremity strength/grip strength, decreased gait speed, altered balance, fatigue/decreased activity with ambulation, and nutritional intake in underserved communities of eastern Winston-Salem using the WSSU Mobile Clinic and community sites. They offered referrals to an exercise class that was held twice a week for 40 minute sessions led by the Fellows over the course of six weeks. They also provided information for at home exercises and education to improve one or more deficits identified.

They screened 76 adults, 62 of whom met the criteria for pre-frail or frail. Of the 62 individuals identified with deficits, 34 received nutritional information and attended the exercise classes led by the Fellows. The remaining 28 received nutritional information and home exercises to address deficits.

Of the 34 who attended the exercise program, 27 progressed in 2 to 3 of the 5 criteria including balance, gait speed, LE strength and grip strength.

Two leaders in the Mount Zion Senior Day Care assisted with the Fellow led exercise sessions and sustained the classes on a twice a week basis for 18 participants this past year. The Fellows provided these leaders with supplies and written instructions for exercises, as well as training on how to identify individuals with deficits. Plans are to continue the classes in the upcoming year.

Sasha Bouldin and Taylor Clawson, NCCU Social Work

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dionne Moore
  • Site Mentor: Jin Ellington, Kadeisha Kilgore, Mone Smith
  • Site: Citizen Schools

Sasha and Taylor worked to improve the holistic health of at-risk adolescent girls by providing an afterschool health education program. They partnered with Citizen Schools to launch Girls S.T.R.I.V.E. (Stay True to Responsibility, Individuality, Value and Excellence) at Lowe’s Grove and Neal Middle Schools in Durham. They addressed various aspects of social, mental, and physical health through weekly workshops to encourage young girls to incorporate new healthy practices into their daily routines. Success in this project was measured by the participants’ ability to implement healthy strategies into their self- care routine for four weeks and present these plans to their community.

Sixty-one girls participated in the 10-week long program held in the fall and the spring and they developed a self-care plan of physical, mental, and social health behaviors to enrich their overall health. Forty-five of the 61 participants incorporated at least two skills from their personalized self-care routine for four weeks or more.

The Fellows are currently working with their Academic Mentor(s) to identify a pair of students who could lead the project for social work course credit.

Corey Bradley and John Luttrell, Wake Forest School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Guy Palmes
  • Site Mentor: Mary Bolton
  • Site: El Buen Pastor Latino Community Center

Corey and John addressed the physical and mental health disparities that face Latino middle school and high school youth by conducting weekly wellness workshops throughout the academic year. As a measure of impact, 18 out of 20 participants adopted two or more healthy behaviors which exceeded the Fellows original goal. Of the 20 participants in the year-long program: 19 out of 20 participated in physical activity four or more times per week for 30 minutes at a time, and 18 out of 20 reported eliminating drug, alcohol and cigarette use. Only 8 out of the 20 were able to choose a healthy snack over an unhealthy one on a daily basis as their access to healthy options were limited making this a difficult option to achieve. The Fellows also wanted participants to improve their total score on the Pediatrics Symptoms Checklist Youth Report by at least 7 points but the data was inconclusive, therefore the Fellows were unable to use this as a measure.

Corey and John continued to lead the program during the 2014-15 academic year with the help of Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Latino Medical Student Association. The interest group will create leadership roles within their organization so they can continue to sustain the project for years to come. The project evolved into a mentoring program that paired 12 medical students with the El Buen Pastor youth. Each youth created 3 health goals that they worked with the medical student to achieve throughout the year. Two LMSA members will be sustaining the program in the upcoming year.

Zerita Buchanan, UNC School of Dentistry

BCBSNC Foundation Fellow

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque
  • Site Mentor: Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum
  • Site: SNDA CAARE Clinic

Zerita addressed oral health disparities in low socioeconomic families at the CAARE Clinic. She focused on helping HIV+ patients and their families avoid and/or lessen the impact of problematic oral lesions commonly seen secondary to HIV diagnosis and/or treatment. The Fellow was able to devote two appointments per week for dental care of patients who had completed her oral health education session. $844 of free dental care was provided to 13 HIV+ patients. In addition, two referrals were made to UNC Hospital Dental Clinic for further treatment.

In order to dispel myths concerning treating HIV+ patients, Zerita held a lunch and learn at the dental school. As a result, 42 dental students signed a pledge that they would actively help eliminate stigmas in the dental community regarding patient’s living with HIV/AIDS as an example of their commitment to providing compassionate care to this population.

The UNC chapter of the SNDA will sustain the project and the Schweitzer Fellowship provided funding for clinic equipment. Research about the manifestations of HIV-related oral disease was presented to students, faculty, and staff at the Dental Research and Review Day and will be presented at Old North State Dental Society Convention. SNDA was unable to specific recruit HIV+ patients to the clinic this past year, but will rededicate efforts to doing so in the upcoming year.

Rob Christensen and Lauren Katz, UNC School of Dentistry

BCBSNC Foundation Fellows

  • Academic Mentor(s)s: Dr. Rocio Quinonez and Dr. Tim Wright
  • Site Mentor: Dr. John Christensen
  • Site: Jordan High School and Durham YMCA

The “Guard Your Smile” mouthguard program addressed sports related oral trauma prevention. Seventy-five student basketball and soccer athletes at Durham Public Schools received $15,000 worth of custom fabricated mouthguards and oral trauma management instruction. Initially, coaches and student athletes were very enthusiastic and showed compliance in wearing the custom mouthguards. However, surprise checking at sports events led to the realization that the actual rate of compliance was extremely low. This was ultimately found to be a result of mouthguard usage not being supported in the sports culture. Surveys indicated the athletes were extremely concerned with image and wearing mouthguards were deemed “not cool.” Therefore, the Fellows shifted focus to Durham YMCA 8 and 9 year old basketball athletes as parents were seen as influencers with this population. Of the 20 YMCA basketball players in their program, 10 had standard mouthguards purchased by their parents and were wearing them on a consistent basis.

The Fellows established the “Guard Your Smile” interest group at the UNC School of Dentistry consisting of approximately 50 members. They identified volunteers among this group to lead the project during the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

Amber Heckart and Lucy Muhirwa, ECU Brody School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Tom Irons
  • Site Mentor: Dr. Debbie Chavez
  • Site: James Bernstein Center and Literacy Volunteers Pitt County

Amber and Lucy expanded a 2009-10 Schweitzer project (ALMAS: Alcancemos las Metas/Let’s Reach our Goals) which promoted the education and well-being of Spanish speaking women in eastern North Carolina for the past five years. In addition to the weekly 2-hour personal instruction classes for the women to help improve their English speaking, the Fellows added a component to address the literacy needs of the participants’ children. The children participated in guided reading activities, vocabulary word building exercises, group storytelling, and homework assistance. The Fellows collected over 300 books to create an ALMAS library which served as a classroom and lending resource.

Of the 36 children who participated in the program:

  • 22 increased their literacy level by a half-grade or higher
  • 25 completed a new book each week for 30 minutes for 4 consecutive months or longer
  • 30 demonstrated one or more healthier behaviors for 4 or more weeks including:
    • 27 increased physical activity by 30 minutes 3 times per week
    • 30 replaced one unhealthy snack with a healthy snack
    • 30 increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables

Fifteen of 26 Hispanic mothers read with their children twice a week for 30 minutes for 4 consecutive months or longer.

ALMAS was sustained by the medical students at Brody School of Medicine and the Spanish Club at ECU with funding provided by the NC Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. In the fall 2014, 13 mothers and 11 children participated in the weekly sessions. In the spring, that number increased to 17 mothers and 12 children. Next year, two rising 2nd year medical students will lead ALMAS in coordination with our current undergraduate liaison leader.

Leilah Langston and Gabrielle Jackson, UNC School of Dentistry

BCBSNC Foundation Fellow

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Allen Samuelson and Dr. Xi Chen
  • Site Mentor: Sally Wilson and Krystal Holman
  • Site: Project Access and Lincoln Community Health Center

Leilah and Gabby developed an oral health education series for seniors consisting of 6 lesson plans focusing on how oral health effects overall health, tooth decay and saliva production, proper oral hygiene, nutrition, oral manifestations of systemic disease, and periodontal disease. Sessions were held at J. J. Henderson residential facility for seniors and Lincoln Community Health Center. As a result of the program, of the 127 seniors who participated, 79 brush and floss twice a day and 122 are checking for new or suspicious legions on a monthly basis. All of the 8 participants who self-identified as having dry mouth issues are conducting dry mouth prevention strategies. The Fellows were able to link 56 Lincoln County patients who successfully completed all 6 lessons with a volunteer dentist within the Project Access network. To date, 47 have had dental screening appointments and their treatment needs identified. As of April 1, 2014, $15,683 worth of dental care was provided at no cost to 23 patients. The free services provided include: simple and surgical extractions, silver and tooth-colored fillings, routine cleanings, complex cleanings, partials (minus the lab fees), crowns and x-rays. Dental services will be provided to the remaining 33 participants in the upcoming months.

The educational series will be sustained by the Schweitzer Fellows and by UNC School of Dentistry students. They will offer two series at Lincoln Community Health Center and Project Access will provide free dental services to those who successful complete the course. The Schweitzer Fellowship provided sustainability funding for end of session dinners. In the future, it is expected for the SNDA to sustain the courses.

Katy Liu, UNC School of Medicine

  • Academic and Site Mentor: Dr. Adam Goldstein
  • Site: Student Action Health Coalition (SHAC)

Katy developed a smoking cessation counseling program for a student run clinic. Smokers motivated to quit were counseled using a variety of methods: in-house and follow-up counseling, and referrals to Quitline NC for access to free pharmacologic agents (nicotine patches, gum). Overall, of the 48 smokers who were counseled in-house about smoking cessation, 10 reduced the number of cigarettes smoked per day and 2 quit smoking entirely.

Katy implemented a systems change within the clinic to identify smokers using the patient intake form and determine patient interest in smoking cessation counseling. Eighty-two SHAC Public Health volunteers were educated on smoking cessation counseling 14 who have referred one or more patients to the smoking cessation program. SHAC Public Health volunteer training now incorporates smoking cessation counseling.

Joseph McAbee and Alston James, Wake Forest School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Patrick Ober
  • Site Mentor: Dr. Joseph Skelton
  • Site: Brenner Fit

Alston and Joseph developed StronGuys, a mentored strength training and wellness program for obese or overweight teenage boys. The Fellows partnered with Brenner Fit to hold the sessions for boys twice a week for six week sessions and for youth at Valley Academy Middle School. The Fellows demonstrated the importance of exercise, nutrition, and decreasing screen time to enhancing overall health. Participants set individual health goals and practiced proper exercise techniques and exercise regimens that can be done anywhere with little equipment. As a result, of the 111 children who participated in the program, they were to meet their goal of exercising three or more times per week for 30 minutes at a time. In addition, they decreased their screen time by 1.3 hours per day and met a self-identified nutrition goal. Surveys indicated 88 out of the 111 participants felt confident that they can continue to find ways to be physically active and exercise, be physically active or exercise even if they have no access to a gym or training facility, and set aside time for a physical activity program like walking, jogging, swimming, biking, or other continuous activities for at least 30 minutes, 3 times per week.

A local chapter of a Wake Forest University Sigma Chi fraternity sustained the StronGuys offering a six-week program for 9 young men in the fall and a four-week session for 7 participants in the spring. Several volunteers from the fraternity were trained through Brenner FIT to lead the sessions. The Fellows provided an operations manual to be used by the fraternity for the fall session and to serve as a community resource for organizations interested in providing strength training and healthy lifestyle education for obese or overweight youth in their area. The program will continued to be offered in the upcoming year.

Kira Mengistu, UNC School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Beat Steiner
  • Site Mentor: Sherry Hay
  • Site: Piedmont Health Carrboro

Kira improved the health of low income individuals with diabetes and hypertension by leading chronic disease self-management workshops offering patient-centered, participatory and culturally appropriate health education. The curriculum was based on the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops with 2.5 hour classes held for 6 weeks. Katie led four workshop series with an average of 5 to 10 people attending each class. Four lay people were trained to co-lead the classes. Twenty-four patients successful completed the entire 6-week program. Of the 24 patients, 19 completed their self-identified weekly action plans and all 24 indicated they adopted one or more healthy behaviors to address their disease self-management. Sixteen of the 24 participants were maintaining their personalized exercise and nutrition plans six weeks after the course.

The workshops will continue to be offered at Piedmont Health. There are now a dozen trained Living Healthy leaders in the area and a new partnership has been created between UNC Family Medicine and the PHS sites. One workshop was held with an average attendance of 12 and 9 people completing the entire series. Another workshop is currently being held with 6 people. A third workshop is scheduled for early summer and is targeted for Spanish speakers. Classes will continue to be sustained in the upcoming year.

Jill Palchinsky and Claudia Douglas, ECU School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Roytesa Savage
  • Site Mentor: Dale Floyd and Jameka Patrick
  • Site: Dobbs Youth Development Center

Jill and Claudia expanded a reproductive health project launched by two 2011-12 Schweitzer Fellows to include domestic violence prevention for male juveniles at a detention center. The Fellows met with the teens on a weekly basis focusing on interactive discussions to provide a lifelong impact on health literacy and education, as well as teen dating and domestic violence prevention, and seek to offer skills that will empower the boys as they transition back into the community. The Fellows covered the following topics using both the King County Curriculum and Love is Not Abuse (LINA) from BreaktheCycle: reproductive health, pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted disease prevention, domestic violence and teen partner violence prevention, and anti-bullying behaviors.

Overall, 60 incarcerated male juveniles participated in the program. Of the 40 young men who participated in the first semester, 25 chose to write a pledge and sign it affirming the lessons they will apply. All 20 participants in the second semester chose to participate in the Hand Project where they were asked to think of a word or phrase that they want to remember from the project when faced with challenges and tough decisions in the future and write it on their hands in the form of a pledge. The participants took pictures of their hands which they can keep. As an inspiration and motivating force, the Fellows created a photo collage for display in their housing units. The pledge and hand project photos were evidence of the participant’s commitment to the healthy behaviors espoused by the program.

Brody’s Student National Medical Association sustained the project and the Schweitzer Fellowship provided sustainability funds for snacks and program materials. Weekly sessions were held for ten inmates in the fall and the program repeated with a different set of inmates (13) in the spring. An SNMA member has been identified to lead the program in the upcoming 2015-16 academic year.

Brittany Pierce, Duke School of Medicine

  • Academic Mentor(s): Dr. Barb Sheline
  • Site Mentor: Gina Upchurch
  • Site: Senior PharmAssist

By partnering with Senior PharmAssist, Brittany developed Seniors Engage for Health (SEFH) to help older adults in Durham gain a greater understanding of the basics of Medicare and learn how to avoid Medicare fraud, to promote greater participation and engagement in encounters with healthcare providers, and assist seniors in finding community resources such as medication therapy management, medication payment assistance, Medicare counseling services, and community-based organization referral. Brittany provided large group sessions for seniors at senior centers, local churches, women’s groups, and Durham Housing Authority sites. An in-depth initial session would average two hours (from one to four hours) depending on the number of participants in each group. A follow up session provided more in-depth Medicare information, answered questions, and encouraged health behaviors. Furthermore, one on one sessions were provided to those who needed personal guidance.

Brittany greatly exceeded her initial goal of having 100 out of 150 seniors engage in two healthy behaviors by participating in SEFH. Of the 260 seniors who participated in the program, 227 made a checklist of questions for their provider, 250 initiated a conversation with a health care provider about an unaddressed concern, 198 completed a medication reconciliation card, and 177 scheduled or attended an appointment for preventive services. Eighteen seniors also made an appointment with Senior PharmAssist after attending SEFH.

Staff and volunteers from Senior PharmAssist are sustaining SEFH. Previously, Senior PharmAssist did not have such an outreach program and they will now be able to capitalize on the community connections the Fellow developed.


Logan Barbour and Daniel Metzger, Winston-Salem State University School of Health and Sciences
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows
Barbour and Metzger conducted pediatric developmental screenings, enrolled children in health insurance, and worked with their families to help to establish a medical home. Their work expanded on a Schweitzer project initiated by Fellows for Life Clinton Serafino and Timothy Serrano.
Community Site: WSSU Department of Physical Therapy

Milele Bynum, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Bynum created a lay health adviser program for faith communities.
Community Site: Carolina Church Network

Christin Carter and Shannon Holcomb, East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Schweitzer Fellows
Carter and Holcomb conducted preventive oral health education, signed  patients up for Medicaid, and worked with them to establish dental homes.
Community Site: Bernstein Community Health Center, Grimesland Clinic, Greenville Community Shelters

Kimberly Cocce and Melissa Hector-Greene, Duke School of Medicine
Cocce and Hector-Green promoted health and self-esteem by creating a tennis program for children ages seven through ten.
Community Site: Parkwood Elementary School, Playworks Durham

Henry Gerard Colmer and Bryan Neth, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Colmer and Neth developed and conducted a cognitive and behavioral program for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Community Site: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Alzheimer’s Association

Rachael Cowherd and Brian Milam, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Schweitzer Fellows
Cowherd and Milam created a sustainable mobile health clinic that offers disease prevention screening and counseling as well as a farmers’ market. Their work expanded on a Schweitzer project initiated by Fellows for Life Justin Morse and Taylor Bazemore.
Community Site: Samaritan Health Center

Nnonyem D’Martin and Lesianelle King, Winston-Salem State University School of Health and Sciences
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows
D’Martin and King conducted a dance and exercise program for underserved children ages eight through twelve.
Community Site: Winston Lake Family YMCA

Harold Frazier and Ashley Porter, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Schweitzer Fellows
Frazier and Porter conducted preventive oral health education for women and their children at a homeless shelter and worked to increase their access to dental care.
Community Site: Inter-Faith Council for Social Service

Nikita Goel, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
Goel promoted emotional and physical health for elementary-aged girls by teaching cultural dance, nutrition, and self-awareness at a community center.
Community Site: Little Willie Center

Tiarra Green and Courtney Williams, North Carolina Central University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows
Green and Williams promoted the health, well-being, and academic performance among pre-teen girls living in Southeast Durham through theatre and peer learning workshops.
Community Site: McDougald Terrace Housing Project, Githens Middle School

Lauren Hartman and Martin Piazza, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Hartman and Piazza provided a music enrichment program for children with autism, Down syndrome, and other special needs.
Community Site: Centers for Exceptional Children in Winston-Salem

Iyanna Henry, North Carolina Central University School of Law
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows
Henry developed a mentoring and self-esteem program for minority middle school boys encouraging academic excellence and exposing them to the legal profession as a possible career choice.
Community Site: Durham Nativity School

Jeffrey Jackson and Amanda Kilburn Kerns, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Schweitzer Fellows
Jackson and Kerns educated low-income pregnant women about the importance of oral health and trained medical students and residents to screen for oral health issues.

Community Site: University of North Carolina OBGYN Clinic

Holland Killian and Amanda Stroud, East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Schweitzer Fellows
Killian and Stroud conducted a preventive oral health education program for students in pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
Community Site: TBD

Charles Mullen and Chelsea Simpkins, Winston-Salem State University School of Health and Sciences
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows
Mullen and Simpkins conducted fall prevention screenings using a mobile van and provide fall prevention education classes at senior centers.
Community Site: Area Agency on Aging, WSSU Department of Occupational Therapy

James Nugent, Duke School of Medicine
Nugent conducted a mentoring and gang violence prevention program that links juveniles to resources for positive reentry back into the community.
Community Site: Durham County Youth Home

Parteek Singla, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
Singla will conduct a health education and arts after-school program for middle school youth.
Community Site: Building Hope Community Life Center


Jonet Artis and Sara Hopson, NCCU School of Education
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows

Artis and Hopson will conduct a communication enrichment program for nursing home residents, with a focus on increasing staff knowledge and awareness of residents’ language and communication needs.
Community Site: Durham Ridge Assisted Living Center


Taylor Bazemore and Justin Morse, UNC School of Medicine
Bazemore and Morse will address the health of underserved people by offering preventative screening for conditions including hypertension, cholesterol, blood glucose levels and pregnancy, as well as individualized health counseling, using a mobile van.
Community Site: Samaritan Health Center



Holly Bullock and Vontrelle Roundtree, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows

Bullock and Roundtree will provide comprehensive reproductive health education for male teens in the juvenile justice system using a peer educator model.
Community Site: Lenoir Youth Development Center, Dobbs Youth Development Center



Katie Cheng and John Meyer, UNC School of Medicine
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows

Cheng and Meyer will provide health education for Hispanic teens, with a focus on the health burden of inequality, reproductive health, substance abuse, peer pressure, mental health, nutrition, and preventive care.
Community Site: El Centro Hispano





Bryan Choi, Duke School of Medicine
Choi will work to enhance transitional care for brain tumor patients immediately post-craniotomy in Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers at both Duke and Durham.
Community Site: Duke University Medical Center, Division of Neurosurgery


Tiffany Covas and Aldric Jones, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Covas and Jones will conduct HIV/STD education, sexual health education, and screenings at the the Delivering Equal Access to Care (DEAC) Clinic and at community-based organizations.
Community Site: Forsyth Co. Dept. of Public Health and AIDS Care Services, Delivering Equal Access to Care (DEAC) Clinic of Wake Forest School of Medicine


Michael Grippaldi, Wake Forest School of Law and  Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Grippaldi aims to empower African American community members by offering advance care planning that supports these individuals in formulating and document their treatment preferences using health care powers of attorney, living wills, organ donor designations, and portable physician orders.
Community Site: Community Partnership for End of Life Care

Laura Larion, ECU Thomas Harriott College of Arts and Sciences
Larion will offer HIV/STD testing and education programs in free clinics throughout eastern North Carolina.
Community Site: Pitt Co. Care Clinic, NC Pitt Co Aids Service Organization



Linda King, NCCU College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellow

King will implement a diabetes prevention and management project and overall wellness program targeting African-Americans at a local church, as well as members of the surrounding neighborhoods.
Community Site: Shady Hill Baptist Church


Unwanaobong Nseyo and Eziamaka Okafor, Duke School of Medicine
Nseyo and Okafor will expand the “You Are What You Eat” awareness-centered nutrition education program to include high school students and additional curriculum content.
Community Site: Durham School of the Arts



Craig Principe and Alexandra Ford, Wake Forest School of Law
Principe and Ford will provide Guardian ad Litem (GAL) services for children with severe medical disabilities, and assist in establishing a GAL program at Elon University.
Community Site: Guardian ad Litem of Stokes County


Kelly Raney, Duke School of Physical Therapy
Raney aims to improve the health and quality of life of African American seniors by creating a targeted fall prevention program.
Community Site: Durham Housing Authority


Emily Ross and Erin Slatter, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Ross and Slatter will work to improve the health and quality of life of seniors by creating and implementing a companionship program for assisted living facility residents.
Community Site: Oak Haven Assisted Living




Clinton Serafino and Timothy Serrano, WSSU School of Physical Therapy
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows

Serafino and Serrano will address the health needs of underserved community members by conducting pediatric screenings assessing gross motor skills, health and wellness, dietary status, and vision using a mobile van. Serafino and Serrano’s WSSU Physical Therapy faculty mentor will provide on-site supervision.
Community Site: WSSU School of Physical Therapy


Jonathan Stem, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Stern will create and implement a concussion prevention education program for high school athletes.
Community Site: Matthew Gfeller Foundation, Forsyth Co. High Schools


Nailah Adams and Donna Simmons, Duke School of Medicine
Adams and Simmons aim to promote overall health by implementing a healthy lifestyles after-school education program with a dance component. Community Sites: Citizen SchoolsLowe’s Grove Middle School

Thaniyyah Ahmad, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Ahmad will launch the Healthful Living Decision-Making Program, which aims to train teen leaders to teach middle schoolers to avoid at-risk behaviors. Community Sites: West Stokes High School (King, NC); Chestnut Grove Middle School

Simon Ascher, Duke School of Medicine, and Tricia Hammond, Duke School of Law
Ascher and Hammond aim to decrease recidivism by providing incarcerated youth with legal and health education, literacy classes, and mentoring by medical and law students. Community Site: Durham County Youth Home

Tracy Cassagnol and Brianna Crosby, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows
Cassagnol and Crosby aim to encourage underserved Latino and African American teens to pursue health care careers by providing general health education and exposure to health care careers at a summer camp and throughout the academic year. Community Site: YMCA of Winston Lake

Maggie Fetner and Jessica Oliver, UNC School of Dentistry

Fetner and Oliver aim to help pediatric cancer patients avoid preventable oral manifestations of cancer and its treatments by implementing a program focused on customized oral hygiene and nutrition education and preventative measures. Community Site: NC Cancer Hospital

Ashley Hink, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Hink plans to address domestic violence by providing health education classes and one-on-one health education sessions, as well as engaging in advocacy, for people who have left or are currently in abusive relationships. Community Site: Center for Family Violence Prevention

James Gillenwater, Duke School of Law
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows

Gillenwater aims to empower underserved middle-school-aged youth by creating a rugby program and providing academic mentoring. Community Site: John Avery Boys & Girls Club

Melodi Javid and Navid Pourtaheri, Duke School of Medicine
Pourtaheri and Javid aim to empower underserved elementary school students by conducting a science-based education program that pairs medical students with elementary students. Community Site: Durham Public Schools

Daniel White, UNC School of Medicine
White aims to improve access to care for Karen refugees from Burma by conducting a targeted health literacy education program. Community Sites: UNC Department of Family Medicine; World Relief; Church World Service; SHAC; AMSA; Orange County Health Department

Julius Kibe, Duke School of Nursing, and Caroline Njogu, NCCU Public Administration
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows
Kibe and Njogu aim to address health disparities in North Carolina’s African refugee population by creating a lay health advisor program focusing on diabetes and hypertension education. Community Site: US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Elise Leger, UNC School of Medicine
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellow

Leger aims to empower underinsured patients by conducting preventive health education and nutrition talks during clinic wait times. Community Site: Moncure Community Health Center

Jason Lee and Steven Pontickio, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows

Lee and Pontickio plan to address mental health disparities by establishing a biweekly mental health clinic at a soup kitchen. In the context of the clinic, Lee and Pontickio will provide health services, conduct health literacy education, and screen for chronic diseases. Community Sites: Pitt Co. Substance Abuse Coalition; Joy Soup Kitchen

Michelle Long and Candice Roberts, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Long and Roberts aim to improve maternal and child health by educating teen mothers about the importance of finishing high school, attaining government aid, obtaining higher education, preventing secondary pregnancy, and adopting healthy lifestyles for themselves and their babies. Community Site: My Aunt’s House

Cierrea Roach, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Roach aims to empower underserved elementary and middle school students by providing science- and math-based education and tutoring. Community Site: Little Willie Center


Sadie Anderson and Wren McLaughlin, Duke School of Physical Therapy
Site: Duke University Hospital
Create and implement an outreach program for postpartum mothers with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Emily Cullen, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Site: Operation Sunshine
Initiate a program to Increase self-esteem, positive coping skills and health body image and exercise behaviors in girls ages 10 – 13.

Savannah Gelesko, UNC School of Dentistry
Site: Mission of Mercy clinics
Organize oral cancer screenings and conduct preventive education efforts.

Nirmala (Nimi) Janardhanam and Teesha Geyer, UNC School of Medicine
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows

Site:  UNC Horizons Program
Nimi and Teesha are working with UNC Horizons to offer general health education workshops and screenings for hypertension, diabetes, breast cancer, and mental health—improving health literacy in populations addressed.

Naomi Jean-Baptiste and Lina Elbadawi, Duke School of Medicine
Site:  Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network
Hold monthly women’s health workshops, monthly mini clinics and a healthy eating and hygiene program for children.

Kasey Joyner and Crystal Bowe, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Site:  Substance Abuse Coalition of Pitt County
Educate youth on the harmful efforts of second-hand smoke and equip them with resources and knowledge to reduce their exposure.

Thomas (Rich) McPherson, Wake School of Law
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellow

Site:  Children’s Law Center
Rich is working with Kate B. Reynolds grantee the Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina to provide direct advocacy for children in high-conflict custody and domestic violence cases.

Sarah Mian and Reema Padia, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Site:  James Bernstein Community Health Clinic
Promote the education and well-being of Spanish speaking women by teaching English skills, providing mentoring, and holding health education sessions

Brian Mikolasko, Wake School of Medicine
Site:  Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR), a program designed by the Phoenix Society
Address the psychosocial needs of family members of burn victims. Provide prevention and education of burns at the DEAC clinic.

Negin Misaghian, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Site: Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center
Create a mentoring program which pairs at-risk and overweight children ages 9 – 13 with a medical student to encourage healthy lifestyles. Monthly education sessions will be held for families involved.

Kunal Mitra, Duke School of Medicine
Site:  Urban Ministries of Wake Open Door Clinic
Increase children’s enrollment in NC Health Choice and provide preventive education on topics of childhood obesity, social health with a focus on cigarette use and secondhand smoke, and timely immunizations.

Tammy Pham, Wake School of Medicine
Site: Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning and the a Title 1 elementary school
Provide science based instruction to 5th grade and middle school children to encourage a love of science and expose them to careers in science.

Carrie Sacco, Fayetteville State School of Social Work
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellow

Site: Autism Society of NC
Carrie is creating and implementing an adapted physical education program for children with autism through the Autism Society of NC.

Sarah Schietroma and Kristin Johnson, Wake School of Medicine
Site:  Women in Transition at the YWCA Central Carolinas (Charlotte) and Supportive Services for Women at the YWCA Winston-Salem
Conduct cooking classes with an emphasis on nutrition and budgeting.

Bart Steen and Matt Wetschler, UNC CH School of Medicine
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows

Site: El Futuro
Bart and Matt are working with Kate B. Reynolds grantee El Futuro to start a running group for migrant Hispanic men that will serve as an informal focus group for health concerns in the community

Alex Stovall, WSSU School of Physical Therapy
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellow

Site: Community Care Clinic
Alex is establishing a pro bono physical therapy clinic within the Community Care Center.

Kelli York and Rachel Dent, NCCU School of Education – Speech Pathology
Kate B. Reynolds Schweitzer Fellows
Site: Language and Literacy Enhancement and Development Project
Kelly and Rachel are providing face-to-face direct language and literacy enhancement to underserved preschool children, and providing outreach services to those children’s parents with the help of the Language and Literacy Enhancement and Development Project.




To see posters highlighting their projects, click on the links below.

Ermias Abebe, Duke School of Medicine
Durham County Public Schools: Develop and implement an ACL and general injury prevention program for teen female athletes. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Alexander and Ying Zhang, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Hope Lodge: Create a series of therapeutic programs to enhance the quality of life and emotional well-being of adults undergoing cancer treatments. Click here to learn more about their project.

Moira Breslin and Michael Raisch, Duke School of Medicine
Project Compassion: Create and implement a healing arts program for critically ill people to be conducted in their homes to provide an outlet for expression. Click here to learn more about their project.

Kerry Colby, UNC School of Medicine
Open Door Clinic: Initiate a domestic violence screening program and sustain STD screening efforts of a previous Schweitzer program. Partner with the Sunshine Lady Foundation to create an emergency fund for domestic violence victims to be distributed by the Wake County Rape and Domestic Violence Center.  Click here to learn more about Kerry’s project.

Chris Dibble and Courteney MacKuen, UNC School of Medicine
Lincoln Community Health Center: Initiate free HIV testing, counseling and education at a community clinic. Hold community events to offer free HIV testing to specific high risk and resource poor populations. Click here for more information about their project.

Nurica Good and Avni Patel, UNC School of Dentistry
Britthaven of Chapel Hill: Develop and implement an oral health education program for nursing home residents, family members and staff. Also, provide denture marking services. Click here to learn more about their project.

Amanda Hardy, UNCC School of Psychology
Jackson Park Ministries: Use modern ballet movements to enhance physical wellness and provide an outlet for emotional expression for girls ages 7 to 13 and their mothers at a residential facility. Classes will also include time for reflection and discussion of wellness topics. Click here to learn more.

Dawn Hrelic, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Cub Scouts and Brownies, Forsyth County School System: Develop a handicap awareness program for elementary school youth.

Karen Isaacs and Carolyn Kim, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Delivering Equal Access To Care (DEAC): Offer health behavior counseling incorporating relaxation and stress management strategies to improve health outcomes.  Click here to learn more about their project.

Amy Marietta, UNC School of Medicine
El Futuro: Implement a stress-reduction and relaxation program based on yoga for Spanish-speaking women. Topics will include breathing techniques, introductory yoga poses, basic meditations, and ways to incorporate these tools at home with family and friends.  Click here to learn more about Amy’s project.

Genevieve Ricart, Duke School of Medicine
Urban Ministries’ Community Kitchen: Develop a nutrition education program to enhance healthy food preparation and healthy lifestyle habits for shelter residents and those in need who eat at the community kitchen. Click here to learn more.

Loren Robinson and Jennifer Waddy, Duke School of Medicine
Durham County Middle School: Create an after school program for 7th and 8th grade girls to increase self-esteem, positive coping skills and healthy body image and exercise behaviors.  Click here to learn more.

Nancy Shinouda and Brandon Yarns, ECU Brody School of Medicine
SurgiCenter: Develop and conduct a pediatric pre-op class and tour for children scheduled for surgery to lessen possible fears or anxieties concerning the surgical experience. Click here to learn more.

Anita Unnithan and Brandy Edwards, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Summer Significant Academy Club of the United Way and the Red Cross: Develop and implement a first aid program for children ages 8 – 11. The purpose of START (Stop, Think, & Act Responsibly Today) First Aid is to introduce topics such as emergency action steps, rescue breathing, the Heimlich maneuver, how to stop bleeding and treat wounds, as well as self-protective measures, in a fully hands-on, interactive manner. Click here to learn more.

Laura Wolfe, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Little Willie Center: Create an after school program for children to learn to plant and grow a vegetable garden and incorporate healthy habits into their lifestyle.  Click here to learn more.


Nicoleta Agrigoroae-Bolos and Homa Azargoon, UNC School of Dentistry
Their primary focus was to incorporate a preventative component to the North Carolina Mission of Mercy (MOM) Open Door Dental Clinic which holds mobile events to provide oral health services to those in remote dental care shortage areas in NC. Their project focused on preventive education and proper brushing and flossing techniques to improve patients’ oral health. Addressing small groups of people at a time, they used visual aids and Spanish interpreters to ensure the message was clear. To get patients started, they were given free dental kits. They reached over 875 people and were overwhelmed by the positive feedback to their efforts. They created a program manual which will be used by ENNEAD, a service oriented organization at the UNC School of Dentistry, who will continue their educational outreach at MOM events.

Wylie Carhartt and Holly Moye, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Project F.U.N.: Families Understanding Nutrition served more than 80 participants at Greene County Family Literacy. Their primary goal was to improve nutrition literacy and promote physical activity in the underserved migrant Latino community.  The objectives included providing nutrition education at an age-appropriate level, encouraging lifelong physical activity, providing valuable budget education, and increasing the bonds within family units. Through cooking classes for each individual family and field trips to local farmers markets and grocery stores, they strived to place children and their families on the right track toward making more health-conscious decisions. Participants received a cookbook of all the program’s recipes to encourage their commitment to health. Staff members at the site will incorporate Wylie and Holly’s curriculum into their summer programming and two student volunteers will continue the physical activity sessions.

Natalie Desouza and Rita Sridaran, ECU Brody School of Medicine
With the help of TEACH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication-Handicapped Children) and the Pitt County Chapter of the Autism Society of NC, Natalie and Rita provided a 6-week summer camp for  children with autism in eastern North Carolina that focused on social training skills. They had 40 children total in all four groups; 31 with autism and nine neurologically typical siblings. TEACCH and the Autism Society of NC have committed to sustaining the camp. The Autism Society paying for camp activities and providing stipend for two camp leaders. TEACCH will have one employee at every event so there is always someone on site with experience.

Bari Eberhardt and Mary Catherine Knight, ECU Brody School of Medicine
“ Standing Tall: Building Bones, Building Futures” focused on promoting bone health in middle school aged children through nutrition, physical activity, and empowerment in decision making.  They visited each 6th, 7th and 8th grade classroom in Pitt County twice in order to reinforce their message and assess retention. They also visited the Boys and Girls Clubs. Through their efforts, they reach 723 children. For sustainability, they provided teachers with the handouts, quizzes and educational materials used so the information can be implemented into future lesson plans.

Katie Hawn, UNC School of Dentistry
Katie provided oral health education to children who entered UNC Hospitals with such poor oral health that they require general anesthesia for dental treatment. She collaborated with Toothfairy Island Inc. to develop an appropriate educational curriculum and protocol targeted for this population. Using interactive materials, Katie worked to improve oral hygiene skills, promote nutrition, and increase oral health knowledge to prevent future trips to the operating room for dental treatment. Katie  reached 170 children and their families and she has trained two dental student volunteers to continue the educational outreach.

Annada Hypes and Kristin Daley, UNC Charlotte School of  Psychology
Their Beautiful Girls program aimed to nurture self esteem, body image, interpersonal relationships, coping skills, and mindfulness in 40 middle school girls through activities that increase awareness of the self and media influences. The program was offered as an apprenticeship with the Citizen Schools Program, a national program which provides free after-school activities for at-risk youth. The 10-week Beautiful Girls program was held at Eastway Middle, Albemarle Middle, and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle. The program is now an undergraduate practica opportunity for students majoring in psychology. Two students have been selected to lead the program at two sites in the fall. In addition, Citizen Schools is adopting the curriculum into their NC program and possibly nationwide as well.

John Lawrence, The Divinity School at Wake Forest University
John sought to help bridge the informational divide that often exists between the homeless and the various communal services that seek to assist the economically disadvantaged. To accomplish this task, John arranged for a number of representatives from various housing, food, clothing, and medical aid programs to speak to the residents of the Bethesda Shelter on the services their organizations provide for the homeless. These information sessions also involved a time in which the homeless men and women of the Center were able to speak individually with the presenters and John on specific concerns and needs. In addition, John spent a significant amount of time listening to the life stories, struggles, and hopes that the homeless men and women offered. He also sought to be a sounding board for the residents in their expressions of spiritual needs, frustrations, and beliefs.

Martha Mills, Duke University School of Nursing
Martha’s goal was to increase knowledge of available resources to senior residents and care providers in the Cleveland community. Working through the Johnston County Council on Aging,  information was distributed  to senior residences, physician offices, health fairs, churches and  community–based organizations, reaching over 200 people. Martha also initiated a Powerful Tools for Caregivers class which is a six-week training series to help those who care for people with long-term illness with coping strategies which allow them to relieve stress, anger, frustation, and fatigue as well as focused on community skills and working through caregiver decisions. Martha will lead a monthly caregivers support group. Martha will continue to lead the caregivers class and support group in the Cleveland community.

Shayla Nesbitt, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Shayla conducted a health education outreach with an emphasis on HIV awareness. Other topics included nutrition and exercise, stress reduction techniques, breast and cervical cancer prevention, cardiovascular health, and reproductive health. She conducted one-on-one sessions for 430 women at the Community Care Clinic. She held weekly education sessions (one in Spanish and one in English) for 91 women at Today’s Woman. Shayla also reached 81 women through monthly sessions at Laura’s Hair Salon.

Mrinali Patel and Brad Perez, Duke School of Medicine
Brad and Mrinali worked at the Open Door Clinic of Wake County gathering appropriate social histories from 200 patients to provide a current summary of health information to the volunteer physicians. They also focused on increasing STI screening and immunization rates. Through their efforts, the clinic was able to set up a program to offer HIV and syphilis testing at no extra charge through state funding. 08-09 NC Fellow Kerry Colby will continue their efforts in addition to adding a domestic violence prevention element.

Ashley Schaaf, UNC School of Dentistry
Ashley’s primary goal was to promote oral facial prevention awareness. She provided 52 custom made mouthguards to youth through the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department and the Triangle United Soccer League.  She increased awareness by presenting numerous table clinics at local health fairs reaching over 500 people. In addition, she also presented at  the Annual State Dental Meeting and conducted a continuing education course for a local health department. For sustainability, she created a Sports Dentistry elective class offered at UNC School of Dentistry. Furthermore, two volunteer dental students will continue her mouthguard project.

Jessica Watson, UNC School of Medicine
“Art for Life” provided a safe, open environment in which four homebound adults could conduct art projects while engaging in critical and creative thought.  Over the course of eight months, Jessica met with each participant in her home two to four hours two to three times a month.  Together, Jessica and each participant completed over ten projects, working with a variety of mediums.  The goal was not the art itself, but to provide an outlet for expression and, as a result, improve their overall quality of life.

Bryant Cameron Webb, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Bryant provided mentoring and health education for African American teens and encouraged their interest in the health professions and their role as community advocates.

Courtney Weems, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Courtney program aimed to increase awareness of the occupational and recreational risks of the sun, and the role it plays in skin cancer diseases for tourists, workers in the tourism industry and community members of Avery County. She also expanded her efforts to include children and adults in eastern NC. She reached over a thousand people through lectures, training sessions, and participation in eight community events.  Courtney and 06-07 NC Fellow Marie Rowe held sun safety training sessions for teachers across the state. They are also working on incorporating sun safety awareness into the elementary and middle school curriculums.


Emily Davies, Duke School of Medicine
Emily’s program, “Comprensión,” provided health professional students with opportunities to interact with the Latino community and learn more about Latino culture while participating in community service projects. Her main effort was to organize Spanish health education classes at the Teer House taught by eight medical students and one physical therapy student. Class topics covered anxiety, depression, low back pain, sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes education, pediatric nutrition and asthma.  The classes will continue next year at El Centro Latino and in rural sites to migrant workers. Volunteers also provided breast cancer education to 75 Latinos at a health fair and attended lectures regarding the issues facing the Latino community and migrant workers.

Dan Dison and Jonathan Tovey, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Dan and Jonathan conducted an after school program for 18 fourth and fifth grade boys to increase cultural awareness and promote healthy lifestyles at Easton Elementary School in Winston-Salem. The program focused on physical fitness, nutrition, hygiene, disease prevention, and cultural sports and dance.

Kim Hammersmith and Stephanie Manning, UNC School of Dentistry
Kim and Stephanie designed a 5-lesson oral health curriculum to educate 3- and 4-year-olds on proper oral hygiene, good nutrition, and visiting the dentist. Together, they visited twelve Chapel Hill/Carrboro Head Start classrooms which served 180 children. They visited each classroom for a one hour lesson five times throughout the school year.

Laura Heringer, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Laura created a companionship program for seriously ill residents at long term care facilities. Sixteen health professional students regularly visited 23 residents at the Winston-Salem Rehabilitation and Health and Silas Creek Manor. The residents benefited by the social interaction and mental stimulation. The volunteers learned how to communicate and connect with this population and discovered the challenges that they face. Laura created a geriatric care interest group at Wake Forest School of Medicine to raise awareness of end-of-life issues and how to better care for the geriatric population. Laura encouraged participated to volunteer in her program and scheduled lunch talks regarding hospice and palliative care, terminal illness and dementia, and holistic care during the dying process. The program is being sustained by the interest group and is an elective credit requiring 30 hours of participation.

Shelby Kaplan and Brooke Merritt, ECU School of Medicine
Through their project, “Healthy Smile, Healthy Child,” Shelby and Brooke visited 1,297 kindergarteners and first graders in 16 public schools in Pitt County to educate children about oral health and the importance of being healthy by observing the ABCs:  Avoiding sugar, Brushing their teeth, and Consuming calcium. Many of the classes will incorporate the project into their curriculum. In addition, Shelby and Brooke created an information website, www.ecu.edu/orgs/schweitzer-fellows/healthysmiles, which will be maintained by the Office of Generalist Programs at Brody School of Medicine.

Kris Karvelas, UNC School of Medicine
Kris provided Expressive Arts Therapy to patients in oncology and pediatrics at UNC Hospitals.  Through the process of drawing sketches of healing goals, making wish dolls and reflecting on their illness, patients are encouraged to participate in their healing process and to find the strength to cope with their disease. Kris interacted one-on-one with 40 adult patients and in a group setting with 95 pediatric patients. In addition, he also worked with 56 family members who were visiting patients and with 35 staff members who wished to learn about Expressive Arts therapy or wanted to bond with their patients. The UNC Pediatric Interest Group and a undergraduate pre-med service organization will volunteer in pairs to continue the wish doll project with the pediatric department.

Ian Nelligan, UNC School of Medicine
Ian provided accessible HIV/AIDS education, counseling and screening for underserved Hispanic/Latino communities of Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties. He also conducted cardiovascular screenings and health education.

Margareth Pierre-Louis, UNC School of Medicine
Margareth created SHAKE (Sisters for Health Awareness through Knowledge & Exercise) a twelve-session nutrition and dance program for eleven minority high school women at the Lyon Park Community and Family Life Recreation Center in Durham. Maggie engaged participants in an interactive curriculum focused on teaching healthy eating behaviors and physical wellness.

Alexandra Rogers and Jenny Smith, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Alex and Jenny offered prenatal and postpartum women’s health education classes including
breastfeeding, labor and delivery, STDs, family planning, postpartum depression,
and prenatal care at Imprints for Expectant Families and Today’s Woman Women’s Health Clinic in Winston Salem. Together, they reached 230 women. They also participated in home visits with Imprints to answer the health related questions of new mothers. For sustainability, they trained the health educators and nurses to teach the classes and provided their program curriculum.

Marie Rowe and Paige Clark, ECU School of Medicine
Marie and Paige created S.O.S. “Save Our Skin” to increase awareness of the occupational and recreational risks of the sun, and the role it plays in skin cancer diseases for children and commercial fishermen in and around Carteret County.  They educated 400 children through the Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina and 275 middle and high schools students. They reached thousands of commercial fisherman and their families through local festivals, fishing tournaments and church events. Two screenings were held which screened 120 people.

Shatima Seward and Jasmine Smith, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Shatima and Jasmine created a program for teen girls and young mothers promoting healthy choices through emphasis on nutrition and obesity, positive body image, and sex education. They held an event for teens and a series of education classes for young mothers a Today’s Women Health Clinic.

Blair Simpson, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Blair initiated a Fall Prevention Program for the adult population of Forsyth County through The Shepherd’s Center. It is a four component program including assessment of environmental hazards, medication education, physical fitness, and the EMS Vial of Life project. An EMS Vial of Life contains important medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment when the patient cannot speak for his/herself.

Rachel Simpson, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Rachel conducted a health education outreach for teen mothers in Pitt County using both home visits and group sessions. Topics include nutrition, safety in the home, breastfeeding, oral health, early infant care, exercise needs, post partum depression and the importance of setting and achieving goals. Rachel mentored 18 young mothers throughout the course of the year.

Patrick Smith, UNC School of Medicine
Patrick taught weekly ESL classes to 15 Spanish speaking parents and their children
at Estes Hills Elementary School in Chapel Hill to help families take a greater role in their children’s education. The classes consisted of homework help, education games and songs, creative art work, math practice, English grammar, role playing situations in English, and contacting teachers.

Anthony Wang, Duke School of Medicine
Anthony expanded the Durham Parks and Recreation youth soccer program from three teams with 38 children to eight teams with 100 children. Anthony recruited and trained twelve volunteer coaches consisting of graduate school students and parents. To assist with the coaching efforts, Anthony created a manual with skill and mentoring tips. He also secured the necessary equipment for the Parks and Recreation. Based on the success of Anthony’s project, Durham Parks and Recreation plans to expand the program to accommodate 200 children.


Yvonne Ator Whitelaw, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Yvonne designed and implemented the HIV PACT (HIV Prevention via Awareness, Counseling &Testing) program to populations throughout eastern NC. HIV awareness was implemented by identifying and dispelling myths and misconceptions associated with HIV in order to alleviate the stigma that hinders testing. Free on-site OraQuick Rapid Testing was provided. Pre- and post-test counseling was also provided to deal with the profound psychological, social and medical impact on the individual. Yvonne held workshops, educational sessions, health fairs, a block party, bake sales, walks, and booths to conduct her program. Yvonne’s team tested 163 people and educated 664.

Natalie Muth and Avik Chatterjee, UNC School of Medicine
Natalie and Avik created a program where nine (9) teen health educators from Cedar Ridge High School could serve as healthy living role models by teaching a twelve-week nutrition and physical activity curriculum to 43 students in fourth grade classrooms at Grady Brown Elementary School. This project became the official community service project of the AMA student group at UNC who will continue the program. In addition, interested school officials from Wilkes County and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools wish to implement the program in their districts.

Nick Crosby, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Nick provided physical activity classes three times a week for older adults in the Winston-Salem area. These classes were designed to maintain strength and endurance in order to continue the independence the adults enjoyed for so many years. The classes will be sustained by the Exercise Physiology Department at Winston-Salem State University.

Jacob Cuellar, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Jacob designed and implemented a culturally appropriate healthy lifestyles four week camp for fifty (50) Spanish speaking children in grades K through 5th at GR Whitfield Elementary School. Jacob used the CATCH curriculum (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) to promote nutrition, diabetes awareness and prevention, and physical fitness. Each age group participated in 18 sessions of physical activity, which consisted of fun non-competitive moderate to vigorous physical activities chosen from the CATCH Kids Club Activities Set.  Children were provided with a free lunch each day. In addition, Jacob held eight (8) health education sessions for the parents of the fifty (50) participants. As a result of his work with this community, Jacob has been working to establish a permanent Hispanic Community Center in Greenville, NC.

Marcella Daniel, Duke School of Medicine
Marcella led a health professions recruitment and exposure program (HPREP) to increase the awareness of high school students of the opportunities available in the health professionals. Twenty-six 11th and 12th grade students from the seven high schools in Durham participated in the program. The program consisted of eight Saturday sessions each of which were four hours long. Sessions included college preparation and SAT review, tours of radiology/operating room, and ethics in medicine. Students also learned how to conduct patient interviews and a physical exam. A fundraising banquet was which raised money for the $500 and $1000 scholarships that were awarded to the two students with the highest overall scores of the program. The program will be continued by the Student National Medical Association.

Chris Durham, UNC School of Dentistry
Chris taught proper oral hygiene techniques and provided oral disease education for 171 minority teens in Orange and Vance Counties.  The program was designed to educate them on what causes and how to prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer, and diabetes.  He also discussed opportunities in the health professions.

Jessica Flynn, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Jessica raised awareness and provided information about the Medicare update to 191 seniors in Pitt County and surrounding areas. Jessica focused on cost, benefits and coverage to help seniors make information decisions. Although Jessica held several group presentations, the majority of her project was spent one on one with seniors assessing their individual situations. Jessica also provided education sessions for 24 physicians and office staff so they could make informed decisions about their health care plans.

Michael Gwaltney and Joel Chisholm, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Michael and Joel created a stroke prevention program based on group education presentations using materials from the Stroke Association followed by one-on-one testing and counseling. They reached over 1200 community members throughout the course of their project. The Pitt County Health Department Stroke Coalition will sustain Michael and Joel’s program.

Carrie Hamby and Liz Deans, UNC School of Medicine
Liz and Carrie developed a nutrition and physical activity education program for Latina mothers at the Prospect Hill Community Health Center. Classes were kicked off by a walking group to encourage regular physical activity. Each class was taught by interspersing short lessons with activities, discussion, cooking lessons, or exercises. Children also participated in the program. Training was provided to the Maternity Care Coordinators from the six clinics of the Piedmont Health Services network so they can sustain the program. In addition, the Immigrant health Initiative of Siler City will be incorporating the classes and materials into their Diabetes Education Program as part of a 2006-2008 Health and Wellness Trust Fund grant. Plus, the UNC Student Health Action Coalition Community Projects branch will use the materials at local health fairs.

Page Inman, Duke School of Medicine
Page tutored and mentored 12 girls and boys at the Concern of Durham. The majority of her work was spent one-on-one with the teens to help them academically, provide emotional support, and expand their horizons. Community service projects were also an integral part of the program. Students from the American Medical Women’s Association will continue Page’s efforts.

Jin Yi Kwon and Noz Yamauchi, UNC School of Dentistry
Jin Yi and Noz improved the oral health for 80 residents at the Chapel Hill Rehabilitation Center. Residents had their teeth brushed, gums wiped, dentures marked and cleaned, fluoride applied and teeth flossed. Those with interested family members were taught how to maintain proper oral hygiene for their loved ones. In addition, the Fellows established meaningful relationships with the residents to improve their overall quality of life.  The Fellows also taught an in-service oral health education session for 30 staff members to help ensure that they can provide good oral residential care on a consistent basis. Noz will continue to volunteer at the center. Jin Yi will set up her dental practice ½ mile from the center to continue to meet the needs of the residents.

David Mann, Wake Forest School of Medicine
David offered mentoring and healthy lifestyles education to 5th grade minority students at Easton Elementary School in Winston-Salem.  David focused on the value of eating healthy balanced meals, the importance of living an active lifestyle, and the need for education.  He met with eight children on a biweekly basis throughout the course of the school year and ten additional children on a less formal basis.

Steven Manning and Cindy Johns, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Steven and Cindy provided diabetes and obesity education for 200 residents in the Hobgood community. They held monthly clinics, weekly education sessions and one on one education through home health visits. The monthly clinics are being sustained by medical students.

Shelly Strickland, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Shelly provided a four week summer camp through the Indian Education Association in Robeson County to promote health lifestyles to 230 Lumbee children ages 8 to 12 years old. A central theme of the camp was pride and discovery of the Lumbee cultural heritage. At every session, Shelly emphasized the idea of W.A.L.K.: to be WISE in the decisions they make when choosing snacks and foods, to be ACTIVE (exercise is key), to LEARN as much as they can about their role as caretakers of their bodies, and to KNOW the information so they can educate others.  The Girl Scouts of Robeson County assisted Shelly with her project and sustain her programming at the camp.

Virginia Stewart. ECU Brody School of Medicine
Virginia served 650 community members in Greenville through a health education series given in Spanish at local churches, free clinics, and community health fairs with a prominent Latino population. In addition, disease screenings were provided for breast cancer, stroke and diabetes.
Virginia also assisted people who lack health insurance to apply HealthAssist at all program events and at the Pitt County Care Clinic.


Meg Stokes Alden, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Meg developed and implemented a Picture Exchange Communication System for nonverbal children at The Special Children’s School. She piloted the program with five preschool age children. The teachers at the school are incorporating the program into the school’s curriculum.

Emma Archibong, Duke University School of Medicine and UNC School of Public Health
After much community feedback, Emma organized a walking group for the residents of the Morreene Road Housing Development in Durham. Twice weekly, Emma would lead ten to fifteen residents on a walk on a neighborhood path. Residents could measure their activity with pedometers Emma provided. Monthly nutrition seminars were held to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors. Many of the residents have reported significant weight loss and have indicated they will continue the walking group on their own.

Antonio Braithwaite, UNC School of Dentistry
Antonio applied fluoride varnishes and conducted oral hygiene education for 286 children and their parents.

Lauren Brubaker and Gigi Marsil MacDonald, UNC School of Medicine
Lauren and Gigi created a student run organization at Student Health Action Committee (SHAC) clinics in Carrboro and Bloomer Hill and at local health fairs to enroll eligible children in low or no cost health insurance funded through NC Health Check and NC Health Choice. They handed out over 130 applications which they helped the parents complete or were filled out by the parents at home. In addition, they provided 350 parents and children with educational materials in English and Spanish to strengthen children’s knowledge of a healthy lifestyle while giving parents the tools to implement healthy behaviors in their children. Their program is being sustained by the SHAC clinics. They recruited 50 UNC School of Medicine students to volunteer with their project.

Kathy Colville, UNC School of Public Health and Social Work
Kathy spearheaded a male mentoring and gender violence prevention program in two (2)
Alamance County middle schools. Six adult and teen male mentors were trained and 25 middle schoolers completed the program. The program will be continued next year. Kathy also conducted domestic violence community education presentations to churches, middle schools and other community groups in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Unit.

Meredith Davis, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Meredith assisted the Lions Club Vision Van with their community screenings for early detection of eye problems. The Vision Van screens for visual acuity, visual field loss (which can indicate diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, or glaucoma), and glaucoma/increased eye pressure.  In addition to screening, Meredith educated patients regarding the risks associated with various eye diseases, encouraged patients to schedule further exams when appropriate and ensured that patients with financial needs are connected with the appropriate local Lions Club in order to receive aid for treatment. Meredith visited 9 community sites where the van screened 439 people of which 201 were referred to an eye care professional for further evaluation.

Moss Fenberg and Shad Saunders, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Moss and Shad created a voucher system to provide patients at the Community Care Center with eyeglasses for $20 to $30 a pair instead of the usual $80 to $150 a pair. Over 200 eyeglasses have been distributed to date. Moss and Shad also worked every evening at the clinic doing one on one education sessions with over 250 patients. They also conducted 4 sessions on diabetes and eye care to approximately 75 patients each time.

LaTure Hicks, Duke University School of Nursing
LaTure provided cancer prevention and early detection train the trainer sessions for forty (40) volunteers in five (5) African American churches in northeast Charlotte. These sessions focused on colon, lung, breast and prostate cancer. Topics included early detection, prevention, screening, and nutrition and physical recommendations. The congregations received breast, prostate, lung, and colon models; presentation flip charts; train-the-trainer packets; education materials; pre-post test materials; and contact information. In addition, she provided community cancer screenings for 97 individuals and 103 people participated in her health education programs.

Aaron Lesher, Duke University School of Medicine
Aaron created and managed a medical linkage system at the Durham Center, an addiction clinic, to set up appointments for patients who need other types of medical care from local medical providers. Aaron made appointments for 25 patients for primary care visits and 10 patients for other types of medical care. The clinic staff will now utilize and maintain this system.

Mignon Metcalf, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Mignon designed and performed a healthy lifestyles program for 28 minority girls ages 11 to 13 at Operation Sunshine. In addition to the healthy lifestyle curriculum, this comprehensive summer program included health care screenings, community service projects, goal setting, journaling, and field trips.

Natalie Rodgers, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Natalie performed a heart healthy education program aimed primarily at women. She discussed the risk factors and healthy lifestyles tips with 260 women both one on one and through group sessions at the Martin County Healthy Department and churches and fairs in Pitt County.

Maria Trent, UNC School of Medicine
Maria worked with 16 preteen minority girls from the Hargraves Center in Chapel Hill. She taught the girls STEP routines which they performed at local events several times throughout the year. This high energy dance program significantly bolstered the girls’ self confidence and self esteem. Maria also conducted nutrition and basic life science education to encourage healthy behaviors.  In addition, she mentored the girls as they explored future career choices to encourage them to set concrete goals and establish paths to reach those goals. Maria was inducted into the E.S. Mayer Community Service Honor Society at the UNC School of Medicine for her work with the girls. Two UNC classmates will continue her project at the Hargraves Center next year.

Claudine Warfel and Mark Corbett, ECU Brody School of Medicine
Claudine and Mark initiated a home visitation program for forty (40) patients of the University Health System. They conducted frequent in home visitations with a core group of twelve (12) additional patients in order to have maximum impact on their health and maintain continuity of care. Home visitations included an evaluation of the patient’s functional abilities, eating behaviors, home environment, medications, availability of help from caregivers, and basic physical assessments.


Kimberly Alexander-Bratcher, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
Kate B. Reynolds Pediatric Center of Greene County Health Care: Conducted a breastfeeding-teaching intervention for Hispanic mothers.

Cameron Anderson, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
Cameron created a program to teach children about the benefits of exercise and nutrition while incorporating a way the students could help children with disabilities. She partnered with the Family Support Network of Eastern NC to match 24 “Super Kids,” between the ages of 7 – 11, with “Super Pals,” children with disabilities. The Super Kids trained for a 1 mile race in April to provide a make-a-wish come true for their Super Pal. Over 20% of the Super Kids in the obesity or at risk for obesity category lost weight in the program. All children scored significant improvements on post nutrition surveys. Cameron raised $10,000 in cash and thousands more in goods and services.

Trey Bradley, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Trey worked at the Community Care Center/Centro Clinico to create a system to obtain free medications for patients using Patient Assistant Programs (PAPS) of the major pharmaceutical companies. Over 200 individuals were enrolled in the program and over $3,500 worth of medicines are received monthly. As a result, the clinic has a much larger stock of samples and budgeted medicines for other patients who would not qualify for PAPS. Clinic staff has taken over managing Trey’s system.

Marie Clark and Amy Henriott, Duke School of Medicine
Marie and Amy organized health education workshops for the 12 women residents of the Genesis Home.

Mary Clingan, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Jeni worked with 50 pediatric oncology patients at Brenner’s Children Hospital through their Arts for Life program. She is writing a booklet in the form of a story that addresses cancer treatment to give to newly diagnosed children and their families.

Kelly Cobb, Duke School of Nursing
Kelly performed diabetes screening and health education to 60 migrant workers. She also taught emergency Spanish to 100 firefighters and paramedics in Caswell and Person Counties.

Mary Dawson and Nathan Meltzer, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
Mary and Nathan provided five breast cancer and four diabetes education workshops to HealthAssist community centers. They organized breast, prostrate and colorectal screenings through the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center at three HealthAssist community centers which resulted in over 100 people being screened. The Cancer Center has received a grant to sponsor another year of free cancer screenings. Mary and Nathan also created a workbook outlining the steps to applying for pharmaceutical assistance programs.

Mary Fox, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Mary created a diabetes education and prevention program. She reached 145 children and adults during 14 presentations at church meetings, health fairs, and after school programs in Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Andy Garrison, Duke School of Medicine
Andy initiated a smoking cessation program at the Lincoln Community Health Center. He received a $2,500 grant from the Duke Community & Family Medicine Department to supply nicotine patches and other supplies. He trained 19 student volunteers in smoking cessation counseling. Andy and his volunteers counseled 151 patients, 113 agreed to set a quit date. Twenty-seven percent of patients reported abstinence or a decrease in cigarette consumption. Andy’s program will be continued next year by a current medical student volunteer.

Andrea Havens, Duke School of Medicine
Andrea created a student-senior partnership to improve access of isolated community dwelling seniors in Durham to services that would improve their quality of life and position the students to serve as advocates for their seniors. Twelve student-senior partnerships were formed. Two volunteers will continue the program next year. A new “Community Partners” course at Duke Medical School has been designed with input from Andrea. Medical students will be paired with people of various ages who suffer from chronic illness to learn from them what it is like to live with chronic disease.
Chris Heaney, University of North Carolina School of Public Health
Chris worked with the West End Revitalization Association (WERA) to address health disparities related to failing septic systems and contaminated well water supplies in West End, White Level and Buckhorn/Perry Hill. With his help, WERA received a $10,000 grant from the Carolina-Shaw Partnership for the Elimination of Health Disparities-Project EXPORT to continue their efforts.  They also received a $100,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to continue their work to create partnerships to address and solve environmental issues.

Amber McLendon, University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy
Amber conducted home visits to 54 seniors in Orange County to help them obtain prescription assistance. She also trained employees at the Department of Aging on prescription assistance programs and developed an insurance resource manual for use in helping their patients.

Caroline Morgan, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
Caroline conducted a “Body Basics” nutrition class to 20 children ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 at the Boys and Girls Club in Greenville.

Kristin Schaible and Amy Sommer, University of North Carolina School of Public Health & University of North Carolina School of Social Work
Kristin and Amy designed and implemented a free, churched based diabetes foot clinic in Hurdle Mills through collaboration with the Student Health Action Coalition Outreach. Approximately 75 patients have been seen at the clinic during this pilot year. SHAC Outreach will continue to work with the community to run the clinic. Their project won UNC’s Office of the Provost’s Public Service Award and placed third in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Secretary’s Award for innovations in health promotion and disease prevention.

Jeff Sung and Susan Kansagra, Duke School of Medicine/Fuqua School of Business
Susan and Jeff developed a child abuse prevention workshop for parents. A pilot with two parent groups was very successful. Tests revealed that the mothers were actively learning from the presentations, and surveys indicated that they would be taking steps to teach their children prevention techniques.  SAFEchild has a core set of volunteers that will be trained to present this material and will give presentations year-round.

Rajesh Swaminathan, Duke School of Medicine
Rajesh screened 100 patients at the Freemont Clinic for metabolic syndrome and conducted education sessions about the condition.

Cherisse Thomas, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Cherisse organized scoliosis screenings for 226 children between the ages of 11 and 15 at ten (10) summer camps throughout eastern NC. Her program referred 26 children to a physician for further evaluation. She also organized a support group sponsored by the Scoliosis Association to provide a strong network for scoliosis patients and parents, give adolescent scoliosis patients an opportunity to meet other kids with the same condition, to promote self esteem and to provide information about coping and treating scoliosis.


Renee Banaszak and Wafa Badwan, East Carolina University School of Medicine Through Renee’s and Wafa’s efforts, over 500 minority and elderly women in rural eastern North Carolina received information about breast cancer and the importance of self breast exams and annual mammography.

Arlene Chung, East Carolina University School of Medicine student
Arlene performed over 350 diabetes and hypertension screenings, nutritional counseling and health education at the JOY soup kitchen in Pitt County. She also conducted eight disease management workshops on diabetes, hypertension, physical activity and nutrition. The Greenville Community Shelter, the Family Practice Center at Brody School of Medicine, HealthAssist, and Kate B. Reynolds Foundation are now using Arlene’s curriculum from these workshops. She organized a community fair in October, 2002, over 30 medical student volunteers to provide over 100 diabetes and hypertension screenings, health education, referrals to the homeless shelter center, enrollment for an indigent care health plan, and breast cancer awareness education. She also created a Health Status Tracking Database, a program to track each enrollee’s health risk factors and health status for Health Assist (an indigent care health plan for the uninsured). This system is used to target individuals for education and disease management in addition to statistical analysis for grant purposes.

Jennifer Farmer and Benjamin Gilmer, East Carolina University School of Medicine Jennifer and Benjamin enrolled over 250 uninsured people into an insurance program. Benjamin initiated a student community service group dedicated to sustaining this project and many others in the Fountain Clinic and the Pitt County Emergency Department.

Renee Ferrari and Rani Shankar, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Renee and Rani developed a formalized mentoring curriculum to better train and support doulas at UNC Hopsitals and increase their volunteer activity. They created a photo novella of laboring women and their doulas to document and share the doula’s role in birth and increase visibility of the program among hospital staff and visitors. These pictures will be on display at UNC Hospitals and on rotating display at 24 outlying prenatal clinic that send patients to UNC Hospitals for labor and delivery.

Robin Gaines, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Robin taught an English as a second language course to 215 Mexican migrant farmworkers at six camps in Snow Hill that also encompassed basic health and safety issues.

Jena Ivey, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy
Jena conducted 100 visits to the homes of community dwelling elders in Orange County to establish their health literacy and medication use and to conduct health care education. Results were given to the Orange County Department on Aging to target the medication-related needs of elders in the community.

Melissa Keene, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Melissa developed and implemented End of Life Care Ministries in 6 Faith Communities in Winston-Salem to educate community members about end of life care decisions. This is an ongoing, continuing project that is currently enrolling an additional 3 churches and plans to expands to other congregations throughout Winston-Salem.

Sylvia Lee, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Sylvia conducted a series of eight health education classes in which physicians provided Orange County school teachers with basic medical information on typical presenting signs and social/developmental consequences of common childhood health problems. Attendance ranged from 13 to 33.

Andrea Locklear, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Andrea held five (5) diabetic health fairs and screened over 250 people and conducted diabetes education. She also held three (3) four-hour diabetic seminars with 12 participants. Dr. Kenneth Locklear will continue holding these seminars three times a year in his practice. She is in the process having a Native American Diabetic Awareness video produced as well as a Diabetes Education Video aimed specifically at Native Americans.

Kelley Mondi, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Kelley taught a women’s health education series at the Living Water Clinic for twenty-three women primarily of Latina heritage. Topics included nutrition, cancer, self esteem/domestic violence, stress reduction, cardiovascular health and reproductive health. The Clinic will continue to hold these classes every six months.

Kristin Olson-Kennedy, UNC-Charlotte School of Nursing
Kristin provided nursing service and health education for the Salvation Army Shelter for Homeless Women and Children, a 250-bed facility that is always filled to capacity. The clinic sees any average of 25 people a day.

Tanika Pinn, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Tanika conducted a teen leadership conference for fifty (50) students to develop leadership and improve self esteem to increase ability to handle everyday pressure, increase comfort level for seeking external support, and improve physical and emotional health.

Shelley Summerlin-Long, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health and School of Social Work
Shelley interviewed Latina mothers to identify barriers to health care and improve client services at the Piedmont Health Services clinics. Assisted with childbirth classes at the Carrboro Community Health Clinic.

Payson Thompson, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Payson screened 120 people for diabetes at 18 health fairs/churches. Twenty people tested positive for diabetes who did not know they had the disease.

Ginger Wike, NC State University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ginger rganized and initiated the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (SCAVSAB) to include increase awareness and education to the students and general public. The club hosted a public seminar on behavior training for dogs. Another session was held for the school’s laboratory animal research  (LAR) facility.  The club will be reviving the Human Animal Bond project designed to take approved animals to nursing homes to visit with the elderly.


Nadia Ahmed, Campbell University School of Pharmacy
Rockingham County: Established a Latino health initiative.

Carey Aselage and Rose Wilcher, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Orange County: Developed a youth empowerment program.

Arlana Bobo, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Formulated an after-school program for middle school children living in a Chapel Hill public housing community which focused on character education.

April Carson, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law student
Chatham County: Institutionalized an existing domestic violence pro bono project in order to ensure its longevity.

Julia Dombrowski and Karen Moore, Duke University School of Medicine
The NC Student Rural Health Coalition: Coordinated a women’s health initiative in Freemont, Garysburg, Tillery, Bloomerhill, Hobgood and Femaville.

David Edwards, Duke University School of Medicine
Salvation Army Shelter: Provided healthcare and education for the homeless.

William Fischer, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Murphy County: Initiated a peer-based STI education program for teenage students.

Angela Huang, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
The Genesis Home: Offered health education for the homeless.

Jon Hudson, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Community Partnership for End of Life Care: Instituted a pediatric palliative care program.

Lisa Jackson and David Whetstone, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Pitt County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and the Fountain Clinic: Provided health education materials to these locations.

Anisa Kassim and Lisa Fastnaught, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Siler City: Organized and implemented three peer-based weekend retreats for at-risk middle school students to promote intercultural awareness and respect.

Lisa Nelson, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Beaufort County: Conducted health education on HIV/AIDS and asthma for county residents.

Abraham Nussbaum, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Formulated a plan to increase the effectiveness of the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) in Carrboro.

Christopher Scott, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Educated farmers, forester, and commercial fisherman in Eastern North Carolina about skin cancer issues.

Shinu Singh, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Greenville Community Shelter: Conducted health education for the homeless and performed community awareness seminars to educate the public about homeless issues.


Joy Noel Baumgartner, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Threshold Program: Assisted women suffering from mental illness with gaining access to care for their reproductive health.

Charlotte Bell, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Orange County Department of Aging: Conducted a nutrition education and outreach program for the elderly.

Sara Benjamin, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
NC Cooperative Extension Service: Addressed issues of food insecurity in Durham and Orange Counties.

Melissa Green and Deborah Zysman, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Wake County: Collaborated with the county in a jail’s peer education STD program.

George Manuosos and Richard Murphy, Duke University School of Medicine
NC Student Rural Health Coalition: Offered health education, screenings, and interventions for the community of Princeville that was displaced by Hurricane Floyd.

Sumner Mitchell, UNC-Greensboro School of Public Health
Caswell Family Medical Center: Conducted workshops on nutrition, activity, and children’s health in order to address the issue of childhood obesity.

Patrick O’Malley, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Emergency Department, Pitt County Memorial Hospital: Formulated a healthcare outreach program.

Marylee Perry, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law
Family Violence/Rape Crisis Services of Chatham County: Developed a system which provided legal services for domestic violence victims by utilizing law students and pairing them with practicing attorneys from the DV Pro Bono Program.

Samuel Simmons, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
NC Farm Worker Health Program: Provided materials and education to farmers and farm workers about Green Tobacco Illness.

Erin Spelman, UNC-Charlotte School of Psychology
Provided parenting skills and health education for individuals in a Charlotte public housing project.


Scott Blackmon and Brooke Lawrence, Duke University School of Medicine
Shelter of Hope Clinic: Provided acute and preventive healthcare services as well as education for the homeless at this clinic.

Natasha Blakeney, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Person County: Recruited and trained lay health advisors for a breast cancer awareness program.

Clary Brown, Duke University School of Nursing
Eastway Elementary School and Centro Hispano: Provided a bilingual curriculum on healthy lifestyles for children.

Jean Davison, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Chewning Middle School: Developed, implemented, and tested the impact of a model Comprehensive Cardiovascular Fitness program for seventh graders.

Beth Dixon, Duke University School of Medicine
Durham County Mental Health Services: Provided mental health screening, referral, and follow-up services to the homeless shelters in Durham.

Razan Fayez, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law
Developed a program in which law students and attorneys provide representation for victims of domestic violence in Pittsboro.

Saber Ghiassi, UNC-Greensboro School of Public Health
Health Serve Clinic: Assisted with outreach efforts to include the Hispanic and Vietnamese communities.

Yalonda Lewis and Lara Shain, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Project StraightTalk: Worked to reduce the incidence of STD/HIV infection among racial/ethnic minorities and substance abusers by training barbers and beauticians to educate customers about risky behaviors.

Suzanne Miller, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
The Maternal Outreach Program:  Designed an education project to reduce the number of repeat teenage pregnancies.

Ivy Oakley, NC State University School of Veterinary Medicine
Rex Hospital: Provided pet therapy services to patients, trained new volunteers for the program, and established an ongoing relationship between NCSU and the hospital.

Reginald Obi, UNC-Charlotte School of Health Administration
The Salvation Army Women’s Clinic: Developed and implemented instructional
programs on hypertension and diabetes.

Elizabeth Payne, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Orange County: Provided nutrition education and outreach to seniors.

Michael Savona, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Forsyth County: Initiated a smoking cessation program for pregnant women.


Swati Agarwal and Aditee Pradhan, Duke University School of Medicine
Shelter for Hope and Genesis House: Expanded services and provided healthcare and education to the homeless.

Ahna Ballonoff and Mary Ellen Cunningham, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC): Developed training for HIV test-counseling.

Millicent Booker, Michelle Foster, Aquilla Highsmith and Evette Roach, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Chapel Hill High School: Continued a Sister-to-Sister program through its third year, with an emphasis on preparing girls for the future.

LaTony Brown, Duke University School of Nursing
Lincoln Community Health Center: Worked with an asthma initiative.

Tracy Bullard, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Robeson County: Worked on relationship building between female Native American elders and youth.

Sharon Castleberry, East Carolina University School of Medicine
East Coast Migrant Head Start Project: Provided creative developmental education to children.

Jeffrey Childers, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Alexander County Health Department: Developed a diabetes education and prevention program.

Stephen Clayton, UNC-Charlotte School of Health Administration
Mecklenburg County: Increased access to health services by increasing awareness of health coverage programs in this county.

Deborah Courtney, NC State University School of Veterinary Medicine
Introduced a pet therapy program to a nursing home in Raleigh.

Deepu Gowda, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Youth Task Force in Siler City’s Zero Tolerance Program: Worked with the Youth Task Force to develop school-based primary prevention as a response to domestic violence problems.

Mary Hartsell, Duke University School of Nursing
HealthServe Medical Clinic: Implemented an HIV screening and treatment clinic in Greensboro.

Jessica Potts, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law
Durham Teen Court: Worked with the director to recruit mentors at NC law schools, established a victim impact program, and developed a database.

Sameena Rahman, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Durham’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART): Helped implement protocols to assist victims of rape.

Cara Siano, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Performed community health worker training for grassroots Latino activists in Durham.

Christopher Sugg, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy
Wellness Center of Orange County: Provided drug education through home visits and monitoring drug compliance.

Angela Turner, Campbell University School of Pharmacy
Forsyth County: Provided pharmacists with a video resource that would expand their Spanish skills in order to properly inform patients on medication instructions.

Cinthia Williford, Duke University School of Physical Therapy
Provided physical therapy education to a culturally diverse group of geriatric patients and their families in parts of Central and Western North Carolina.


George Adams, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Wake County: Educated families living in rural Garner about heart disease, fire safety, and child safety through a series of weekend workshops.

Pamela Alston, LaToya Brown, Kristen Gill and Asha Proctor, UNC School of Medicine
Chapel Hill High School: Continued and expanded a Sister-to-Sister program, with an emphasis on the mental, physical and sexual wellness of African American teenaged women.

Laura Calamos, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Durham County: Provided education and support to families with a terminally ill relative.

Jonathan Collins, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Pitt County: Created the first Insulin Dependent Diabetes Support Group for children and parents in the county.

Karen Dixon, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Developed visual materials and manuals for health professionals to use to improve women’s health services in Garysburg.

Kelly Dooley and Susanne Engler, Duke University School of Medicine
Continued existing acute care and preventive services at a Durham homeless shelter while also expanding its services to women and children.

Anissa Emanual-Bullard, Duke University School of Physician Assistant
Organized a health summit for children, youth, parents, and professionals working in Robeson County to promote mentorship and utilization of current services.

James Emery, UNC School of Public Health
Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC): Developed and implemented a public health education program.

Mary Herring, Campbell University School of Pharmacy
Tri-County Health Center: Developed and implemented a diabetes education and screening program.

Michelle Holloman, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Marin County: Developed a grief education program and bereavement support group.

Claire Horton, Duke University School of Medicine
Lincoln Health Center: Implemented a series of weekly sessions in Spanish for Latina clients on the topics of pregnancy, parenting, access to healthcare, and domestic violence issues.

Dawn Johnson, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Spearheaded a grassroots prevention, education, and awareness campaign against the spread of HIV in Durham’s Black community.

Timothy Lahey, Duke University School of Medicine
Wayne County: Formed a three-tiered support network for individuals who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension.

Holly MacKenna, Bowman Gray School of Medicine
HOPE (HIV Outreach Program and Education): Lead a pediatric team to provide support services for a family in Mocksville.

Alan Muriera, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
STEP (Sexually Transmitted Epidemic Prevention Project): Restructured STEPs lay health advisor training manual to educate men in Wilson county.

Mandi Summers, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Wayne, Pitt, and Grant Counties: Examined the health status and injury rates of migrant farm worker children.


Andrew Bazemore, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Ocracoke Island: Increased awareness of high cholesterol-related health risks and provided cholesterol screenings for residents.

Andrea Bennett-Cain and Jennifer Brown, Bowman Gray School of Medicine
Forsyth County: Organized a church-based free clinic for the Hispanic community.

Michelle Collins, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Fremont: Provided occupational safety and health medical screening clinics.

Deborah Granick, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Southern High School: Developed a comprehensive health program for a school-based health center.

Tamara Gree, Tyhimba Hunt, Yewande Johnson and Deitra Williams, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Hillside High School: Developed a program called Sister-to-Sister which promotes healthy lifestyles to at-risk African American teenage youth in Durham.

Mark Hiatt, Bowman-Gray School of Medicine
North Wilkesboro: Improved breast cancer screening and detection for women in rural areas using telemedicine mammography.

Elizabeth Jarman, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Northampton County: Provided support and education to families and patients with acute confusion or dementia.

Sean Lucas, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Prospect Hill Community Health Center: Continued and expanded a farm worker dental clinic.

Fernando Martinez, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
Carrboro Health Department: Established an evening dental clinic.

Amy McMann, Duke University School of Medicine
Shelter for Hope: Improved and expanded the operation of Duke University’s medical student volunteer program at this free clinic.

Alexis Moore, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Open Door Clinic: Conducted a needs assessment to assist with the implementation of health education programs.

Shannon Norris, Duke University School of Medicine
Began a collaborative community effort to help minority women protect themselves from, and prevent the spread of, HIV.

John Ogle, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Pitt County: Improved nutrition, safety, and immunization rates for children.

Gregory Paul, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Healthy Church Program: Combated hypertension and diabetes in five low-income communities (Halifax, Nash, Wayne, Northampton, and Wake Counties).

Carla Picardo, Bowman-Gray School of Medicine
Maxton, NC: Provided a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention program.

David Thomas, Bowman-Gray School of Medicine
Boone, NC: Used a lay health worker model to provide health education programs to migrant farm workers.


Cynthia Boyd, Duke University School of Medicine
Durham County Health Department: Provided education and counseling about sexually transmitted diseases.

Farr Curlin, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Caswell County: Developed evening and weekend dental clinics for migrant farm workers.

Stacey Curnow, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Chatham County Health Department: Provided counseling and support for pregnant adolescents.

Tiffany Diers and Will Lane, Duke University School of Medicine
Developed a free health clinic through the homeless shelter in Durham.

Brian Forrest, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Wake County Health Department and Wake AHEC: Improved access to healthcare services.

Nichole Grier, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Club Nova: Coordinated outreach efforts for the mentally ill.

Maria Yadira Hurley, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Prospect Hill, NC: Provided health education for Hispanic migrant women and also guided them toward available resources.

Seth Kaplan, Duke University School of Medicine
Lowes Grove Middle School: Developed a curriculum on violence prevention.

Gaddy Lassiter, East University School of Medicine
Hertford County: Designed and implemented a program to educate the elderly about their medications.

Manoj Menon, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
IFC Shelter: Addressed the issues of poor dental care and alcoholism in the homeless population at this shelter in Chapel Hill.

Julia Nelson, East Carolina School of Medicine
Greenville Community Shelter: Provided health education for the homeless.

Ric Pardini, Bowman Gray School of Medicine
Improved screenings for cervical cancer and the follow-up on abnormal Pap smears for  Native American women in Cherokee.

Marva Price, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Martin, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties: Identified intergenerational factors between African American mothers and daughters that affected decisions to seek cervical cancer screenings.

Lana Riemann, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Northampton County: Produced a child development video using local children in order to educate young mothers.

Karen Schetzina, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Chapel Hill High School: Worked with at-risk youth to improve their healthcare knowledge and with them, produced a health fair for their ninth grade class.


Jennifer Allen, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Chatham County Health Department: Worked with leaders in churches and the community to educate citizens about the importance of breast and cervical cancer screening.

Elaine Denny, East Carolina University School of Medicine
Florence Crittenton Services of Greenville: Counseled pregnant adolescents on personal and infant care.

Theresa Flynn, Duke University School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
The Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center: Counseled families on strategies to prevent child abuse and lobbied the state legislature to improve child protection.

John Holtzapple, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
The Prospect Hill Community Health Center: Improved access to health services for rural teens in Caswell County.

Anne Howard, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Salvation Army Shelter: Developed a health screening program for homeless children.

Barbara Laraia, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Chatham County: Educated mothers in the Hispanic Community about the benefits of breastfeeding.

Laurie Pahel-Short, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Randolph County Health Department: Instituted a smoking cessation program for pregnant women.

Janet Simmons, ECU School of Medicine
Pitt County Aids Service Organization: Counseled adolescents about HIV and AIDS.

Steven Verbinski, Duke University Medical School
Fremont Community Health Clinic: Improved diabetes awareness.

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