CHHS Inaugural Alumni Breakfast
Calling all UNCW Seahawk CHHS Alumni. Please join alumni from programs in the College of Health and Human Services for the inaugural Alumni Breakfast at UNCW Homecoming 2013. The event will be held on February 16, 9:30 – 11:30 am in McNeill Hall, Room 1051 – Multi-purpose Room. Please make your plans now to attend this important event and enjoy a complimentary breakfast while you reminisce with classmates, faculty and staff. In addition, we are preparing gift bags, complete with CHHS materials for each alumni who attends the breakfast. More detailed information about the 2013 Homecoming can be found at http://www.uncw.edu/alumni/2013homecoming.html.
For the first time ever, we are bringing together students in the schools that make up the College of Health and Human Services: School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Social Work. You will not want to miss the opportunity to learn more about the many positive changes that have taken place at UNCW and in the CHHS, while helping us initiate an important tradition.
The event is free for alumni and their families and/or guests but you are required to register by February 10th. You may register at 910.962.2587 or 1.800.596.2880. You may also register online at http://www.uncw.edu/alumni/register.html.
You should be receiving an invitation from the Director of your School in the very near future. I share the Directors’ excitement for this event and look forward to meeting each of you and hearing about your Seahawk memories.
About the CHHS: “Together We Make a Difference”
The University of North Carolina Wilmington has made a strategic investment to address health preparation and services in southeastern North Carolina by establishing the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). CHHS was created to provide UNCW with a new mechanism to link and focus its health related research, professional continuing education, health knowledge dissemination, and application.
Approved by the UNCW Board of Trustees and the UNC Board of Governors in 2008, CHHS became a reality on July 1, 2010. CHHS is currently home to three professional schools: School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Social Work. Our focus is to effectively address health and quality of life issues by empowering underserved communities and vulnerable populations, eliminating health disparities, and improving acute and chronic health outcomes. CHHS is committed to the development of academically distinct programs of study that prepare students for the complexities of promoting wellness and treating illness, health-related interventions, dissemination of outstanding transdisciplinary applied research that advances both the science and practice of health and human services, and the establishment of effective partnerships, outreach, and service activities to help build healthier communities while developing and strengthening the health and human services workforce.
The faculty, staff, and students in CHHS embrace an interprofessional collaborative approach to enhancing the health and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities through prevention, health promotion and maintenance, and the restoration of physical, mental, and social well-being. While our efforts will have wide-ranging effects across the state and the nation, our primary focus will be on underserved communities and populations in southeastern North Carolina.
As a college we seek to be recognized for high quality teaching, research, and service. The hallmark of the CHHS experience is the application of theory to practice. Through in-class and field experiences, our students will learn to develop and apply knowledge regarding illness, health, wellness, and human needs, while recognizing and building upon the innate strengths and dignity of individuals and communities in which they work. In this, we prepare the highest quality professional who possesses a unique understanding of how to synthesize knowledge in transdisciplinary/interprofessional teams to address real community problems. Our students and faculty work in close partnerships with the community to discover and apply scientific knowledge that serves the public and produces tangible benefits to human beings in all their diversity.
Yours in Health,
Charles J. Hardy, Ph.D., M.S.
Founding Dean and Professor