National Primary Care Week Student Award
As part of National Primary Care Week (NPCW), the NC AHEC Program initiated a Primary Care Award to be given to an exemplary UNC-Chapel Hill student from a health affairs school such as Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, or Public Health. NPCW is an annual event to highlight the importance of primary care and to bring health care professionals together to discuss and learn about generalist and interdisciplinary health care, particularly its impact on and importance to underserved populations.
On October 31, 2005, NC AHEC Director Tom Bacon, DrPH, announced Manali I. Patel as the recipient of the first NC AHEC Primary Care Award. Patel was a 4th-year student at the UNC School of Medicine and holds a Master of Science in Public Health degree from UNC. A native of North Carolina, she served as a skills trainer for individuals with autism, was the 2004 president of the Eugene S. Mayer Community Service Honor Society, and was leader of Lay Health Worker Training with the Honduras Health Alliance, among multiple other volunteer activities.
For 2007, the award was given to two winners of the National Primary Care Week Essay Contest: Isaac Chan, first year student, UNC School of Medicine; and Jennifer R. Bonds, Master of Healthcare Administration candidate, UNC School of Public Health.