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A HAPI Collaboration in Chapel Hill

HAPI (Health Affairs Pipeline Initiative) is a new collaboration from the health affairs schools at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. HAPI’s goal is to increase retention of underrepresented minority health career students at UNC Chapel Hill.

HAPI studentsThe HAPI partners are: NC AHEC Program; Department of Allied Health Sciences; School of Dentistry; NC Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP); School of Medicine; School of Nursing; UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy; Gillings School of Global Public Health; and School of Social Work. The following health affairs pipeline programs are also partners: the Carolina Pharmacy Leadership, Excellence, And Development (LEAD) program; the Medical Education Development (MED) Program; and the Science Enrichment Preparation (SEP) Program.

Photo right: High school students attending the Public Heath Symposium.

“We are extremely grateful for the support that this project receives from AHEC through the leadership of Jacqueline Wynn, NC AHEC associate director. Many more students have been reached through this grant than we could have ever accomplished individually,” said Brenda E. Mitchell, PhD, CCC-SLP, assistant professor and associate chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

The HAPI project provides a collaborative avenue for college students to learn about health career choices at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During 2013, HAPI projects included several events:

HAPI students

Photo above: SEP student volunteers at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure