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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.
The 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:
- Skit and Career Speed Dating for Summer Bridge students (view a video of the skit at http://media.med.unc.edu/ahs/ipe/ipe_skit.mov). Summer Bridge at UNC Chapel Hill provides top instructional and counseling staff to help its participants make the transition from high school to college during a rigorous, six-week academic program.
- Diversity Recruitment Fair for McNair Scholars and Carolina Advising Corp students. Representatives from Allied Health, Social Work, Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, and NC-HCAP presented vital information to students about their respective programs and the many opportunities within their studies.
- Hole in the Head: A Life Revealed film screening and Q&A with the author for 100 participants at the School of Social Work. The filmmaker and author of the book of the same title, Wilbert Smith, PhD, spoke about the book and film’s subject, Vertus Hardiman. Hardiman was one of ten students who were irradiated in 1927, receiving over 35,000 times the amount of radiation recommended, at a sanatorium in Lyles Station, Indiana. At the age of 85, he chose to share his story with Smith, who then documented the last two years of Hardiman’s life as the effects of radiation continued to haunt him.
- Public Health Symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill - During the weekend of June 7-9, 2013, a Public Heath Symposium for High School Students was headed by Trinnette Cooper. Twenty students from all over North Carolina stayed on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill to learn about public health through lectures and activities. The event culminated with the students presenting what they learned from their research on specific topics.
- Guidance Counselors and Youth Advisors of North Carolina Event & Durham New Schools Program - shared information on how high school students should prepare for competitive admissions.
- Book awards for ten students who participated and were admitted to programs
- Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure participation by 50 SEP students in Raleigh
- Medical Reader’s Theater presented to 200 participants at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill.
Photo above: SEP student volunteers at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure