The FES program brings together faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. Scholars participate in sessions in community settings to learn from Carolina faculty and their community partners. While developing individual projects, each class of scholars forms a learning community along with the faculty and community course directors to support one another’s projects and community partners.
Dr. Mercer will be focusing on further development and expansion of the Community Health and Mobility Partnership (CHAMP) project. CHAMP is a falls prevention program that Dr. Mercer began in McDowell County in western North Carolina in 2009. The purpose of the program is to improve balance and mobility and decrease risk of falls in older adults.