Community Outreach

In addition to our support of direct service health programs, members of the Bloomer Hill staff engage in community organizing as a means to better health in rural, eastern North Carolina. Current areas of work include: working to help the community raise the money necessary to repair the water damaged roof of the Bloomer Hill Community Center; addressing occupational health hazards in community workplaces, paying particular attention to the effects of economic immobility on a worker's ability to deal with his or her health concerns; and educating community members about the growing constraints on access to healthcare for underserved populations and mobilizing to gain a grater voice in health institution decision making.

Additionally, students enrolled in MEDI 296, the Rural Health Elective, initiate projects that increase involvement in the community. In the past, these programs have included blood pressure screenings and health cooking workshops.