Community Programs

SHAC works with local organizations to create sustainable programs which encourage community members to get involved in maintaining and improving their health. This effort includes identifying unmet needs, informing the community of these gaps, and providing support through materials, expertise, and volunteers. Current programs include:

  • Amigas en Salud (previously Latina Wellness Initiative)
    Amigas en Salud focuses on the well-being of the Latina women in the community. The program provides Latina women the opportunity to become physically active together through weekly Zumba classes. Educational programs range from nutrition to diabetes to domestic violence. By offering a space for positive health habits and friendship, Amigas promotes a sense of community for all Latinas.

  • Beyond Clinic Walls (previously Mobile SHAC)
    Beyond Clinic Walls aims to serve community members who have complex medical and/or social needs. Beyond Clinic Walls helps their clients to understand their often complicated health needs and to maintain contact with their health care providers. Focusing on children and geriatric patients living with chronic illnesses, interdisciplinary student teams make monthly home visits to their client. During these visits, students engage the client in activities that promote health and well-being as well as connect the family to community resources to fulfill unmet needs.

  • Flourish: Health Where You Are Planted
    The primary goal of Flourish is to enable low-income families to attain and maintain healthier diets and moderate exercise, thereby improving their health and quality of life in the long term.  The project combines Share Our Strength Cooking Matters cooking and nutrition classes offered through the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle with individualized wellness coaching provided by UNC students from all campuses.  Student volunteers complete a multi-week training program in which they learn from community leaders about topics related to the intersection of nutrition, health, and poverty.  Volunteers then have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of projects, including teaching Cooking Matters nutrition and cooking classes, leading Cooking Matters at the Store Tours, coaching one or more individuals or families, cooking healthy meals with women and children at the HomeStart residential facility with HOPE Cooks, and offering nutrition education in the SHAC clinic waiting room.  Not only do participating community members benefit, but also volunteers pursuing health related professions see first hand the obstacles low income individuals face to leading a healthy lifestyle and learn how these may be overcome.  This provides volunteers with enhanced insight that will allow them to better understand and meet their clients’ or patients’ needs in the future.
  • Get Covered Carolina
    Get Covered Carolina works with under served and vulnerable patients in the area in order to help them understand the online insurance marketplace and their options for insurance coverage. Certified Application Counselors sit down directly with consumers and walk them thorough the online insurance marketplace website and answer any of their questions or concerns about the application process, insurance, or any other related questions.
  • Refugee Health Initiative
    Refugee Health Initiative is a student health organization that matches student volunteers with newly resettled refugees to help them establish a medical care home and provide them with basic health information. Volunteers are matched with one other student and a family to meet consistently for 5-8 sessions. During these sessions volunteers cover topics on nutrition, physical activity, health literacy, understanding the medical system and mental health.
  • SALSA
    SALSA, or Spanish-speakers Assisting Latinos Student Association, is a student-run organization which provides interpreting services for SHAC's Spanish-speaking patients and helps translate SHAC-related written materials into Spanish. Volunteers are UNC students and employees seeking to practice and development their Spanish language and clinical interpreting skills.
  • SHAC HIV
    SHAC HIV provides free HIV and other sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and sexual health counseling in collaboration with the UNC infectious diseases clinic. Volunteer counselors are trained to perform on-site rapid testing for HIV and Hepatitis C (results in only 20 minutes) as well as lab testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia (results in one week). Additionally, counselors help patients identify ways to lower their personal risk of contracting STIs with safe-sex practices.
  • SHAC Outreach (previously Health Fairs and Education)
    SHAC Outreach collaborates with community organizations by participating in local health fairs. Volunteers conduct BMI, glucose, and blood pressure screenings, discuss health care concerns and provide health education. SHAC Outreach is especially involved with health fairs aimed at the Latino Community, such as Fiesta del Pueblo in Raleigh, Fiesta de la Familia in Carrboro, and St. Thomas More Health Fair in Chapel Hill.