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In 2020, The Center for Health Innovation collaborated with the UNC School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development to offer awards that fund pilot projects aimed at promoting the well-being of faculty, staff, and/or students at the UNC School of Medicine as well as medical trainees serving within the UNC Health System.


PI: Dr. Terry Noah, MD, Professor (Pediatrics), Co-PI: Dr. Suzanne M. Kennedy, PhD, Administrative Director (Pediatrics)

Long work hours, charting and administrative duties, family obligations, and a culture of infallibility all contribute to physician burnout and poor well-being. While individually accessible wellness initiatives are currently available, UNC clinical department well-being scores remain consistent with the national average. UNC School of Medicine hopes to sustain and improve faculty well-being by using certified health coaches to help build personalized development plans which are integrated into the existing departmental faculty development and mentorship infrastructure.

PI: Dr. Alice Ammerman, DrPH, Professor (Nutrition), Co-PI: Dr. Thomas Keyserling, MD, Professor (Internal Medicine)

Healthful dietary choices are important for all UNC Health and School of Medicine faculty, staff and students but may be difficult to achieve when catered meals on site are of poor nutritional quality. UNC School of Medicine aims to improve the catered food selections for UNC Health and School of Medicine events by providing caterer and menu selection guides and working with caterers to create “packages” that would make ordering healthy options easy and appealing.