SHAC Outreach works with local groups in order to assess ways for community members to get involved in maintaining and improving their health. This effort includes identifying unmet needs, partnering with groups to create sustainable programs that can help to inform the community of these problems, and providing support through materials, expertise, and volunteers.
The Outreach program has enjoyed great success in its partnerships with the local community. Current programs include:
- Beyond Clinic Walls
Beyond Clinic Walls (BCW, formerly known as Mobile SHAC) 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 living with chronic illnesses that require special health care needs, interdisciplinary student teams make monthly visits to their client's home. During these visits, students engage the child in activities that promote health and well-being and connect the family to community resources to fulfill unmet needs.
- 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.
- Health for Habitat
Each year for the past eight years, Health for Habitat has paired with another community group (for example, a church or business group) to raise money, coordinate, and recruit workers for the construction of a Habitat house.
- Refugee Health Initiative
RHI 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.
- 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.
- Bridge to Care