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The Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) provides free health care and services to underserved populations while engaging UNC Health Science students in interdisciplinary service-learning activities.


SHAC is a student led organization whose mission is to:

  1. Provide free health services to our uninsured and underinsured neighbors in Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Durham.
  2. Partner with communities to develop and implement sustainable programs.
  3. Create an interdisciplinary service learning environment for students in the Health Science programs at UNC.


SHAC is run by entirely by student volunteers from many schools within UNC-CH including:

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Business
  • Division of Physical Therapy (Department of Allied Health Sciences)
  • Division of Occupational Therapy (Department of Allied Health Sciences)
  • Division of Speech and Language Pathology (Department of Allied Health Sciences)