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:
- 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.
- Bridge to Care
The “Bridge to Care” Clinic provides continuing medical care to patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Medical visits are provided during regular clinic hours on Wednesday evenings, at which our Care Managers will help each patient get a referral to a permanent provider in the community.
- SHAC Nutrition Initiative
The SHAC Nutrition Initiative (formerly Flourish at Carolina) aims to promote healthy lifestyle choices among both the student population of UNC-CH and Chapel Hill-Carrboro community members. The goal of the organization is to broaden opportunities for nutrition education and to empower populations with the resources to attain optimal nutritional wellness. By partnering with Cooking Matters, on-campus organizations, and local homeless shelters, the SHAC Nutrition Initiative works toward its ultimate goal of helping others find health where they are planted.
- 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.
- Gender Affirming Care Clinic
The Gender Affirming Care Clinic offers free gender affirming care on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Our goal is to improve the health of the transgender community by providing free, culturally humble, gender-affirming care and creating opportunities for health professions students to learn about serving this community. Services include: prescriptions for hormone therapy, general primary care, letters of support for surgery, and referrals to other resources and providers.
- 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.
- 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.
- Interpreting Services
SHAC provides interpreting services for SHAC’s Spanish-speaking and Mandarin-speaking patients and helps translate SHAC-related written materials into Spanish or Mandarin. Volunteers are UNC students and employees seeking to practice and develop their Spanish or Mandarin language and clinical interpreting skills.
- SHAC Mental Health
SHAC provides a variety of free mental health services every Wednesday night during clinic hours. Mental health services include: depression, anxiety, sleep, substance use, chronic pain, and interpersonal issues. UNC Clinical Psychology doctoral students are available weekly to address a variety of mental health issues and UNC Psychiatry Residents are available once a month to provide evaluation and management of any psychiatric concerns.
- SHAC Outreach (previously Health Fairs and Education)
SHAC Outreach provides a host of preventative screenings at two monthly walk-in clinics in Chapel Hill and Durham. Services include: blood pressure and blood sugar measurements, lifestyle modification counseling, medication reconciliation, and personalized preventative health plans based on national guidelines. Additional services are offered at some walk-in clinics, and may include physical therapy as well as other evaluations.