Project Management Process & Active Projects

This page contains,

  1. a description of the process for requesting SHAC's help with the development of your project, and
  2. a summary of the proposed and in-development projects

If you are interested in developing a project with SHAC's assistance, please see Part 1

If you are interested in working on a proposed project with SHAC as a project manager/coach, please see Part 2.

 1. Project Proposal Process

SHAC is committed to removing many of the barriers that are typically encountered when trying to develop interdisciplinary projects, such as recruiting volunteers, working with difficult schedules, and promoting meaningful collaboration.  It is our goal to help you in the initial development and planning of your project and take care of the administrative and organizational hurdles, so that you can focus on the operational details of your project.

Additionally, if you plan to operate your project under the SHAC name, it is highly advisable you consult with us in the developmental stages of your project through this process.

The process, in brief, for submitting a proposal and starting a project through SHAC is as follows:

  1. Submit a preliminary proposal (Guidelines) to the
  2. Receive approval from SHAC for developmental assistance
    1. Additional team members from other schools/divisions may be requested
    2. A project manager, more like a coach, will be added to your project as the main member tasked with keeping your project on scope, time, and budget and resolving any administrative or logistical concerns.
  3. You will work with the Project Management Officer to finalize planning of scope, and preliminary timelines and budget, and then receive final approval from SHAC to begin
  4. At this point, your team is free to start your project according to your plan

If you have any additional questions, feel free to get in touch with the Project Management Officer at any time.

2. Proposed Projects & Project In-Development

This section contains information on the overall status of projects that SHAC is considering and developing.  Proposed projects have a written preliminary proposal that is being considered by SHAC.  In-Development projects are currently recruiting additional team members and a project manager/coach, as well as developing scope, time, and budget.  Active projects are out of the planning and development phases, and are being actively worked on by the above project team.

If you are interested in serving as the project manager/coach for one of the below projects, please submit your application (Application) to the .




CLARION Interprofessional Team Case Competition


The purpose of this proposal is to create and support a team of health professional students to represent University of North Carolina (UNC) at the CLARION Interprofessional Team Case Competition hosted by University of Minnesota (hereinafter referred to as “CLARION”). This is an effort to foster student awareness and experience in interprofessional health systems administration with a specific focus on continual improvement of health systems and hospitals in an interdisciplinary healthcare setting. The UNC team will be carefully selected and supported by a network of resources to facilitate progress during the competition. This current proposal will detail the pilot program that is being proposed for the academic year 2013 – 2014. Depending on student interest and success at program implementation for this time frame, the sustainability of this program will be assessed for sustainability. This future assessment will include a proposal to expand the program.  This expansion will include the participation of all health professional students in the  implementation of a Local Case Competition to select the national team, and to include an Interprofessional Day (as modeled after University of South Carolina) as part of the interest meeting(s) or workshop series.



Classroom to Community (C2C)


“Classroom to Community” (C2C) is a program designed to use schools as primary centers for public health community engagement in order to create health educators and leaders in the public health field – people with the skills and passion to teach and work in careers that address the connection between health status and educational attainment. Through a partnership with the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), C2C participants at UNC will have an additional hands-on, skill building volunteer opportunity to truly apply what they are learning in their coursework in a real-world setting by directly engaging with schools and students in the classroom, as well as with the greater education environment in North Carolina.

Volunteers will first engage in a series of seminars to develop the necessary skill-set to successfully create and implement a health-efficacy building lesson plan. Volunteers will then be partnered with a local classroom to apply these developed skills on a weekly or biweekly basis for 5 weeks, in order to continually increase their effectiveness in translating public health-related research into practice.

Learning experiences will include seminars, observations, mentorship, experiences and feedback on teaching, and critical reflections on student outcomes and performance which will ultimately provide volunteers with opportunities to build proficiency in the art and science of teaching, while developing a deeper understanding of the culture and climate of the health in our schools.

On a broader scale, C2C will expand the scope and reach of SHAC, create a more educated and skilled alumni group who recognize the connection between health and education, and create a stronger connection between the University and the broader community. Additionally, C2C will increase community access to health education resources and professionals, while improving local knowledge, skills and both collective- and self-efficacy around current and future health needs. Finally, through exposures and relationships created through C2C, a greater number of students will pursue health related education and careers, ultimately increasing the diversity and size of the health workforce in NC.


TitleSHAC Bridge-to-Care Clinic 

Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), a student run clinic at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, provides free care to many patients in the local area.  Currently, patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are eventually referred to primary care physicians for long-term care at local established clinics such as Piedmont Health Services.  Approximately 40% of SHAC’s current visits include hypertension and diabetes care. However, due to limited space in outside clinics, there is a significant amount of time (approximately 2-6 months) before these patients are seen.  The SHAC: Bridge-to-Care clinic proposed will be a way for these patients to be seen in a pseudo-primary care setting until they are able to see a provider at an outside clinic for more long-term treatment. 

The program will include both clinic and group visit components.  Patients with either or both diabetes and hypertension will be recruited from the current SHAC clinic. Senior medical students will have a panel of patients and will provide most of the care at the clinic with oversight from attending physicians.  The Bridge-to-Care clinic will smoothly merge into the current SHAC clinic and patient follow-up will be essential.  The goal for maximum time before referral to primary care will be 6 months.  Quantitative data will be obtained before and after implementing the program to ensure quality improvement and patient satisfaction.

Group visits will also be an essential component of the SHAC Bridge-to-Care. Patients will be provided education from members of all of the health professional schools at UNC. It will recruit patients from SHAC regular clinic and possibly from UNC Family Medicine. Each monthly group visit will provide a different educational topic and patient knowledge will be assessed before and after such meetings. Medical student knowledge as well as feedback on experience will also be assessed.

The Bridge-to-Care clinic will have a large impact on the many patients seen at SHAC with diabetes and hypertension.  The project will hopefully increase patient disease-specific knowledge and obtain better health outcomes in a shorter amount of time.  Patients will be less likely to be lost to follow-up as they will be seen soon after diagnosis or change in management.  Also, because the patients will have continuity of care with seeing the same student at every appointment, they will be seen in a shorter amount of time as well as hopefully have greater satisfaction with both their health and health care.  Students participating in the program will benefit from the ability to form relationships with patients and learn more about how chronic care management works in primary care settings.  Overall, the Bridge-to-Care clinic is intended to enhance medical education, improve patient outcomes, and fill the need for continuous chronic care for patients at SHAC.


This section is currently being updated.  Please inquire about any projects in development.


This section is currently being updated.  Please inquire about any active projects.