News & Events
April 3, 2013
Hosting a health fair for over 600 guests is just another day in the life of senior Carolyn Bacchus. The health and wellness promotion (HWP) major has proven through her years at UNC Asheville she can take on major projects and shine. From chairing the fair over the past several years, to conducting research that will positively impact the health of North Carolinians, Bacchus will graduate this spring with a breadth of knowledge in the health and wellness field.
In addition to her studies and event planning, Carolyn holds a position as Community Collaboration Associate for the N.C. Center for Health and Wellness (NCCHW). In this role, Bacchus supports the community partners of the NCCHW and cultivates relationships between local health promotion professionals, businesses and the University.
The combination of being both a HWP major and employee at the NCCHW has been extremely beneficial to Carolyn. “Learning about health promotion in the classroom and then walking across the hall to the N.C. Center for Health and Wellness is so unique to UNC Asheville. A student is able to see all of the information they are being taught put into professional practice and it is really incredible to witness. The support and guidance I get from the NCCHW staff and the HWP faculty is wonderful, and watching the two departments work collaboratively is a testament to how committed they all are to their work in health promotion,” Bacchus said.
Carolyn will be graduating with the honors of a Community Engaged Scholar and Undergraduate Research Scholar this May. For her work on the community engagement distinction, Bacchus completed an in-depth policy research project and report for Eat Smart, Move More NC (ESMMNC), a state-wide organization focused on reversing the rising tide of obesity and chronic disease among North Carolinians. Her report provided the ESMMNC Policy Committee a current snapshot of what health related policies are being worked on at the local level across North Carolina, making the organization better able to support local coalitions through their policy efforts. Carolyn presented her important findings at the ESMMNC Executive Committee meeting and N.C. Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE) conference in October.
Furthering her involvement in the field of health promotion, Carolyn is also a student member of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), a student employee of Campus Recreation and serves as a Wellness Ambassador for the Wilma M. Sherrill Center. She has also been heavily involved in the BodySmart Initiative, a bicycle and pedestrian street usage data analysis for the City of Asheville. And if that is not enough to fill up her day, Bacchus has also completed a nutrition study and needs assessment of the vending machine offerings in Buncombe County Schools with HWP faculty member, Dr. Ameena Batada.
This spring the work will continue for Carolyn as she plans the University’s annual blood drive to be held April 16 on campus. Carolyn will then graduate in May with a Bachelors of Science in Health and Wellness Promotion, and will continue her education in the fall of 2013 studying for a Master of Public Health with a focus on Community Health Promotion at Tulane University.