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Land of Sky Regional Council Honored with Impact Awards 

UNC Asheville and North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness are partners on Land of Sky’s award-winning Advancing Equity and Inclusion in Evidence Based Health Promotion Programs

The NC Center for Health and Wellness and the NC Falls Prevention Coalition Mark Falls Prevention Awareness Week

The NC Center for Health and Wellness and the NC Falls Prevention Coalition mark Falls Prevention Awareness Week September 18-22 this year with a weeklong webinar series, a new website and an online tool to help older adults in North Carolina stay falls-free.


The NC Center for Health and Wellness was invited to contribute a policy brief to the Healthy Aging Focus Issue of the NC Medical Journal for March/April 2023 about Programs and Policies to Prevent Falls in NC.

NCCHW’s statewide partnerships were also highlighted in an article about the impact of social isolation on older adults. Dr. Amy Lanou serves on the NC Institute of Medicine Healthy Aging Task Force and Ellen Bailey is the Senior Project Manager, Falls Prevention and Co-Chair of the NC Falls Prevention Coalition.


BOLD NC 2023 Dementia Caregiver Data Brief

In 2020, the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) was awarded a three-year grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build capacity statewide to address dementia through the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure (BOLD) Initiative. NCCHW partnered with DAAS to provide program evaluation and data visualization products for the project. Louise Noble, a member of our Culture of Results team, produced a report titled “2023 North Carolina Dementia Caregiver Data Brief: Costs, Unique Challenges and Future Implications.” Its aim is to increase awareness about the unique and significant challenges faced by North Carolina caregivers caring for a loved one with dementia.The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in North Carolina is increasing as are healthcare costs and the costs of both formal and informal care. Numerous studies have documented the disproportionately higher costs of caring for a person with dementia compared with other conditions and the wider array of challenges that are unique to caregiving for someone with dementia. As the state continues its efforts to address ADRD, consideration should be given to the undue costs and additional challenges which may be encountered by those with dementia and their families and caregivers.


SBP Feb 2023 Intergenerational Social Connectedness Report

As part of an ongoing partnership with the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) on an initiative called the Social Bridging Project, the Center produced a report titled “Social Bridging Project Brief February 2023 – Intergenerational Social Connectedness: A Multi-Pronged Strategy to Address Social Isolation and Loneliness, Reduce Ageism and Increase the Older Adult Workforce.” The brief details the evaluation of the project’s staff and student callers and discusses the symbiotic nature of intergenerational programming and its interface with, and potential impact on, social isolation and loneliness, ageism and older adult health care workforce shortages. The Social Bridging Project was formed in May 2020 as a response to concerns about the potential impact of social isolation on older adults as a result of the pandemic. Its aim was to provide older adults who were isolated or lonely with a source of social connection, technology support and referrals to needed resources. High rates of social isolation and loneliness in multiple age groups across the state indicate the need for continued post-pandemic programming of this kind. We are pleased to announce that the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) will extend its partnership with us in 2023 in support of the Social Bridging Project.


PLACE-BASED HEALTH: The Unique Approach of UNC Asheville-UNC Gillings Master of Public Health Degree

The NC Center for Health and Wellness partners with Academic Affairs at UNCA and Gilling School of Global Public Health to offer a place-based Masters of Public Health program in Asheville.

NC Falls Prevention Coalition Hosts “Powerful Innovative Practices to Prevent Falls” Conference, March 3

The NC Falls Prevention Coalition and the NC Center for Health and Wellness will host a falls prevention conference online and in-person on Friday, March 3 at the Friday Center for Continuing Education on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Click above for more information about the conference and to register.

McDowell organizations and artists raise awareness of childhood hunger

Click above to read the article about the work of community partner West Marion Inc. The NCCHW Culture of Results team has beens supporting this team’s work for four years.

November is National Family Caregiving Month and caring for your loved one means helping prevent a major cause of serious injuries — falling.

Click above to read the article written by Ellen Bailey, Senior Project Manager, Falls Prevention, for the recent AARP publication.

Practice Report: Student Health Ambassadors at Residential Campuses Contribute to Safer Campus Living and Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Click above to read abstract about the collaborative approach taken by six residential institutions of higher education (IHE) and MAHEC and to mitigating COVID-19 infection rates on campus.

Rural-urban outcome differences associated with COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Carolina

Click above to read abstract.

The Social Bridging Project: Intergenerational Phone-Based Connections With Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Click above to read abstract co-authored by NCCHW staff.

Risk of Falling Increases with Age; Prevention Tools Can Help

Click above to read this article written in collaboration with Ellen Bailey, the Falls Prevention Program Manager with NC Center for Health and Wellness for the National Coalition on Aging (NCOA).

Chronic Conditions and Fall Risk: Cross-Promoting Programs Across the Continuum of Care

Click above to read this article written in collaboration with Ellen Bailey, the Falls Prevention Program Manager with NC Center for Health and Wellness for the National Coalition on Aging (NCOA).

Program helps colleges like UNCA navigate health issues such as COVID-19

Click above to read the article on how the Student Health Ambassador Program at UNCA is impacting Western North Carolina.

NCCHW & Buncombe Community Health Assessments

Our work to strengthen community health assessments (CHAs) across WNC was recently featured in the Citizen-Times! If you’re local (live in the 16 most western counties in NC), complete the linked survey to share your experiences and influence our health priorities for the next three years!

Racism is an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)

Click here to read this blog post that was developed in collaboration with Emma Olson, the Director of Partnerships and Evaluation with the NC Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville. Several JIF students and faculty also contributed including Sarah Verbiest, Katherine Bryant, and Quinton Smith.

N.C. Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville Awarded Three-Year $1.2 Million Grant

The North Carolina Center for Health & Wellness (NCCHW) at UNC Asheville has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living to extend its evidence-based falls prevention programs partnership and network across the state. The integrated Networks Grant follows a 2017 award. of $600,000 to NCCHW which expanded access and utilization of the programs across 18 counties in Western North Carolina. Click on the title above to read the full article.



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