The Academy for Population Health Innovation (APHI) pairs the Mecklenburg County Health Department and the College to improve community health. APHI will focus on (1) bringing evidence-based practices into the public health domain, (2) supporting academic-community partnerships in research and program evaluation, and (3) aligning educational programs and professional development opportunities with community needs. The latest technology in health data and analytics will also help us improve the way providers coordinate, deliver and evaluate care.
The Center for Health, Education and Opportunity (CHEO), a partnership with East Charlotte’s Aldersgate Retirement Community, serves the health and education needs of diverse families in east Charlotte. The Center will house a variety of new initiatives, including a “Family Health Navigator” program that will improve the coordination of health services for limited-income families and distressed caregivers. Students and faculty working within CHEO will partner directly with the community to address a wide spectrum of health concerns on the east side.
The Health Risk Assessment Lab, housed in the newly renovated Belk Gymnasium, is a community-facing program providing clinical, biomedical and assessment activities through which faculty, staff and students work together to assess individuals’ overall health and make recommendations to improve life quality, vitality and longevity.