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How can UNC support community leaders to advance health equity across North Carolina?

Whole Community Connection is on a mission

Whole Community Connection (WCC) invests in established community-academic partnerships, with support from interprofessional student teams, to intentionally develop community-centered solutions to address health disparities. WCC offers resources and expertise by bringing together UNC Rural, led by Dr. Giselle Corbie, and the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP), led by Dr. Meg Zomorodi.

WCC harnesses the strengths of each individual member and builds the collective capacity of teams to:

  1. Collaboratively examine the systems that produce inequalities; and
  2. Design and implement innovative solutions that will lead to thriving rural communities led by community voice and participation.

Do you share the WCC vision?

Building health equity across North Carolina via community-led collaborations supported by academic partnerships

Let’s collaborate!

Teams of 2 community members working with 2 UNC-Chapel Hill faculty or researchers apply for $45,000 to implement their projects through WCC. For 2021-2022, two teams will be awarded funds with one team from Edgecombe and one from Robeson county. These WCC Champions will participate in a proven 12-month program focused on leadership development, coaching, and mentorship.

The application deadline is Monday, November 1, 2021 at 3 p.m. ET.



WCC is supported by UNC-Chapel Hill and a gift from the Kenan Charitable Trust. In addition, Claudia Fernandez, a co-investigator on this study, and a family member have an authorship interest in materials/ products commercialized by the FastTrack Leadership Program, which may be used during the course of this study. If this product or approach is successful at some point in the future, Claudia Fernandez and her spouse may receive financial benefits.