Health Behavior Capstone team receives grant from Strowd Roses Foundation

photo: Kathryn Stein, MPH

2013-2014 worksite wellness Capstone team

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Work Well, Live Well Capstone team (pictured above) whose formative research with the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health earned an implementation grant from Strowd Roses! The team of MPH students investigated barriers and facilitators to participation in work-site wellness programs among UNC Facilities Services staff. UNC Facilities Services staff, who are often low-wage and shift workers, are at a higher risk for many health conditions as a result of their type of work and compensation. Since low-wage workers participate in work-site wellness programs at lower rates than their higher-earning counterparts, the capstone team conducted interviews and focus groups with front-line workers and administrators to inform a Wellness Action Plan crafted with the particular needs of shift-workers in mind.

This outstanding team not only outlined an action plan, but they laid the foundation for the 2014-2015 Capstone team by securing resources as well. Strowd Roses, a local nonprofit foundation dedicated to supporting the greater community of Chapel Hill and Carrboro since 2001, has awarded the project a $2500 dollar implementation grant, which will be used to support the first stages of a pilot wellness program for staff members of UNC’s Facilities Services.

Join us in celebrating the work of our students and thanking both Strowd Roses and the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health for their contribution toward improved health for UNC Facilities Services staff.

Photo credit: Kathryn Stein, MPH