Health Behavior Capstone
Community-engaged scholarship: It’s what we do. It’s who we are. Capstone is a year-long service-learning course that gives our students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first year of the program by working in teams partnered with community-based organizations to address real-world public health problems. Capstone benefits both the community partners and the HB students.
The Capstone Team Learning Experience
- improves or develops public health programs, services, and resources
- builds students’ and organizations’ capacity to address public health problems
- strengthens partnerships between the university and community groups
- positions students to be competitive in the job market
We focus equally on the service and the learning aspects of the experience. Class sessions are an opportunity for students to prepare for, reflect on, share, and receive feedback about their Capstone experiences.
Open the Capstone Syllabus for 2016-2017.
2016-2017 Capstone projects
These Capstone Projects addressed ten different health topics and employed a range of approaches to improve the health of North Carolinians.
Partner: Alexander YMCA
Goal: To leverage the talents and energy of a youth-driven participatory action and social justice group to ensure the youth voice is included in the development of the Southeast Raleigh Promise Project
Preceptor: Melvin Jackson
Faculty adviser: Dr. Alexandra Lightfoot
Students: Stephanie Bahorski, Claire McLendon, Camille McGirt and Em Pike
Goal: To create a scalable workplace wellness program toolkit for Chatham County employers, enabling them to apply a multi-level approach to obesity
Preceptor: Sarah Weller Pegna
Faculty adviser: Dr. Kurt Ribisl
Student team: Ashley Phillips, Ryan Seguin, Bridget Hochwalt and Linda Yang
School-based Mental Health
Partner: Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe
Goal: To assess the assets and gaps of school-based mental health care services at FPGB and empower teachers, parents, and the school to meet the needs of children and their families
Preceptors: Emily Bivins amd Jen Medearis Costello
Faculty adviser: Dr. Shelley Golden
Student team: Adela Del Valle, Kaitlyn Brodar, Hannah Quigley, Amee Wurzburg and Whitley Raney
Partner: Orange County EMS
Goal: Evaluate and formalize Orange County EMS’s Community Paramedicine Program to improve its effectiveness in preventing falls
Preceptor: Sharon Schiro
Faculty adviser: Dr. Allan Steckler
Student team: Chris Moore, Angela Hensel, Tom Joseph and Mike DeFranco (not pictured)
Graduate and Professional Student Health and Wellness
Partner: UNC Student Wellness
Goal: To gain a better understanding of the health and wellness needs of UNC graduate and professional students and create actionable, programmatic recommendations for UNC Student Wellness
Preceptor: Brittany O’Malley
Faculty adviser: Dr. Suzanne Maman
Student team: Ryan Drab, Marisa Martini, Annie Schmidt and Amy Rusch
Partner: Orange County Solid Waste Management
Goal: Evaluate barriers and facilitators to proper recycling behavior in Orange County and write a detailed recommendation report to improve the quality and quantity of recyclables in multi-unit housing
Preceptors: Blair Pollock and Muriel Williman
Faculty adviser: Dr. Nisha Gottfredson
Student team: Mersedes Brown, Tianyuan Liu, Morgen Palfrey and Katherine Souris. (Preceptor Blair Pollack pictured here)
Community Empowerment and Healing Through Transformative Justice Methodologies
Partner: SpiritHouse, Inc.
Goal: To increase the sustainability of SpiritHouse, Inc. by supporting their funding and program evaluation efforts.
Preceptors: Mya Hunter and Stephanie Baker White
Faculty adviser: Dr. Vivian Go
Student team: Ashley Crawford, Alexis Hoyt, Kyle Nisbeth and Jani Radhakrishnan
Partner: The Art Therapy Institute (ATI)
Goal: To garner support and increased funding for expanding the Art Therapy Institute’s pediatric oncology art therapy program at Duke Hospital
Preceptors: Liz Aldag and Kristin Linton
Faculty adviser: Dr. Lynn Blanchard
Student team: Shauna Ayres, Virginia Burger, Sruthi Cherkur and Ashton Madison
Reproductive Health Justice
Partner: El Pueblo, Inc.
Goal: To evaluate and update their Lideres de Salud Reproductiva curriculum and provide clear recommendations to strengthen El Pueblo’s reproductive justice program for adults
Preceptor: Florence Simán
Faculty adviser: Dr. Carmina Valle
Student team: Barbara Muffoletto, Bailey Herrington, Casey Leo and Cat Webster
Questions? Contact Meg Landfried.