HPM senior Camille McGirt receives Community Impact Award
November 09, 2012
Camille McGirt, senior health policy and management major at Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was one of 17 college students across the state to receive the Community Impact Award from the North Carolina Campus Compact.
The award recognizes college students who make significant, innovative efforts to address local community needs.In fall 2010, McGirt participated in the White House Internship, a public service leadership program in the Office of Presidential Personnel. This experience, along with McGirt’s interest in preventive health, led her to establish Healthy Girls Save the World, a program that promotes healthy lifestyles for 8- to 15-year-old girls in the Chapel Hill area.
Through the program, developed out of a Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship awarded by the Carolina Center for Public Service, McGirt organizes free events for girls to learn about nutrition, physical activity and positive relationships, and allows participants to interact with college athletes. The award-winning organization reached close to 100 girls in just one year.McGirt received the award earlier this month at the annual student conference of the N.C. Campus Compact, an association of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community engagement.McGirt also received a certificate of appreciation for her public service from N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue.