January 2010
Vol 3, Issue 1

a monthly update from the
NC Health Careers Access Program
at Chapel Hill

The Director's Corner

Happy New Year!


The spring semester is an exciting time in academia as students return to their respective campuses with a renewed spirit for reaching their academic and career goals. It is an honor for NC-HCAP to be a part of their journey and to support and nurture them as they work to meet their goals. 


As we kick-off a new semester, it is important for us to reflect on the work ahead. Research has emphasized that if the number of students pursuing health careers is to increase, students must be exposed prior to entering college. Therefore, it is imperative that we work together to strengthen the pipeline. NC-HCAP looks forward to continuing to collaborate with each of you as we work to effectively prepare future health care professionals. 


We are excited to launch the first of our monthly e-newsletters for the year in order to keep you updated on all our news, events and activities. Please continue reading to learn more and stay tuned for future editions.

Paula Borden
Interim Director
In This Issue
Director's Corner
Pre-college Initiatives
College Initiatives
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links

Got statistics?
If you need statistics on the presence of minority licensed or certified practitioners in North Carolina, look no further than DATAline '09. The most recent version of this much sought-after report highlights thirteen health professions and is now available online .

Data are provided by the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Population statistics are provided by the US Census Bureau.

NC-HCAP now has a home on Facebook. Be sure to check us out and become a fan!
Pre-college Initiatives

Schedule a Health Careers Information & Enrichment Workshop today!
Are you looking for a way to get your students geared up for college while exposing them to one of the fastest growing career fields in North Carolina? If so, this free workshop is a must!

The HCIE Workshop is a motivational, hands-on outreach program designed to increase the interest of pre-college students considering a career in the health professions. Each session is highly interactive and focuses on small group and cooperative learning activities while providing students with general information about health careers and educational programs as well as academic enrichment activities. Workshop outlines and other information can be found on our Web site.

To schedule a workshop, complete the online registration form or call us at (919) 966-2264.

College Initiatives
NC-HCAP Student Resource Center
Do you have pre-health students who need an extra boost with their academics? Then send them over to the NC-HCAP Resource Center.

We have over 100 books, flashcard sets, audio guides and instructional DVDs available on a myriad of topics from test preparation to study aids for specific subject to health career opportunities. No appointment is necessary - just stop by the NC-HCAP office to check out items.

SAVE THE DATE: 2010 Health on the Block!
The Health Careers Club will host the 7th annual Health on the Block community health fair on March 27, 2010. The fair will offer complimentary health screenings and other important health-related information to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. Stay tuned for more information.

Join the SEP Class of 2010!
The 2010 Science Enrichment Preparation (SEP) Program application is now available online.

Visit our Web site to apply and get a head  start on your future health career today!

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis through February 15, 2010. SEP 2010 begins Saturday, May 15 and runs through Friday, July 9.

SEP Program Informational Sessions
Do you have undergraduate students interested in becoming a health professional? Would they benefit from an academic enrichment program? Then you may want to host an SEP informational session at your school. To schedule a visit, please contact Paula Borden via email or call (919) 966-2264.
Give to NC-HCAP
Pave the way for a future health professional by giving to NC-HCAP.

You may make your gift online. When using Online Giving, please be sure to choose "NC Health Careers Access Program" under the University Designation List, then select "NC Health Careers Access Program (3894)" from the Select a University Fund menu.

Or, mail Check or Money Order Payable to "UNC-CH" to:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office of University Development
PO Box 309
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-9931

PLEASE Write In "Designation #3894 - NC Health Careers Access Program" on the "FOR" line of your check.
North Carolina Health Careers Access Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Student & Academic Services Building South, Suite 3307
CB #8010
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8010
T: 919-966-2264
F: 919-966-6109

For editorial comments or questions, contact Renee Sprink at rsprink@unc.edu.