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Media Advisory

Not for publication

June 16, 2004 -- No. 322

Moeser to visit UNC health research projects
in Burlington as part of ‘Carolina Connects’

Thursday (June 17)

UNC School of Dentistry project

11 a.m. to noon
Location: Alamance County Health Department Children’s Dental Clinic
319 N. Graham Hopedale Road

UNC Lineberger Center-UNC School of Public Health project

2:45 p.m.
Location: Unique Hair
1400 N. Church St., Suite 105

Media representatives are invited to join University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser on visits to two health-related UNC projects in Burlington.

Moeser’s visits are part of his new "Carolina Connects" initiative, which seeks to strengthen the connections between the university and the lives of North Carolinians and their communities. In the next several months, Moeser will visit all of the state’s regions to highlight the many ways in which the university serves the communities and people of North Carolina.

School of Dentistry project background:

The children’s clinic provides dental care to underserved children from birth through age 21. Eight dental students and 32 dental hygiene students from UNC’s School of Dentistry rotate through the clinic annually to receive hands-on clinical training. Currently, UNC School of Dentistry graduate Dr. Elizabeth Krzysztoforska ("Dr. K") is the only dentist at the clinic, but in July, a recent UNC School of Dentistry graduate will join her. The clinic is getting ready to renovate a building and expand from four to nine chairs.

The Open Door Dental Clinic uses the children’s clinic facilities in the evenings to provide free dental care to low-income and underserved adults in Alamance County. This clinic originally began as a cooperative effort of local dentists. In fall 2001, UNC School of Dentistry students began to participate in the clinic under the supervision of adjunct faculty. Dental services expanded from one night to three nights weekly. The adult clinic now operates 5:30 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Close to 40 patients are seen each week.

At this site visit, UNC dental faculty leaders and Moeser are scheduled to talk with representatives from the Alamance County Health Department and the children’s dental clinic. Moeser and other UNC officials also will tour the clinic and visit with the patients and their parents or caregivers.

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center-School of Public Health project background:

BEAUTY (Bringing Education and Understanding to You) is a four-year research study funded by the American Cancer Society that began in July 2002. The study is assessing the effectiveness of working in partnership with beauty salons and licensed cosmetologists to promote health and share information about preventing cancer. Nearly 40 beauty salons and more than 1,200 African-American women are participating in the study. Statistics indicate that these women are at higher risk for cancer mortality than other groups.

The project aims to test different methods for delivering positive health messages to N.C. residents to help promote health and reduce the risk of cancer and other leading causes of death.

Unique Hair owner Barbara Jones has received extensive training from BEAUTY staff members on talking effectively with her clients about cancer prevention. Jones and clients are scheduled to share with Moeser and UNC faculty members the ways the BEAUTY study has influenced their lives.

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