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Media Advisory

Not for publication

Sept. 15, 2004 -- No. 432

Rocky Mount, Elm City, Rich Square are next stops
on UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor’s Carolina Connects tour

Thursday (Sept. 16)

Bringing health care to rural migrant families

10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Area L AHEC (Area Health Education Center)
1631 South Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount

11 a.m.
Harvest Family Health Center
8282 South Highway 58, Elm City

Sharing "Carolina Connections" with Kiwanis Club

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Benvenue Country Club
100 Southern Blvd., Rocky Mount

Partnering locally on economic development

3:30 p.m.
Roanoke Electric Cooperative
409 N. Main St., Rich Square

Media representatives are invited to cover a visit Thursday (Sept. 16) by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser to sites in Edgecombe, Wilson and Northampton counties.

Moeser’s trip is part of his "Carolina Connects" initiative, launched last spring. Through this effort, Moeser is visiting each region of the state to highlight the many ways in which UNC-Chapel Hill serves North Carolina’s people and their communities

Carolina Connects background:

Bringing health care to rural migrant families

Moeser and Dr. Bill Roper, dean of UNC-Chapel Hill’s medical school, CEO of UNC Health Care and the university’s vice chancellor for medical affairs, will visit physicians, students, other health care providers and staff of Area L AHEC, one of the nine regional Area Health Education Centers, or AHECs, across the state.

At about 11, Moeser and Roper will tour a local clinic where migrant families receive health care provided by AHEC.

The North Carolina AHEC program is a unique partnership between the university health science centers and the state’s communities, aimed at better meeting the primary health care access needs of the people of North Carolina.

The program is a network of nine regional AHECs, and the affiliated health science schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, Wake Forest University and Duke University. Administered by the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, AHEC began in 1972 with federal funding, but since 1974 has been supported by state funds and local resources.

Area L AHEC serves Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton and Wilson counties.

Sharing "Carolina Connections" with Kiwanis Club

Moeser is the featured speaker at Thursday’s (Sept. 16) meeting of the Rocky Mount Kiwanis Club. He plans to discuss ways the university is engaged in the region and showcase new initiatives at Carolina, among them the Carolina Covenant, the Citizen-Soldier program, capital improvements on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and Carolina Connects.

Carolina Covenant background:

Citizen-Soldier background:

Partnering locally on economic development

Moeser will visit with Curtis Wynn, CEO of Roanoke Electric Cooperative, and some of his staff and community partners. Wynn and his local partners have done remarkable community and economic development work in an economically challenged area of the state. From the electric cooperative, they created a non-profit economic development corporation that has worked with a variety of community groups in Northampton, Bertie, Hertford and Gates counties. From this effort, Roanoke-Chowan Partners for Progress was born.

Several members of the Carolina community have been involved in these efforts. Anita Brown-Graham of the School of Government and Dr. Jim Johnson of the Kenan-Flagler Business School have consulted with the cooperative and Kevin FitzGerald, also of the School of Government, helped develop a strategic plan for the Partners for Progress initiative. Johnson currently has a team of MBA students conducting an economic impact analysis of an effort that Wynn has started to advance minority contracts.

Brown-Graham and FitzGerald will join Moeser on the visit to Rich Square.

UNC-Chapel Hill contact: Lisa Katz, (919) 638-0474 on site Thursday; (919) 962-2093 or