Well Said: Making an impact in North Carolina

On this episode of Well Said, UNC School of Government professor Anita Brown-Graham discusses an initiative that is taking on some of North Carolina's biggest challenges.

UNC School of Government professor Anita Brown-Graham first fell in love with North Carolina when she attended UNC-Chapel Hill as a law student.

Now, she’s giving back to the state through ncIMPACT.

Brown-Graham’s goal in launching ncIMPACT in 2017 was to find solutions to significant issues like human trafficking and the opioid crisis by bringing resources to communities across North Carolina and embracing the idea of teamwork to find solutions for these statewide problems.

The initiative aims to tackle all sides of a problem by recruiting experts from Carolina’s School of Medicine, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, School of Social Work, Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Law.

“There’s something very magical that happens in the room,” Brown-Graham said. “I’m just always reminded when I’m in the room with them about not just the enormity of what we’ve taken on, but about the hardiness of the human spirit.”

As the scope of work grew, ncIMPACT also grew into a different resource for North Carolina. First airing in February, ncIMPACT developed television segments highlighting these issues in the state, with Brown-Graham serving as the host for the 20-minute segment, which airs every Thursday at 8 p.m. on UNC-TV.

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