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The Community Action, Service, and Engagement (CASE) committee was created in 2019 by professors and staff in the Department of Public Health Sciences as a way to deepen community involvement among faculty, staff and students, and to create a department culture of service and community engagement. Working with community partners provides opportunities to enhance faculty and students’ understanding and awareness of public health issues in the local community, beyond what is taught in the classroom. In addition to short-term volunteer opportunities, CASE aims to create long-lasting relationships that translate to meaningful community impact. The focus of CASE activities is to impact social determinants of health.
About Social Determinants of Health
Social determinants of health are the individual and societal factors that affect health and well-being. The idea is to consider not only a holistic view of each person's health, but also a holistic view of the community's health. To achieve a healthy population, we must first address issues related to economic instability, hunger, safety, access to care, social connectedness and education. At UNC Charlotte, we have the ability to not only create awareness about these issues, but also to engage with the community in ways that can reduce these issues - and that is exactly what CASE is here to do.
Social Determinants of Health is one of the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators. This figure comes from HealthyPeople.gov
Where We've Been
Promising Pages is a Charlotte-based non-profit that promotes literacy by helping young readers build their personal library of books. CASE volunteers organized a book drive and delivered their donations during National Public Health Week, when they helped to clean, sort and label books for distribution.
Volunteers spent the day building a home for a deserving family on Saturday April 6th.