“Unity In The Community” Joins, Heals

More than a dozen organizations are coming together to host an event called “Unity in the Community” this Saturday, April 16, from 11 am to 4 pm at Hargraves Community Center.

It’s free and everyone’s invited to enjoy food, music, dancing, a martial arts demonstration, and more.

The idea for Unity in the Community originated with St. Paul AME Church; last year’s event took place in the Rogers Road community, where the church is in the process of building a development called St. Paul Village. This year’s event, though, takes place in Chapel Hill’s Northside neighborhood – where Maleah Williams, just 14 months old, was shot and killed on Christmas Day. Organizers say one of the themes of this year’s event will be “healing.”

Along with St. Paul AME Church, co-organizers include the Rogers Eubanks Neighborhood Association, EmPOWERment, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, the Jackson Center, United Church of Chapel Hill, Piedmont Health Services, the Student Health Action Coalition, Faith Tabernacle Oasis of Love, Grape Arbor Development Corporation, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Partnership, the Chapel Hill Teen Center, Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute, and the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. (The Student Health Action Coalition will be providing free health screenings, including blood pressure and blood sugar checks.)

Rev. Thomas Nixon of St. Paul AME Church, Delores Bailey of EmPOWERment, Inc., and Adwoa Asare of Orange Habitat discussed “Unity in the Community” with Aaron Keck on WCHL.


UNC Students Host Free Health Clinics For Kids

CHAPEL HILL – If your child is in need of a physical exam or vaccines, a UNC student organization has you covered.

The Student Health Action Coalition—SHAC for short—is holding two free clinics for K-12 students this September at the Carrboro Community Health Center.

Pharmacy student Lynn Truong is the co-coordinator of the clinic.

“This one specifically is for children, so anyone who needs a physical for kindergarten or elementary school. We are holding free ones and we are going to provide free vaccines,” Truong said.

SHAC is a student-run organization whose mission is to provide free health services to local individuals and communities in need. It includes students in fields ranging from medicine and public health to social work. Truong says SHAC runs four clinics each year.

Next month’s clinics will take place on Saturday, September 7 and Saturday, September 21, from 2:00-3:45 in the Carrboro Community Health Center at 301 Lloyd Street. To make an appointment, call SHAC at 919-843-6841 and mention the SHAC Well Child Clinic.

If you’d like more information on SHAC or the September clinics, click here.