UNC/MAHEC Academic Partnership Awards

In 2016 and 2017, the General Assembly in North Carolina awarded funding to UNC School of Medicine with MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center) in western North Carolina to establish the UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC, a new model for distributed health education at UNC to more comprehensively reach out to the rest of the state. A call for proposals has been distributed for projects to expand this collaboration. Proposals are due Feb. 19.

IN 2016 and 2017, the General Assembly in North Carolina awarded funding to UNC School of Medicine with MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center) in western North Carolina to establish the UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC, a new model for distributed health education at UNC to more comprehensively reach out to the rest of the state. The success of the model is dependent upon academic integration of faculty and programs between MAHEC and UNC. There is much to gain for each partner. MAHEC has much to gain from UNC in Chapel Hill with its robust academic history and strong clinical and research expertise. At the same time MAHEC serves a poor and more isolated part of the state, but is centered in a dynamic and growing city and has developed a culture of creative, entrepreneurial energy and has been successful in several important innovations in education and practice.

MAHEC and UNC leadership are soliciting proposals that enhance the academic collaboration between faculty at UNC Chapel Hill and faculty at the UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC.  The ultimate goal is to support innovations that will lead to long term collaborations in research, educational innovation and academic affiliation. Funding uses can be broad and include travel support, joint research efforts, salaries, teaching innovations or conferences. Maximum support for the first year of funding is $50,000/year and is annually renewable for up to 3 years. Examples that would be desirable at first may include but are not limited to:

  • Funding support to establish a statewide department that includes faculty meetings, faculty appointment, promotion and tenure processes, retreats, etc. The vision is to create a statewide Department like Family Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine functions.
  • Faculty liaison in a department who will shepherd faculty through the appointment process, enhance faculty to faculty collaboration, and make regular visits to Asheville to meet with faculty.
  • Faculty liaison in a department to mentor early and mid-career researchers in Asheville.
  • Host an all faculty meeting (UNC and MAHEC) once per year focusing on teaching, clinical skills and leadership.
  • Fund smaller joint research or QI projects with UNC and Asheville faculty as co-investigators.
  • Establish short-term (1-2 weeks) bi-directional “faculty in residence” programs.

To apply for this funding please prepare a 1-2 page proposal that includes:

What you propose to do

Who will do it (UNC and MAHEC side) Budget and brief justification

Outcomes expected at 1, 2 and/or 3 years

Ideal projects are those that have faculty from both Chapel Hill and MAHEC involved, and those that support more face- to-face encounters. Drs. Byerley and Heck can facilitate faculty connection as necessary in preparation of proposals.

Drs. Byerley and Heck will review the proposals and likely interview the applicants. Proposals are due by February 19th, awarded by March 1 with a start by April 1, 2018.  The first brief outcomes report is expected by December 1,

2018.  Please send proposals by February 19, 2018, with appropriate contact information to:

 

Jeffery E. Heck, MD (Jeff.heck@mahec.net) and Julie Byerley, MD, MPH (julie_byerley@med.unc.edu) c/o Catherine Halmay (Executive Adminstrative Assistant – Catherine.halmay@mahec.net)

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