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Address Regional Needs with Innovative Programs

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC brings together the nation’s leading faculty and researchers in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, public health and dentistry to develop interdisciplinary approaches and innovative programs that address regional needs to improve health equity, healthy aging, alternative workforce models and access to care.

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC
    UNC MAHEC pharmacist and family physician seated in an office talking, while other team members are seated behind them

    Breaking the Cycle with Comprehensive Care

    Project CARA, a prenatal substance use treatment program at MAHEC Ob/Gyn Specialists, is providing care that advocates respect, resiliency and recovery for all. In addition to prenatal care, Project CARA provides onsite trauma-informed counseling, medication-assisted treatment for patients with opioid use disorder, group support, birth planning and help securing legal aid, housing, food and transportation assistance if needed.

    Project CARA also eases the pressure on limited community resources. Every baby born at term saves roughly $47,000. Babies who don’t need treatment for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome syndrome save an additional $50,000. And every child who stays with its family saves a minimum of $26,000 a year in foster care.

    In order to ensure that more families can access this life-saving care, UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC is committed to training the next generation of health care providers. Project CARA provides clinical training for health sciences programs, including learners from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. These future health care professionals see first-hand how trauma, substance use, and stigma impact health outcomes and access to care.

    Invest in Transformation

    In order to advance and sustain our innovative work in health care education, research and service, we need the support of investors and partners like you. Join us as we strive to build a healthier future for the people of Western North Carolina and beyond.

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