UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC

Designed to transform health care in Western North Carolina and across the state, UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC brings together students and faculty from UNC’s schools of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and public health, creating unprecedented opportunities for interprofessional training, research, collaboration and innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of a region.

Along with a commitment to invest in every county of North Carolina, UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC’s work aligns with the University’s mandate to “Serve to Benefit Society,” a pillar of Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good.

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North Carolinians are facing countless changes that require new ways of thinking about health care, partnering and investing resources, including:

  • inequities in health care outcomes;
  • a lack of affordable and accessible care;
  • a rapidly aging population;
  • shifting payment models and a consolidating health care system;
  • increased focus on social determinants of health, such as housing and poverty; and
  • an opioid epidemic and the coronavirus pandemic.

These intractable problems require collaboration across communities, regions, disciplines and industries.

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC leverages the academic and research strength of UNC-Chapel Hill alongside the decades of community-based partnerships the Mountain Area Health Education Center has developed in the 16-plus counties of Western North Carolina. Together, as UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC, UNC-Chapel Hill and MAHEC have joined forces to help meet the unprecedented health-related challenges of this largely rural region of our state.

Serving Western North Carolinians

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC is doing important work in expanding access to maternity care; substance use treatment; youth health careers education; interprofessional education and team-based care; healthy aging and home-based primary care; health equity and community capacity building; and more. We are working to develop models of teaching, research and community engagement that can inform the rest of the state and beyond as we all grapple with how to efficiently and equitably improve the health and well-being of our communities.

Transforming Health Care in Western North Carolina

Opioid use disorder discussion

Expanding Treatment

MAHEC expands treatment capacity for opioid use disorder

Sheps survey results

Mobilizing to Help

Drawing from expertise to mobilize in response to COVID-19

A dentist and a patient at a dental office at MAHEC.

New partnership ‘a huge public service’

UNC Adams School of Dentistry and MAHEC are aligning education and public service to bring oral health care to rural populations.

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