An initiative of The N.C. Center for Health & Wellness at UNC Asheville

Community Outreach


We support Living Healthy Programs by offering free and low-cost master and leader training in collaboration with the Centralina Training Academy. Between 2016-18, together we co-hosted three in-person and two online master trainings, engaging 58 new master trainers.


We support Tai Chi for Arthritis programs by offering free and low-cost leader training in collaboration with the High Country training academy. In 2018, we co-hosted two leader trainings, creating 35 new leaders across NC and offering skill builders to support quality and safety.


We create linkages between healthcare systems and community based organizations through innovative projects, regional coalition convening, presentations, and exhibits. Our projects include:

  • Piloting a referral pathway between Mission Health’s Accountable Care Organization and the five Area Agencies on Aging covering 19 counties in Western NC (WNC) for AMOB and TCA.
  • Piloting Living Healthy programs within the WNC Community Health Services (WNCCHS) Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and sharing the experience at the NC Primary Care Conference in 2017.
  • Supporting sustainability by connecting agencies to share resources.
  • Convening an average of seven local or regional meetings annually and statewide Summits to integrate evidence-based programs within NC communities statewide, using the Results-Based Accountability framework for planning and evaluation.
  • Sharing expertise on the NC Falls Coalition Steering Committee, NC Diabetes Advisory Council, the NC Accountable Care Communities Task Force, and the NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance.
  • Building coalitions to address the health and social factors that contribute to healthcare outcomes.


We provide training and support to help agencies reach marginalized populations. Activities include: adding cultural competence and disability inclusion to training, maintaining inclusion toolkits on our website, and sharing experiences reaching faith communities, migrants, and rural employers.


We support efficiency and effectiveness of evidence-based programs by collaborating with the NC Division of Aging & Adult Services to ensure that: programs are offered with fidelity, providers meet the requirements to achieve health outcomes, and the accountability of all resources.

For more information about our statewide networks and outreach, please visit Partners.



  • For collaborating with Healthy Aging NC: Nicolle Miller, Director,
  • For Living Healthy Programs, Walk With Ease, and Enhance Fitness: Jeanne Dairaghi, Grant Manager,
  • For A Matter of Balance, Tai Chi for Arthritis, YMCA Moving for Better Balance, and the Otago Exercise Program: Ellen Bailey, Grant Manager,
  • For data reporting and web needs: Janice Self, Data Administrator,