Developing and Maintaining a

Partnership for Community and
Environmental Health UNC Wilmington Model

General Framework of Our
Strategic Efforts
• How the Partnership developed between all entities

US EPA

Town of Navassa

UNCW

• Identification of the players and their roles
• Adhering to the EPA’s CUPP guidelines

Community Engagement and
Student Involvement
• Town of Navassa needs matched with UNCW community
engagement strengths

• Designation as a UNCW “Signature Partnership”
• Identify Applied Learning opportunities for students via faculty
directed efforts

Key Partnership Personnel
Mike Burns – US EPA, Region 4 (CUPP)
Mayor Eulis Willis – Town of Navassa
Navassa Town Council
Bill Kawczynski – UNCW Community Engagement Coordinator
Roger Shew – Department of Geography & Geology, Environmental Studies
Stephanie Smith – College of Health and Human Services
Angela Medina – College of Health and Human Services
Lenis Chen-Edinboro – College of Health and Human Services
Jennifer Biddle – Public and International Affairs
Troy Alphin – Center for Marine Science
Aswani Volety – Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Martin Posey – Assoc. VC, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Lori Messinger – Assoc. VC, External Programs
Jess Boersma – Director of ETEAL

Community Stakeholders

Biotic Impacts: Direct & Indirect
Consequences
• Address impacts of Superfund Site (contamination of biotic
environments); Geographic extent

• Establishing Storm Water Runoff Planning and Projects
• Monitoring sites along affected areas
• Projects for mitigation/restoration

Areas of Concern

Areas of Concern

Areas of Concern

Biotic Impacts:

Biotic Impacts: Storm water

Community Health & Wellness
• Building Trust and Relationships
• Identification of health issues throughout the Town of Navassa
• Establishing programs/ efforts with partners (Navassa, UNCW
and NCDHHS) to affect change

• Community Platform: web-based tool that promotes
community collaborations via resources and assets

ENGAGE Southeast North Carolina Community Platform

Restoration Projects &
Environmental Sustainability
• Match community wants with established needs regarding
restoration of local ecosystems leading to environmental
sustainability, education and economic development

• Connect restoration projects to the historically significant
aspects of the area such as the Gullah Geechee Heritage
Corridor (part of National Park Service)

Restoration Projects &
Environmental Sustainability
• Map of potential projects for restoration areas

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• Include proposals for restoration areas.

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Eagle Island

Environmental & Social Justice
• Provide applied learning opportunities for our students to
engage in dealing with identified health disparities and related
areas of environmental justice

• Reduce health disparities in community and seek paths to
enhance environmental and community health outcomes

Applied Learning Via Public Administration
• Coordinate with the Master’s in Public Administration program
to involve graduate students in applied learning opportunities
with the Town of Navassa

• Work on Long Range Plans to improve CAMA Land Use Plans
and address policy goals and objectives

Applied Learning Via Public Administration

Applied Learning Via Public Administration

The Way Forward
• Complete short-term projects and assistance
• Seek/apply for grants to increase assistance for future efforts
• Be flexible with ever changing needs and resources
• Use this “Template” for new partnerships throughout region,
and to share with other “sister” institutions regarding
engagement