Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations

Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations

The mission of the Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations (CHVP)is to improve the knowledge of health disparities in vulnerable populations through research, collaboration and education. This includes initiatives to alleviate those disparities, thus improving the health, access, quality of care and quality of life of vulnerable populations.


  • To promote and enhance research within the School of Nursing related to aging, culture, disease processes, ethnicity, health care delivery, disparities, health education, health policy and health risks and behaviors in vulnerable populations.
  • To foster collaborative research on the health of vulnerable populations within the School, across the University and state, and involving community and international partners.
  • To disseminate research-based information on vulnerable populations’ health and health needs to teachers, researchers, business leaders, health care providers, policy makers, the public and the international community.
  • To develop knowledge through research that contributes to better health, fewer health disparities and improved health care for vulnerable populations.

The CHVP will include research training, research projects, grantsmanship, and community participation.

Resources include the National Institutes of Health, The National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney diseases, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards and requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Diabetes Association, and others.

Current collaborating partners include the Center for New North Carolinians, the NC DHHS offices, Piedmont Triad school systems, Moses Cone Health Systems, Davidson Medical Ministries, NC A& T State University, Duke University Genomics Institute, and Wake Forest University Medical Sciences.


Dr. Debra C. Wallace
Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research & Innovation
Director, Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations
Office: 210 Moore Building
Telephone: (336) 256-0572
Fax: (336)334-3628

Melissa Poillot-Micca, MPH, CHES
Public Health Educator
Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations
Office: 233-B McIver Building
Telephone: (336) 334-3701
Fax: (336)256-1063

The UNCG, GHA, Well-Spring Partnership

The UNCG, GHA, Well-Spring Partnership

For over twenty years, the UNCG School of Nursing Health Centers have been providing clinical educational opportunities through service, research and scholarship for graduate and undergraduate students in preparation for professional nursing practice within a global community. As part of the School of Nursing’s commitment to serve the greater community, the Health Centers provide health education, wellness screenings and health information that is holistic and culturally sensitive to an underserved population, primarily older adults.

The centers are housed within the Department of Community Practice and work with the Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations. All students are precepted by the School of Nursing’s faculty.

The Health Centers work in partnership with:

Well-Spring Retirement Community
Greensboro Housing Authority
School of Nursing – Geriatrics Nursing Clinics Fund
UNCG Center for the Health of Vulnerable Population

Well-Spring Retirement Community has generously provided funding to expand the outreach programs being offered at the Health Centers in the Greensboro Housing Authority residential facilities: Gateway Plaza, Hall Towers, Hampton Homes and Stoneridge.

The Health Centers provide basic health programs such as blood sugar, blood pressure checks, and UNCG-coordinated programs such as friendship groups, cholesterol screenings, health fairs as well as ways for the residents to better use the healthcare system and community resources.

Tina Akers-Brown, Executive Director. Greensboro Housing Authority, says, “The addition of Well-Spring to our partnership with UNCG enhances the health disparity of housing authority residents and improves their quality of life.”

Check back for new updates on partnerships.