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UNC study: access to children’s health insurance program vital to disabled children

The federal expansion of a children's health insurance program should help improve disabled children’s access to services, but more needs to be done at the state level to meet their needs, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

UNC’s CareerStart program raises test scores, narrows the achievement gap among middle school students

When Dennis Orthner, professor at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, helped launch CareerStart four years ago, he had one primary goal in mind: to keep more students in school. Orthner saw the intervention program, which helps students connect what they are learning in school to future career opportunities, as a way to reach those most at-risk of failing.

UNC School of Social Work faculty search for solutions to help people cope with troubled economy

For months, individuals and families across the country have been feeling the brunt of the current economic crisis. Some have lost long-held jobs or watched retirement savings quickly dissolve. Many are still struggling to pay mortgages and other bills. Others are on the brink of homelessness.

Seven tips to keep the holidays happy and avoid family meltdowns

holiday stressIs your family more like The Sopranos than The Waltons? For many people, the holidays -- and in particular family get-togethers -- means tension and stress.

Community Connections program to benefit state's growing senior population

The face of North Carolina is growing increasingly older. 

By 2030, aging and adult services officials project that 75 of the state’s counties will have more residents age 60 and older than age 17 and younger. Many of these seniors will live in UNC’s backyard -- Orange County -- where the older adult population is expected to top out at 17 percent over the next 22 years.

Such projected growth is beginning to spur dialog about how these older residents as well as  adults with disabilities, will be cared for and what long-term medical and support services will be needed to help them remain healthy and when possible, independent.