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University Communications and Marketing
Thursday, December 20, 2007
April Oxendine to lead wellness programs at UNCP
April L. Oxendine has joined UNC Pembroke’s Counseling and Testing Center to coordinate alcohol, tobacco and other student wellness programs.
Oxendine, who has worked extensively in community outreach and health education programs, will direct two grant programs at UNCP. Her experience and training will benefit the students, faculty and staff said Dr. Monica Osburn, director of the center.
“April knows how to educate in an interactive and engaging way,” Dr. Osburn said. “I am so excited to have her as part of our team.”
For the University’s ongoing Coalition to Prevent Alcohol Related Consequences (CPARC), Oxendine will collaborate with diverse community stakeholders to address alcohol-related issues on and off campus. The program is funded by a $150,000 grant to five universities from the National Institute of Health through the Wake Forest University’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine.
“We have completed the assessment phase of the CPARC program and are moving into implementing comprehensive strategies,” she said. “I’m assessing the community stakeholders, including local law enforcement and the business community.
“Social norming has been a significant aspect of this program,” Oxendine said. “New research indicates that education is needed to change perceptions about alcohol and tobacco use and consequences among target populations.”
UNCP’s new tobacco prevention program is funded by a $120,000, four-year grant from the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund.
“We are completing the assessment stage, and next semester we will kick-off a social-norming campaign,” Oxendine said. “We want to make certain our campus has accurate information regarding tobacco use rates and consequences.
“The next step is to bring resources to students to help those who wish to quit smoking,” she said.
Oxendine is a 1997 UNCP graduate and earned a Master of Health Education degree from East Carolina University.
She worked for Operation Sickle Cell’s HIV outreach and education program in Fayetteville, N.C. and for the Robeson County Health Department’s SMART program, a Center for Disease Control-funded initiative to combat syphilis. Oxendine also worked for Native Angels Home Health Care’s HIV program.
“It’s good to be back at UNCP,” Oxendine said. “I really enjoy working in prevention and education programs.”
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