Community service priorities for the Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education, and Services (OHARES) at East Carolina University are focused on the following five areas:
ECU’s faculty, staff, and students have a longstanding commitment to community engagement through service that has been recognized nationally as evidenced by ECU’s Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification. Accordingly, OHARES affiliates are committed to working with community-based programs and organizations to identify and advance mutually-beneficial goals and objectives for the promotion of healthy aging (especially in rural parts of North Carolina). To this end, our students provide thousands of hours of assistance (via internships and service-learning projects) to community-based organizations as a requirement of their courses for certificate- and degree-bearing programs. Our affiliates are also available to help develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate programs for older individuals. For more information about our affiliates and their availability for such consultation, please feel free to contact the Director, Dr. John J. Kerbs, via email (email@example.com) or phone (252-328-5546).