Lynn Blanchard is the director of the Carolina Center for Public Service and clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill. She received her undergraduate degree in primary education at East Carolina University and began her career as a public school teacher. She later returned to school and received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. Formerly, she was associate director of Family Support Network of North Carolina and served on the faculty at the UNC Schools of Public Health and Medicine. From 1996 to 2002 she directed an award-winning community health improvement initiative in eastern Pennsylvania and held a faculty appointment at the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine. Additionally, she worked with a wide array of community programs and conducted training, evaluation, and research in the areas of early intervention (for children with special needs) and community-based collaboration.
Since coming to the Carolina Center for Public Service, she has overseen the programmatic development of the Center, including the Buckley Public Service Scholars and Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as the APPLES Service-Learning program which joined the Center in 2009. She teaches the undergraduate course Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change and serves as faculty adviser to graduate student capstone teams in the Department of Health Behavior. For six years, she served as the leader of Carolina’s annual Tar Heel Bus Tour for new faculty and senior administrators and currently chairs the Carolina Engagement Council.
In these roles, and in others, she is an advocate of Carolina’s responsibility to address community and state needs through the concept of engaged scholarship.
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health: Masters, Public Health 1985
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health: Doctorate, Public Health 1989
East Carolina University: B.S., Primary Education 1970
- Community-Campus Partnership for Health.
- Faculty for the Engaged Campus
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UNC Creates Scott MacDonald Public Service Scholarship
“The unique part of this is as they become juniors they transition and become Scott MacDonald Fellows,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “The program will provide them with specific support for a project they’ve identified through their work over their first several years.”...
UNC-Chapel Hill receives commitment to launch new community service scholarships and fellowship program
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill News online
“Scott MacDonald’s generous gift will ensure that these and future students have life-changing public service experiences that they will take with them regardless of the career path they pursue,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the CCPS. “They will learn as well as give, preparing them to leave Carolina committed and equipped to continue working for the betterment of society.”...
Eleventh class of UNC Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill News
“Each year, the graduating class of Buckley Public Service Scholars demonstrate the incredible scope and depth of public service and community engagement that is being done at Carolina,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “These seniors have taken public service to new heights through their commitment to serving communities locally, nationally and abroad. They have served an untold number of communities in extraordinary ways and we are extremely proud of what they have accomplished. Moreover, we look forward to seeing the many ways in which these students continue their commitment to public service beyond graduation.”...
Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change
Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change is a unique opportunity through the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Buckley Public Service Scholars program and the Learning By Giving Foundation for students to learn about and experience the process of awarding grants to local agencies. Throughout the course, students function as a committee/board and are responsible for researching the needs of North Carolina, designing grant award criteria, drafting and distributing a request for proposals, reviewing submissions and awarding $10,000 to select community organizations. In addition to meeting weekly and participating in the grant making process, students learn about the nonprofit sector and the philosophy and practice of philanthropy through readings, class exercises and guest speakers.
This article reports the findings of an evaluation of the faculty development component of the Faculty for the Engaged Campus initiative. For this component, the Community-Engaged Scholarship Faculty Development Charrette was attended by 20 ...
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill undertook faculty development activities to increase awareness of community-engaged scholarship through campus dialogue and by assisting faculty members in acquiring skills for community-engaged scholarship. This article presents a case report describing activities and their impact. The activities informed campus-wide initiatives on promotion and tenure as well as the development of the university’s new academic plan...
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a national membership organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and higher education institutions. In response to faculty concerns about the ...
We described the process of engaging key stakeholders in a systematic review of requirements for a master of public health (MPH) degree within the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global ...
Increased emphasis on community collaboration indicates the need for consensus regarding the definition of community within public health. This study examined whether members of diverse US communities described community in similar ways...