Lynn Blanchard is the director of the Carolina Center for Public Service at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her master of public health and doctorate degrees from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, where she also serves on the faculty in Health Behavior. After graduating from East Carolina University, she began her professional life as a public school teacher in Wake County, and after graduate school she was associate director of Family Support Network of North Carolina, held faculty appointments at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Pennsylvania State University, and directed an award-winning community initiative in eastern Pennsylvania. Currently, she oversees development of the Center, including the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars and Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars programs. She teaches the undergraduate course Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change, and on the national front, she was co-director of Faculty for the Engaged Campus, an initiative of Community-Campus Partnership for Health and currently serves on the Executive Committee on the Council for Engagement and Outreach of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). In 2016 she was inducted into the national Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship.
Dr. Blanchard has provided keynote addresses and workshops in the areas that include public service and community engagement, teamwork and collaboration, promotion and tenure related to community engaged scholarship and other related topics.
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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.
Building Capacity for Community-Engaged Scholarship: Evaluation of the Faculty Development Component of the Faculty for the Engaged Campus InitiativeJournal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
2012 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 ...
Engaged scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Campus integration and faculty developmentJournal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
2012 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...
Faculty for the Engaged Campus: Advancing Community-Engaged Careers in the AcademyJournal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
2012 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 ...
Engaging key stakeholders to assess and improve the professional preparation of MPH health educatorsJournal of Public Health
2010 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 ...
What Is Community? An Evidence-Based Definition for Participatory Public HealthAmerican Journal of Public Health
2001 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...