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Programming and Staff

More than 20 years ago, UNC Health Southeastern’s Board of Trustees felt that a department that would focus on the improvement of health in Robeson County was an important part of health care for the community in addition to the standard health care services offered by the organization, which led to the creation of UNC Health Southeastern's Community Health Services (CHS) department.

The department today reaches beyond Robeson County throughout the region providing education, screenings and prevention services to people of all ages through schools, churches and community programs. The CHS department staff includes health education, nutrition, public health, policy, mass communications and other related professionals who are assigned different aspects of community health based on their expertise.

Lekisha Hammond

Lekisha Hammonds - Director

Before accepting the director position in 2013, Lekisha Hammonds served as interim director of CHS for seven months. With over 15 years of experience in community health, Hammonds served as the manager/coordinator of CHS with a focus on community health needs assessments; coalition building, planning, and developing; and implementing community screens/health fairs/programs and services designed to meet the needs of the community. She is credentialed as a master certified health education specialist as well as a registered health educator.

Phillip Richardson

Phillip Richardson - Manager

CHS Manager Phillip Richardson started his UNC Health Southeastern career working at the Community Health Education Center and has advanced to an organizational manager, overseeing the center along with several other areas within the CHS department.

Cameron Karrenbauer

Cameron Karrenbauer - Nutritionist

Community Health Nutritionist Cameron Karrenbauer is responsible for the community health programs and services related to nutrition and physical activity. Karrenbauer plans, develops and promotes all the programs and services that target the high risk populations in our community and surrounding areas.

Through Project H.E.A.L.T.H. (Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles for Tomorrow’s Health), she offers fun and innovative ways to teach nutrition. Project H.E.A.L.T.H. works within schools, after school and summer camp programs, and community events that focus on children. Students are provided nutrition education based on the components of MyPlate, Rethink your Drink, and Eat More Fruits & Veggies. Walking trails are in place at area schools to promote an active lifestyle for children during the school day. For more information, contact Karrenbauer at 910-671-5890.

Kristian Phillips

Kristian Phillips - Center Specialist

Kristian Phillips serves as the Community Health Education Center Specialist and oversees all aspects of the facility. Commonly referred to as C.H.E.C., the center is conveniently located inside of Biggs Park Mall. C.H.E.C. is a free resource for health information and provides health-related pamphlets, brochures, and books to the public free of charge. Additionally, C.H.E.C. offers presentations on various health and nutrition topics by medical experts including physicians and dietitians. Many patrons utilize C.H.E.C. to monitor blood pressure and weight on a daily basis as well.

In addition, Kristian works closely with students from UNC Pembroke and acts as a preceptor for seniors from the public relations program. Students are advised and provided opportunities to get real world experience by participating in community events. For more information, contact Phillips at 910-671-9393.

Carlotta Winston

Carlotta Winston - A-Z Specialist

Healthy Communities A-Z Project Specialist Carlotta Winston oversees the healthy habits program known as Healthy Communities A-Z. The program uses the 26 letters of the alphabet to align with healthy behaviors. This program has expanded into churches focusing on congregational wellness and into worksites across the county. Healthy Communities A-Z focuses on behavior change, adoption of environmental policy, and research based evaluation. The program has adopted tobacco-free policies on church campuses, fryer-free meals and physical activity pledges. For more information, contact Winston at 910-272-1186.

Hellena Lily

Hellena Lily - Health Promotion Specialist

Hellena Lilly, health promotion specialist for Community Health Services, plans and coordinates community events in Robeson County and surrounding areas. Lilly integrates the use of our Wellness on Wheels (W.O.W.) mobile unit to immerse our programming into the underserved communities in our region. W.O.W. is available for events and programs in areas that would otherwise not have access due to inadequate facilities. You can find W.O.W. rolling through communities offering free blood pressure checks, blood sugar monitoring, cholesterol tests, and an abundance of health education. For more information, contact Lilly at 910-272-1187.

Tanya Underwood

Tanya Underwood - Community Mobilization Specialist

Tanya Underwood has joined the staff of UNC Health Southeastern’s Community Health Services as community mobilization specialist. Underwood will facilitate collaboration between individuals, groups, stakeholders, government and business organizations to improve overall health in the community. She is also responsible for the oversight and facilitation of the Robeson Substance Use Coalition.

Underwood graduated with honors from University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

“I am pleased to continue to serve this community in my new capacity,” Underwood said. “I look forward to many purposeful and productive partnerships that will benefit Robeson County and the region. Regarding substance use, I hope to see an overall change in language, a reduction in stigma and a healthier community through awareness and education.”

A North Carolina native, Underwood has lived in Lumberton for 18 years and has previously worked with Robeson County Partnership for Children and Lumberton Recreation. She recently was a participant in United Way’s fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars, where she performed with the Rev. Hector Miray.

Underwood and her husband, David, have two children, Maggie and Thomas.

Community Health Services works throughout the region to offer education, screenings and prevention services to people of all ages through schools, churches and community programs. The department includes health education, nutrition, public health, policy, mass communications and other related professionals who are assigned different aspects of community health based on their expertise.

Nancy Hunt

Catherine (Cathy) Hunt - Facilitator

Nancy Catherine “Cathy” Hunt has been named facilitator for UNC Health Southeastern’s Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas grant.

Hunt earned bachelor’s degrees in recreation management administration and health/physical education with teacher certification from UNC Pembroke in 1986. She also earned a master’s degree in exercise science from UNC Pembroke in 2002. Before retiring in March 2017, she taught health and physical education in the Public Schools of Robeson County for 31 years. During that time, she has written and administered numerous grants for the school system for tutoring and enrichment programs, physical education enhancement, beautification efforts and equipment. Hunt lives in Lumberton with her husband, Ardeen Hunt Sr.

UNC Health Southeastern was awarded the three year, $450,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to help improve health in Robeson County. UNC Health Southeastern and the Healthy Robeson Task Force, a diverse group of community organizations, is now one of 10 participants in The Duke Endowment’s initiative, Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas.

The program takes a bold approach to addressing chronic health issues such as unhealthy weight, diabetes and heart disease. Local coalitions will involve leaders from a wide spectrum of community organizations in developing ways to engage residents in improving their health.

Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas is now expanding to five new counties with plans to expand throughout the Carolinas over the coming years. The initiative began in early 2016 in five diverse North Carolina regions—Catawba, Chatham, Granville/Vance, Montgomery/Richmond and Wilkes counties.

For more information about the Healthy Robeson Task Force or the Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas grant, call Hunt at (910) 272-1181.

Shareen Jones

Shareen Jones - Coalition and Task Force Operations Assistant

Dianne Buri

Diane Buri - W.O.W. Assistant

For more information about the Healthy Robeson Task Force or the Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas grant, call Hunt at (910) 272-1181.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

Southeastern Health Mall
2934 North Elm Street
Lumberton, NC 28358
Tel: (910) 671-5595

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

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