Congratulations are in order for EdD in KIN alumni Eric Tucker who recently received a promotion to Program Manager on the UNC Health Alliance Population Health Clinical Services team. Eric is a licensed clinical social worker and faculty at NC State in the Department of Social Work.
Since joining the organization, he has accomplished several milestones for NC healthcare. He has helped launch pediatric behavioral health; optimized documentation workflow for adult behavioral health services; created a virtual health platform for patients who are unable to travel to our primary care practices; and most notably, bolstered the UNC Health Alliance Employee Health and Wellness Program to reduce employee burnout and turnover. And here, is where his passion lies, his work on burnout is directly tied to his dissertation which was titled, “Relationships among Perceived Stress, Burnout, and Physical Activity in Social Workers.” He has also recruited and hired several strong Registered Nurses and Licensed Clinical Social Workers; successfully piloted the treatment of chronic pain with cognitive-behavioral therapy; and recently helped stand up new primary care practices in under-resourced communities in Rockingham, Wayne, and Lenoir counties in North Carolina. Additionally, two of his direct reports have been recognized for their clinical and leadership accomplishments. Lastly, he recently submitted a proposal to pilot a cross-disciplinary Diabetes Management Team where Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Registered Dietitians, and Physicians team up to assist patients with co-occurring unmanaged diabetes and depression.
Eric shared with us, “The Doctor of Education in Kinesiology at UNC-Greensboro was worth it. I routinely use skills gained in this program, and I truly believe that knowledge plays a key role in my current job. I want you to know that the belief and mentorship in me was not in vain, and I am humbled to be in a position to positively impact our most vulnerable populations across North Carolina while paving the way for other emerging leaders through mentorship and support. Go Spartans!”
The EdD in KIN program is proud of Eric’s accomplishments as an alumni of our program. Keep up the good work Eric!
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