North Carolina Institute for Public Health
Report for 2014-2015

We Mapped It!

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health


Anna Schenk

Each year, we communicate with you, our stakeholders, about our past year’s work. Some of you are front-line or administrative professionals in the field, others in academia, and still others are elected leaders in our cities, counties and state.

While each of us may approach our work in various ways, we share a common vision of keeping North Carolinians healthy.

At the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, we provide training to prepare public health professionals to meet new and emerging health issues. We provide technical assistance to local public health agencies to enhance and evaluate their work. We offer outstanding scholarship and research to inform the tasks for our current workforce and to inspire the next generation of public health professionals.

Last year, we showed you our work by the numbers. This year, we take our report one step further incorporating maps to show you our reach across the state and beyond.

In service,

Anna P. Schenck, PhD, MSPH
Director, North Carolina Institute for Public Health and the Public Health Leadership Program

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

FY 2015 Success Highlights:

Delivered top-notch training

to public health professionals in North Carolina and beyond

Provided expert technical assistance

to public health, healthcare, and other professionals

Communicated far-reaching research

to advance knowledge


Our primary mission is to provide top-notch training for our state’s public health workforce. We offer these learning opportunities in partnership with other academic departments, through contracts with state agencies, and with community-based organizations across the state.

In FY 2015, we met the training needs of our diverse workforce.

We offered


training opportunities

We trained


public health and allied professionals

We served


North Carolina-based participants

In partnership with the NC Division of Public Health, we provided training for the following:

  • 39 public health workers in 27 counties eager to grow within the profession (Management and Supervision for Public Health Professionals)
  • 61 nurses who improved their ability to conduct physical assessments on adults and to screen for sexually transmitted diseases (Enhanced Role Nurse Training)
  • 214 board of health members who want to become better leaders in their communities (Roles and Responsibilities for Local Public Health Governing Boards)
  • 85 nurses in 48 counties who needed a comprehensive introduction to serving in the public health arena (Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing), see map below
NC Training Map

Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing: Course Cohort

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

Counts within counties represent number of completions, May 2014 to June 2015

Training participants commented:

This conference was amazing and I have already started putting this valuable information to use in the work place.

This course is a solid foundation for me as a new supervisor… Since I completed the course I understand my team better and I have more confidence when making decisions.

In FY15, we provided safety and health education training to


individuals across the state

The North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (NC-OSHERC) is one of 18 Education and Research Centers in the U.S. NC-OSHERC offers training on occupational and environmental health and safety topics to those in private industry and governmental agencies.

We partnered with others to train


public health practitioners in Evidence-Based Strategies for Public Health Practice Training

Over the course of two days, NC-based public health practitioners learned to identify, tailor and implement evidence-based strategies in local settings. Our partners for this dynamic training included: UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the Center for Public Health Quality, the Granville-Vance District Health Department, the Center for Healthy North Carolina, and Eastern Area Health Education Center.

Vance County Testing Team

Public health practitioners training in evidence-based strategies.

Vance County Testing Team

We offered conference support services. This year, we provided a variety of support services for the following events:

  • 31st Annual School Nurse Conference
  • 36th Annual Minority Health Conference
  • 2015 NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference
  • 2015 North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant Association Annual Conference
  • 2015 Water Microbiology Conference
  • 2015 Water and Health Conference

In FY15, NCIPH staff managed


conference registrations


The types of technical assistance we provided this year ran the gamut.


The number of requests we fielded to support the state’s Area Health Education Centers in their engagement efforts with local public health agencies.

We worked with 7 of 9 Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) across the state whose staff asked the Institute for help to improve skills in cultural competency, social marketing, evidence-based strategies, and strategic planning and leadership development. In response, we provided the expertise ourselves or reached within the School to provide the assistance needed.



Mountain AHEC

Northwest AHEC

Charlotte AHEC

Greensboro AHEC

Southern Regional AHEC


South East AHEC


Eastern AHEC

Checkmarks indicate AHECs we worked with, per map labeling.

We evaluated the reach of the 5th Annual NC Science Festival for the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

149 host organizations sponsored 350 festival events. Our evaluation identified an additional 630 organizations that participated this year with 1,632 connections between host and participating organizations.

NC Science Festival logo

NC Science Festival efforts for 2015 were divided into six regions across the state.

NC Science Festival Map

The 2015 NC Science Festival efforts were divided into six regions across the state.

The Institute administered the NC Local Health Department Accreditation Program, which supports enhanced quality and performance all 85 NC local health departments. This year, 23 local health departments received renewed accreditation.

NC Local Health Department Accreditation program map
  • Albemarle Regional Health Services
  • Bladen County Health Department
  • Cherokee County Health Department
  • Columbus County Health Department
  • Gaston County Health Department
  • Graham County Health Department
  • Greene County Health Department
  • Guilford County Health Department
  • Hertford County Public Health Authority
  • Iredell County Health Department
  • Jackson County Health Department
  • Johnston County Health Department
  • Jones County Health Department
  • Mecklenburg County Health Department
  • Montgomery County Health Department
  • Pamlico County Health Department
  • Pitt County Health Department
  • Robeson County Health Department
  • Rockingham County Health Department
  • Rutherford‐Polk‐McDowell (RPM) Health District
  • Sampson County Health Department
  • Union County Division of Public Health
  • Wilkes County Health Department

The Network for Public Health Law provided information across the Southeastern Region.


Answers Received

Housed at the Institute, the Network for Public Health Law answered 279 requests this year for information and/or technical assistance from the Southeastern Region and beyond, on a wide range of topics including the duties and authority of physician assistants, nurse practitioners and dental hygienists.

States and territories included in the Southeastern Region

Southeast Region map

In recognition of the work The Network for Public Health Law accomplishes, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation renewed its support for another two years.

Talk Test Protect

We partnered with the Granville-Vance District Health Department to customize and evaluate a targeted public health campaign.

In Vance County, chlamydia rates are 87% higher than the NC average (2013 data). Most cases occur in young adults ages 15–24. With funding from the Triangle North Foundation, we worked with the Granville-Vance District Health Department and People Designs to create an integrated public health campaign, Talk | Test | Protect about the dangers of going untested and untreated for chlamydia.



The percentage increase in the mean number of monthly chlamydia tests administered in Vance County during the intervention period

We helped seven school districts across the state pilot the new School Health App.


School Health App Pilots

The School Health App will help public school districts track disease symptom data, enhance nurse productivity and expand local public health department capacity to conduct timely disease surveillance.

School Health App districts

School Health App Pilots

Counts in parentheses show nurses using app.

Cleveland County Schools (16)

Iredell-Statesville Schools (17)

Thomasville City Schools (16)

Cabarrus County Schools (49)

Durham Public Schools (11)

Bertie County Schools (5)

Jones County Public Schools (4)


In FY15 we enhanced student understanding of the practice of public health. We collaborated with partners to conduct research. We broadly disseminated our research products.

PHield Trips

To bolster our student’s learning, we hosted student PHield Trips to four diverse public health settings, sponsored a series of presentations featuring practice topics, and connected students with volunteer opportunities.

These activities reached over


staff, faculty, students and partners

State Lab PHield Trip

Students visit the new state public health laboratory.

OCHD PHield Trip

Student team ready to educate the public.

RTI PHield Trip

Students learn about real-life practice from professionals at RTI.

Media PHield Trip

Students learn about the importance of using multiple media channels to spread the word about public health.

Collaborating with others in the University and across the nation, Institute researchers delved into topics such as:

  • First responder access to naloxone,
  • Evidence-based public health training resources,
  • Measuring public health services and outcomes,
  • Partnerships for community health needs assessments, and
  • Quality measures for hospice and palliative care.

We ensured our research findings were widely available to students and professionals in the field.

We published



View List

We delivered


conference presentations

View List

And we celebrated the successful completion of planned efforts by the NC Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NCPERRC).

Over the last 6 years, NCPERRC researchers have worked with practice partners. Together, they have:



peer-reviewed publications






research briefs

One of 9 centers at schools of public health funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2008 to 2014, the NCPERRC successfully strengthened and improved public health preparedness capacity through systems and services research.


Our funding to improve the practice of public health comes in the form of contracts and grants from a variety of agencies and organizations, allocations from the state, and other sources. We are appreciative of the support from diverse sources.

  • Cabarrus (NC) Health Alliance
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Gaston County Health and Human Services
  • National Network of Public Health Institutes
  • North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • RTI International
  • Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Heath Department

From July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, the Institute managed:


new contracts and grants


in funding

NCIPH FY2015 Funding Sources

  • State Appropriation - $446,447
  • NC AHEC - $183,873
  • Receipt Revenue - $632,892
  • Contracts & Grants - $1,897,862
  • F&A - $205,443
  • Other - $1,196,015

  • Total: $4,562,532