Anna P. Schenck, PhD, MSPH

Director’s Note

Fiscal year 2016 was a pivotal year for the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH). We completed an organizational review, which is required every five years for all centers and institutes at UNC. Two important realizations came out of our organizational review. The first is confirmation that NCIPH plays an important role in public health in the state. This role was recognized and we were encouraged to continue our work with a focus primarily on North Carolina. The second realization was that the work of NCIPH could be expanded if we had a full-time director. As many of you know, I have been leading NCIPH while continuing to serve as both the director of an academic unit, the Public Health Leadership Program, and associate dean for practice. These are all big jobs, and the review committee recommended that we seek a full-time director for NCIPH to help with the important practice work of NCIPH and the Gillings School of Global Public Health. I will continue in my other roles at Gillings and look forward to collaborating with the new NCIPH director in promoting public health practice in NC!

In this annual report, we share the year’s stories of our work providing training, technical assistance, engagement with the public health community and applied research to improve the health of North Carolinians. The focus of our report is our staff who have made all our important work happen. In Chapter 1, we reflect on our training success of the year. In Chapter 2, we share our advancements in technical assistance. Chapter 3 shines a spotlight on our engagement work within the Gillings School. We end our report by gratefully acknowledging the amazing people and organizations with whom we worked this past year.

If you have not worked with us in the past, we hope you will see this as an introduction and contact us. Let’s write the next story together!

All the best,

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

Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor

Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH

Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor

Congratulations to the NCIPH team for a year well-done. At the Gillings School, we are committed to the people of North Carolina and to the North Carolina Institute for Public Health. In a review this year, led by professor Sandra Martin, PhD, the NCIPH was regarded as an important asset to Gillings and North Carolina. We look forward to continued strength in leadership, continuing education, and service to every North Carolina county, working with partners across the state. We are proud of our connections to practice and the people of this state.”

Todd Nicolet, PhD

Todd Nicolet, PhD

Senior Associate Dean

We are committed to serving North Carolina and will ensure NCIPH remains integrated with all the resources of our top-ranked public school of public health. In FY16 we laid the groundwork with strategic planning, and next year we look forward to bringing on board the new director.”
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Management Team

This year the management team led partnership efforts, pursued new projects to support North Carolina public health, set strategic direction, and supported our talented staff in their project activities. Under their guidance NCIPH continued to grow and develop in our pursuit of providing the highest quality service to North Carolina.

In previous reports we shared our work by the numbers and added maps to show where we work across the state. This report features our staff and tells some of the stories from the past year. Sign up for our mailing list to get quarterly updates on the continuing NCIPH story!

The NCIPH management team members are Anna P. Schenck, PhD, MSPH (director), Rachel Wilfert, MD, MPH (training manager), Amy Belflower Thomas, MHA, MSPH (technical assistance manager), Kathy Cheek (business manager) and Carol Gunther-Mohr, MA (operations and QI manager).

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The end of a happy tale

This year we celebrate the successful end of the University of North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC), the latest funded program in more than 15 years of ongoing support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program was designed to meet training needs of the public health workforce in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia around Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies.

Training manager Rachel Wilfert, evaluation expert Tanya Montoya, and a team of dedicated staff and partners made a number of dynamic PERLC programs and events possible through the years:

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  • UNC PERLC staff collaborated with the West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness to develop and deliver an online training course for local level preparedness staff. This online course serves as an orientation curriculum for newly hired staff across the state.
  • The Virginia Department of Health requested assistance from the UNC PERLC in facilitating access to UNC PERLC online trainings through their centralized training portal, VirginiaTRAIN. The resulting linkage provided seamless access to valuable training content for Virginia public health employees and served as a national model for other PERLCs across the country.
  • PERLC team members Rachel Wilfert, Tanya Montoya, Kasey Decosimo, Matt Simon, Lorraine Alexander and others published 20 articles related to PERLC activities.

The UNC PERLC is truly a story of successful teamwork and collaboration for the benefit of the region.

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NCIPH training website a resounding success

Where do you turn when you’re missing part of the story? For over 100,000 people in the field of public health, the answer is the NCIPH Training Website (TWS).

The NCIPH TWS was launched in 2003 to provide public health professionals and other interested persons immediate access to short, high-quality public health preparedness training. NCIPH research associate Kasey Decosimo and clinical associate professor Lorraine Alexander have provided tireless support for the program. As of July 2016, over 100,000 individuals from all 50 states and 179 different countries have completed training on the site, which has since been expanded to include trainings on topics beyond preparedness.

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In post-completion surveys, 81 percent of users said that the information they learned from training was relevant to their daily jobs, and 88 percent would recommend the training to others. Of those who used the website frequently, 61 percent reported that they shared the knowledge they gained with an average of eleven coworkers or friends. Over half of users reported that they were more confident or satisfied with their jobs post-training, and 18 percent even reported a salary increase or job promotion.

Short, online training modules such as those delivered by the UNC PERLC’s Training Website are an effective way to reach the public health workforce with training that is timely, relevant, and practical. The NCIPH Training Website provides resources that are vital to promoting an engaged, educated, and passionate health workforce. 

NCIPH Training Website

New Users and Training Completions, 2010 – July 2016

New Users

Trainings Completed

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NCIPH Training Website

Try the NCIPH Training Website — over 150 free, just-in-time self-paced trainings on public health topics you can browse by keyword, topic, or competency.

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Accreditation training draws attendees from across the state

NCIPH recently hosted a series of accreditation trainings in collaboration with AHECs across the state. Led by accreditation administrator Amy Belflower Thomas, these two-day trainings titled “Achieving Success with Accreditation: What Every Health Department Needs to Know”, were held in Boone, Raleigh, and Greenville, and drew 168 participants from 77 local health departments.

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The North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation (NCLHDA) program and its partners have accomplished a great deal since the program’s inception. Established in 2002, the NCLHDA program exists to ensure all North Carolinians have access to quality public health services. Through the program, local health departments are certified to perform at a prescribed, basic level of quality the three core public health functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance, and to provide the ten essential services of public health. As of May 2016, all 85 local health departments in NC have been accredited and 68 have been reaccredited at least once.

Achieving Success with Accreditation: What Every Health Department Needs to Know

Trainings covered the state, held in Boone, Raleigh and Greenville.

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The next chapter in leadership training

Stephen Orton, PhD

NCIPH has developed and delivered public health leadership training for many years at the local, regional and national level. With our partners we have published articles and given presentations about how our programs result in measurable change for leaders. In fact, that’s how the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) opened a new chapter in launching their Leadership Development Program. After reading an article about the Novant Health Leadership Program, NHRMC reached out to NCIPH to explore creating a year-long program to strengthen leadership skills within the executive team and prepare NHRMC to execute its long-term strategy.

Stephen Orton, who has led many of NCIPH’s leadership programs, directed the design team and taught sessions alongside other faculty from the Gillings School. As a result, NHRMC leaders are now better positioned to provide the best comprehensive healthcare services rendered with value, dignity and respect.

In FY17, this story will continue with the next iteration of the Novant Health Leadership Program and a new Kresge Foundation program, "Emerging Leaders in Public Health". NCIPH believes that improving public health leadership is crucial to strengthening the health systems of North Carolina.

Learn more about NCIPH’s training and continuing education capabilities here or contact Rachel Wilfert.

Chapter 2 | Technical Assistance

The story builds with assistance and consultation

NCIPH offers partners expert consultation to assist with accreditation administration, field data collection, resource mapping, data analysis and facilitation of community health planning, organizational assessment, strategic planning, and other processes. Our multi-disciplinary staff work closely with partners to ensure that assistance is targeted, tailored, and timely, and our work moves organizations from data to impact.

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Amy Belflower Thomas, MHA, MSPH

A new chapter begins in assistance to North Carolina partners

In FY16 NCIPH made a strategic decision to invest in our technical assistance leadership and capacity in support of North Carolina public health. We created a new managerial position and hired Amy Belflower Thomas to serve as our first manager solely dedicated to technical assistance.

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Prior to joining NCIPH, Amy worked at the Nash County Health Department and was a founding member of Twin Counties Partnership for Healthier Communities (TCPHC), a network of more than 50 agencies in Nash and Edgecombe counties who provide a mix of services, including addressing issues of access to primary care, community-centered prevention, diabetes, and mental health and substance abuse.

Since coming on board in November 2015, Amy has worked with other staff and partners to:

  • Administer the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Program including recruiting new site visitors, conducting statewide training for local health department staff and soliciting feedback from multiple stakeholders on how to improve the program and its support to local health departments
  • Secure an exciting new project in the Twin Counties with funding from the Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust (see the announcement)
  • Strengthen and shape the vision for the technical services we offer our partners

Amy Thomas (right) works with Shoneca Kent.

Amy Thomas (back row, left) and Carol Gunther-Mohr (front row, left) meet with TCPHC partners Shoneca Kent, Michele Cherry, and Michelle Etheridge.

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Collect SMART Using technology to tell the story

Data collection. It’s time-consuming, arduous, and mind-numbing.

At least, that’s the way it used to be. With NCIPH’s new mobile app, Collect SMART (Survey Management and Response Tools), community data collection is now efficient and cost-effective.

Initially funded by the CDC’s UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center project, Collect SMART was developed with the idea of collecting important data as quickly as possible in the wake of a natural disaster. It quickly expanded into use for community health assessments and other community-wide data collection efforts. Using the web-based program and the Android-compatible mobile app, which is integrated with CDC’s Epi Info™ program, researchers can create electronic questionnaires, select survey sites, and utilize real-time mapping and analysis tools.

Collect SMART workflow

Matt Simon, MA, GISP

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Elizabeth Holzschuh, who oversaw the pilot use of Collect SMART in Johnson County, Kansas, says that the app was “invaluable in data collection and monitoring progress.” The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment used the app to survey high poverty zones to identify priorities for strategic community health planning. Today, beta-test versions of the app and website are available free of charge to users nationwide and have been used in more than 20 surveys with nearly 3,200 interviews in Kansas, Illinois, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Matt Simon, NCIPH Research Associate and GIS Analyst, hopes that Collect SMART will continue to grow and eventually be available to all health departments and hospitals at a low cost. In a recent interview with Patagonia Health, Simon explained that “You’re going to get higher quality information this way, which should result in better [health] outcomes. We want to connect those dots.”

Learn more about Collect SMART

Contact Matt Simon

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A unique academic/practice collaboration

Over the past year NCIPH has provided support to a unique academic-practice collaboration. Carmen Samuel-Hodge, RD, PhD, who is a research assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and also a member of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, has been embedded within Granville Vance Public Health (GVPH), a two-county rural district health department in NC serving Henderson, Oxford, and surrounding townships. The collaboration was the brain child of GVPH Health Director Lisa Macon Harrison and is supported by GVPH through an NCIPH-administered contract with UNC.

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Dr. Samuel-Hodge serves as a translational and implementation research specialist for GVPH and in this role she has helped lead the agency’s efforts in chronic disease prevention strategies, nutrition, and physical activity interventions. She also serves as a special advisor to Harrison in practice-based research activities, in particular those that address health disparities in Granville and Vance counties. Samuel-Hodge, Harrison, and health education team lead Bailey Goldman are all graduates of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. “UNC’s influence is alive and well in rural NC,” says Harrison. “And it’s making a difference in local health departments.”

The collaboration has resulted in new grant awards which support the health education team in ways they have never been supported before financially. “Although health education is a core public health practice area, it is most often the least funded with state and local dollars. Thankfully, and to the benefit of Granville and Vance counties, more than $1,700,000 of new grant funding has come into the health department in the last 24-month period while Dr. Samuel-Hodge has been there to advise, help write, edit and provide evaluation expertise,” says Harrison.

GVPH now has a newly developed diabetes prevention program for the district thanks to Dr. Samuel-Hodge, and the health education team members have an incredible mentor to teach them evidence-based approaches. This partnership clearly demonstrates the power of a like-minded team of health professionals and academics and highlights the commitment that NCIPH and UNC Gillings hold to enhancing public health in rural North Carolina.

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Kasey Decosimo, MPH recording ideas at Granville Community Health Forum

Granville Vance community health forums

While benefiting from the technical expertise and mentorship of Carmen Samuel-Hodge, Granville Vance Public Health has also been learning to keep their finger on the pulse of community need through focus groups, coalitions, informal gatherings, and community partner meetings. In January and February 2016, GVPH hosted two community health forums, inviting stakeholders and community members to hear the results of the 2015 Granville Vance community health assessment and to provide input on the selection of district-wide priorities for the next four years. These forums were led by GVPH Director Lisa Macon Harrison, and Kasey Decosimo, Matt Simon, and Stephen Orton of NCIPH provided support during the forums by presenting data highlights and facilitating discussion groups. 

Read the full Granville Vance Community Health Assessment Executive Summary.

Learn more about NCIPH’s technical assistance capabilities here or contact Amy Thomas.

Chapter 3 | Engagement

The story unfolds

The Institute, part of the Gillings School of Global Public Health since our beginning in 1999, engages with students and faculty in a number of ways and shares our work with broader audiences through publications and conference presentations. In FY16 Research Associate Jessica Southwell worked with Anna Schenck, associate dean for practice, to coordinate three “PHield trips” that took 112 students around North Carolina to get a hands-on look at the work of health departments and organizations. Southwell, working with many others around the Gillings School, helps students learn how to complete their public health practica in North Carolina and organizes lectures, trips, and other events to help students learn about the public health needs of North Carolina and the country.

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Team Epi-Aid student volunteers assist in post-Hurricane Irene health assessments

Team Epi-Aid student volunteers assist in post-Hurricane Irene health assessments

Team Epi-Aid

Students learn to give back to NC

It started with a simple idea: connect UNC public health students eager for practical experience with state and local health departments in need of extra support for disaster preparedness and response. Since 2003, UNC students have completed over 6,000 hours of volunteer time across North Carolina with support from the CDC-funded UNC PERLC project as “Team Epi-Aid”. Though the CDC funding for this program has now ended, Team Epi-Aid has been so successful that UNC Gillings is now in the process of expanding the model program to involve more students around additional service needs beyond preparedness and field epidemiology.

View a timeline of our activities on the next page.

Learn more about service at Gillings

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Team Epi-Aid and Beyond

Highlights from 13 years in the field.

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2003

  • Born

    Team Epi-Aid is created as part of the CDC-funded UNC Center for Health Preparedness.

2004

  • Successful Hunt

    Students successfully track an on-campus outbreak of the norovirus, which affected nearly 300 UNC students, to its source.

2010

  • Funding Continues

    The CDC continues Team Epi-Aid funding under the new UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC).

2011

  • Hurricane Irene

    Students interview 196 residents affected by the August 27th, 2011 landfall of Hurricane Irene in New Hanover, NC.

2013

  • Volunteer Staffing

    Students volunteer to help staff an Ebola call center that had been set up to address questions and concerns from the public.

2016

  • Transition

    Evolving to respond to diverse requests from state and local public health partners, student volunteers helped in two efforts to clean data on statewide lead blood levels and participated in three community data collection efforts in rural counties.

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Penny Slade-Sawyer, MSW Photo courtesy of Gillings Magazine.

Instilling a Culture of Health at Gillings

It’s not about health for health’s sake — it’s health for life’s sake. When you’re healthy, you’re able to pursue the things that give life meaning.” Penny Slade-Sawyer

So says NCIPH staffer Penny Slade-Sawyer, driving force behind the new Culture of Health Initiative at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Inspired by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and spearheaded by Dean Barbara Rimer, the initiative focuses on helping the Gillings community not only preach healthy habits, but practice them as well. Through point of decision prompts, weekly exercise classes, walking groups, and more, the Culture of Health is providing healthy, evidence-based alternatives to all who study, teach, and work in the Gillings Community.

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"Do we still offer soda in the school cafe? Yes," explains Slade-Sawyer. "It's not about taking away your choices. It's about making it easier for you to make the healthy choice."

Chantal Donaghy, Assistant to the Director of the Public Health Leadership Program, sees the initiative taking root across Gillings.

Our Dean is a vivid example. She is at the Wellness Center gym almost every morning despite all her obligations. As a top rated school, we need to practice what we preach.” Chantal Donaghy

Donaghy has attended both the “Mindful Relaxation” and “No Sweat Aerobics” classes, and says she loves the physical and mental exercise as well as the "camaraderie among colleagues."

Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor, displays the new Gillings Bike Share Program

Staff participate in a weekly Mindful Relaxation class

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Gillings faculty bike to work Photo courtesy of Linda Kastleman, Carolina Public Health

Terry Link, Accounting Technician for the Department of Biostatistics, says the initiative has been obvious among her coworkers.

I have coworkers who walk pretty much every day for at least 30 minutes, and we take the stairs when we need to go up or down a floor.” Terry Link
Link adds that she hopes to see the 30-minute work-out classes expanded to Monday through Friday.

"I hope that the Culture of Health initiative will be part of our school for many more years," says Donaghy. "All Penny's efforts are very beneficial to our health and I applaud her for her contagious enthusiasm regarding healthy habits!"

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Story-telling is part of what we do

In FY16, NCIPH staff shared 28 publications and presentations in peer-reviewed journals and professional conferences to tell our stories to state, national and international audiences.

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Experienced leader shares his insights

Citation: Matthews G, Burris S, Ledford SL, Baker E. (2016). Advocacy for Leaders: Crafting Richer Stories for Public Health. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 22(3), 311-315.

The NCIPH lead author, Gene Matthews, JD, directs the Southeastern Regional Center of the Network for Public Health Law and co-instructs the “Leadership in Health Law and Ethics” course in the School's Executive DrPH Program. Prior to coming to NCIPH in 2006, Gene served for 25 years as chief legal advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The authors of this May/June article offer profound insights on moral foundational values so important in the contentious election year, stating that, "Since public health has tended to frame its policy arguments through the lens of liberal values for the last few decades, opportunities are missed because public health hesitates in recognizing how to frame our messaging in a richer way that appeals to a broader spectrum of moral concerns." How we tell the stories is key to our success.

Gene Matthews, JD

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Avia Mainor, MPH

Skill-building for evidence-based strategies implementation

Citation: Mainor A, Leeman J, Decosimo KP, Edwards L, Rinker J, Cornett A, Harrison L, Morriston D. Building local capacity to adapt, implement and evaluate evidence-based public health strategies: North Carolina’s collaborative approach. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting; November 2, 2015; Chicago, IL.

Workforce Development Associate Avia Mainor, MPH, presented at the November 2015 American Public Health Association Conference in Chicago. Mainor shared results of a training partnership that has been building local capacity to adapt, implement, and evaluate evidence-based strategies (EBS) among public health practitioners in North Carolina. The training partnership, including the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the Granville Vance District Health Department, Population Health Improvement Partners, and the Eastern Area Health Education Center received grant money in 2012 to test the effectiveness of a national model to build EBS for local health departments.

Evaluations from training over 125 public health practitioners indicated the need for more advanced skill-building in EBS. In response to this need, NCIPH, along with the partnership, competed for AHEC Innovation funding to develop EBS2.0, an expanded training curriculum that provides local public health departments and their partners with in-depth support and ongoing coaching on how to adapt and implement EBS in their communities. Mainor presented the collaborative process in developing this new EBS2.0 curriculum and its preliminary impact on public health practice in North Carolina.

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Encouraging healthy choices in America’s hospitals

Citation: Jilcott Pitts SB, Graham J, Mojica A, Stewart L, Walter M, Schille C, McGinty J, Pearsall M, Whitt O, Mihas P, Bradley A, Simon C. (2016). Implementing healthier foodservice guidelines in hospital and federal worksite cafeterias: barriers, facilitators and keys to success. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jhn.12380

How do workplaces make healthy choices the easy choices? That's the question that NCIPH senior investigator John Graham, PhD tackled in his latest research study, published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Graham and his team took a critical look at guidelines promoted by the Partnership for a Healthier America and the United States Department of Health and Human Services/General Services Administration meant to promote healthier cafeteria options for healthcare workers, who have the highest prevalence of obesity among America's workforce.

Funded by the National Network for Public Health Institutes and in close collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the team surveyed and interviewed foodservice managers and operators of four federal government worksites on the East Coast and five hospitals across the country. While respondents generally reported that implementing these healthier guidelines were worthwhile and important to them, they did document difficulties in implementation such as customer complaints, confusion over menu labelling, trouble adequately training staff, and implementation costs.

Graham's study ultimately ends on a positive note, stating that, despite these challenges, most of the hospitals and worksites surveyed viewed their implementation of healthier food options as a success. Furthermore, the majority of participants stated that the healthier food options did not, overall, negatively impact their profitability. "As the team reviewed responses, it found several common keys to success" noted Graham. "Particularly important were leadership and client support for changes, industry and vendors' ability to provide healthier guideline options, regular communication with customers, management, and staff, and on-site help." Graham's team observed positive changes in market demand for healthier meal options, and encourage further studies on this topic in order to help healthcare workers live healthier lives.

John Graham, PhD

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John Wallace, PhD, MSPH

Protecting NC workers from tick-borne pathogens

Citation: Wallace, JW, Nicholson, WL, Perniciaro, JL, Vaughn, MF, Funkhouser, S, Juliano, JJ, ... & Meshnick, SR (2016). Incident Tick-Borne Infections in a Cohort of North Carolina Outdoor Workers. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 16(5), 302-308.

Does the thought of encountering a tick in the woods make you squirm? Good thing it doesn't faze John Wallace, PhD, MSPH, NCIPH analytic research associate, who recently wrapped up a secondary analysis of data from a five-year CDC NIOSH study on tick bite exposure among high-risk workers.

Wallace's team analyzed data from outdoor workers with the North Carolina Departments of Forestry, Parks and Recreation, and Wildlife Resources Commission over two years. The study found that one in four outdoor workers are exposed to tick-borne pathogens on the job, such as those that cause Rickettsial disease and Ehrlichiosis, in any given year, and 60 percent of outdoor workers had had prior exposure to tick-borne pathogens. Roughly 26 percent of the workers in this study were infected by at least one tick-borne pathogen in each year.

Wallace's study was the second phase of a study evaluating the effectiveness of long-lasting permethrin impregnated clothing (LLPI). Permethrin is a solution typically sprayed on clothing and camping gear to repel insects, and Greensboro-based company Insect Shield recently developed a fabric bonded with permethrin that will repel bugs for up to 70 garment washes. In the first phase of the study, Insect Shield's clothing was found extremely effective and reducing tick exposure for up to one year of use, and given the high incidence of exposure to tick-borne pathogens, Wallace's study recommends the use of LLPI clothing by outdoor workers, especially forest workers, to prevent disease.

Acknowledgements

Our staff makes the story possible

The story of NCIPH couldn’t be told without mentioning the administrative staff who perform the myriad of day-to-day tasks that keep us running. From accounting and record–keeping to administering training registration CEUs, hosting distance-learning courses and managing our website and marketing materials, we simply wouldn’t function without these folks.

NCIPH FY16 Funding Sources


  • State Appropriation - $350,008
  • NC AHEC - $183,873
  • Receipt Revenue - $712,390
  • Contracts & Grants - $2,103,845
  • F&A - $365,263
  • Other - $1,032,084
  • Total: $4,747,463

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