Impact Flag

June 2010


High tech options to impact public health
computer imageWith the provision of unprecedented funding to automate healthcare in the United State through the ARRA HITECH Act, the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and the exchange of digital patient information has grown and will be growing dramatically over the next decade. Automation is expected to improve the quality of care and to play a central role in "bending the healthcare cost curve."More...

Public Health Business Planning on the Road

PH Business PlanningFive county-based teams in Florida started revenue-generating public health business plans this month, with help from the Institute. St. Lucie, Orange, Seminole, Brevard, and Osceola counties will develop their business plans based on public health needs from their community health assessment work, using the template from Public Health Business Planning: A Practical Guide. More...


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An early look at Healthy North Carolina 2020
While the specific objectives will not be officially released until later this year, the Healthy North Carolina 2020 Steering Committee has been reaching out to involve local health departments, community leaders, health organizations, and public health experts to create a ten-year action campaign for "A better state of health".More...


Network delves into practice-based research
The North Carolina Public Health Practice-Based Research Network (NC PBRN) is designed to stimulate and support new research based on the work of nine local health departments of the Central North Carolina Partnership for Public Health, part of a state incubator initiative that fosters regional collaboration. The network allows the health departments and their research partners to study public health system issues important to improving public health. More...

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The Institute bids farewell to Sheila Pfaender(with family)
and Judy Beaver



From the director
Since joining the North Carolina Institute for Public Health in 2003, I have been consistently impressed by the dedication of the Institute's extraordinary staff. Whether they are involved in training public health workers across North Carolina, managing programs that promote and protect health, or executing a range of support functions that are essential to the Institute's success, I have found our staff to be highly competent and a true pleasure to work with.

No one in the Institute exemplifies this extraordinary level of dedication to service more than our business manager, Judy Beaver, who will be retiring on June 30, 2010.More...

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NC public health social workers gather for leadership forum

Improving investments in community health

NCIPH offers customized training workshops and courses

Pfaender retires from the Institute

ncpha e-news letter
The North Carolina Public Health Association has gone green with its newsletters online. It has also launched a series of brief e-letters, with the help of Institute graphic designer Zannie Gunn.
Be sure to let NCPHA know your email if you are not receiving these online publications by calling (919) 828-620.

The Institute's Office of Continuing Education conference planners are also assisting the association with its annual educational conference, October 27-29 in Wilmington. Be sure to register at


The University of North Carolina School of Public Health at Chapel Hill

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health
The Gillings School of Global Public Health
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box 8165
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8165
Phone: 919.966.4032
Fax: 919.966.5692
Editorial: Bev Holt
and Becky Hart
Design: Zannie Gunn