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March 2011


Bright Futures regional meetings begin March 29

Pia MacDonald

One of the earliest provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to take effect is Section 2713, which requires health plans to cover, at absolutely no out-of-pocket cost to families, preventive care services outlined in Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bright Futures (BF) is the definitive standard of evidence-informed pediatric well-child and preventive care. More...

Moore inducted into Nursing Hall of Fame

Hazel Moore
Hazel Browning Moore

Hazel Moore, a continuing education specialist with the Office of Continuing Education since 1994, was recently inducted into the East Carolina Nursing Hall of Fame. Hazel earned her baccalaureate degree from East Carolina University School of Nursing, as well as a master's degree in both rehabilitation counseling and in nursing. More...

North Carolina Environmental Health Law and Ethics to be held in May

Environmental health specialists will meet May 23-25 in Greenville for the annual NC Environmental Health Law and Ethics course. This is a required workshop for all environmental health specialists (with at least one year of experience) to learn how to apply North Carolina environmental law, and to teach participants how the system of North Carolina health laws, rules, and regulations can support and guide them in their daily work. The course concentrates on the practical use of health law for application by specialists on their job. More...


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Meet Anna Schenck

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Anna Schenck with Institute staff at her Welcome Breakfast

On March 1, Anna P. Schenck became the fifth director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health. In addition to her new duties at NCIPH, she is associate dean for public health practice and director of the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

An alumna of UNC, Schenck received a BA in psychology, a MSPH in health education, and a PhD in epidemiology from the University. In her career, she has been a health educator and epidemiologist with the Guilford County Department of Public Health, director of research at The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, and an adjunct assistant professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Schenck worked at the Lineberger Cancer Center at UNC and cancer research continues to be a strong field of interest.

Multi-state Learning Collaborative update

In 2005, NCIPH received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the Multi-State Learning Collaborative initiative to work with the NC Division of Public Health and the NC Local Health Directors Association to enhance the then fledgling NC accreditation program. Four other states were funded to enhance their accreditation and performance assessment programs. More...

Leadership collaboration continues with Novant Health

The first Leadership Novant program was designed in 1996 and launched in January of 1997. Since then, over 100 leaders across the Novant system have participated in the program. They include key leaders in support areas like IT, HR, finance, planning, purchasing, and communication, as well as hospital CEOs, nurses, and physician leaders. More...

If you missed the Annual Minority Health Conference in Chapel Hill…
You can still see the presentation by Dr. Bonnie Duran, this year's William T. Small Keynote Lecturer. Her talk is entitled The Development of Indigenous Knowledges in Public Health: Epistemological Diversity as an Essential Component of Health Equity. Dr. Duran is associate professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health.


From the Institute Director

Earlier this month, I took the reins as director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health and it has been a heartwarming experience. We are truly blessed in our School to have so many competent public health professionals dedicated to the art and science of the practice of public health. We owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Ed Baker for his leadership shaping the Institute over the past seven years. More...

WISH program promotes integrated care approach for women

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Women's Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) focuses on promoting integrative community approaches to optimizing mental and physical health among adolescents and women of reproductive age. This spring, it will present its 2011 webinar series, the first component of the project. More...

Call for nominations:  Craig Michalak Award for Excellence

In honor of former Accreditation Administrator Craig Michalak, the NC Institute for Public Health is putting out a call for nominations for the Craig Michalak Award for Excellence. The award is given to individuals by the Institute to recognize the efforts and support of the Local Health Department Accreditation system throughout the state. More...

NCIPH staff publish results
of National Public Health Leadership Institute evaluation

NCIPH Program Evaluator Karl Umble, Research Professor Edward L. Baker, and collaborators are publishing two articles reporting on a recent comprehensive evaluation of the National Public Health Leadership Institute in the May 2011 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. More...


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
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