September 2009


Evaluation research helps local health departments
Evaluation Services staff was called upon by the Western and South Central Incubator Partnerships to evaluate two environmental health data management systems: Custom Data Processing (CDP), designed by a  private vendor, and Best Environmental Technology System (BETS), recently developed by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The two systems are used by most local health departments in North Carolina. More...

Measuring leadership institute's impact

In 2008, the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute (SEPHLI) asked NCIPH evaluation staff to assess the program’s long-term influence on its graduates. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, Karl Umble, PhD, MPH, and Chloe Katz, MPH (c), documented the actions graduates have taken since graduation and their results. More...


A Georgia Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter delivered the load of ice and water to aid thousands of people in eastern North Carolina left homeless by floods created by Hurricane Floyd. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Eric Wedeking.

Why residents don't evacuate for hurricanes
On September 18, 2003, Hurricane Isabel made landfall as a Category 2 storm between Ocracoke Island, NC, and Cape Lookout, NC. The storm entered the Albemarle Sound where strong winds of up to 105 miles per hour and storm surge of 4–6 feet caused extensive flooding and downed trees and power lines. One death and over $450 million in property damage were directly attributed to Hurricane Isabel. More...

NCIPH  Delivers Continuing Education

In 2008-2009, NCIPH delivered more than 77,000 hours of continuing education, surpassing its target of 68,040 set by the Gillings School of Global Public Health for service to North Carolina's public health workforce. The majority of the outreach education service was delivered by the Office of Continuing Education, the Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center, the Office of  Executive Education, and the Center for Public Health Preparedness.

Research weighs impact
of accreditation

A research study by Institute Deputy Director Dorothy Cilenti compared accredited and non-accredited local public health agency performance. Eighty local health agencies in North Carolina were part of the study that focused on three areas--policy development and implementation, community engagement, and leadership behavior. More...

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NCCPHP Response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak update

Field Epidemiology Certificate honors its 100th graduate

SPHTC takes the lead in the development of entry level core public health competencies

News from the Public/Private Legal Preparedness Initiative

Institute presenters at the American Public Health Association conference in November


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Editorial: Bev Holt
and Becky Hart
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