Kasey Poole Decosimo, MPH

Research Associate North Carolina Institute for Public Health

T:(919) 962-5784


004B Rosenau Hall

CB #8165

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Kasey Decosimo is a native Tar Heel with roots in the western part of the state. She has a Master of Public Health degree in health behavior and a graduate certificate in field epidemiology from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Ms. Decosimo has a great deal of experience developing and delivering distance-learning initiatives for public health professionals and has spent a number of years providing technical assistance to support preparedness and community health assessments at both the state and local level.

Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Decosimo worked at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department in Tennessee, where she worked in the areas of population health assessments and crisis/emergency risk communications.

Honors and Awards

Charles G. Jordan Achievement Award
2010, Southern Health Association

Practice Activities

North Carolina Institute for Public Health Training Website: Helping coordinate the Training Website, developed to offer public health professionals immediate access to over 150 short, high quality trainings on a variety of public health topics. Since 2003, the Training Website has provided online learning to over 97,000 users. https://nciph.sph.unc.edu/tws

Community Health Needs Assessments:
Assisting with building capacity among local public health agencies and their partners to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments, including data collection, analysis, prioritization, reporting and action planning. http://sph.unc.edu/nciph/cha/

UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC): Serving as Research Associate for UNC PERLC, one of 14 CDC-funded PERLCs nationwide. UNC PERLC works collaboratively with key partners in each state to develop training around national Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies, as well as carry out other training activities requested by these partners, particularly those that align with their designated high-priority target Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities. http://sph.unc.edu/nciph/training/programs

Evidence-Based Public Strategies for Public Health Practice Training: Serving as training faculty for the a two-day training curriculum designed to build capacity for practitioners in North Carolina to identify evidence-based strategies and successfully tailor and implement strategies in local settings. http://nciph.sph.unc.edu/training/programs/ebph

Enhanced Role Registered Nurse Training:
Helping coordinate the Physical Assessment of Adults and STD Nurse Clinician Training Combined Practicum Course which qualifies public health nurses in North Carolina for dual certification from the NC Division of Public Health to perform routine annual screening physical exams and provide STD services. http://sph.unc.edu/nciph/nciph-ern-program/

Staff/Administrative Duties

Planning, implementing, and coordinating training and technical assistance projects

Developing and delivering of a variety of public health training programs in face-to-face classroom settings as well as distance learning formats


Graduate Certificate, Field Epidemiology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2012

MPH, Health Behavior, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2006

BA, Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2004