Impact: NCIPH's newsletter

IMPACT, NCIPH's newsletter
June 2017

Rachel Wilfert (left) takes over as NCIPH Interim Director as Anna Schenck (right) focuses on her other roles at UNC Gillings.

Schenck Passes Baton to Wilfert as Search for Permanent NCIPH Director Moves Forward

By Todd Nicolet, PhD, Vice Dean, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Director. Leader. Captain. Pacesetter. Supervisor. Pioneer. The role of director is no small task, but Anna Schenck gave a beautiful performance over the last six years as director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH). She successfully shepherded NCIPH through an economic downturn, setting the organization on a successful path for the future while also building a strong staff and portfolio of high impact projects. Read more…

ELPH leadership teams learn about adaptive leadership principles.

Pair of NCIPH Programs Spark and Sustain Leadership at State and Local Levels

By Avia Mainor, MPH, Workforce Development Associate, NCIPH and Janet Suttie, MA, Project Director, NCIPH

Leadership development is at the core of NCIPH’s mission to “deliver training, conduct research and provide technical assistance to transform the practice of public health for all.” Some of our core programs began in the 1930s as a core function of public health at UNC-Chapel Hill, long before the founding of NCIPH. We continue this tradition of leadership development programs with the recent launch of two programs: the North Carolina Public Health Leadership Institute and the second cohort of the Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative. Read more…

NCIPH assisted Granville Vance Public Health with their 2016 Annual Report.

Dreading Writing That Report? NCIPH Can Help

By Lori Rhew, MA, Research Associate, NCIPH

Most people don’t put report writing at the top of their lists of fun things to do, but reports are necessary for many organizations. Not only can NCIPH staff help with creating these reports, we actually enjoy it. Recently, we assisted Granville Vance Public Health (GVPH) with their 2016 State of the County Health Report and 2016 Annual Report. Read more…


Community Health Assessment interview team with NCIPH staff, UNC students and community volunteers prepares to hit the streets of Edgecombe County.

Conducting a Community Health Assessment: From Closed Doors to Opened Eyes

By Matt Simon, MA, GISP, Research Associate and GIS Analyst, NCIPH, and Britnae Purdy

Since its inception, NCIPH has partnered with local health departments to conduct community health assessments (CHA). Changes in the health and health-care environment make a solid CHA process more important than ever, and new reporting rules make it easier for public health and health-care partners to work together. Matt Simon sat down with NCIPH marketing communications specialist Britnae Purdy to hear about her experience participating as a volunteer field staffer for a CHA in Edgecombe County. Read more…

NCIPH staff who made presentations at the 2017 NNPHI conference. Clockwise from top left, Rachel Wilfert, John Graham, Avia Mainor, and Matt Simon.

NCIPH Staff Showcase Variety of Perspectives at 2017 NNPHI Conference

The 2017 National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) Conference, held in May in New Orleans, is a national meeting that supports and highlights the work of the nation’s public health institutes. NNPHI members, including NCIPH, lead conference programming that explores new ideas and strategies for supporting healthy communities. At this year’s conference, NCIPH staff presented four sessions demonstrating the depth and breadth of expertise and services offered by NCIPH and our commitment to improving the health of communities at the local, state and national levels. Read more…

Upcoming Training from NCIPH

NC Local Health Department Accreditation Skills Building Workshop: Getting in the Groove with Accreditation
July 24 – 25, 2017

Physical Assessment of Adults and STD Nurse Clinician Training Combined Practicum Course
Fall 2017: August 22, 2017 – March 28, 2018

Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing
October 2-4, 2017
Details coming soon!

34th Annual School and Child Health School Nurse Conference
December 6-8, 2017
Registration opens August 1

Online courses, available any time:

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