Service impact

Team Epi-Aid students and staff

Matt Simon, MS, GISP and Jennifer Horney, PhD, MPH, both of the Institute’s Research and Evaluation unit took 18 student volunteers from UNC’s Team Epi-Aid to Beaufort County, NC, to collect data as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project following Hurricane Irene. The students completed 205 interviews in 2 days.


“Team Epi-Aid is a win-win for students interested in getting applied experience in real life situations and local health departments and other agencies who need surge capacity to respond to outbreak and disasters. Many Team Epi-Aid volunteers have graduated and gone on to careers in applied public health, including the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS).” 

Jennifer Horney, NCIPH


With a mission to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health disparities across North Carolina and around the world, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health supports bridging the gap between academic research and practical public health solutions. By bringing together academic and practice communities the School helps to inform scholars and empower practitioners for the common purpose of improving the public’s health and well-being.

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) has served since 1999 as a bridge between academia and partners in community organizations and government agencies. The Institute continues to build upon its rich history of serving our public health partners in a rapidly changing environment by delivering training, providing technical assistance to our public health practice partners and conducting research to solve practice-based problems. Our vision is Transforming public health across NC and beyond.

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