Innovation made fundamental

The Gillings School is committed to research, innovation, entrepreneurship and problem solving. Our resources, including the $50 million Gillings gift, allow us to accelerate responses to some of the most pressing public health problems across North Carolina and around the world. Our School has been an innovation leader since we opened in 1940.

solving urgent, extremely important public health issues

master the skills to create novel, new, and implemented solutions

student, faculty, and alumni ventures make an impact

Message from the Managing Director

Snigdha Peddireddy and Gretchen Mason

Venture Feature

mPOWER is a social venture designed to address the problems faced by community members with multiple chronic illnesses. Co-founders Snigdha Peddireddy (MPH, Health Behavior, 2021) and Gretchen Mason (MPH, Health Policy and Management, 2021) want to design a solution addressing two key issues they’ve identified through conversations with folks living with multiple chronic illnesses: 1) lack of peer support and 2) a lack of awareness of existing and relevant community resources. Peddireddy and Mason are dedicated to engaging community experts in every stage of the venture building process as co-leaders.