NCIPH receives grant to evaluate quality improvement training for local health departments

January 15, 2009
The North Carolina Institute for Public Health’s Evaluation Services unit has received a $374,864 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to evaluate the effectiveness of quality improvement training programs for local health departments. The training is provided by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Dr. Mary Davis

Dr. Mary Davis

“Public health agencies, particularly local health departments, are the backbone of the public health system,” says Mary V. Davis, DrPH, director of Evaluation Services at the Institute and principal investigator on the project. 

“These agencies are responsible for providing essential services to the populations they serve. Quality improvement of these services increasingly is being recognized as a critical element of public health practice. The N.C. Institute for Public Health is pleased to be able to evaluate this training so that we can identify the most effective quality improvement trainings that will improve the practice of public health,” Davis says.

Co-investigators for the evaluation project include J. Michael Bowling, PhD (UNC Department of Health Behavior and Health Education), Brenda Joly, PhD (University of Southern Maine), and William Riley, PhD (University of Minnesota). Evaluation Services’ research associates, Molly Cannon, MPH, and Liz Mahanna, MPH, also will contribute to the project. The investigators will work with NACCHO over the next three years to conduct the research.

The Evaluation Services Unit provides comprehensive, customer-focused, high-quality program planning and evaluation services, in accordance with the American Evaluation Association guidelines and in keeping with the Institute’s mission of linking practice and academia.

Robert Wood Johnson devoted his life to public service and to building the family firm of Johnson & Johnson into a premier health and medical care products company. The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is to improve the health and health care of all Americans.

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, director of communications, (919) 964 7467 or