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Spring 2021

In This Issue:

  • Project Updates >>
  • NCIPH News >>
  • NCIPH Workshops and Training >>
  • What We’re Reading – #PublicHealthNerd Articles  >>

Project Updates

  • How many frontline essential workers and folks with high-risk health conditions are there in your county? When Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution started in North Carolina at the end of February, NCIPH was ready to help local officials anticipate demand and distribute vaccines equitably with a new set of ArcGIS dashboards.

Our latest dashboard: NC Estimates of Populations Eligible for Vaccination


  • We completed an evaluation of the Rockingham Primary Care Initiative on behalf of the Family Medicine department at the UNC School of Medicine. In addition to a comprehensive catalogue of their work, we conducted focus groups and a survey to explore how effectively they coordinate their collaborative and a co-interpretation meeting where we looked at the findings to help them prioritize actions for their strategic plan.


  • Dentists, hygienists and dental directors from across the state are close to wrapping up our first North Carolina Dental Public Health Institute! This year’s cohort have experienced phenomenal monthly mentorship and peer learning from seasoned dental practitioners and their peers across the state. They learned how to implement best practices strategies in the areas of practice management, advocacy, dental public health, and their individual leadership styles while working on projects ranging from school-based health programs to expanding access to special populations like jails. Dental providers, both dentists and hygienists, who want to take their leadership skills to the next level can apply to the next cohort in June. Learn more
  • Our ELPH teams continue to be leaders in their communities across the country. You can see how the City of Lubbock team is managing its vaccine clinic in this video.
  • Volunteering at a COVID vaccine site? Now, there’s a (free!) training for that! Vaccinating North Carolina’s population is vital, so we were proud to help develop this AHEC training for anyone who’s signed up or thinking about doing so.
We stand with public health: a call to action

NCIPH endorsed the call to action to stand with public health and stop the harassment of the public health workforce – we hope you will, too.

We’re proud to be addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and building public health capacity through partnerships with NC DHHS, local health departments and other sectors. If we can support your organization with a similar project, we’d love for you to get in touch.


  • We received coverage of our vaccine dashboards in a number of news outlets, with quotes and background from Matt Simon and other team members. The News & Observer, CBS 17 and Public News Service.
  • #ThankYouPublicHealthInstitutes: Rachel Wilfert, director of workforce training and education, was one of the National Network of Public Health Institutes’ featured trainers during National Public Health Week. You can read more about Rachel’s passion for building the public health workforce’s skills in this feature.
  • JPHMP Direct: One of our awesome practicum students, Brandon Adams, was named last week as one of the Journal of Health Management and Practice’s “Students Who Rocked Public Health in 2020”. Brandon, Angela Zhang, Alpha Shrestha, and Kris Sladky worked on COVID: Beyond the Numbers this past summer.
  • In addition, a Q&A with Brandon was published in the School of Public Health news blog and Brandon has written his own experience up in a Gillings Global Health blog.
  • The News & Observer: Over the past decade, declining resources have left local public health departments without the infrastructure they need. Our director, Doug Urland, is quoted to help explain the situation in this timely piece.
Brianah Williams

We’re bidding a fond farewell to our project assistant, Brianah Williams. Brianah has been a part of NCIPH for five years, and while we’re sorry to see her go, we’re thrilled that she’ll still be a Tar Heel in her new position as assistant program coordinator for the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research!

NCIPH Workshops and Training


Applications for the next cohort of the North Carolina Public Health Leadership Institute will open in June! NCPHLI is a year-long leadership development program for public health professionals that provides a unique opportunity for state and local practitioners to come together to network with each other, learn about adaptive leadership skills and apply those skills to a relevant challenge in their organization or community. Learn more

Accreditation Webinars — Multiple Learning Opportunities!

Your NCLHD Accreditation team has LOTS of great learning opportunities this spring! Check out the Spring Webinar Series, get an overview of the NCLHDA Dashboard or get your new AACs ready for action with Accreditation 101: New Agency Accreditation Coordinator (AAC) Training.

Action: Strategically Moving Forward
April 22, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register 

Bi-Annual NCLHDA Dashboard Overview Webinar
April 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am Register

Accreditation 101: New Agency Accreditation Coordinator (AAC) Training
April 27 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm Register

Reading the Script and Learning the Lines: A Deep Dive into the HDSAI Interpretation Document Revisions
May 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Register

Audience Participation: Engaging health department staff and partners in Accreditation
June 17 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Register

Did we mention that all of these trainings are free? Registration is required so make sure you sign up today!

Free, Online Trainings for Your Public Health Board Members

It’s no surprise that many of our in-person trainings have gone online since March 2020, but we were also able to create some brand new content to help orient and educate boards of health members wherever they are. The new courses include “Healthy NC 2030,” which provides an overview of the NCDHHS’s Healthy NC 2030 goals and the framework of the program, and “Public Health 3.0” which gives an overview of the Public Health 3.0 model for building healthy communities

#PublicHealthNerd Reads

Feeling nerdy? Here’s a sample of the fun, interesting public health reading we’ve come across in the past few months.

  • The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing: We’re very proud of Lori Rhew’s work on this article, which encourages us to place learning in the hands of the learners! Using Scenarios to Facilitate Learning and Developing Public Health Nursing Interventions.
  • Kaiser Health News: No matter where you live, someone in your community is experiencing hunger and food insecurity.
  • The Nation’s Health: We need equity-oriented solutions to COVID-19: Asians facing stigma, discrimination, fear during pandemic.
  • NYU School of Global Public Health: Celebrate the Black heroes who have pushed public health forward. An all-star list of “17 African American Public Health Heroes You Need To Know”
  • STAT News: Brian Castrucci and Daniel Dawes pen a powerful opinion in Stat News: “Back to ‘normal’ isn’t good enough”
  • The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative are leading a communications effort to educate the American public and build confidence around the COVID-19 vaccines. Guided by experts in science, medicine and public health, they have developed a Public Health Toolkit with messages that resonate and guidelines for communications strategies to reach different audiences.
  • Propublica: Why is risk assessment surrounding COVID-19 so hard, especially in the absence of strong, consistent messaging & norms?
  • The Lily: “An Ohio county had the second-highest infant mortality rate in the nation. Then they started listening to Black moms.”
  • Mother Jones: 5 Tips for How to Actually Change an Anti-Masker’s Mind, According to Experts

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