NCIPH has more than 15 years of experience providing services to governmental public health agencies, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations. For assistance with Public Health and Healthcare Consulting Services, contact Amy Belflower Thomas, Technical Assistance Manager

Consulting Programs

Past Programs


Consulting Programs


NCIPH has provided technical assistance and staff support for North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation since its inception in 2002. The focus of North Carolina’s Local Health Department Accreditation (NCLHDA) is on the capacity of the local health department to perform at a prescribed, basic level of quality the three core functions of assessment, assurance, and policy development and the ten essential services as detailed in the National Public Health Performance Standards Program. Learn more about Accreditation.

Business Plan Development

NCIPH has worked with hundreds of community groups to help them develop public health business plans. A business plan is best suited for a specific public health intervention that is intended to generate revenue. We can help with programs at the local or state level, with a new start-ups or new models for an existing program, in any area of public health. We provide templates, models, consulting and skill development, with options for in-person, web-based or self-directed learning options. And we can help you find and develop business plan ideas as they emerge from your CHA/CHIP process.

Community Health Assessment

NCIPH has a long history of partnership with local health departments and other agencies to assist with Community Health Assessments (CHAs). And provides a wide range of services ranging from primary data collection, secondary data collection, data analysis, report drafting, committee facilitation, report writing and more. Learn more about Community Health Assessment.

Community Health Improvement Planning

A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a community-wide plan for implementing specific actions (programs, services, policies) that respond to the priority needs emerging from a Community Health Assessment (CHA). A CHIP process is most effective integrated with/during the CHA process to galvanize partners around specific priority needs and action plans as they emerge. NCIPH offers CHIP planning support to health departments, consolidated agencies and other lead organizations. We can help with planning, models, templates, research, developing shared measures, prioritizing action items, developing a “collective impact” approach, and facilitating smaller action planning groups as necessary. NCIPH also offers expertise in the development of CHAs (see below).

Economic Evaluation of Public Health Interventions

As the worlds of healthcare and public health evolve from fee-for-service reimbursement to pay-for-performance, profitability will increase not by doing more procedures but by using resources more efficiently and effectively and by keeping the patient population as healthy as possible in the first place. This change points to the importance of prevention interventions and to the importance of evaluating the impact, particularly the economic impact, of these interventions. NCIPH is well-positioned to assist its clients conduct this economic evaluation. We can assist with the engagement of evaluation stakeholders, the design of the evaluation process, literature reviews and data source identification, identification/design of costs and benefits measures, the calculation of the economic impact, and the communications of these findings.

Evidence-Based Strategies

Evidence-based strategies have been demonstrated to be more effective interventions. However, identifying and adopting these strategies can be a complex process. NCIPH can leverage world-class expertise from faculty at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health to assist clients in the identification and selection, the adaptation, tracking, and evaluation of these strategies.

GIS and Spatial Health

NCIPH is dedicated to assisting state and local public health agencies, hospitals, and other agencies with data collection and spatial analysis projects using geographic information systems (GIS). Originally formed as part of a CDC-funded project focused on public health preparedness, NCIPH has expanded to offer services in other areas including: time and space trends in population health; disease mapping and cluster analysis; and use of mobile technology to assist with field data collection (mobile-GIS, GPS and EpiInfo for Android as part of our Collect SMART tool). Learn more about our GIS technical assistance.

Leadership Development

NCIPH has deep experience with leadership development with healthcare organizations, community groups, public health agencies and individuals from across the field of public health. We can help you design and execute a leadership development program to address the key issues in your community, agency, or state. Learn more about Leadership Development.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Public health agencies and healthcare organizations regularly undertake programs that address important health-related issues. NCIPH can help organizations discover whether programs are having a desired impact and if not, how to make programs more effective through the use of program monitoring and evaluation. NCIPH has extensive experience in program monitoring, tracking program progress, and evaluation of program results. Our evaluators aid clients in selecting and designing appropriate monitoring and evaluation frameworks, setting up the evaluation project, and following through with data collection, analysis, the development of improvement strategies for monitored projects, and the drafting and dissemination of findings.

Public Health Law

The Southeastern Region of the Network for Public Health Law is hosted jointly at NCIPH and the National Health Law Program. The Network for Public Health Law helps local, tribal, state and federal public health officials and practitioners; attorneys; policy-makers; and advocates use law as a tool to improve public health. The Network provides free  assistance and resources to those who must grapple with the many legal complexities that exist in areas like health care reform, injury prevention, emergency preparedness and food safety. Learn more about Public Health Law.

Training and Professional Development

NCIPH offers professional development services for public health agencies and other organizations. We can provide expertise in training needs assessment, competency-based training development and training evaluation. Learn more about Training and Professional Development.

Past Programs

NC Public Health Incubator Collaboratives

The purpose of the Incubator Collaboratives program was to foster innovative collaboration across local health departments and to broaden resource sharing across rural areas of North Carolina. Through funding from the Division of Public Health at the NC Department of Health and Human Services, NCIPH served as administrator of this statewide program. Incubators were designed to enable both local autonomy and the sharing of resources and ideas such that health departments could focus on local community health needs while benefiting from regional public health initiatives. Learn more about the NC Public Health Incubator Collaboratives.

Team Epi-Aid

Team Epi-Aid was an initiative of the NC Institute for Public Health from 2003-2016. Funded through CDC preparedness programs (UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness 2003-2009; UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center 2010-2016), Team Epi-Aid was designed to provide UNC graduate public health students with practical public health experience in applied projects for state and local health departments in North Carolina, while providing these departments with workforce surge capacity and students contributed over 6,000 total volunteer hours. Learn more about Team Epi-Aid.