We work to deepen understanding of public health preparedness and recovery, community health assessment, accreditation, as well as public health policy and infrastructure. Our team possesses a range of skills and expertise in current research methods and approaches, including qualitative and quantitative data collection instrument design, implementation and analysis; public health systems and services research, geographic information systems (GIS),  social network analysis (SNA) and others.

Recent projects have been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Science Foundation, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Public Health Accreditation Board, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Recent Projects

Featured publications and presentations

Davis CS, Carr D, Southwell JK, Beletsky L. (2015). Engaging Law Enforcement in Overdose Reversal Initiatives: Authorization and Liability for Naloxone Administration. American Journal of Public Health, 105(8), 1530-1537.

Matthews G, Burris S, Ledford SL, Baker E. (2016). Advocacy for Leaders: Crafting Richer Stories for Public Health. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 22(3), 311-315.

Decosimo KP, Simon MC, Wallace J. Measuring the Pulse of Your Community: Primary Data Collection Methods for Community Health Needs Assessments. North Carolina Public Health Association Annual Conference; September 17, 2015; Winston-Salem, NC.

View a complete list of our presentations and publications:

Publications: July 2016-June 2017 | July 2015-June 2016 | 2012-2015

Presentations: July 2016-June 2017 | July 2015-June 2016 | 2012-2015


Rachel Wilfert, MD, MPH, CPH
Workforce and Training Director, North Carolina Institute for Public Health