|North Carolina Institute for Public Health announces reorganization and new leadership team|
The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), part of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, today announced a new organizational structure to further align the Institute with its strategic goals. Effective immediately, the Institute will transition toward four functional areas:
The new leadership team, under the continued direction of Anna Schenck, PhD, associate dean for public health practice, will oversee the Institute's new organizational structure. Carol Gunther-Mohr will join the leadership team in a newly created position, Operations and Quality Improvement Manager. Senior Investigators, thought leaders with expertise in key areas of public health research and practice, also will be part of the leadership team, including longtime leaders at the institute, such as Dorothy Cilenti, John Graham, Gene Matthews and Mary Davis.
"This change will position the Institute to build upon its rich history of serving our public health partners and grow in a rapidly changing environment," said Schenck, who directs both the NCIPH and the School's Public Health Leadership Program. "By aligning our structure with the Institute's key focus areas, we can develop more unified strategies for delivering training, providing technical assistance to our public health practice partners and conducting research to solve practice-based problems. Our longstanding work in continuing education, preparedness, active living, accreditation, executive education, distance learning, evaluation and other areas will continue with the same teams and points of contact."
The North Carolina Institute for Public Health has served since 1999 as a bridge between academia and partners in community organizations and government agencies. Some of the Institute's initiatives, particularly continuing education, were begun in the 1930s as a core function of public health at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Our new organizational structure:
Training and Technical Assistance
Staff are experienced leaders in all aspects of workforce development and continuing education including assessment of training need, development of competency-based curriculum and trainings in multiple modalities for all levels of the public health workforce as well as post-training evaluation to assess training impact and behavior change. Recent and ongoing projects include the Southeast Public Health Training Center funded by HRSA, the Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center funded by CDC, the NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center funded by NIOSH, and a number of training programs and conferences supported by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Research and Evaluation
Staff are experienced leaders in applied public health research and evaluation in topics including planning, preparedness and recovery, community health assessment, policy, infrastructure, accreditation and quality improvement as well as specific expertise in public health systems and services research. Staff also have skills in many research methods, including qualitative and quantitative data collection instrument design, implementation and analysis and Geographic Information Systems. Recent projects include research funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Active Living By Design
This team of experienced professionals focuses on policy change and healthy community design, and represents a range of disciplines, including health behavior, urban planning, community development, public policy, nutrition, social work and communications. Recent projects include the provision of technical assistance and consultation to national, state and local coalitions supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, the John Rex Endowment, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Staff support the units by providing and coordinating services including accounting, payroll, human resources, program administration, facilities, IT and telecommunications.
Dorothy Cilenti, PhD, MPH with expertise in health systems, particularly local and state public health practice.
Mary Davis, DrPH, MSPH with expertise in applied research and evaluation in public health systems, accreditation, quality improvement and public health partnerships.
John Graham, PhD with expertise in management consulting services including organizational assessment and design, strategic planning, project administration/management and health information technology adoption, operations, planning, and evaluation.
Jennifer Horney, PhD, MPH, MA, CPH with expertise in public health preparedness, community planning and recovery, and the role of social factors in decision making during public health emergencies.
Gene Matthews, JD previously served as chief legal advisor to CDC in Atlanta from 1979 to 2004 handling a wide range of precedent-setting public health law issues and litigating key public health lawsuits and civil discovery cases. He provided leadership for the founding and development of the modern public health law movement.
Anna P. Schenck, PhD, MSPH, also serving as associate dean for practice and director of the Public Health Leadership Program, with expertise in public health leadership and practice, public health research, quality improvement, measurement, and using data to assess and improve public health.
Sarah Strunk, MHA with expertise in policy, systems and environmental change strategies to increase active living and healthy eating in communities and populations at greatest risk for health disparities.
Rachel Wilfert MD, MPH, CPH with expertise in the development, design and management of online learning tools for clinical and public health professionals.
|Last updated May 14, 2013|