Summer 2020

In This Issue:

  • Message From the Director  >>
  • Updates on Our Projects  >>
  • NCIPH Workshops and Training  >>
    • COVID-19 Update  >>
  • What We're Reading – #PublicHealthNerd Articles  >>
  • NCIPH Out of the Office  >>

From the Director 

As we navigate the profound impact the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have on our nation, we have also witnessed how the larger evils of systemic racism and bigotry transpire in front of our eyes yet again. As UNC Gillings Dean Barbara Rimer wrote earlier this summer, racism is a public health emergency. We see inequities in lived experiences as well as the data, from the social determinants of health to COVID-19 mortality and morbidity.

I’m grateful to work in a field that acknowledges these inequities and strives to address them. Thank you for everything you do to promote health equity in your communities. I’m also proud of the Gillings commitment to inclusive excellence and the work NCIPH has done over the years in support of health equity at the local, state and national levels. Recently we’ve embarked on a path to ensure we promote racial equity within our organization and to share what we learn with our partners in the communities we serve.  

Our work is far from complete. Therefore, I challenge all of us as individual beings and collectively as public health practitioners to decide how we will be part of the solution, for public health is social justice.

Warmest regards,


Updates on Our Work

We're proud to be addressing the COVID-19 pandemic 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.    
  • NCIPH is helping Chatham County leverage their existing longitudinal community assessment cohort to develop population-level estimates of COVID-19 prevalence. John Wallace, PhD, senior data advisor at NCIPH, will collaborate with project personnel at Gillings, NC DHHS and the School of Medicine on this project.
  • Through our long-standing partnership with the NC AHEC Program, we have finished out our current project year by exploring the impact COVID-19 has on front-line health care and public health workers, documenting stories of impact which will be uploaded in a StoryMap aligned with COVID-19 incidence maps. We’ve also been supporting the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative in development of North Carolina’s statewide contact tracing training program.
  • We worked with Granville Vance Public Health to create social media and printed materials that address the concerns of both the general and targeted populations. These branded messages are helping the health department, business, faith and other sectors communicate consistent information to keep the district healthy and reduce harm. GVPH is also doing a great job of converting its new social media followers from a "pandemic audience" to an "all that the health department does" audience!"
Our work in leadership and inclusive excellence projects continued this quarter, and we're planning exciting things for the fall. 
  • In June, NCIPH was deeply engaged in activities that are part of the Gillings Inclusive Excellence Action Plan including the first annual Inclusive Excellence Summer Symposium for faculty, focused on creating inclusive classrooms here at Gillings, as well as four "Weekends with REI" sessions where the Racial Equity Institute provided their Groundwater workshop to more than 800 members of the UNC community to help deepen understanding of the structural nature of racism in the U.S. and examine characteristics of modern-day racial inequity.
  • We celebrated the conclusion of the third year of the NC Public Health Leadership Institute, with 22 state and public health leaders graduating from this year-long leadership program. Our fourth cohort is off to a great start! 
  • At the national level, our Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) teams are responding to the pandemic. Public health always needs agile leaders who can respond to community needs in creative, collaborative ways; never is this more evident than during a crisis like COVID-10. You can learn more about their responses here. You can also view the Kresge Foundation's recorded webinar session with ELPH teams about how they've conveyed public health messages to their communities during COVID-19.
  • Meanwhile, you may also have caught Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards, co-lead of the ELPH program, in one of her many recent media appearances, such as when she facilitated Race, Law Enforcement, and Black Males: Actions Required to Shift the Paradigm, a webinar session offered by the NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute
Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards, who co-leads our Emerging Leaders in Public Health program, facilitated this NC TraCS webinar discussion on race and law enforcement in the United States. Speakers acknowledged the challenges brought by racism and described experiences Black males live through that others do not. They identified the strengths and importance of law enforcement, and shared strategies anyone can take to support the relationship between Black males and law enforcement.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

COVID-19 Update

In light of the continuing pandemic, many of our courses have transitioned to an online format for the foreseeable future; for courses where in-person instruction is crucial to the learning experience, we will observe numerous safety precautions, including limiting class sizes, masking, physical distancing and other measures. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. 

We also want to acknowledge the tremendous work many of you are doing across the state in response to COVID-19. Like always, but especially now, we appreciate your service and also wish you, your staff and your family health and wellness in the coming weeks and months.


Understanding Your Community’s Superpowers

Engaging in positive and effective interactions with diverse cultures is critical to public health practice. Learning how to be more culturally competent is important for all health department staff. Participants on this webinar will learn how to apply at least one new strategy to increase staff cultural competency over the next year.

July 16, 2020
10—11:30 a.m.
Register here

Registration is Open for Fall 2020 PAA/STD Enhanced Role RN Program

Reach more of your community with this unique course to prepare RNs in North Carolina local health departments to perform routine physical exams and provide STD services!

Successful completion of this course and the five-month clinical practicum qualifies public health nurses for dual certification from the NC Division of Public Health as a Physical Assessment of Adults (PAA) Enhanced Role RN and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Enhanced Role RN to perform routine annual screening physical exams and provide STD services. 

Learn more and apply
Last chance to apply! Applications are being accepted until July 10 for the North Carolina Dental Public Health Leadership Institute! This 10-month mentoring and leadership development program is designed for new and experienced dental providers, both dentists and hygienists, who want to take their leadership skills to the next level.

The program provides a unique opportunity for dental public health practitioners to be paired with a seasoned dental public health professional for individual and customized coaching and mentorship. A preference is given to those applicants working in safety net settings such as community health centers, local health departments, or private practices providing oral health services to underserved populations.
Learn more and apply today!

#PublicHealthNerd Reads

To keep up with developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, we're turning to sources such as North Carolina Health News, NC DHHS and the Gillings School of Global Public Health's Coronavirus Information Portal

We're also exploring the Pandemic Ethics Dashboard developed by epidemiology professor and ethicist Jim Thomas, MPH, PhD, in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The dashboard helps practitioners find the consensus and recommendations for common ethical issues in different pandemic settings, as well as additional resources.

Other favorite recent articles from around the web include:

NCIPH Out of the Office

Our Digital Communications Specialist, Joe Dawson, married his wonderful girlfriend Laura in June at their home in Durham. 
Her graduation ceremony may have been virtual, but Project Assistant Brianah Williams' graduation with her MPH in Community Health Education from UNC-G this spring was entirely real! 
The pandemic couldn't stop our Lead Event Planner Cherelle Whitfield from donating to the 32nd Annual Carolina Blood Drive!
Our Community Engagement Coordinator Elizabeth Thomas takes breaks to get some homeschool science lessons in with her daughter Eila. Onscreen is our the newlywed Joe, whose past gigs included a stint as a "mad scientist!" Enjoy Joe's videos for yourself here.

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