Welcome to NCPERRC

The North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center is one of nine centers at schools of public health funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen and improve public health preparedness capacity through systems and services research. NCPERRC focuses on North Carolina public health systems and capabilities to develop and maintain sustainable preparedness and response systems.

The five-year extramural research grant from CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) enables North Carolina to enhance the response to public health threats and to share the findings with other states.

The goals of the Center are to:

Housed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, the Center engages researchers from many disciplines and North Carolina practice partners in four main research projects as well as smaller pilot projects and new investigator projects. Dr. Edward Baker serves as the Center’s principal investigator, and the team of researchers is drawn from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

While the four main research projects are investigating different public health systems, there is a great deal of synergy between the systems being studied and therefore between the projects. The Synergy & Translation Committee oversees the research to help ensure that these goals are met. The committee comprises research investigators, North Carolina public health practice partners, and other researchers with expertise in public health systems research, public health ethics, and public health law.

The Beneficial Practices for Improving Biosurveillance Webinar Series translates into practice the key findings of a 2012-13 NCPERRC project related to enhancing biosurveillance practice for situational awareness during a public health emergency.