- Who is involved in NCPERRC?
- What is Public Health Systems and Services Research?
- What systems are being studied?
- Our pledge to our research collaborators
- Endorsements from our partners
- NCPERRC fact sheet (PDF)
The NCPERRC team assembled to conduct the research and translate it into practice has people from a number of academic institutions as well as state and local public health agencies in North Carolina. The Center’s Principal Investigator, Edward L. Baker, MD, MPH, former director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (the service and outreach arm of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health), manages the four funded research projects as well as pilot projects and new investigator awards. The researchers are at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Medicine, and other departments; North Carolina State University; and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Each research project has a staff person at the North Carolina Division of Public Health (NCDPH) participating in the project. See the Research section for more information about the researchers.
The NCPERRC advisory group, called the Synergy & Translation Committee, has representation from the NC Association of Local Health Directors, senior staff from the NCDPH, and research consultants from the University of Kentucky as well as UNC-Chapel Hill.
The field of Public Health Systems and Services Research (PHSSR) informs the work of all the Center’s projects. PHSSR examines the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services at local, state and national levels and the impact of these activities on population health. (Mays GP, Halverson PK, and Scutchfield FD. Behind the curve? What we know and need to learn from public health systems research. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2003;9:179-82.) This type of research relies on methodologies and expertise from a variety to disciplines. The NCPERRC project teams currently employ researchers from epidemiology, industrial and systems engineering, library and information science, health behavior, city and regional planning, health policy and administration, and other fields. Additional information about this field can be found at the University of Kentucky Center for Public Health Systems & Services Research.
The four primary NCPERRC research projects are studying North Carolina public health systems that can or may play a role in preparedness and response capacity, including:
- Health department accreditation
- Surveillance systems
- Regional Public Health Regional Surveillance Teams (PHRSTs)
- A statewide health alert network (NC HAN)
Learn more about these research projects as well as the pilot projects and new investigator awards in the Research section.
We appreciate the contributions of our research collaborators. When we request your participation in one of our research studies, we make the following pledge to you. We will:
- Coordinate our requests for information to ensure that there is no duplication of requested information
- Be considerate of your time and priorities
- Acknowledge your contribution to our research by recognizing your organization (to maintain your confidentiality)
- Share our research findings with you
The North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors (NCALHD) reviewed and approved (on April 23, 2009) the NCPERRC research plans, including the process for requesting information from local health departments (e.g. surveys and interviews). The NCALHD Preparedness Committee will receive monthly updates on NCPERRC data collection plans and will make recommendations to guide future research. The Preparedness Committee chair will serve on the NCPERRC Synergy & Translation Committee (see next page for additional information).
The North Carolina Division of Public Health supports the work of the NCPERRC to study elements of the public health preparedness system in North Carolina. The Division has committed key staff to participate in the research projects, provide requested data and participate in the Synergy & Translation Committee. These committee members will assure that research will have practical implications and that recommended system improvements can be implemented.