Dr. Rachel A. Wilfert is the deputy director of the the UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness. She is responsible for oversight of several UNC CPHP training and technical projects, including serving as the coordinator of the newly-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC).
Dr. Wilfert’s responsibilities include oversight of a contract with the North Carolina Division of Public Health to train public health employees on the North Carolina Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NC EDSS), an online communicable disease reporting system being implemented in all local health departments in North Carolina. She supervises professional staff working on curriculum development and training implementation for both domestic and international training projects, and oversees UNC CPHP marketing and evaluation efforts. Dr. Wilfert provides oversight for graduate research assistants and other staff working on continued development of UNC CPHP’s Training Web Site, and develops relevant trainings for both face-to-face and online delivery.
Dr. Wilfert received her MD from the Duke University School of Medicine and completed an internship in Duke’s Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. She received an MPH from the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC School of Public Health and is certified in public health. Prior to joining UNC CPHP, she worked for the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) Program on a statewide digital library for health professionals, provided outreach services across the state, and built topical collections on disaster preparedness and minority health.