Public health protects and improves the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations, locally and globally. Graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health are equipped with the population health skills to address the world’s most pressing health issues.
We support education in public health by providing a variety of comprehensive classroom and curriculum resources. UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (CPDM) graduate certificate program supports local North Carolina health departments to conduct state-required public health exercise events. The CPDM program has facilitated table-top exercises and full-scale exercise evaluation during summer 2015.
CPDM has sponsored state agriculture officials in North Carolina to speak to students on the UNC campus about the ongoing “one health” threat now having an impact upon farmers and states’ agricultural economies (more than 47 million birds lost), and upon consumers, through rising poultry and egg prices related to the loss of poultry houses.
Receive the latest in ASPPH news, research developments, funding opportunities, member updates, and faculty awards with our Friday Letter. WakeMed chief executive officer Bill Atkinson (right) and emergency responders demonstrate the medical center’s preparedness van to Bill Gentry (in blue shirt), health policy and management faculty member and director of the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. This was the day-long preparedness exercise that faced 245 emergency first-responders who came to practice their rescue skills at Vance County’s Henderson Point State Park on August 8. Bill Gentry, left, confers with Brian Short (center) and Steve Powers (right), both CPDM alumni. Participants included first-responders from Vance County agencies and North Carolina government, as well as federal responders from the U.S.


Gentry, who received UNC’s Ned Brooks Award for Public Service earlier this year, has collaborated with Vance County over the last five months to prepare for the exercise, which employed four helicopters, 16 boats and North Carolina’s new mobile command post.
The exercise allowed participants to practice communication and coordination between agencies, securing the scene, and providing public health and medical services.
With a mission to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health disparities across North Carolina and around the world, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health supports bridging the gap between academic research and practical public health solutions. The School’s CPDM certificate, a comprehensive online disaster management program, was developed 10 years ago by one of the top departments of health policy and management in the country and has admitted more than 350 students from 29 states, 72 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, Australia, Canada, India and Kenya.
All health departments in the state must complete a full-scale Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) exercise to receive state funding for their preparedness programs.
The migratory pattern occurs this fall on the east coast, and avian flu also has been spread into the U.S. Our School worked closely with the UNC School of Medicine, UNC Hospitals, local health departments and, especially, the N.C. Bill Gentry, MPA, director of the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (CPDM) program at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, facilitated and evaluated the exercise. The command post is a quick-response emergency management, communications and scene support vehicle that can be utilized for search-and-rescue operations, major fires, chemical spills, storm-ravaged areas, major crimes and tactical situations. By bringing together academic and practice communities, the School helps to inform scholars and empower practitioners for the common purpose of improving the public’s health and well-being. The program is based on the principle that successful management of future disasters – whether natural or human-caused – will only be achieved if all involved communicate, work and train well together.


The plane crash-lands in Kerr Lake Reservoir, and 25 passengers and crew members must be found and pulled from the lake.
We celebrated early (on Friday) by highlighting the work that students, faculty, staff and community partners have put into a range of 2015 practica.
Avian flu had a major impact in spring 2015 in the states of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Both the National Guard and Highway Patrol have trained, volunteer technicians who work with them to conduct search-and-rescue missions in the state. The global public health crisis sparked by the H1N1 flu pandemic tested the depth and breadth of the School’s many programs and its training and response capabilities.
Division of Health and Human Services to ensure that health care providers, public officials and the general public were aware of H1N1 symptoms, how to avoid spreading the virus, how to contain and treat suspected or confirmed cases and how to plan for treatment in case of exposure. Our experts were quoted in print, broadcast and Web news stories across the state and nation.



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