About Us

Background

With the support and funding from CDC, the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NCPERRC) at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health developed and introduced the original Vulnerable & At-Risk Populations Resource Guide. Using a participatory approach, the Guide was developed after multiple interviews and discussions with local and state stakeholders to create a quick and customized planning aid tailored to each LHD’s specific interests and needs. Introduced in January 2012, the quick online resource guide provided a custom list of resources with accompanying jurisdictional maps to aide North Carolina local health departments’ (LHDs) preparedness planning for vulnerable and at-risk populations. Since its initial launch, the original site has had more than 700 visitors from over 39 states. The Guide continues to support state and local planning and preparedness activities by providing a filter, or guide, for the extensive array of existing resources, templates, PowerPoints, and case studies.

In August 2013, the project team began a pilot expansion to a more dynamic platform to improve mapping and resources to users. The redesigned Guide introduces new features and functions based on feedback from users and input from project partners to address a range of planning needs beyond public health to include emergency management and hospitals.

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Email us at VARPguide@unc.edu

The project was carried out by the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NCPERRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Grant 1Po1TP000296. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.

Project Team

The Vulnerable & At-Risk Populations Resource Guide is developed by a highly skilled and expert team, with the support of the NCIPH. The Guide is managed by:

Christine A. Bevc, PhD, MA
Project Lead, NCPERRC Vulnerable Populations Project
Research Associate, Research and Evaluation Unit, NCIPH
Email: bevc@unc.edu

Matthew C. Simon, MA, GISP
GIS Analyst, Research and Evaluation Unit, NCIPH

Check out our Project Communications page for publications, presentations, and other communications >>

 

Project Partners

This project would not be possible without our partners. We extend a special thanks to our project partners who have provided feedback and comments during throughout the development of this project. The Guide is the direct result of feedback, suggestions, and needs of our practice partners.

Contact the Vulnerable & At-Risk Populations Resource Guide Project Team >>

Email us at VARPguide@unc.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Partners make it possible. We are looking to expand!

>> North Carolina Public Health Preparedness & Response

>> Eastern Band Cherokee Indians

>> Seattle/King County Public Health

>> King County Office of Emergency Management

>> West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness

>> WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

>> New Mexico Department of Homeland Security

>> Georgia Department of Public Health

>> Georgia Emergency Management Agency

About North Carolina's Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center

The North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NC PERRC) 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 conduct research on public health preparedness systems and work with practice partners to ensure that the research findings are relevant to the practice community and are translated into practice. Housed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, NCPERRC engages researchers from many disciplines and practice partners in four main research projects, as well as smaller pilot projects and new investigator projects.

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

NCPERRC Synergy & Translation Team meeting

About North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH)

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) at the University of North Carolina represents the Gillings School of Global Public Health as a bridge between academia and partners in community organizations and government agencies. The mission of NCIPH is delivering training, conducting research, and providing technical assistance to transform the practice of public health for all. Since the 1930′s, UNC public health has delivered education, training and professional development services and programs to public health practitioners in North Carolina, the region and the nation. Learn more about NCIPH here >>

Our mission is to deliver training, conduct research and provide technical assistance to transform the practice of public health for all.