Academic/Practice-Based Research (NC PH-PBRN)

NCPHA’s Academic/Practice-Based Research Section is North Carolina’s Public Health Practice-based Research Network. (NC PH-PBRN). The NC PH-PBRN is one of the original PH-PBRNs funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The network is intended to stimulate and support practice-based research that is driven by questions developed by local public health practitioners in North Carolina.  The NC PH-PBRN also provides a forum through which researchers and practitioners statewide can interact and work together to improve population health.

This section will appeal to public health practitioners and applied researchers interested in creating the evidence base to improve public health systems and services.

Click here for minutes from the NC PH-PBRN's Officer's Meeting on February 8, 2016.

Click here for minutes from the NC PH-PBRN's Officer's Meeting on April 10, 2017


Academic/Practice-Based Research Section Awards (given at NCPHA Fall Educational Conference in September)


Have you or someone you know done some interesting/useful projects and evaluation in North Carolina that’s helped make a difference in practice? Consider nominating an outstanding practitioner or academic researcher for this year’s awards. These two awards acknowledge the strong partnerships between academic and practice-based research across North Carolina and recognize the outstanding academics and practitioners that help make this possible. These awards acknowledge the contribution to identifying, implementing strategies, and building evidence to support decision-making across the public health sphere.

This year Academic/Practice-Based Research Section is accepting nominations for two awards to be presented at the Fall Education Conference, September 16-18, 2015 in Winston-Salem.

PHSSR Academic Researcher Award:

  • Affiliated with academic setting at time of nomination
  • Evidence of track record in publishing or presenting research to improve public health practice
  • Evidence of providing training or technical assistance to public health practitioners to facilitation implementation of evidence-based practice
  • Evidence of effectiveness in collaborating with public health practitioners to achieve mutually beneficial goals
  • Demonstrated leadership in advancing the field of public health systems research in collaboration with public health partners
  • Demonstrated unique and outstanding contributions

PHSSR Practitioner Award:

§  Affiliated with a North Carolina local or state public health agency at time of nomination

§  Evidence of successful collaboration with academic researchers to conduct practice-based research

§  Demonstrated leadership among peers to advance the field of public health systems and services research

§  Evidence of commitment to implementation of evidence-based practice using findings from research

§  Demonstrated contributions to study teams and research grant activities

Winners will be formally recognized at the Academic/Practice-Based Research Section Business Meeting during the North Carolina Public Health Association Fall Educational Conference to be held September 16-18, 2015, in Winston-Salem, NC. Awardees will be notified at the beginning of September and will receive one year’s paid membership to NCPHA.

Instructions for Nomination

-          Submit a nomination letter, up to two single-spaced pages, 12-point font, and one- inch margins, describing why the academic researcher or public health practitioner is deserving of this award

-          Include the name, title, work phone number, and signature of the individual nominating the researcher or practitioner for the award

-          Two letters of support shall be included with the letter from individuals who are familiar with the nominee’s leadership in implementing public health systems and services research activities that contribute to improved public health practice in North Carolina

-          Other supporting documents, such as relevant publications, may be included

-          E-mail nomination letter and supporting documents to Joy Reed at

-          Deadline for submissions is August 14, 2015.

Any questions about the nomination process may be directed to the APBR Co-Chairs Nancy Winterbauer at and Colleen Bridger at or APBR Awards Committee members: Joy Reed; Michele Issel; Christine Bevc


Section Leadership for 2015-2016

Co-Chair (Research) (term expires 2017)
Nancy Winterbauer
(252) 744-4034

Co-Chair (Practice) (term expires 2016)
Collen Bridger

Secretary/Treasurer (term expires 2017)
Stacie Saunders

Advocacy Committee Representative:
Sue Lynn Ledford

Fall Educational Conference Planning Committee Representative:
SeonAe Yeo

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