North Carolina Public Health PBRN

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The North Carolina Public Health Practice-Based Research Network (NC PBRN) provides a bridge between public health practice and academic activities in North Carolina. The network is building a culture of partnership between academic – practice members to conduct public health services and systems research, advance public health practice and ultimately improve population health.

The NC PBRN is a section of the NC Public Health Association (NCPHA), where it is known as the Academic Practice-Based Research section. To promote a partnership culture the section conducts quarterly section meetings, hosts peer-reviewed, practice and academic presentations at the annual NCPHA conference, and engages in outreach to build an effective participatory research partnership among our members. 

Our Research


  • North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors
  • North Carolina Division of Public Health
  • North Carolina Public Health Association
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • East Carolina University
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Co-Chair: Colleen Bridger, Ph.D.
Director, Orange County Health Department
Hillsborough, N.C.

Co-Chair: Nancy Winterbauer, Ph.D.
Department of Public Health
East Carolina University
Greenville, N.C.

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Colleen Bridger, Ph.D.

Nancy Winterbauer, Ph.D.