Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of NC

The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina (APPCNC) is a non-profit, United Way agency based in Chapel Hill whose mission is to support North Carolina communities in preventing adolescent pregnancy through advocacy, collaboration, and education. APPCNC is the only non-profit agency working to reduce teen pregnancy statewide.

In 2008 a trainee have examined the state public schools’ policy of abstinence-until-marriage sex education and evaluated the feasibility of a comprehensive sex education curriculum.

Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC)

The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), North American organization dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times.

In 2010, a trainee worked on food and nutrition policy work and advocacy, including the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR), Farm to School programs, and the Fresh Food Financing Initiative.

Creative Consultants Inc.

Creative Consultants Inc., located in Cary, NC, is a service provider specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders. In 2010, a trainee developed an ABA training module for teachers at Durham (NC) Public Schools; (2) conducted insurance advocacy by working with self-insuring organizations to establish Creative Consultants as a preferred provider of autism services; and (3) provided one-on-one ABA therapy to three children with autism spectrum disorders.

Finca Peru

Finca Peru is a nongovernmental microfinance organization which operates in the Peruvian regions of Ayachuco, Lima, and Huancavelica.Its mission is to contribute to the self-valuation of the women with economic and social disadvantages in Peru, facilitating the integral development of their human capacities. In addition to their credit and savings programs, they provide training on subjects such as the use of credit, development of entrepreneurial skills, and the improvement of self-esteem, social discipline, values, women rights and health awareness. In 2010, a trainee (1) supported microfinance institution in designing and implementing programs to improve access to affordable and effective health education and health care on an economically sustainable basis; (2) developed a methodology for defining an integrated health strategy for microfinance institutions that can be replicated widely; and (3) developed analytical template for decision making regarding what combination of preventive/primary health care solutions and delivery approaches are strategically value-added, operationally viable, and economically sustainable for microfinancing organizations. Activities included assessing health needs and health systems capacity, conducting a financial assessment, and creating a program implementation manual.

Honduran Health Alliance

The Honduran Health Alliance (HHA), based at the UNC School of Medicine, is a collaborative of organizations and individuals who work together to promote sustainable development in public health. Program partners currently focus their efforts on an annual women’s health education and screening project geared toward promoting basic education about women's reproductive health. Though planning and collaboration occurs throughout the year, the outreach project takes place annually each July in the southern department of Choluteca, Honduras with member communities of Las Communidades Unidas, a community cooperative. In 2010, a trainee joined with students from UNC’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health to work with local lay health promoters to (1) teach men and women about basic reproductive health issues, nutrition, and sanitation; and (2) organize and run a screening clinic for community women. In addition, the trainee worked independently to (3) organize and facilitate a rural health conference in Honduras.


Horizons is a comprehensive substance abuse program for mothers and women of child bearing age. Funded by the NC Department of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, the program is administered by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC School of Medicine. It provides several levels of outpatient treatment, including individual counseling, relapse prevention groups, family sessions, and half day and full day intensive outpatient treatment through universal screening at public health and community clinics in six rural counties. Horizons also offers extensive training to community service providers on gender specific, comprehensive substance abuse treatment for women.

International Justice Mission

International Justice Mission, located in Washington, DC, is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. In 2010, a trainee conducted a qualitative research study of IJM’s aftercare services in Mumbai, India, in partnership with a UNC faculty member; and (2) worked with IJM aftercare staff to design a health needs assessment of bonded labor clients in southern India and make recommendations about how to expand partnerships and services to improve health outcomes.


MEASURE Evaluation provides technical leadership through collaboration at local, national, and global levels to build the sustainable capacity of individuals and organizations to identify data needs, collect and analyze technically sound data, and use that data for health decision-making.

This USAID-funded project is implemented by the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partnership with Tulane University and several market and public health research consulting firms.  Together, they work in consultation with USAID Mission staff, local counterparts, cooperating agencies working in country, USAID Bureau of Global Health staff and other donors to ensure the availability and use of quality population and health data.

In 2009, a trainee conducted an evaluation of past trainings provided by MEASURE training staff to individuals and governments of developing countries. She also conducted a needs assessment of MEASURE training staff to elicit their input about improving training processes.

Mercy Corps Niger

Mercy Corps is an international nongovernmental agency with a mission to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. In 2011, a trainee evaluated the effectiveness of Community Health Teams to help villagers access health care services in the villages where Mercy Corps works.

Mothers Overcoming Violence through Education and Empowerment (MOVE)

Mothers Overcoming Violence through Education and Empowerment (MOVE) is a 12-week parenting intervention for mothers charged with perpetrating domestic violence and ordered to court-mandated treatment. The intervention is being piloted by two human service agencies in Raleigh, NC: Interact, which provides domestic violence services, and SAFEchild, which provides child abuse prevention services. The MOVE Project is a rigorous evaluation of this intervention. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the effectiveness of MOVE in a community-based setting determined by improved outcomes for the mothers enrolled in the program.

In 2009, a trainee helped develop research protocols; conducted focus groups with past MOVE participants to determine areas for improvement in the intervention and to pilot research materials; recruited an Expert Advisory Group to help oversee the study; and reported findings to this Advisory Group.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)

Located at UNC's FPG Child Development Institute, NECTAC supports the national implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Its mission is to strengthen service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through five) and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally appropriate, and family-centered supports and services. In the past, trainees have analyzed the varying patterns of the IDEA implementation in each state; developed and implemented an evaluation plan of the National Early Childhood Decision Institute; and gathered information and prepared a written document about MCH core competencies related to the IDEA and NECTAC.

NC Prevention Partners School Health Team

NC Prevention Partners (NCPP) is a statewide nonprofit and leader in reducing preventable illness and early death caused by tobacco use, poor nutrition and physical inactivity. Its mission is "Prevention first for a healthier North Carolina." Our work brings together leaders from business, health insurers, schools, hospitals, foundations, researchers, consumers, public health and advocacy organizations to improve health and control costs.

In 2012, a trainee developed an Active Recess Action Plan and assisted with the development of recommendations for scaling up the current Zone Health program (preventing childhood obesity program).

North Carolina Division of Public Health

The NC Division of Public Health is a state government agency that provides a wide range of North Carolina Public Health programs and services on both the state and local levels to protect and improve the health of the people who live and work in North Carolina. The Division’s MCH-related programs and services are performed by the Women’s and Children’s Health Section (WCH). The mission of the WCH is to assure, promote and protect the health and development of families with emphasis on women, infants, children and youth. WCH programs place a major emphasis on the provision of preventive health services beginning in the pre-pregnancy period and extending throughout childhood. The Section also administers several programs serving individuals who are developmentally disabled or chronically ill.

In 2009, a trainee worked to assist with the development of a social marketing campaign to increase the number of farmer’s markets that accept food stamps. She performed a literature review, developed a questionnaire, and planned and led focus groups of pregnant mothers who receive food stamps in order to determine the barriers that prevent them from using these markets. She then reported on the findings.

Planned Parenthood of Central NC

Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina provides education programs, health care, and advocacy to help reduce unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, especially among teens, people with limited incomes, and the uninsured. Offices are located in Chapel Hill and Durham. In 2008, a trainee evaluated the Teen Voices and Joven a Joven Peer Education Programs using pre- and post-program questionnaire data, as well as helped implement Joven a Joven. In 2012, a trainee wrote policy briefs and fact sheets, worked with the media and produced press releases, and worked to identify and develop best practice education for young adults.

Polaris Project

The Polaris Project, located in Washington, DC, is a social serivce and human rights agency that combats human trafficking and modern-day slavery. In 2010, a trainee (1) designed and completed an evaluation of the Project’s client services department; (2) developed curriculum for the Project’s job training program; and (3) worked at the Project’s drop-in center to connect clients with community resources. In 2012, a trainee (1) evaluated the agency's case management and transitional housing program, (2) assessed and revised the client intake packet, (3) organized a health fair, and (4) assisted with grant writing

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

SIECUS—the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States—is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for the right of all people to accurate information, comprehensive education about sexuality, and sexual health services.

 In 2010, a trainee served as a federal and state policy intern. Activities included researching and monitoring state and federal legislation, attending local community meetings and Congressional Hill briefings, providing technical assistance to state partners, and serving on coalitions. She wrote monthly policy articles for the agency’s website, created fact sheets for use on Capitol Hill and by local activists and researchers, and lobbied members of Congress.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA was established in 1992 and directed by Congress to target effectively substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. In 2011, a trainee worked in the Division of State and City Services, Co-occurring and Homeless Activities Branch.

UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health

The Center’s mission is to improve the health status of NC’s women and infants through clinical services, education, research, and advocacy. In 2012, a trainee worked on Health Equity research and programs to create a framework for a comprehensive approach to reducing health disparities in North Carolina and develop and implement a research agenda for addressing birth outcome inequities in the state.


WINGS is an international non-profit based in La Antigua, Guatemala. The agency provides information, financial resources, and access to reproductive health services to low-income, rural and/or indigenous Guatemalans, enabling them to plan their families, thereby improving their reproductive health and quality of life. In 2008, a trainee conducted an impact evaluation of the Youth WINGS Program, a peer education program that trains adolescents aged 14-19 in the department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala, to provide information and references to reproductive health services to their peers. In 2008, a trainee designed and implemented a study about health service availability, which involved running focus groups and collecting questionnaires from past and present participants and interviewing parents.