INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
School of Public Health Dean Bill Roper (right) consults with Fred Pfaender (center), professor in the
school's environmental sciences and engineering department, and state Health Director Dennis McBride.
group ofits students to eastern North
Carolina for their spring break.
'We should serve as a model'
The flood victims were short on just
about everything except questions. One of
the first orders ofbusiness was simply to
find out what thoroughly stressed people
needed and to connect them with services.
It was a matter ofgoing door to door.
The school's students and faculty were in
the front lines.
Their first experience was in Duplin
County, where they split into small groups
and funned out among the neighborhoods.
Ten days later, state officials called the
school and asked whether they could
repeat the assessment in Craven County.
Health professionals, in turn, looked to
Raleigh for coordinated help. Some public
health students spent a week in Raleigh
just taking phone calls, interpreting requests
from the field, looking for common
ground that would help organize the aid.
Within 10 days after the flood, the
school delivered 250 copies of a student-
developed booklet of health information
to the state Division of Public Health.
The institute came up with an assistance
request form local health directors could
use to give the school details on how it
could help in particular areas of the 13
DAVID BROWN ' 75 is associate editor of the
ON THE WEB:
• School of Public Health Hurricane Floyd information:
• For more information or to register for the Grand
Rounds program on natural disasters:
• The UNC Center for Public Service has an overview
of the University's response at:
Ja /I II aryI Feb ruary 2000