About Us

The North Carolina Network Consortium (NCNC)

The North Carolina Network Consortium (NCNC) is a diverse statewide consortium of providers, academic institutions, and patients whose mission is to discover and disseminate evidence regarding strategies to improve the health and well-being of patients and communities Five practice-based research networks have combined resources in forming the NCNC; they represent over 2100 providers in over 350 practices across the state, including all three primary care specialties (family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics) and strong representation of minority populations.

Participating Practice Based Research Networks:

    • NCnet formed from several Practice Based Research Networks originally founded at UNC
    • Duke Primary Care Research Consortium (PCRC)
    • Eastern Carolina Association for Research and Education (E-CARE)
    • Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research (MAPPR)
    • Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC).

Participating academic institutions:

    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Duke University
    • East Carolina School of Medicine
    • Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
    • Mountain Area Health Education Center

NCNC Information

NCNC Directors

NCNC is co-directed by Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH and Jacquie Halladay, MD, MPH, of UNC’s Department of Family Medicine and the Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Michelle Hernandez, MD serves as the Pedatric and Adolescent Director. Erica Richman, PhD MSW is the network coordinator.

About our Research

NCNC’s component PBRNs have conducted a large body of relevant research. Articles containing research conducted in NCNC PBRNs have been published in Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Arthritis and Rheumatism, Family Medicine, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and others. The NCNC director, co-director, and the directors of its participating PBRNs are highly trained, experienced scientists familiar with primary care and with research methods, and with strong publication track records. The NCNC is one of ten primary care research networks nationally to have held a master task order contract from the US Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality (AHRQ); in 2007-08 it received four contracts from AHRQ to conduct community-based research.

Our Support

NCNC is partially supported by NC TraCS Institute, the Community and Stakeholder Engagement (CaSE) service at NC TraCS, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health, through Grant Award Number UL1TR002489. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.