Welcome! I’m Mike Dolan Fliss.
I’m an Epidemiologist at UNC Chapel Hill focusing on social, injury, and environmental epi, with a preference for projects that address social injustice, health disparities, and public health informatics improvements that help others do that same work. I work at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and the NC Department of Health and Human Services in the Injury & Violence Prevention Branch.
I am also a RStudio certified R Trainer. I co-teach a class in the UNC Epidemiology Department (EPID 701 – now in its 4th year) and public workshops on how to use the statistical programming language R for Public Health Epidemiology.
Mission: I’m committed to centering public health practice and research here in NC at the local and state levels, though also have projects with national connections. My unique strengths are my diverse practice and education background in epidemiology, informatics, social justice, and management, and my experience directly working with data from over a dozen of NC DHHS public health surveillance systems.
Research Topics: At left you’ll find my resume/curriculum vitae, contact info, and a visual portfolio of projects I’ve been involved in. These include collaborations with county (e.g. community health assessments) and state health departments that often involve data visualization and spatial/GIS map-making work. Public health content areas include: opioid abuse & overdose, alcohol and tobacco density, EHR informatics and evaluation, child maltreatment, policing and racial equity, and environmental racism (e.g. industrial livestock operations).
Personally, I enjoy gardening, building and martial arts. After 30 years of practice I train in (and teach) the martial arts aikido and Chen-style tai chi chu’an at a martial arts school I manage, Open Sky Martial Arts in Hillsborough, NC.
Recent Projects & Presentations