Posts By: Matt Cheek

Tilson receives leadership award at Pacific Drug Safety Summit

  Hugh H. Tilson, MD, DrPH, has been honored by the drug safety firm, BioSoteri Inc., with its first Pacific Drug Safety Summit Leadership Award. Tilson, adjunct professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Program and senior adviser to the Public Health Grand Rounds, a program co-sponsored by the… Read more »

Institute launches ambassador project

This summer Institute staff are piloting a new program aimed at improving customer service by learning more about our main customers–local health departments in North Carolina–and their needs related to NCIPH services. Says deputy director Dorothy Cilenti, herself a former county health director, “The goal of the Ambassador Project is to strengthen relationships and promote… Read more »

Preventing arsenic-induced birth defects

As featured in the latest NIEHS Research Brief and this month’s NIEHS Environmental Factor, research led by Dr. Rebecca Fry has shown that blocking the glucocorticoid receptor pathway in a chick embryo model prevents birth defects induced by exposure to arsenic. These findings were the result of a novel systems biology approach combining computational analysis… Read more »

PHLP student, alumnus lead award-winning county health department

Chris Dobbins and Allyson Cochran (third and fourth from left, respectively) pose with NACCHO leaders to accept the Local Health Department of the Year Award for the Gaston County (N.C.) health department. School alumnus Dobbins is interim director, and Cochran is a health data analyst at the department. The National Association of County and City… Read more »

NCIPH partners on model CHA collaboration in Wake County

This year, some of the state’s leading medical centers joined forces to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Assessment (CHA) in Raleigh and the surrounding urban and rural areas of Wake County. Matt Simon, Research Associate and GIS Analyst at NCIPH, trains volunteers to conduct community health surveys in Wake County. A CHA is conducted every… Read more »

Partnership brings evidence-based public health training to North Carolina

Public health practitioners need evidence-based public health information to make decisions on how best to improve public health system performance and ultimately improve health outcomes. To address this need, the NC Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) and UNC’s Center for Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (HPDP) partnered to serve as one of four sites across the country… Read more »

PHLP mourns loss of Mary Reid

  Mary Reid, program coordinator for the Health Care & Prevention (HC&P) concentration, based in the Gillings School’s Public Health Leadership Program, died peacefully on June 30 after a brief illness.   Ms. Reid was the first person to hold the program coordinator title for the HC&P MD-MPH curriculum. She began as a temporary employee… Read more »

Cilenti joins the Institute

Dorothy Cilenti, former health director for Alamance and Chatham counties in North Carolina and deputy director of the NC Division of Public Health, has joined the North Carolina Institute for Public Health as deputy director for operations and management. Cilenti will also be a senior project officer affiliated with the North Carolina Public Health Academy… Read more »

Surgeon, Gillings graduate, brings gift of hearing to three-year-old boy

June 27, 2013   A heartwarming video made the rounds on national news this month, showing a three-year-old at the moment he heard his father’s voice for the first time. Grayson Clamp sits in his father’s lap, just prior to hearing his dad’s voice for the first time. Grayson Clamp, from Charlotte, N.C., was born… Read more »