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Jaff proposes strategies to reduce traffic-related deaths, injuries in Kurdistan region of Iraq

February 2, 2018
Dr. Dilshad Jaff has analyzed the problem of road traffic accidents in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and proposes strategies to diminish the financial and human toll associated with that public health challenge. His commentary appears in the Middle East Journal of Family Medicine.

Prescribing fresh, nutritious food will improve health of low-income, high-risk patients

January 19, 2018
Dr. Alice Ammerman is co-principal investigator on a project that will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to high-risk, low-income patients at a local medical center in an effort to improve the patients’ health and well-being. Photo of local farmers market, shown at left, was taken by Dr. Ammerman.

LaVange named associate chair of biostatistics and director of UNC Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center

January 14, 2018
Dr. Lisa LaVange, current president of the American Statistical Association and formerly of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, has been named professor and associate chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Biostatistics and director of the department’s Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC).

Dasgupta examines social and economic factors that fuel opioid crisis

December 22, 2017
Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta is author of an American Journal of Public Health commentary that examines the deep social, economic and other societal problems that contribute to the opioid crisis in America.

Gopal delivers winter commencement address

December 18, 2017
Dr. Satish Gopal, alumnus and adjunct faculty member in epidemiology, delivered the 2017 winter commencement address on Dec. 17. More than 1,160 students were awarded undergraduate, master’s, doctoral or professional degrees at the mid-year commencement. Photo at left by Jon Gardiner.

Wheeler selected as distinguished alumna by College of Charleston

December 12, 2017
Dr. Stephanie Wheeler, associate professor of health policy and management, was recognized as a distinguished alumna by her undergraduate alma mater, College of Charleston. At left, she poses at the reception with friends and family. Photo courtesy of College of Charleston Alumni Association.

Alumnus Min Yang named Schwarzman Scholar

December 5, 2017
Min Yang, who received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree in health policy and management at the Gillings School, has been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and founded by Blackstone co-founder and chief executive officer Stephen A. Schwarzman.

Student to take lead on project to improve health of area refugees

December 1, 2017
A master’s student, faculty member and alumnus have been awarded a Kenan-Biddle Partnership grant to improve health and wellness among refugee communities in the Triangle (N.C.) area. Meagan Clawar, health policy and management student (shown left, in black jacket), will co-lead the project, with the Gillings School’s Dr. Dilshad Jaff serving as adviser.

Gillings School alumna selected as Mitchell Scholar

November 20, 2017
Shauna Rust, BSPH, 2016 Gillings School alumna, has been named a recipient of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which supports graduate studies in Ireland. Rust, now a public health analyst in the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, was one of 12 in the U.S. selected for the award.

Ramaswamy, others at Gillings School part of award-winning evaluation team

November 15, 2017
Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy was a key member of a team that won the American Evaluation Association’s 2017 Outstanding Evaluation Award, announced by the Association on Nov. 3.