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Alice Wang: Solving the puzzle makes public health fun

May 27, 2016 Alice Wang, PhD, has a great elevator speech. “Have you seen the movie Contagion?” she asks. “Kate Winslet’s character was an epidemic intelligence service officer — that’s what I do!” Wang, who graduated from the Gillings School’s environmental sciences and engineering program in May 2015, began working for the Centers for Disease… Read more »

Manish Kumar: Making a difference at MEASURE Evaluation

May 27, 2016 Manish Kumar, MPH, a native of India, has found a second home at UNC. A seasoned public health professional, Kumar already had 12 years’ experience in project implementation and conducting activities to strengthen health systems at the point when a Rotary Peace Fellowship brought him back to school for a master’s degree…. Read more »

Zachary Kerr: Finding support for himself and his skills at the NCAA

May 27, 2016 Zachary Y. Kerr, PhD, was always picked last for sports teams at school. He finds that funny now that he works in the field of sports injury prevention. Kerr is director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Injury Surveillance Program at the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention. “The… Read more »

Kiyah Duffey: Empowering families to make healthful choices

May 27, 2016 Together with Lisa Sutherland, PhD, a fellow alumna of the Gillings School’s nutrition department, Duffey founded a company that aims to promote healthy lifestyles for families. Announcing… Kizingo! The company’s flagship product is a toddler spoon that helps children succeed at self-feeding. The idea for the spoon originated during Duffey’s years at… Read more »

Marie Callahan: Helping veterans access health care

May 27, 2016 Marie Callahan, MSPH, RT(R), exemplifies personal passion for public health. As administrative officer for care in the community at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Durham, N.C., Callahan coordinates care for veterans through the Veteran’s Choice Program. Through the program, veterans enrolled in a VA healthcare system can receive medical services… Read more »

Amy Richardson: An internship led to a great career

May 27, 2016 Public health led Amy Richardson, PhD, to Google. It wasn’t her expected career path, but the 2014 alumna of the Gillings School’s biostatistics department landed a job after an internship with the technology giant during the final year of her doctoral program. As a quantitative analyst in Google’s offices in Mountain View,… Read more »

Leigh Tally: Helping local governments in Africa use data better

May 27, 2016 Leigh Tally, MPH, has a record of public health service that spans the globe. As a graduate student, she served as a consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services in Raleigh, N.C., and volunteered as a malaria program specialist with the Peace Corps in Kisumu, Kenya. These days, the 2014… Read more »

Jed Hinkley: Serving the people of northeastern North Carolina

May 27, 2016 Jed Hinkley, MPH, is the “go-to” person if you want to talk about healthy food access in northeastern North Carolina. As the healthy foods coordinator for Albemarle Regional Health Services, working with the Partnerships to Improve Community Health grant, Hinkley promotes equitable access to food. His efforts include initiatives that increase the… Read more »

Gillings School alumnus selected as finalist for Service to America Medal

May 27, 2016 Allen Wilcox, PhD, Gillings School alumnus and a pioneer in reproductive epidemiology, has been selected as a finalist for a 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, a prestigious honor for federal government professionals. The service medals, also known as “Sammies,” are the “Oscars” of government service. Named for the late… Read more »

Gillings School alumnus to serve as Taiwan’s EPA director

May 25, 2016 Ying-Yuan Lee, PhD, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan. Lee previously held a number of government positions in the Republic of China, including member of the National Parliament, Minister of the Council of Labor Affairs, Secretary-General of… Read more »