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A majority of parents would support schools’ requiring HPV vaccinations, as long as there are opt-outs, survey finds

August 25, 2016 A national survey found that parents were more likely to agree that laws requiring students to be vaccinated against HPV for school entry are a “good idea” when there is an opt-out clause. Noel Brewer, PhD, professor of health behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and member of UNC… Read more »

HB alumna presents research at RTI poster exhibit

August 12, 2016 Christin Stewart, MPH, 2016 alumna of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was one of 70 interns from across the U.S. who conducted research at RTI International this summer. Her work, presented in a poster showcase at RTI on Aug. 5, involved making recommendations for the development, implementation and evaluation… Read more »

Review of multiple studies finds graphic cigarette pack warnings linked to reductions in smoking behavior

August 11, 2016 A review of nearly three dozen international studies found cigarette smokers tried to quit more and smoked less overall when countries implemented new policies replacing text warnings with graphic images on cigarette packs or strengthened pack warnings in other ways, report University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers. Co-authors of… Read more »

Hyde selected as ESE’s 2016 distinguished alumna

August 5, 2016 Grace Robinson Hyde, MSEE, has been selected to receive the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Environmental Sciences and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award. Hyde, who is chief engineer and general manager of the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD), will accept her award and present a seminar on Oct. 28 at… Read more »

Study finds low-income students and Hispanic students disproportionately exposed to tobacco, fast food near schools

August 1, 2016 A new study finds that low-income students and Hispanic students are disproportionately exposed to both tobacco outlets and fast-food restaurants near their schools. Easy access to tobacco products and fast food may influence youth smoking initiation and contribute to poor dietary intake. These findings are the subject of a new paper from… Read more »

Commentary calls for better documentation of wartime attacks on health-care facilities and patients

July 14, 2016 In an article published online July 4 in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival,  UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers examine the complex and disturbing pattern of health-care professionals being targeted in war zones. Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, Gillings School alumnus and research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness… Read more »

Saye Baawo, alumnus and public health leader in Liberia, dies of cancer at 50

July 7, 2016 Saye Dahn Baawo, MD, MSPH, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and assistant minister for curative services in Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, died June 17 at age 50, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and children. In 2005, Baawo attended… Read more »

Gillings alumna LaVange elected ASA president

June 28, 2016 Lisa LaVange, PhD, 1983 alumna and former professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected the 113th president of the American Statistical Association (ASA). LaVange, who also served as the former director of the UNC Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center, will serve the ASA as president-elect… Read more »

Replacing just one sugar-sweetened beverage a day with water can prevent weight gain

June 28, 2016 A new study by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that replacing even one daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) such as soda with water could result in a meaningful reduction in caloric intake and associated weight gain. The study co-authors are Jennifer Poti, PhD, research… Read more »

Gillings School students make an impact on global, local health

June 17, 2016 Two UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumni and one current student recently shared their stories with the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Their education at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center and in the Gillings School’s departments of maternal and child health and environmental sciences and engineering helped… Read more »