Alumni News

Action items address opportunities, challenges in global noncommunicable disease research

October 9, 2015 Two out of three deaths worldwide are attributable to noncommunicable diseases (NCD). No country is unaffected by this class of illness, which presents an unprecedented global health challenge. Lindsay Jaacks, PhD, alumna of the Department of Nutrition, and Racquel Kelly Kohler, PhD, alumna of the Department of Health Policy and Management, both… Read more »

Study finds that breast cancer patients enrolled in medical homes may have improved access to health care

September 10, 2015 A new study suggests that women with breast cancer who are enrolled in Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), a patient-centered medical home (PCMH)-like program, may have improved access to primary and specialty care. A PCMH is a health care model that seeks to improve effectiveness and efficiency of treatment by linking… Read more »

Despite high rates of teen use of e-cigarettes, doctors still focus counseling efforts on traditional tobacco products

September 3, 2015 A faculty member and an alumna of the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of the first national study to examine how pediatricians and other doctors interact with teenage patients regarding e-cigarettes. Jessica K. Pepper, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and 2014 alumna of… Read more »

Open House at Gillings Global Gateway™ introduces breadth of School’s global activities

September 2, 2015 More than 80 students and faculty members visited the official launch of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Gillings Global Gateway™ on Aug. 27 to learn about the School’s global health activities and network with others interested in public health around the world. Cathlene Webster, first-year student in health behavior, said… Read more »

Jaff selected for honorary Rotary membership to acknowledge contributions to global health

August 25, 2015 Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, 2015 alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been inducted as an honorary member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club. Jaff now serves as adviser on conflict prevention and disaster preparedness in the Gillings Global Gateway™ at the Gillings School. The Cary club has had… Read more »

Study explores reasons for disparities in access to municipal water and sewer systems in NC

August 13, 2015 A new study by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers examines disparities in access to municipal water and sewer services in North Carolina. The research, led by Julia Marie Naman, MSPH, 2014 Gillings School alumna, and co-authored by Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at… Read more »

Gillings alumna Donna Arnett selected as dean of Kentucky’s College of Public Health

August 10, 2015 Donna Arnett, PhD, 1992 alumna of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, has been named dean of the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health. Arnett has served since 2004 as chair of the epidemiology department in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health…. Read more »

Farel, two Gillings School alumnae awarded for contributions to child health

August 6, 2015 The North Carolina Pediatric Society (NCPeds) has announced the recipients of its 2015 awards for excellence in the pediatric field. Among the seven awardees are three alumnae of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, one of whom is a faculty member. The winners are Anita Farel, DrPH, clinical professor and… Read more »

Rate of rural hospital closures is rising, study finds

July 20, 2015 Since 2010, the rate of rural hospital closures in the United States has increased significantly. During this period, there have been three closures in North Carolina alone. To achieve a preliminary look at recent closures, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill compared the 2009 financial performance and market… Read more »

New study cautions about nutritional status for women taking antiretroviral drugs

July 8, 2015 A new study led by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health highlights the nutritional impacts of antiretroviral therapy on HIV-infected breastfeeding women. The World Health Organization currently recommends that pregnant and breastfeeding HIV-infected women initiate lifelong therapy for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, but little is known about… Read more »