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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 »

Gillings School alumnus honored for promoting healthy lifestyles in Native American communities

May 25, 2016 Anthony Fleg, MD, MPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Health alumnus, was honored recently by the U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition for his work in promoting healthy lifestyles with Native American families and youth. The President’s Council Community Leadership Award is given annually to no more than 50 individuals… Read more »

Alumna to lead Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

May 24, 2016 Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been chosen as president-elect of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She will serve in that capacity for one year before becoming president of the Society in 2017. Coyne-Beasley is professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the… Read more »

Gammon and colleagues respond to international study on exercise and cancer risk reduction

May 20, 2016 An invited commentary, co-written by two UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers and a Gillings School alumna now at Emory University, concurs with the “exciting findings” of a major international study. Those findings “underscore the importance of leisure-time physical activity as a potential risk-reduction strategy to decrease the cancer burden… Read more »