Alumni News

From puppies to people

April 28, 2008 Weedon understands link between veterinary and public health concerns. Dr. Bob Weedon spent the Christmas holiday of 2006 as he often has over the years, working in his veterinary hospital in Wilmington, N.C. Things are usually slow then, but this year was different. The condition of a puppy admitted to the clinic… Read more »

Putting teeth in in public health

  April 28, 2008 Alum spearheads Arkansas’ water fluoridation efforts; founds PANDA program to train dentists worldwide to recognize and report abuse Dr. Lynn Mouden has been called a communist, fascist and even the minion of the devil. That’s on a good day. As the director of the Arkansas Health Department’s Office of Oral Health,… Read more »

Competence and charisma

April 28, 2008 Dr. P. LaMont Bryant Dr. P. LaMont Bryant likes making an impact on peopl e’s lives. From dominating the field as captain of the football team at N.C. Central University, to conducting groundbreaking research as a g aduate student work ing at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to being the renowned public… Read more »

Efficient, reliable injury data collection saves lives

  April 28, 2008 Dr. Robert Verhalen Years ago, electric frying pans, coffee pots and other kitchen appliances came with long cords so people could put them anywhere on the counter, no matter where the electric plug was. But long cords were easy for children to grab, pull, and dump hot coffee, grease or other… Read more »

School alum revolutionizes study of occupational epidemiology

  April 28, 2008 Dr. Aaron Blair Dr. Aaron Blair’s first taste of public health came from an unlikely quarter. While wor king as a lecturer in 1973 at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., he was asked to teach a course in human anatomy and physiology. Problem was, Blair’s undergraduate and master’s degrees… Read more »

Assessing what happens in the real world

April 28, 2008 Epidemiologists provide compass for pharmaceutical research. Before pharmaceutical companies decide where to focus research, they want to know what the unmet needs are. They want to know about the diseases – and the patients – they hope to treat. That’s where pharmaceutical epidemiologists like Dr. Alice White come in. White, who has… Read more »

Creating a culture of collaboration

April 28, 2008 Dr. Raymond Greenberg “‘Health care leadership’ is a wonderful oxymoron,” Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg said — with characteristic wryness — to a group of civil engineers last year. “With the possible exception of higher education, there is no human activity more naturally resistant to leadership than the … American health care system.”�… Read more »

A recipe for leadership: put in time on the ground, and aim high

April 28, 2008 Dr. Greg Allgood In 2003, Dr. Greg Allgood asked Procter and Gamble to do something unheard of — intentionally pursue a product that wasn’t making any money. Allgood, who earned his master’s in environmental sciences and engineering from Carolina’s School of Public Health in 1983, had worked at Procter and Gamble (P&G)… Read more »

A way with water

  April 28, 2008 UNC alum dedicates career to helping create water and sanitation systems in rural developing country communities Alfonso Zavala’s career in water and sanitation development has taken him to rural villages all over the world where he has done what he does best — help people help themselves. Dr. Alfonso Zavala “I… Read more »

Develop collaborative practices, says head of Miami-Dade County Health Department

  April 28, 2008 Dr. Lillian Revera When you ask Dr. Lillian Rivera, administrator of the Miami-Dade County (Fla.) Health Department, what the keys to public health leadership are, her answer is swift and sure : Passion, love for the community you serve, and continuous learning. Colleagues validate that passion and love of community. “Her… Read more »