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New studies examine e-cigarette availability, advertising effectiveness

June 27, 2014 Two new studies on e-cigarettes by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among the first to examine the availability of these products nationwide and how advertisements are affecting consumer perceptions. Both were published in a special July issue of the journal Tobacco Control. The first study, “The availability… Read more »

Researchers find variance in controlled substance prescription monitoring programs aimed at reducing overdose deaths

June 18, 2014 A new study finds that controlled substance prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) aimed at reducing drug overdose deaths vary tremendously by state and across time. The researchers, all with connections to UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, found that while every state requires that prescriptions for controlled substances must be reported to… Read more »

Devlin to join Robert Wood Johnson Foundation board

June 16, 2014 Leah McCall Devlin, DDS, MPH, Professor of the Practice of health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, will join The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) board of trustees in July. The Board leads the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted to building a culture of health in America, enabling… Read more »

EPID alumna Gilboa wins prize at George Washington University

June 10, 2014 Suzanne Meredith Gilboa, PhD, Gillings School alumna and epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, received the 2013 Arthur S. Flemming Award from George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Gilboa received the award for her accomplishments as… Read more »

Clarence Pearson, alumnus and friend, dies at 89

May 31, 2014 Clarence Edward Pearson, MSPH, global health consultant and alumnus of UNC’s school of public health, now the Gillings School of Global Public Health, died May 24 in New York City. He was 89. “In losing Clarence, we have lost one of the ‘greats’ among our School’s alumni,” said Jo Anne Earp, ScD,… Read more »

CPDM program celebrates 10th year of training disaster management personnel

May 15, 2014 The Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (CPDM) certificate program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health celebrates its 10-year anniversary this spring, as it hosts a graduation ceremony for 14 students who completed the program in 2013-2014. The ceremony, which will be held Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at The… Read more »

Study finds health disparities among North Carolina’s sexual minorities

April 23, 2014 A study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health offers the first statewide evidence that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in North Carolina have poorer health than their straight counterparts in the state. The disparities are reported in “A Profile of North Carolina Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Health… Read more »

Four public health students win Graduate School’s Impact Award for research that benefits North Carolina

Graduate School also honors other public health awardees April 22, 2014 Four of the 20 students recognized by UNC’s Graduate School for research that has impact upon the people of North Carolina are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. A fifth student, an advisee of epidemiology professor Ralph Baric, PhD, is affiliated… Read more »

Repellent-treated clothing reduces tick bites by 80 percent, study finds

April 17, 2014 People who work outdoors are at high risk for tick-borne diseases.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers excellent recommendations for people who work outdoors to avoid tick bites – including wearing long sleeves and long pants, tucking pants into boots or socks, spraying your skin and clothing with… Read more »

Alumna to lead county health department in Wyoming

April 17, 2014 Kelly Weidenbach, DrPH, is the new executive director of the Casper-Natrona County Health Department in Casper, Wyo. A 2013 alumna of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Weidenbach returned to her native state to “give back” to her community. She oversees the health department’s budgets and its several programs, from family… Read more »