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UNC’s pediatric airway center continues to improve care for children with tracheostomies, study finds

January 19, 2016 Pediatric patients who have complex respiratory problems, especially children with tracheostomies, face serious challenges in the health care system. Often, they are treated by several specialists, and poor communication among providers can increase the chance that their care will be less than optimal. In an article published online Jan. 11 in the… Read more »

Distinguished alumnus William Darity Sr. dies at age 91

December 1, 2015 William Alexander (Bill) Darity Sr., PhD, 1964 alumnus of The University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health and emeritus professor and founding dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, died Sunday, Nov. 29. He was 91. Born Jan. 15, 1924, in East Flat Rock, N.C.,… Read more »

Study explores supply-side options to increase access to state psychiatric hospital beds

December 1, 2015 When patients with mental health needs cannot be properly treated through outpatient or general hospital care, state psychiatric hospitals act as the ultimate safety net. These state facilities are specifically designed and staffed to care for people with severe mental illness. Such hospitals can competently see patients through immediate crises as well… Read more »

ESE alumna selected for ‘Top 50’ list of women scholars

November 12, 2015 Audrey de Nazelle, PhD, alumna of the UNC Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, is one of 50 diverse and influential women scholars honored by SuperScholar, an organization that aims to help match prospective students with degree programs. The organization established its “50 Most Influential Female Scholars” list to “underscore… Read more »

New podcast, ‘Public Health Behind the Scenes,’ launched this fall

November 9, 2015 The Gillings Global Gateway™ and the N.C. Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), both housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have collaborated to launch a new podcast called “Public Health Behind the Scenes.” “’Public Health Behind the Scenes’ offers a front-row seat into the exciting field of public health,”… Read more »

Study finds U.S. household food-shopping patterns shifting over time

November 2, 2015 Historically, nutrition programs and policies have focused on the need to build supermarkets in underserved areas in an effort to improve dietary quality in those communities. However, a recent study sheds more light on shifting household food-shopping patterns in the United States, and may bring changes to this traditional programmatic approach. Dalia… Read more »

Gillings alumnus Wilson launches Zero TB Cities project

November 2, 2015 Michael Wilson was in Dubai last week to launch the Zero TB Cities project. The project aims to end the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic by fighting the disease at the community level in high-burden countries. Zero TB Cities is a companion initiative for the road map laid out in a recent series… Read more »

Walmart’s packaged foods have become healthier, study finds; income, race still major predictors of food choices

October 27, 2015 The nutritional quality of packaged food at Walmart has improved since 2000, according to a new study by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers. That should be good news, given that Walmart and other major retail chains are the biggest sellers of foods purchased and eaten by U.S. consumers. The… Read more »

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 »