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Alumnus Wiesman appointed as Washington State Health Secretary

March 14, 2013   Dr. John Wiesman John Wiesman, DrPH, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumnus, has been appointed to serve as Washington state’s Secretary of Health. Gov. Jay Inslee made the announcement on March 12. Wiesman received his doctorate in December 2012 in the Department of Health Policy and Management’s Executive Doctoral Program… Read more »

Baylor, School alumna, selected as APHA congressional fellow

  March 07, 2013 Barbara Baylor Barbara V. Taylor Baylor, MPH, alumna of Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, has been selected as an American Public Health Association 2013 Public Health Fellow in Government.   The APHA fellowship provides opportunities for public health professionals to see… Read more »

Alumna Millie Jones elected AMCHP president

  March 06, 2013 Millie Jones Millie J. Jones, MPH, has been elected president of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs’ board of directors. AMCHP is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families in the U.S.,… Read more »

Alumnus Burdine appointed interim dean of Texas public health school

  March 06, 2013 Dr. James Burdine James N. Burdine, DrPH, alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named interim dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health. Burdine, professor and associate dean for public health practice at the TAMHSC public health school, formerly served… Read more »

New look at old study casts doubt on value of vegetable fats for heart health

February 08, 2013   A new analysis of data missing from a study that ended more than 40 years ago casts doubt on current dietary advice about vegetable fats and heart health.   The clinical trial, published online Feb. 5 in the British Journal of Medicine [pdf], shows that replacing saturated animal fats with linoleic… Read more »

School alumnus climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro to spread news about clean water crisis

January 18, 2013 Greg Allgood, PhD, director of Procter and Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, was one of 17 celebrities and clean water advocates who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro this month to draw attention to the nearly one billion people in the world without access to clean drinking water. Alumnus Greg Allgood carried the UNC… Read more »

Alumnus McLeroy named distinguished professor at Texas university

January 09, 2013 Dr. Ken McLeroy Kenneth McLeroy, PhD, faculty member in The Texas A&M Health Science Center’s School of Rural Public Health and alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named Regents Distinguished Professor of health promotion and community health sciences… Read more »

Viera awarded School of Medicine’s inaugural Wilkerson Professorship

November 27, 2012 Anthony Viera, MD, MPH, 2006 alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, has received the inaugural Charles Baynes Wilkerson Distinguished Professorship in Family Medicine in UNC’s School of Medicine.   Dr. Anthony Viera Viera is director of the Health Care and… Read more »

Melvin, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, named ANMA president

November 06, 2012 Sharon Melvin Sharon Chalmers Melvin, RN, MPH, alumna of Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, recently was installed as president of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association Inc. (ANMA) at the Auxiliary’s annual convention in New Orleans. Melvin received her Master of… Read more »

School-led team takes prize in finals of social business competition

November 01, 2012 Sanitation Creations, an entrepreneurial venture founded and led by Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna Liz Morris, MS, was second runner-up in the inaugural UNC Social Business Conference, held Sept. 27 at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. The UNC-born company Sanitation Creations placed third overall in a recent… Read more »