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HB doctoral candidate adds expertise to special journal supplement on adolescent sexual health

December 15, 2014 This month, the Journal of Adolescent Health launched a special edition containing six review papers related to progress made in the last 20 years in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents. The special edition was coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Women’s Health… Read more »

Tobacco control strategies may aid in preventing skin cancers caused by indoor tanning

December 8, 2014 Indoor tanning booths were once the domain of college-age and working women who toasted their pale skins in late winter, before donning a new strapless dress or the first bikini of the season. Today, however, the authors of a new study call the indoor tanning craze “a present and emerging public health… Read more »

Student commentary: NC schools must fight Ebola fears with facts, compassion

November 26, 2014 This commentary, originally published in The News and Observer (Raleigh) on Nov. 19, was written by Dirk Davis, health behavior master’s student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Last week, a Superior Court Judge in Durham ruled that a teenager who had been barred from school for fear that he… Read more »

UNC study finds lower vaccine uptake in states with higher rates of HPV-related cervical cancer

November 26, 2014 This article, written by Christina Izzo, first appeared in Oncology Nursing News on Nov. 12. It is reprinted here with permission. New data have shown that states having higher rates of cervical cancer incidence and mortality also have low HPV vaccination rates among young women. The findings were presented at the American… Read more »

Alumna selected as AARP-RWJF Breakthrough Leader in Nursing

November 24, 2014 AnnMarie Walton, MPH, BSN, doctoral candidate in nursing at University of Utah and Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been selected as one of ten nurses nationwide to receive the new Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award, presented by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP… Read more »

Runyan wins APHA award for distinguished career in injury control

November 19, 2014 Carol Runyan, PhD, adjunct professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and one of the nation’s foremost scholars addressing violence as a public-health problem, was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Association’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Section at… Read more »

Lytle in JAMA commentary: ‘Healthful foods in schools are important tool in fight against obesity’

November 19, 2014 A commentary by Leslie Lytle, PhD, professor and chair of health behavior at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was published online Nov. 17 in JAMA Pediatrics. The article, “Considering the Potential Effect of Federal Policy on Childhood Obesity,” was a response to a paper by Yvonne… Read more »

HB alumna to lead CDC training and development team

Nov. 7, 2014 Rhondette L. Jones, MPH, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been selected as the new leader for the training and development team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, effective Nov. 30. Jones has been a health education specialist in CDC’s capacity-building branch for… Read more »

Eng inducted into Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship

October 20, 2014 Eugenia Eng, DrPH, professor of health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was inducted as an inaugural member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship on Oct. 7, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Eng’s community-based participatory research (CBPR) work is recognized nationally and internationally. Contributions include relevance and measurement of… Read more »

Herrington named executive director of School’s Gillings Global Gateway

October 9, 2014 Jim Herrington, PhD, MPH, has been named executive director of the Gillings Global Gateway (GGG) and Professor of the Practice of health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Herrington holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Texas A&M University, a Master of Public Health degree in health… Read more »