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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 »

Perreira to receive Graham Faculty Service Award on University Day

Sept. 26, 2014 Krista Perreira, PhD, adjunct professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s departments of maternal and child health and health behavior, will accept the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award at a ceremony on University Day, Oct. 12. The Edward Kidder Graham Award recognizes… Read more »

Study considers how to increase health care enrollment for NC’s immigrants

Sept. 13, 2014 Sixty-one percent of immigrants in North Carolina have no health insurance coverage, yet the average monthly premium for insurance available through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace is within the price range many immigrants thought would be affordable for themselves or their families, according to a new report from the University… Read more »

UNC partners with CDC to reduce violent deaths, injuries nationwide

Sept. 13, 2014 Each year, violence and unintentional injuries kill more Americans ages 1 to 44 years than any other cause. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counts on researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to help prevent some of these injuries and fatalities. The CDC’s National Center for Injury… Read more »

Ribisl co-authors American Heart Association policy statement on e-cigarettes

Sept. 11, 2014 A policy statement newly released by the American Heart Association (AHA) says that electronic cigarettes, although safer than conventional cigarettes, pose a number of risks. The statement calls for continued monitoring of the health effects of electronic cigarettes, with special attention given to youth and adolescents. The AHA policy statement, published Aug…. Read more »

UNC researchers investigate the unknowns of e-cigarettes

August 8, 2014 In an Aug. 7 article in Endeavors, Susan Hardy asks the question of the hour: To vape or not to vape? Her article, which draws on the work of health behavior professor Kurt Ribisl, PhD, and health behavior postdoctoral fellow Jessica Pepper, PhD, is partially reprinted below and is available in its… Read more »

School’s Alumni Board announces new members

July 21, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association announced new members of its governing board recently, including a new president, Amy Lansky, PhD. The board represents the nearly 18,000 alumni of the School, meeting quarterly with the School’s leaders to address issues of importance to alumni and current students and… Read more »

Linnan to study workplace health in McDowell County

July 10, 2014 A partnership with North Carolina’s McDowell County will enable Laura Linnan, ScD, professor of health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, and director of the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH), to study workplace health in the county. In collaboration with the McDowell County Health Coalition’s… Read more »

Nezami wins Gillings Dissertation Award

July 9, 2014 Brooke Nezami, doctoral candidate in health behavior, has received the 2014 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize funded through the Gillings gift. Nezami’s dissertation, “Healthy Weight Behaviors and Weight Change in Parents and Children Ages 3-5,” focuses on the prevention of childhood obesity through a family-based approach. Nezami will use an intervention… Read more »