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Chen to represent Gillings School as 2016 Point Scholar

June 28, 2016 The Point Foundation, the largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students, has announced its 2016 Scholars. May Chen, doctoral student of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the Janssen Therapeutics Point Scholar. Chen is one of 22 students hailing… Read more »

Weight gain prevention program shows some success in modifying weight-related behaviors among community college students

June 27, 2016 A two-year, technology-based intervention to prevent weight gain among young adults in community college effectively reduced consumption of fast food and improved overall weight-related behavioral patterns. The intervention was less effective in changing specific behaviors, including physical activity and sleep. These findings and more are the results of the Choosing Healthy Options… Read more »

Lightfoot selected for Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

June 23, 2016 Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, research assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 10 faculty members at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill selected for the sixth class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. The scholars will develop projects in partnership with community… Read more »

Few adults aware of chemicals in cigarettes, study finds

June 22, 2016 Adults in the United States have little awareness of the chemical components of cigarette smoke, though many of them report having looked for information about the composition of tobacco products. In a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggest that… Read more »

Cancer survivors with negative attitudes about social support may have lower quality of life

June 15, 2016 Cancer survivors who have been treated with stem cell transplants generally need to rely on their partner, family, friends and others for a successful recovery. Some survivors have negative attitudes about using their social network, however, and that reluctance may be decreasing their quality of life. These negative attitudes, collectively referred to… Read more »

Study examines peer support narratives written by cancer survivors for patients currently undergoing treatment

June 8, 2016 A new study by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may guide the development of methods that will help caregivers and peer counselors provide effective advice to patients undergoing an arduous cancer treatment without undermining the patients’ coping efforts or worsening their emotional distress. Yael Symes, MSPH, doctoral… Read more »

Pictures on cigarette packs, warning of smoking dangers, increased quit attempts among smokers

June 6, 2016 Affixing pictures on cigarette packs to illustrate the dangers of smoking increased attempts by smokers to quit, according to the findings of a University of North Carolina study published online June 6 by JAMA Internal Medicine. Reducing smoking is a top public health priority because it is a leading cause of preventable… Read more »

Study finds broad support for increasing legal age of tobacco sales

June 1, 2016 A national survey conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University has found strong support in all regions of the United States for raising the legal age of tobacco sales. Joseph G.L. Lee, PhD, alumnus of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »

Jed Hinkley: Serving the people of northeastern North Carolina

May 27, 2016 Jed Hinkley, MPH, is the “go-to” person if you want to talk about healthy food access in northeastern North Carolina. As the healthy foods coordinator for Albemarle Regional Health Services, working with the Partnerships to Improve Community Health grant, Hinkley promotes equitable access to food. His efforts include initiatives that increase the… Read more »

Eight Gillings students awarded global internships

May 25, 2016 This year, eight students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were awarded global internships administered by the Gillings Global GatewayTM. The student recipients are: FHI 360-UNC Public Health Fellowship Dominika Fiolna, health policy and management Rebecca Hershow, health behavior Hannah Silverstein, maternal and child health IntraHealth International Summer Fellows… Read more »