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Fulbright Fellow Kumar builds expertise in ‘people’s participation’ approach to public health

May 3, 2016 For Anant Kumar, PhD, the last eight months at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been an entirely new experience. Kumar, who is an associate professor of rural management at the Xavier Institute of Social Service in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship… Read more »

JAMA Study: Two specific methods prevented weight gain in young adults for three years

A new study co-authored by a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill researcher found two specific diet and exercise strategies prevented weight gain and obesity among young adults over a sustained three-year period. The multi-site study, which appears in the latest issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, focused on young adults between the 18 and 34… Read more »

Theater-based intervention boosts adolescent knowledge of HIV, study finds

April 27, 2016 The results of a new study show that a theater-based comprehensive sexual health intervention was effective at enhancing HIV awareness among high school students in both North Carolina and California. The intervention, called AMP! (Arts-based, Multiple component, Peer-education), was developed in 2010 as an arts education tool, and has since been redesigned… Read more »

Two from Gillings School elected as delegates to UNC Employee Forum

April 15, 2016 Two staff members from the Gillings School of Global Public Health have been elected to the UNC Employee Forum. As staff delegates, Bryan Andregg and Natiaya Neal will work to improve the quality of life for staff, students and faculty at the University. The Employee Forum website describes the group’s mission, which… Read more »

Community-academic research partnership analyzes focus groups to examine race-specific inequities in cancer treatment

April 7, 2016 A recent publication co-authored by two researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health shares lessons learned from a focus group analysis that examined inequities in cancer treatment. Geni Eng, DrPH, professor, and Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, research assistant professor, both teach in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings… Read more »

Dean Rimer on Vice President Biden’s Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Blue Ribbon Panel

April 4, 2016 Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, Alumni Distinguished Professor and dean of the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named a member of a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts, cancer leaders and patient advocates that will inform the scientific direction and goals at the National Cancer Institute… Read more »

Two UNC Gillings students selected as Innovation Next award finalists

Two students from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among the finalists for the 2016 “Innovation Next” project, an award that includes $80,000 in development funds and the opportunity to work the renowned global design company IDEO to refine and execute their proposal. Created by a grant by the U.S. Health and Human… Read more »

Minority Health Conference committee recognized with UNC Diversity Award

March 29, 2016 The Minority Health Conference committee, part of the Minority Student Caucus, which is housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received one of the Eighth Annual University of North Carolina Diversity Awards, in the “student organization” category. The awards recognize individuals and groups who have invested time and… Read more »

Seven from Gillings School receive Impact Awards; fellowships presented to other public health scholars

March 23, 2016 Students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health earned seven of the 17 Impact Awards presented by the Graduate School in 2016. The awards, made possible by the Graduate Education Advancement Board, recognize graduate students for outstanding contributions to the state of North Carolina. The seven public health Impact Award… Read more »

Gillings health behavior researchers study HIV testing, intimate partner violence in Tanzania

March 23, 2016 HIV testing and intimate partner violence are the public health issues that Marta Mulawa, a doctoral candidate of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, targeted in two recently-published papers. Mulawa based both articles on data from a Tanzania-based study led by her adviser Suzanne Maman, PhD, associate… Read more »