Health Behavior News

Lightfoot honored by APHA for community-based public health research

November 19, 2015 Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, received the 2015 Tom Bruce Award at a Nov. 3 meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The Community-Based Public Health (CBPH) Caucus, a subgroup within APHA, manages the award. It was established in 2006 to celebrate the work and legacy of Thomas Allen Bruce, MD, who is… Read more »

Study finds sizeable minority of physicians do not strongly endorse HPV vaccine

November 16, 2015 Five UNC researchers are co-authors of a paper published online Oct. 22 by Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The article, titled “Quality of Physician Communication about Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: Findings from a National Survey,” describes vaccine communication practices among primary care physicians. Melissa Gilkey, PhD, is a former postdoctoral fellow with UNC’s… Read more »

New podcast, ‘Public Health Behind the Scenes,’ launched this fall

November 9, 2015 The Gillings Global Gateway™ and the N.C. Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), both housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have collaborated to launch a new podcast called “Public Health Behind the Scenes.” “’Public Health Behind the Scenes’ offers a front-row seat into the exciting field of public health,”… Read more »

Gillings alumnus Wilson launches Zero TB Cities project

November 2, 2015 Michael Wilson was in Dubai last week to launch the Zero TB Cities project. The project aims to end the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic by fighting the disease at the community level in high-burden countries. Zero TB Cities is a companion initiative for the road map laid out in a recent series… Read more »

Three at Gillings School awarded NCI funding to study cancer disparities in African-Americans

October 29, 2015 Three women scientists at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among North Carolina researchers awarded a five-year, $11 million grant by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to understand and work to eliminate cancer disparities for African-Americans in the state. They are Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, research associate professor, and Melissa… Read more »

Retailers express mixed support for wide range of tobacco-related policies

October 19, 2015 Several researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors on a recent study documenting retailer opinions about tobacco control policies at the point of sale. Susan Ennett, PhD, professor and vice chair for academic affairs, Kurt Ribisl, PhD, professor, and H. Luz McNaughton Reyes, PhD, research assistant professor,… Read more »

Community shows heart health through photo research project

October 5, 2015 People in at-risk communities see heart health as more than just physical health according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health that was published Oct. 1 in Preventing Chronic Disease. “The project really illustrated how community members feel about cardiovascular health,” said… Read more »

Student-led fitness program helps UNC staffers to improve health

October 1, 2015 UNC Fitness Breaks is a student- and volunteer-led worksite wellness program for the housekeeping and groundskeeping staffs at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program, which encourages individuals to adopt an active lifestyle, provides 10- to15-minute fitness sessions to help staff members avoid injury by building muscle strength and… Read more »

Seven new Royster Fellows join Gillings School

September 22, 2015 This news story is adapted from the original article by Carolina Chronicle. Each fall, new students bring their unique perspectives to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC Graduate School’s Royster Society of Fellows works to attract exceptionally talented graduate students from around the world to add their points… Read more »

A first step in overhauling cardiovascular risk prediction

September 22, 2015 An editorial published in the September issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes lauded a recent research study for pursuing the challenging task of examining limitations to the current cardiovascular disease (CVD) events risk estimator. Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, is an adjunct professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of… Read more »