Health Behavior News

“Peers for Progress” awards grants to support diabetes peer support research

April 07, 2009 Dr. Ed Fisher Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation led by Edwin B. Fisher, PhD, professor in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has announced grants totaling $7 million to diabetes researchers on six continents. The grants, distributed over 12… Read more »

Compton Fellowships fund students’ service in Uganda and Sierra Leone

  April 06, 2009 Kennedy Maring Lojuan Kennedy Maring, master’s student in health behavior and health education, has been selected to receive a $10,000 PRB Compton Fellowship award for an internship this summer in Masindi, Uganda. “I would not say my journey has been incredible,” Maring says, but others would beg to differ. Born in… Read more »

Parents learn about HPV vaccine mostly from drug company ads, study says

  February 25, 2009 Dr. Noel Brewer Parents and other caretakers of young women learned about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine primarily from advertisements sponsored by the pharmaceutical company that makes the vaccine, a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows. Noel Brewer, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior and health… Read more »

Public health certification exam to be offered in August

February 05, 2009 Public health students and alumni may register until May 31 for the second annual Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, which is scheduled for Aug. 8-29. The CPH assessment is prepared, administered and evaluated by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), an independent organization formed in 2005 to help ensure… Read more »

Building health equity is topic of UNC’s 30th Minority Health Conference

February 05, 2009 The role of internet-based programs and training to improve health education and training for training peer educators and community health workers will be the topic of the 30th annual Minority Health Conference, sponsored by the Minority Student Caucus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Public health students work to enroll more needy residents in food stamp program

January 23, 2009 (L-R) Evans, McDougal and Baldwin get together in the School’s atrium. Graduate students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have offered advice to the Durham Co. (N.C.) Board of Social Services about ways to increase food aid to eligible residents in the county. The students include Kat McDougal and… Read more »

NCIPH receives grant to evaluate quality improvement training for local health departments

January 15, 2009 The North Carolina Institute for Public Health’s Evaluation Services unit has received a $374,864 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to evaluate the effectiveness of quality improvement training programs for local health departments. The training is provided by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Dr. Mary Davis… Read more »

Grant, community activist, to speak at School’s 2009 commencement

January 12, 2009 Gary R. Grant Gary R. Grant, executive director of Concerned Citizens of Tillery (N.C.), will speak at the spring commencement ceremony for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Concerned Citizens of Tillery is a grassroots activist organization formed in the 1990s in response to industrial hog-farming in eastern North… Read more »

Roytburd makes top score on health education exam

January 08, 2009 Katya Roytburd Katya Roytburd, MPH, has received the highest score in the nation on this fall’s administration of the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Roytburd, project manager of a colorectal cancer screening study at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, received her master’s degree from the Department of Health Behavior and Health… Read more »

2008 Kerr Award honors student working to prevent domestic violence

  Second-year MPH student Leah Perkinson is the 2008 winner of the Kathryn J. Kerr Memorial Scholarship. This award recognizes a second year master’s student with a demonstrated commitment to community health education practice. “I am thrilled about it,” commented Perkinson. “It’s such an honor to be nominated for and receive the award.” For more… Read more »