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HB alumnus Bernhardt to lead new health communication center at University of Texas

March 20, 2014 Jay M. Bernhardt, PhD, former director of the National Center for Health Marketing at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and alumnus of UNC’s public health school, has been named founding director of The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication’s new Center for Health Communication, effective July… Read more »

Eight faculty members selected as innovative teachers at ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event

March 3, 2014 The Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in the Armfield Atrium on Feb. 24 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit at the School – who were selected by their students to receive the School’s third annual Teaching Innovation Awards. Awardees included Steve Cole, PhD  (epidemiology),… Read more »

NHLBI’s newly-released ‘Data Book’ outlines Hispanic, Latino health and lifestyle habits

Feb. 25, 2014 A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of adults from a range of Hispanic and Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors and lifestyle habits. Data were derived from the… Read more »

Healthy Aging Summit draws global experts to discuss issues related to an aging population

Feb. 17, 2014 The Gillings School of Global Public Health’s inaugural “Healthy Aging in Place through Technology” summit was held Feb. 10 at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, N.C. More than a year in the planning, the conference brought together experts from around the world to share their research and perspectives on the… Read more »

President’s Cancer Panel issues urgent call to action to increase HPV vaccination

Feb. 10, 2014 Achieving widespread HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination is one of the most profound opportunities for cancer prevention, according to a report released Feb. 10 by the President’s Cancer Panel.  The panel is chaired by Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor of health behavior at The University of North Carolina at… Read more »

Frequent smoking in gay and lesbian movies may help LGBTs take up the habit

Jan. 6, 2014 The ways LGBT people are portrayed in the movies may contribute to higher rates of tobacco smoking among lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study finds. Led by Joseph Lee, MPH, health behavior doctoral student at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Children’s movies send mixed messages about eating habits and obesity

Dec. 10, 2013 Two Gillings School of Global Public Health alumnae, now working in the UNC School of Medicine, have found that many recent popular children’s movies feature content involving some characters who have unhealthy eating behaviors and others who stigmatize them for being overweight or obese. The study, led by Eliana M. Perrin, MD,… Read more »

Powell Hammond honored with Minority Leadership Development Program award

Dec. 9, 2013 Wizdom Powell Hammond, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as a Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program awardee. The program, piloted in 2010, aims to enhance leadership development of junior minority researchers committed to improving service to the underserved… Read more »

FDA, NIH award $20M grant to create UNC Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communications

Sept. 19, 2013   Although cigarette use has declined among Americans, regulators face the challenge of communicating the dangers of new tobacco products along with reaching smokers in diverse communities who may not respond to traditional forms of anti-tobacco communication. To address these issues, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes… Read more »

Survey of adolescent males and their parents shows low HPV vaccination rates

Aug. 27, 2013 Encouraging physicians to recommend human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to adolescent boys and their parents – and educating the boys and their families about the importance of receiving the vaccine – are essential to reducing the cancers this virus can cause.   Only a small minority of adolescent boys in the United States… Read more »