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Getting there: What does it take to care for mothers and their babies in remote Ghana?

March 15, 2016 This article, by Mary Lide Parker, was originally posted in Endeavors magazine on March 8. In a small village in southern Ghana, a 29-year-old pregnant woman named Vivian goes into labor at 2 a.m. Her husband is visiting Ghana’s capital city, Accra, over 100 miles away. With no means of transportation, Vivian,… Read more »

GillingsX highlights innovation at school of public health

March 10, 2016 On Wednesday, March 9, five speakers at the annual GillingsX event shared how they apply innovative approaches to the field of public health, both locally and globally. The GillingsX talks, which are similar in format to TED Talks, offer pithy, engaging takes on complex subjects. This year, students and faculty of the… Read more »

Health behavior student co-authors articles on e-cigarettes, tanning bed injuries

March 2, 2016 The public health challenges of e-cigarettes and cancer caused by tanning beds are the subjects of two separate papers co-authored by a doctoral student from the Department of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The student, Andrew Brian Seidenberg, MPH, conducts research on both… Read more »

Four new Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

February 29, 2016 Four teams of researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded new funding for Gillings Innovation Labs (GILs), beginning this spring. The GIL awards offer faculty members support to advance their innovative research and more quickly translate scientific findings into workable solutions in local and global communities…. Read more »

HB alumnus named dean of communication at University of Texas

February 29, 2016 Jay Bernhardt, PhD, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed dean of University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication, effective March 1. He has served as interim dean since Sept. 1, 2015. Bernhardt joined the faculty of UT-Austin in 2014 to serve as founding… Read more »

Gillings School recognizes outstanding teachers with Innovation Awards

February 23, 2016 The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in Armfield Atrium on Feb. 22 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit – who were presented with UNC Gillings’ fifth annual Teaching Innovation Awards. The 2016 awardees are Geni Eng, DrPH, professor of health… Read more »

Former US Assistant Surgeon General guides the Gillings School toward a ‘culture of health’

February 13, 2016 “Every day, you should take your dog for a long walk – even if you don’t have a dog!” says Penny Slade-Sawyer, with a grin. Slade-Sawyer, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, former assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former director… Read more »

Peers for Progress launches rebranded resource hub

February 11, 2016 Peers for Progress believes that ongoing peer support can be a key factor in managing health. The organization hosts a website that is the go-to source for cutting edge content, program materials and research briefs related to peer support. “When Peers for Progress was launched in 2008, our vision was to create… Read more »

Moss, postdoctoral fellow, receives Outstanding Dissertation Award for work with HPV vaccine

February 5, 2016 Jennifer L. Moss, PhD, has been selected to receive the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM’s) Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2016. Moss is a 2015 graduate of the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Now a cancer prevention fellow with the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Research Program,… Read more »

Gillings School researchers join US cancer centers in endorsement of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention

January 27, 2016 UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined 68 other National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers across the U.S. in calling for increasing the rates of vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV). The institutions collectively recognize insufficient HPV vaccination as a public health threat and call upon the nation’s physicians, parents and young… Read more »