Health Policy and Management News

Activity trackers offer insight into symptoms of bone marrow transplant patients

November 24, 2015 A recent study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that activity trackers (e.g. Fitbits) may be a valuable tool for assessing patient symptom burden in clinical research. Co-authors from the UNC Gillings School include lead author Antonia Bennett, PhD, research assistant professor, second author Bryce… Read more »

Phi Beta Kappa welcomes ten from Gillings School

November 11, 2015 Ten students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been inducted as new members of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest college honorary society in the United States. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates who meet strict eligibility requirements. Fewer than one percent of all college students qualify…. 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 »

Lee analyzes impact of electronic health records upon hospital performance

October 19, 2015 In February 2009, Congress enacted the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology. Five years into the program, a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health professor conducted a study… Read more »

Study finds racial, ethnic disparities in dental caries among NC kindergarten students

October 19, 2015 In a new study, a faculty member and an alumna of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health examined racial and ethnic disparities in dental caries, commonly known as “cavities,” among kindergarten students in North Carolina as well as the cross-level effects between students’ race and ethnicity and their school’s poverty… Read more »

Dilworth-Anderson, expert on aging, to join Global Council on Brain Health

October 14, 2015 Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited to serve a two-year term on the governance committee of the new Global Council on Brain Health convened by AARP and AgeUK (the United Kingdom’s largest charity dedicated to making the… Read more »

Children with severe obesity may be at higher risk for heart disease and diabetes

October 13, 2015 More than 3 million children in the United States who are severely obese may be at a higher risk for developing heart disease and diabetes than are overweight children, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study, published Oct…. Read more »

Action items address opportunities, challenges in global noncommunicable disease research

October 9, 2015 Two out of three deaths worldwide are attributable to noncommunicable diseases (NCD). No country is unaffected by this class of illness, which presents an unprecedented global health challenge. Lindsay Jaacks, PhD, alumna of the Department of Nutrition, and Racquel Kelly Kohler, PhD, alumna of the Department of Health Policy and Management, both… Read more »

Rural hospitals in states that did not expand Medicaid may face financial vulnerability

October 6, 2015 Policy makers may need to formulate strategies for maintaining access to care for rural populations in Medicaid nonexpansion states, finds a new study by three researchers associated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study appears in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. Kristin L. Reiter, PhD, is… Read more »

NIH funds UNC for pediatric patient-reported outcomes consortium

September 28, 2015 Bryce Reeve, PhD, professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, has received a $2,936,800, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of its Pediatric Patient-Reported Outcomes in Chronic Disease (PEPR) Consortium. The grant is shared with Duke University where Laura Schanberg, MD, is the co-P.I. According to NIH,… Read more »