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Health Policy and Management News

‘Tips from Former Smokers’ ads connect more than half a million people to tobacco cessation resources

February 19, 2016 The question: How effective was the “Tips From Former Smokers” (Tips) television campaign at driving traffic to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Tips campaign website? The answer: The Tips television spots that aired from March 4 to June 21, 2013 – during the second year of the federally funded… Read more »

Bentley, Silberman selected for Greenberg, Barr awards

February 16, 2016 Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, and Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH, will receive the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s prestigious Greenberg and Barr awards at a ceremony preceding the 48th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing… 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 »

Department of Health Policy and Management caps off 18 months of education achievements

January 29, 2016 The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the CAHME/Cerner Award for Excellence in Healthcare Management Systems Education. The award, co-presented by Cerner and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), is the first… Read more »

Gillings School researchers engaged in NCI grant to address cancer disparities

January 21, 2016 Two three-year funding awards from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will bolster work by the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to address disparities in cancer incidence and mortality in North Carolina and across a three-state region. A three-year grant of $339,909 will support collaboration between UNC Lineberger and the Medical University of… Read more »

Gillings School student, alumnus among first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars

January 11, 2016 The two UNC recipients of the inaugural Schwarzman Scholars program award both represent the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Larry Han, a senior, and Max Seunik, a 2015 alumnus, have been awarded the elite China-based scholarship, which is modeled after the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and founded by American financier and Blackstone… Read more »

Outreach by Gillings students brings holiday cheer

December 15, 2015 Students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health recently coordinated three separate drives to promote holiday spirit in the local community. In mid-November, the School’s student government and the Department of Health Policy and Management student council collaborated on a food drive. Project leaders spurred a friendly competition among the… Read more »

Earlier use of hospice can lower costs, improve care of Medicare patients

While nearly half of terminally ill Medicare patients use the program’s end of life hospice benefit, a new study found that many of these patients may receive better and more cost effective care if they opt for hospice sooner once it has been deemed appropriate. The study, titled “Hospice Use, Hospitalization, and Medicare Spending at… Read more »

Health Policy Management has impressive CAHME assessment

December 9, 2015 Reviewers from the Commission on the Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME) visited the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management Nov. 18-20 and found the department’s Master of Healthcare Administration degree fully compliant with 33 of CAHME’s 35 accreditation criteria and partially compliant with the remaining… Read more »

Cancer patient symptom surveys linked to reduced ER visits, improved survival and quality of life

December 7, 2015 Systematic collection of cancer patients’ symptoms using computer surveys was linked to less frequent emergency room admissions, longer average chemotherapy adherence, greater quality of life improvements, and improved survival, according to a new randomized, controlled trial spearheaded by a researcher at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The first-in-kind study,… Read more »