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Health Policy and Management News

Health Policy and Administration Faculty Member Named Journal Editor

October 31, 2006 Photograph of Dr. Thomas Ricketts UNC School of Public Health professor Thomas Ricketts III has been named editor of the North Carolina Medical Journal. Ricketts had been associate editor for the past four years. Dr. Ricketts, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration, is also director of the North Carolina… Read more »

Health Policy and Administration graduate students take third place in national competition

October 27, 2006 Photograph of Robin Hunt, Jessica Thompson and April Clark Three graduate students in the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Administration took third place recently in a national healthcare competition sponsored by the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). April Clark, Robin Hunt and Jessica Thompson competed against… Read more »

School’s Disaster Management Director Led Mississippi’s Animal Rescue Efforts Post-Katrina

Bill Gentry knew he’d be helping rescue dogs, cats, horses, and some cattle as the coordinator for volunteer animal rescue in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. He also wound up helping rescue donkeys, rabbits, iguanas, chickens, geese and ducks as well. But alligators? “I’m not sure where the two alligators came from,” said Gentry, a veteran… Read more »

Dr. Mebane Named New Assistant Dean in School of Public Health

Felicia Mebane, PhD, assistant professor in the Health Policy and Administration department, was named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Public Health. Dr. Mebane joined the School in July 2001. Her research focuses on how journalists report on health policy issues. Currently, she teaches two graduate-level courses and will continue to teach… Read more »

HPAA Professor Provides Displaced Physician Data about Recent Hurricanes

Hurricane Katrina and the city-swamping floods that drowned New Orleans and surrounding areas in a toxic gumbo appear to have dislocated up to 5,944 active, patient-care physicians, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows. That is the largest single displacement of doctors in U.S. history, and Hurricane Rita over the weekend… Read more »

Dr. Rebecca Wells joins Health Policy and Administration Department

(Chapel Hill, NC) — Rebecca Wells, PhD, MHSA, has joined the faculty of the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Administration as an assistant professor. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Wells was an assistant professor of health policy and administration at Penn State University, where she was a member of the faculty… Read more »

First “Service in Action” Award Recipients Named

  (Chapel Hill, NC) — The Department of Health Policy and Administration in the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health named the first recipients of its “Service in Action” award for significant contributions made in 2005 in community preparedness and disaster management. The award recognizes individuals who made a significant difference in the… Read more »

Wells Awarded Thompson Prize for Young Researchers

Rebecca Wells, PhD, assistant professor, has been awarded the prestigious Thompson Prize for Young Researchers by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).   Dr. Rebecca Wells Dr. Rebecca Wells The John D. Thompson Prize recognizes young investigators based on their contributions to the research literature in the field of health services. Wells’s… Read more »

DrPH Program Thrives Online

(Chapel Hill, NC) — Can an accredited doctorate program from an established and respected public university be taught almost entirely online? Faculty and staff in the School of Public Health’s Health Policy and Administration department at the University of North Carolina think so. The Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH) is halfway through its first… Read more »

HPAA Alumni Receive Two Awards

  S. Robert Hernandez, DrPH has been named the 2006 recipient of the Filerman Prize for Innovation in Health Services Management Education by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). The prize recognizes individuals from AUPH member programs who have made outstanding contributions to the field of healthcare management education. Michelle Mello, JD,… Read more »