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Health Policy and Management News

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

(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 »

  (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 »

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 »

(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 »

  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 »

HPAA professor Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD has received the 2006 Gerontological Society of America’s Task Force on Minority Issues Mentor Award. The award recognizes individuals who have exemplified dedication and commitment to mentoring minority researchers in the field of aging.