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Health Policy and Management News

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 »

Leatherman to be lead adviser to new WHO unit on quality and universal health care

December 1, 2015 Sheila Leatherman, research professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named lead adviser for a new unit on universal health coverage and quality in the World Health Organization’s Department of Service Delivery and Safety. The new unit will provide support to countries… Read more »

Study explores supply-side options to increase access to state psychiatric hospital beds

December 1, 2015 When patients with mental health needs cannot be properly treated through outpatient or general hospital care, state psychiatric hospitals act as the ultimate safety net. These state facilities are specifically designed and staffed to care for people with severe mental illness. Such hospitals can competently see patients through immediate crises as well… Read more »