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Health Policy and Management News

Herrington, astronaut and educator, to speak at Gillings School commencement

February 15, 2015 Astronaut and education advocate John B. Herrington, PhD, Commander in the U.S. Navy (retired), will provide the commencement address to graduates of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The ceremony will be held at Carmichael Arena on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m. Herrington,… Read more »

Faculty members recognized for innovative teaching at annual ‘Celebration Teaching!’ event

February 12, 2015 Eight members of the faculty at the Gillings School of Global Public Health – one from each academic unit at the School – were honored at a ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event on Feb. 11 and presented with the School’s fourth annual Teaching Innovation Awards. The awardees are Lori Evarts, MPH, clinical assistant professor… Read more »

HPM undergraduate team recognized by Clinton Global Initiative University

February 3, 2015 A team of health policy and management undergraduate students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health was recognized recently by the Clinton Global Initiative University for providing an innovative solution to a pressing public health challenge. In fall 2014, the team – Randi Towns, Ashley Jones, Yasamin Sanii and Emily… Read more »

Children’s oral health video wins national contest

February 3, 2015 A video highlighting early childhood oral health research funded by the National Institutes of Health and conducted by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has won first place in the 2014 Power of Oral Health Research Video Contest, sponsored by Friends of the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research… Read more »

Two from Gillings School honored for teaching excellence

January 29, 2015 Two faculty members at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were recognized recently for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate students at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Susan Ennett, PhD, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Gillings School’s health behavior department, and Karl Umble,… Read more »

Alumna Koonin appointed acting director of CDC influenza coordination unit

January 20, 2015 Lisa M. Koonin, DrPH, adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed acting director of the Influenza Coordination Unit (ICU) in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Infectious Diseases, effective Jan. 25. Since 2007, Koonin has served… Read more »

HPM alumna appointed Hawaii’s DHS director

December 11, 2014 Gillings School alumna Rachael Wong, DrPH, has been appointed director of Hawaii’s Department of Human Services, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Her appointment was announced Dec. 3 by Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige. Wong most recently has served as vice president and chief operating officer of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, where she leads… Read more »

Oberlander’s NEJM commentary: Supreme Court holds power to undo Affordable Care Act

December 10, 2014 The Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010 as part of the most significant reorganization of the U.S. health-care system since Medicare’s introduction in 1965. Its supporters saw it as a way to provide access to health care for nearly 47 million uninsured, to allow… Read more »

BSPH students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

November 19, 2014 Fourteen of the 148 undergraduates admitted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. A student who… Read more »

Review informs design for smoking cessation interventions for LGBT people

November 18, 2014 Tobacco use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. is 68 percent higher than among heterosexuals. Little published work has addressed how to best promote smoking-cessation efforts targeting LGBT people, but unpublished community-led programs have important lessons for designing interventions. Clinical treatments such as counseling and nicotine replacement… Read more »