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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 »

Patients who get free meds comply with dosing schedule, as regularly as those who pay

November 10, 2014 Patients receiving free or low-cost medications may not follow their prescriptions perfectly, but they’re not much different than patients who have insurance, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Morris Weinberger, PhD, Vergil N. Slee Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality Management in the Gillings School of… Read more »

HPM students take first prize in NAHSE case competition

October 27, 2014 A three-person team of health policy and management graduate students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were first-prize winners in the 19th annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition, hosted by the National Association of Healthcare Services Executives (NAHSE) at its annual educational conference, held Oct. 14-17 in Detroit…. Read more »

UNC’s Hobbs leads effort to establish DrPH degree program in Africa

Sept. 26, 2014 A UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health health policy and management faculty member and School alumna will lead a Rockefeller Foundation project to develop the first doctoral program in health leadership based in Africa. Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, clinical professor of health policy and management and nutrition at the Gillings School,… Read more »

NIH funds project to examine whether texts, games, Web portals can increase HPV vaccination rates

Sept. 24, 2014 Human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., is known to cause various forms of cancer. Yet most HPV-associated cancers could be prevented with a vaccine that has been available since 2006. Why, then, are parents not eager to immunize their preteens – as they do for measles… Read more »