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Health Policy and Management News

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 »

Activity trackers offer insight into symptoms of bone marrow transplant patients

November 24, 2015 A recent study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that activity trackers (e.g. Fitbits) may be a valuable tool for assessing patient symptom burden in clinical research. Co-authors from the UNC Gillings School include lead author Antonia Bennett, PhD, research assistant professor, second author Bryce… Read more »

Phi Beta Kappa welcomes ten from Gillings School

November 11, 2015 Ten students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been inducted as new members of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest college honorary society in the United States. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates who meet strict eligibility requirements. Fewer than one percent of all college students qualify…. Read more »

New podcast, ‘Public Health Behind the Scenes,’ launched this fall

November 9, 2015 The Gillings Global Gateway™ and the N.C. Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), both housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have collaborated to launch a new podcast called “Public Health Behind the Scenes.” “’Public Health Behind the Scenes’ offers a front-row seat into the exciting field of public health,”… Read more »

Lee analyzes impact of electronic health records upon hospital performance

October 19, 2015 In February 2009, Congress enacted the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology. Five years into the program, a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health professor conducted a study… Read more »

Study finds racial, ethnic disparities in dental caries among NC kindergarten students

October 19, 2015 In a new study, a faculty member and an alumna of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health examined racial and ethnic disparities in dental caries, commonly known as “cavities,” among kindergarten students in North Carolina as well as the cross-level effects between students’ race and ethnicity and their school’s poverty… Read more »

Dilworth-Anderson, expert on aging, to join Global Council on Brain Health

October 14, 2015 Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited to serve a two-year term on the governance committee of the new Global Council on Brain Health convened by AARP and AgeUK (the United Kingdom’s largest charity dedicated to making the… Read more »