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NC Institute for Public Health News

N.C. Institute for Public Health instrumental in new effort to improve public health strategies

February 02, 2007 North Carolina is one of 10 states selected to lead a national effort aimed at improving the quality of public health strategies, the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has announced. Each of the chosen states was awarded a grant of up to $150,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)…. Read more »

The evolution of the School’s annual Minority Health Conference

  December 13, 2006 “A large part of public health is bringing your knowledge to the public, so having the experience of planning something major like this is great,” says LaToya White, one of the co-chairs of the 2007 Minority Health Conference, to be held February 23 at the UNC William and Ida Friday Center… Read more »

Public Health Grand Rounds discusses how to prepare for pandemic influenza

CHAPEL HILL – Public health experts are predicting that the impact of pandemic influenza will be felt in every community by every citizen. Hospitals will be overwhelmed and pharmaceutical interventions will be in short supply. Critical infrastructure such as transportation, commerce, utilities, and public safety will be disrupted. On Friday, September 29, a program of… Read more »

Special journal issue devoted to Management Academy for Public Health

September 14, 2006 The combination of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health’s experiences with health departments and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s approach to business principles applied to non-business settings, is the subject of a special issue of the September/October Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.   MAPH special issue of Journal of Public… Read more »

Study to compare effect of public health worker skills with local health department capacity

September 14, 2006 In an effort to understand better what factors influence a well- performing local public health agency, the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina was awarded a one-year, $102,500 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The study, to be conducted at the North Carolina Institute for Public… Read more »

UNC preparedness experts help train avian flu responders around the world

July 25, 2006 Jen Horney, NCCPHP Assistant Director BANGKOK, Thailand – The way health officials respond when the first cases of avian flu are reported in their countries could mean the difference between a few contained cases and the start of a widespread outbreak. To help health officials prepare to respond as efficiently as possible,… Read more »

Tilson selected for APHA’s Frost Award

July 18, 2006 Hugh Tilson Hugh Tilson, MD, MPH, DrPH, professor in the Public Health Leadership Program, has been selected to receive the 2006 Wade Hampton Frost Award by the epidemiology section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Tilson will accept the award at APHA’s 134th annual meeting on November 6 in Boston, where… Read more »

Laws covering public health crises to be reviewed in NCIPH program

  July 07, 2006 Ed Baker, NCIPH Director Should “Good Samaritan” laws that protect individuals be extended to cover businesses and nonprofit organizations that also help those in jeopardy during a crisis? That’s one question that experts gathered together by the North Carolina Institute for Public Health will consider in a new program to examine… Read more »

Outreach after Katrina

  March 24, 2006 After Hurricane Katrina, the UNC School of Public Health rallied to help its Southern neighbors. Students, staff, faculty and alumni raised more than $12,670 for the American Red Cross’ relief efforts in the area. Additionally, the School provided shelter and study opportunities for 21 displaced Tulane University students — 13 residential… Read more »

Incubator projects help counties share ideas, resources to improve public health

March 24, 2006 Northampton High School students Tobacco is banned on school campuses in four North Carolina counties, thanks to programs started by local health departments who shared their ideas and pooled their resources to develop an anti-smoking campaign for youth in their areas. The “Touch No Tobacco (TNT)” initiative was a cooperative effort undertaken… Read more »