NC Institute for Public Health News

Button Chair on display

The Button Chair was created in 1998 as a tribute to all women – as well as their families, friends and support networks – who have battled breast cancer in North Carolina. Every button represents a unique story of courage and strength, each having belonged to a breast cancer survivor or someone who lost their… Read more »

Taking time to celebrate Public Health

L-R, Anna Schenck, Laura Gerald, and Dr. Sandra Greene, Professor of the Practice of Health Policy Sometimes, public health practice is a little like the electrical grid or the landing gear on an airplane – people don’t think much about it until it’s not there. They take for granted that water will be clean and… Read more »

School faculty members take lead in reporting America’s Health Rankings

December 14, 2012   Faculty members at Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill were instrumental advisers in the development and review of the recently released 2012 America’s Health Rankings®. First offered in 1990, the rankings analyze and report on the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis.United… Read more »

Town hall meeting on the future of public health education

Donna Petersen A town hall meeting on “Framing the Future: The Second 100 Years of Education for Public Health” will be held at the Gillings School of Global Public Health on Monday, December 3, 2012. Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS, will conduct the meeting. She is the dean of the University of South Florida College… Read more »

Bill Friday, UNC president emeritus, dies at 92

October 15, 2012 William Clyde Friday, JD, who served as president of the University of North Carolina from 1956 to 1986, died on University Day, Oct. 12. He was 92. So many will miss his loyalty to the state and University he loved, as well as his wit, compassion and ever-centered sense of justice.Mr. Friday… Read more »

Public Health Grand Rounds presentation on preventing falls, traumatic brain injury in older adults

As the U.S. population ages, the problem of older adult falls is expected to increase. Falls can result in serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. On September 25, Public Health Grand Rounds presented a Webcast about innovative, evidence-based programs to prevent falls. Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are telling. Each… Read more »

Grant to help North Carolina improve public health service quality nationwide

Chapel Hill, NC – North Carolina received a $449,590 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to improve the quality of public health and prepare for national public health accreditation. The grant will be administered by the University of North Carolina School of Public Health’s service arm, the N.C. Institute for Public Health. The… Read more »

Management Academy teams continue to make things happen

Paula Black, a personal health services administrator in North Carolina’s Gaston County Health Department, emailed us recently. “The Highland Health Center is right on schedule–we are currently finalizing the clinic designs with the architects and beginning to get a few quotes for large equipment. We anticipate our Grand Opening summer 2010.” Black was a member… Read more »

Public Health Academy welcomes new staff member

Paula Dickson joined the North Carolina Public Health Academy as AHEC research associate in August. She comes to the Academy with over ten years experience in public health education and continuous quality improvement. Prior to joining the Academy, Dickson worked for the Carolina’s Center for Medical Excellence and the West Virginia Medical Institute where she… Read more »

School celebrates National Public Health Week

March 29, 2012 Since 1995, the American Public Health Association (APHA) has designated the first full week of April as National Public Health Week, developing campaigns to educate the public, policy makers and practitioners about issues related to a given theme. With the recent release of the National Prevention Strategy, APHA staff members decided this… Read more »