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Local health department staffing, services contribute to reduction in infant mortality rate, study finds

March 5, 2015 A clear relationship exists between full-time equivalent staffing, the provision of services for women and children, and a reduction of between 1 to 2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in North Carolina, according to a paper published online Feb. 17 in the American Journal of Public Health. Anna Schenck, PhD, director… Read more »

Parks, PHLP alumnus, receives Ron Levine Award for service to North Carolina

February 24, 2015 Jerry Parks, MPH, health director for Albemarle (N.C.) Regional Health Services and alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, was awarded the 2015 Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award at the annual State Health Director’s meeting on Jan. 22 in Raleigh, N.C. Named for former North Carolina State Health Director Dr…. Read more »

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 »

CDC’s Workplace Health Research Network launched at UNC

February 9, 2015 Researchers from six research universities across the country gathered in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 5 and 6 to launch the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN) and conduct health research focused on the work environment, where the majority of Americans spend most of their time. The… Read more »

Fast-food labeling that ties eating to exercise may be a weapon against childhood obesity, study finds

February 9, 2015 A new study by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that parents ordering fast-food meals for their children were more likely to order meals with fewer calories and encourage exercise when product labeling tied calorie intake to the amount of exercise needed to burn those calories. The… Read more »

NCIPH grant aimed at helping consumers make healthier food choices in hospitals and grocery stores

December 5, 2014 The N.C. Institute for Public Health, part of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, recently won a $135,000 award from the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) to identify and assess marketing strategies… Read more »

Maternal and child health leadership institute offers essential leadership training

August 24, 2014 Effective leadership is crucial to successful public health infrastructure, as professionals enrolled in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute have discovered. The institute, a year-long, intensive senior-level training program funded through the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, recently has completed its first… Read more »

Calleson, teacher, friend, courageous pilgrim, dies too soon

August 23, 2014 A celebration of life for Diane Calleson will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m., at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, N.C. Jerry Calleson writes: We will begin in the sanctuary for a time of sharing and remembrance and then move next door to the Ruffin House to mingle informally…. Read more »

Web-based and live counseling programs can reduce patients’ risk for heart disease

May 26, 2014 Web-based and live counseling programs effectively can reduce risk of heart disease for patients at high risk for the disease, and Web-based programs are particularly cost-effective, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The work, published online May 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine, adds to a growing… Read more »