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Case study describes best practices in care coordination for children with disabilities

August 9, 2016 A case study published July 28 in NEJM Catalyst examines the efforts of Partners for Kids (PFK), the nation’s largest pediatric accountable care organization (ACO), in managing the needs of Medicaid-eligible children with disabilities in Ohio. Paula H. Song, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Rising food insecurity hits smokers harder, study finds

August 4, 2016 A study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and RTI International has found that rates of food insecurity rose disproportionately among smokers between 1998 and 2011. Paul Shafer, MA, doctoral student of health policy and management at the Gillings School and research economist in the Center for Health Policy… Read more »

Study finds low-income students and Hispanic students disproportionately exposed to tobacco, fast food near schools

August 1, 2016 A new study finds that low-income students and Hispanic students are disproportionately exposed to both tobacco outlets and fast-food restaurants near their schools. Easy access to tobacco products and fast food may influence youth smoking initiation and contribute to poor dietary intake. These findings are the subject of a new paper from… Read more »

For NC breast cancer patients, insurance type and distance to care can be barriers to breast reconstruction

July 28, 2016 Women were less likely to have breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy if they had Medicaid or Medicare rather than private insurance or if they lived 10 or more miles from a plastic surgeon’s office, a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center study has found. Anne Marie Meyer, PhD, research assistant… Read more »

Purchases of highly processed foods lower among African-American and Hispanic households than among white households, study finds

July 27, 2016 A new study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that, compared with white households, both African-American and Hispanic households had lower total purchases of highly processed and ready-to-eat convenience foods. Their overall grocery store purchases of packaged foods had differing nutritional qualities, as well. The study researchers, all… Read more »

Care4Moms project to address needs of mothers with medically fragile babies

July 27, 2016 An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received nearly $900,000 in federal funding to identify and address the needs of mothers with medically fragile infants. The funding will support Care4Moms, a three-year study of this vastly understudied group. Researchers will collect data on the… Read more »

UNC Gillings Study: Antibodies from Dengue fever survivors can be used to prevent Zika infection

July 26, 2016 Antibodies derived from patients who survived Dengue fever can be used to fight the Zika virus now and potentially open the door for the development of a Zika therapeutic treatment in the not too distant future. Those are among the findings of a new study led by researchers at the University of… Read more »

Biostatistics’ Tan wins award for best paper in Canadian statistics journal

July 18, 2016 Xianming Tan, PhD, research associate professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Statistical Society of Canada’s Canadian Journal of Statistics Award for his paper, “Variable selection and inference procedures for marginal analysis of longitudinal data with missing observations and covariate measurement error,” published online… Read more »

Race-related factors add to African-American men’s hesitancy to seek help for health problems

July 14, 2016 Men are less likely than women to seek help for health issues because they believe help-seeking is not “masculine,” research has shown. As a result, men in the United States have shorter lives and are more at risk for chronic diseases than are women. African-American men, however, face additional barriers to seeking… Read more »

Commentary calls for better documentation of wartime attacks on health-care facilities and patients

July 14, 2016 In an article published online July 4 in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival,  UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers examine the complex and disturbing pattern of health-care professionals being targeted in war zones. Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, Gillings School alumnus and research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness… Read more »