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Health policy and management students design fund-development strategy for local free clinic

March 19, 2015 A team of health policy and management undergraduate students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health recently designed a comprehensive fund-development strategy for a local free clinic which is administered and wholly staffed by students from UNC’s professional schools. From August to December 2014, seniors Kelly Reed, Taylor Bogart, Bri… Read more »

Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, study finds

March 19, 2015 A study led by researchers at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that teens can buy electronic cigarettes easily online, despite a North Carolina law banning their purchase by minors and requiring online vendors to verify customer age. This first-of-its-kind, National Cancer… Read more »

Report reveals alarming lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities; outlines way forward

March 18, 2015 A new World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF report, released March 17, calls for immediate action to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in health-care facilities in low- and middle-income countries and outlines a way forward. Ryan Cronk and Dr. Jamie Bartram of The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina… Read more »

Age-related discrimination can add to health-care woes

March 17, 2015 Experiencing discrimination in the health-care system isn’t just distressing for older Americans. It can literally be bad for their health. A national survey shows that one in every three older Americans who are on the receiving end of age-related discrimination in the health-care setting will likely develop new or worsened functional ailments… Read more »

Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers, study finds

March 9, 2015 You might resemble or act more like your mother, but a first-of-its-kind study reveals that mammals are genetically more like their dads. Specifically, the research shows that although we inherit equal amounts of genetic materials from our parents – i.e., the mutations that make us who we are instead of some other… Read more »

More tobacco retailers in LGB neighborhoods may explain smoking disparities

March 5, 2015 Same-sex couples are more likely to live in areas that have high levels of access to tobacco products, according to researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The study – “Is there a relationship between the concentration of same-sex couples and tobacco retailer density?” – published online March 5… Read more »

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 »

Coalitions, alliances and… silos? Identifying patterns in public health collaboratives

March 4, 2015 Public health collaboratives (PHCs) bring together diverse partners to apply multi-systemic tactics to public health outcomes. Given the reality of scarce resources and the interdisciplinary nature of public health, this type of interorganizational approach has great value. A recent study poses a question, however: within such networks, do member organizations self-segregate according… Read more »

Cilenti studies impact of financial downturn, budget cuts on health services for North Carolina’s women and children

March 3, 2015 A study led by a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher has examined the impact of North Carolina state budget cuts upon maternal health service use and outcomes among Medicaid-enrolled pregnant women in the state. Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, clinical assistant professor of maternal and child health and adjunct professor of… Read more »

Recent alum, Pepper, awarded for outstanding research on e-cigarettes

February 19, 2015 Jessica Pepper, PhD, postdoctoral research associate at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and 2014 alumna of Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Outstanding Dissertation Award. She will be recognized at a ceremony at the Society’s annual meeting April 22-25 in San Antonio, Texas. “Jessica is… Read more »