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Vaccination Confidence Scale identifies parents at risk for refusing adolescent vaccines, study finds

September 3, 2015 In the United States, there is a sizable minority of parents who have concerns that lead them to refuse or delay certain vaccines for their children. The most common concerns include fears about long-term adverse effects, believing the vaccine is not truly needed and uncertainty about effectiveness. Assessing parents’ vaccination beliefs is… Read more »

Despite high rates of teen use of e-cigarettes, doctors still focus counseling efforts on traditional tobacco products

September 3, 2015 A faculty member and an alumna of the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of the first national study to examine how pediatricians and other doctors interact with teenage patients regarding e-cigarettes. Jessica K. Pepper, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and 2014 alumna of… Read more »

PHLP and Gillings Global Gateway™ welcome Fulbright Scholar

September 3, 2015 Anant Kumar, PhD,  assistant professor of rural management at Xavier Institute of Social Service in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, has joined the  Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Program for the 2015-2016 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar. He will be hosted by the Gillings Global Gateway during his stay… Read more »

Open House at Gillings Global Gateway™ introduces breadth of School’s global activities

September 2, 2015 More than 80 students and faculty members visited the official launch of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Gillings Global Gateway™ on Aug. 27 to learn about the School’s global health activities and network with others interested in public health around the world. Cathlene Webster, first-year student in health behavior, said… Read more »

Team from Gillings School chosen to evaluate maternal and newborn intervention in Ethiopia

September 2, 2015 Four faculty members from the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded funding to evaluate a project using a quality improvement approach to advance maternal and newborn health outcomes in Ethiopia. Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD, research assistant professor of maternal and child health, is the primary investigator. Ilene… Read more »

Fry selected as director of UNC Superfund Research Program

August 27, 2015 Rebecca Fry, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named director of the UNC Superfund Research Program. The program, based in the Gillings School and supported by a $14 million grant from the National… Read more »

New research finds institutions are no less safe for orphans than family care

August 26, 2015 Orphans living in families are at least as vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse and other traumas as orphans living in institutions, a new study finds. Christine L. Gray, MPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is lead author of the work, published online Aug. 26… Read more »

SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth project receives additional five years funding from CDC

August 25, 2015 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth project support for another five years surveillance of the incidence, prevalence and complications of childhood diabetes in the United States. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, is the primary investigator for the Carolina site, one of five clinical centers… Read more »

Jaff selected for honorary Rotary membership to acknowledge contributions to global health

August 25, 2015 Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, 2015 alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been inducted as an honorary member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club. Jaff now serves as adviser on conflict prevention and disaster preparedness in the Gillings Global Gateway™ at the Gillings School. The Cary club has had… Read more »

Study explores relationship of BMI, IQ and socioeconomic factors in Iranian preschool children

August 25, 2015 The negative impact of obesity upon children’s physical and psychological health has been established as an issue of concern in countries around the world. Studies also have shown that childhood intelligence is inversely related to negative health outcomes later in life. In exploring those two concepts, a new study aims to expand… Read more »