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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 »

Unique partnership develops emerging global health researchers

March 3, 2015 Leaders at the Gillings School and the Gillings Global Gateway™ celebrate a 10-year partnership with FHI 360,  a nonprofit human development organization headquartered in Durham, N.C. We are pleased to reprint this blog post by Timothy Mastro, MD, DTM&H, FHI360’s director of global health, population and nutrition. At FHI 360, cultivating partnerships… Read more »

Callahan to lead Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, now based at UNC

March 2, 2015 The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA), a broad coalition of public health leaders and stakeholders committed to elevating osteoarthritis as a national health priority, is now based in the UNC School of Medicine’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center and will be led by Leigh F. Callahan, PhD, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Gillings… Read more »

Doctoral student receives award to advance her work in aging research

February 27, 2015 Heather Altman, MPH, has been named student recipient of the UNC Institute on Aging’s Gordon H. DeFriese Career Development in Aging Research Award. Altman, a 1999 health behavior alumna of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is currently a student in the School’s executive Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program. She… Read more »

Start-up co-led by nutrition student wins $50,000 innovation prize

February 24, 2015 Seal the Seasons, a for-profit social enterprise co-founded by William Chapman, master’s student in nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, won the 2015 SECU Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation Feb. 10. The contest, sponsored by the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) and SECU Foundation and administered by North Carolina… Read more »

New grant partners Gillings School with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and 51 NC hospitals

February 24, 2015 Residents of North Carolina are 20 to 40 percent more likely to die of stroke than those living in other parts of the country. While stroke awareness campaigns educate the public about symptoms and the importance of getting to a hospital quickly, patients and health-care providers believe that what happens after stroke… 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 »

Darity and Aiello to discuss minority health at UNC’s 36th annual student-led conference

February 20, 2015 “Reaching for the American Dream: Economic Mobility and Minority Health” is the theme of UNC’s 36th annual UNC Minority Health Conference, to be held Friday, Feb. 27 at UNC’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, in Chapel Hill, N.C. The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School’s… Read more »

Siega-Riz and other members of 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee release report

February 19, 2015 The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of prestigious national experts, has submitted its recommendations to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, for the purpose of informing the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, professor of nutrition… Read more »