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CPDM program celebrates 10th year of training disaster management personnel

May 15, 2014 The Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (CPDM) certificate program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health celebrates its 10-year anniversary this spring, as it hosts a graduation ceremony for 14 students who completed the program in 2013-2014. The ceremony, which will be held Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at The… Read more »

Breastfeeding promotion messages integrated into microcredit sessions encourage Nigerian women to breastfeed longer

May 13, 2014 Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is recommended by international agencies as a way to limit childhood illness and early death. Now UNC researchers have found that a program integrating microcredit, cellphone messaging and breastfeeding promotion can increase the number of women who exclusively breastfeed their infants. Led by… Read more »

Crisco, business leader, Gillings School Advisory Council member, dies at 71

May 13, 2014 Keith Crisco, who was in a tight race for the District 2 Congressional seat in N.C. after a recent primary election, died at his home in Asheboro, N.C., on May 12, apparently as a result of injuries from a fall. He was 71. His rags-to-riches life story was an inspiration. Born to… Read more »

Inaugural Water Microbiology Conference brings together international researchers on microbiology and public health

May 12, 2014 The Water Institute at UNC, part of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, hosted its first Water Microbiology Conference: Microbial Contaminants from Watersheds to Human Exposure May 5-7 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The event brought together 200 researchers and practitioners from 16 countries focused on the intersection of microbiology and public… Read more »

Groundbreaking state dental program significantly increases preventive services, reduces cavities among children in need

May 9, 2014 In 2000, the State of North Carolina launched “Into the Mouths of Babes,” a program designed to promote dentists and physicians using an interdisciplinary approach to reducing cavities in young, low-income children. The program has led to a significant increase in the number of children under four years old receiving preventive dental… Read more »

Out of the female closet: Menstrual hygiene matters

May 9, 2014 The following essay was written by Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan, Fulbright Scholar from India and maternal and child health master’s degree candidate at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Gopalakrishnan has conducted research in India on menstrual hygiene management. The essay, reprinted here with permission, originally appeared in a May 8 Interagency Youth… Read more »

Public health undergrads recognized as Buckley Public Service Scholars

May 8, 2014 Two hundred and fifty-one members of the class of 2014 will be honored as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) May 9 at a ceremony in Memorial Hall, highlighting their years of service while at Carolina. All graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement to represent their… Read more »

Sugary drinks likely linked to escalating obesity in Mexico

May 8, 2014 Mexico has some of the world’s highest levels of both childhood and adult obesity, and a new study from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may have identified one of the main culprits – sugary beverages. The study, titled “Caloric beverages were major sources of energy among children and adults… Read more »

Water from improved sources not consistently safe, study finds

May 8, 2014 Digging a well or accessing water through pipes does not necessarily mean a household in the developing world will have safer drinking water than if they used more traditional – and traditionally unprotected – water sources. In fact, fecal contamination still occurs in about 25 percent of water from improved sources. These… Read more »

Commencement celebrates alumna, faculty awardees, our students

Nicole Bates is keynote speaker; Wing and Margolis receive Larsh, McGavran awards May 10, 2014 There was a lot to celebrate when the Gillings School held its 74th spring commencement on Saturday, May 10. The ceremony, which began at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena on the UNC campus, featured a keynote address by a… Read more »