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Minority Health Conference to focus on intersection of public health and social justice

January 25, 2016 “In Solidarity: The Role of Public Health in Social Justice” is the theme of UNC’s 37th annual UNC Minority Health Conference, to be held Friday, Feb. 26 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 »

Folate — friend or foe?

January 25, 2016 This article, written by Alyssa LaFaro and Mary Lide Parker, appeared originally in the January edition of Endeavors magazine, a publication of UNC Research that features the university’s research and creative activity. Cereal, pasta, bread, cookies – what do they have in common? The answer is “folic acid,” a synthesized form of a… Read more »

Research led by epidemiology student now rated sixth in impact among readers of global health journal

January 21, 2016 Editors of Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP) have announced the top 12 articles published in the journal in 2015, based on number of research citations and greatest impact. In sixth place was an article co-authored by Christine L. Gray, MPH, epidemiology doctoral student at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health,… Read more »

Gillings School researchers engaged in NCI grant to address cancer disparities

January 21, 2016 Two three-year funding awards from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will bolster work by the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to address disparities in cancer incidence and mortality in North Carolina and across a three-state region. A three-year grant of $339,909 will support collaboration between UNC Lineberger and the Medical University of… Read more »

4th Trimester Project, co-led by Gillings researchers, to define unmet health care needs following birth

January 20, 2016 An interdisciplinary team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been approved for a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The team will work to define currently unmet patient-centered healthcare needs in what is known as the “fourth trimester,” the three months after… Read more »

UNC’s pediatric airway center continues to improve care for children with tracheostomies, study finds

January 19, 2016 Pediatric patients who have complex respiratory problems, especially children with tracheostomies, face serious challenges in the health care system. Often, they are treated by several specialists, and poor communication among providers can increase the chance that their care will be less than optimal. In an article published online Jan. 11 in the… Read more »

Linnan chosen as new associate dean for academic and student affairs

January 15, 2016 Laura Linnan, ScD, professor of health behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named UNC Gillings’ new associate dean for academic and student affairs. “I am excited to have this excellent opportunity to work with the many dedicated faculty and staff members, students and alumni at the Gillings… Read more »

In African cities, encouraging community discussions may reduce myths, increase contraceptive use

January 13, 2016 In Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal, the most common family planning myths consistently include, “people who use contraceptives end up with health problems” and “contraceptives are dangerous to women’s health.” Ilene Speizer, PhD, research professor, and Chinelo Okigbo, doctoral student, are both researchers with the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the… Read more »

Food Systems Leadership Institute named into top 10 for continuing education

January 13, 2016 The Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), an organization that works to develop leadership competencies around holistic approaches to complex food systems, has been named into the top 10 continuing education programs with a strong leadership focus by the organization Leadership Excellence. FSLI is a flagship leadership program of the Association of Land… Read more »

Study finds gaps in patients’ knowledge of breast reconstruction surgery and complications

January 12, 2016 A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and their collaborators has called for the provision of better information about the pros and cons of breast reconstructive surgery to breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy. In a study published in the journal Annals… Read more »