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Heart attack victims on Medicaid, from poor areas, face longer delays reaching hospital: study

September 25, 2008 People with Medicaid insurance and living in neighborhoods with lower household incomes appear less likely to reach the hospital within two hours of having a heart attack, according to a new study. Kathryn Rose, PhD Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health say patients tend… Read more »

New UNC laboratory to help track and control tropical diseases

September 25, 2008 Steven R. Meshnick, MD, PhD The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health has established a new Gillings Innovation Lab to track and map tropical infectious diseases such as malaria, using state-of-the-art molecular and demographic methods. Better information about the prevalence and location of diseases will help national… Read more »

Kotch selected for national maternal and child health award

September 24, 2008   Dr. Jonathan Kotch Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, has been named winner of the 2008 Martha May Eliot Award by the American Public Health Association. The award honors exceptional achievements in maternal and child health. Kotch, professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, will accept the award at the… Read more »

UNC study: parenting can override effect of genes in how babies respond to stress

September 22, 2008 Everyone gets stressed, even babies. Dr. Carolyn Halpern Now, it appears how infants respond to stress is linked to their having a particular form of a certain gene, according to a new study co-authored by Carolyn Halpern, PhD, associate professor of maternal and child health. Just as significantly, researchers say they also… Read more »

Preventing falls by older adults is topic of UNC Grand Rounds online

September 18, 2008 Each year, one in three Americans age 65 and older fall, and 30 percent of them suffer injuries requiring medical attention. How the public health community is responding to this growing health issue is the subject of an online broadcast on Sept. 25, titled “Help older adults live better, longer: prevent falls… Read more »

Siega-Riz named epidemiology associate chair

September 18, 2008   Dr. Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, has been named associate chair of the Department of Epidemiology, effective Oct. 1, 2008, department chair, Andrew Olshan, PhD, has announced. Siega-Riz, an associate professor of epidemiology and of nutrition, is head of the department’s reproductive epidemiology program and director of the reproductive, perinatal and… Read more »

Survival instincts propel ‘difficult patient’ to insist on quality care

September 10, 2008 Michelle Mayer, PhD Michelle Mayer had to become a “difficult patient” before she could get her physicians to accurately diagnose the disease that was destroying her health. And once the diagnosis was made, she had to continue to be what many physicians describe as “difficult” before she could get the best treatment… Read more »

Earp named interim chair of Health Behavior, Health Education

September 08, 2008   Dr. Jo Anne Earp Jo Anne Earp, ScD, was appointed interim chair of the UNC School of Public Health’s Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE), Dean Barbara K. Rimer announced Friday (Sept. 5). Earp, who was HBHE chair for nine years, takes over for Edwin Fisher, PhD, professor of… Read more »

Department hosts second retrospective

September 08, 2008 The UNC School of Public Health’s Department of Health Behavior and Health Education invites students, faculty, alumni and friends to attend a department retrospective, Drs. John Hatch and Jack Geiger and The Delta Project. The event will be held in Chapel Hill on Friday, Sept.12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at… Read more »

UNC receives record $181 million grant to evaluate health, poverty and gender programs worldwide

September 08, 2008 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill up to $181 million to continue its MEASURE Evaluation project. Dr. Sian Curtis and Dr. Gustavo Angeles, faculty in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, will serve as… Read more »