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UNC study finds some schools better than others at curbing smoking at high school football games

December 07, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina high schools that adopt Tobacco-Free School policies are making progress in protecting students, staff and visitors from the unhealthy effects of secondhand smoke by reducing smoking even during home football games, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study concludes. Schools can improve compliance with… Read more »

Mark receives grant to help nurse researchers improve health-care quality, patient outcomes

November 23, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Dr. Barbara Mark, Sarah Frances Russell distinguished professor of nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has been awarded approximately $1.5 million over the next five years as part of an Institutional National Research Service Award to prepare nurse researchers to improve the… Read more »

Potenziani appointed chair of ASPH’s Distance Education Council

  November 22, 2004 David Potenziani, director of Instructional and Information Systems at the UNC School of Public Health, has been appointed chair of the Distance Education Council of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH).The Council is charged with facilitating interaction among member schools and promoting relationships between schools and practice communities on… Read more »

Rimer receives Healthtrac Foundation’s 2004 Health Education Award

  November 18, 2004 Dr. Barbara K. Rimer, Alumni distinguished professor of health behavior and health education in UNC’s School of Public Health, recently received the Healthtrac Foundation’s 2004 Health Education Award.The Health Education Award is a national award for a health educator who has made a substantial contribution to advancing the field of healtheducation… Read more »

Carolina, Duke to sponsor health policy panel

November 09, 2004 On Wednesday (Nov. 10), UNC and Duke University will team up for a panel discussion on “What the 2004 Election Means for Health Policy in 2005 and Beyond.”The event, free to the public, will take place at the UNC School of Law’s rotunda from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dr. Bill Roper… Read more »

Fruits, vegetables may decrease some women’s risk of specific type of breast cancer tumor

October 27, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — A team of researchers led by epidemiologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that eating 35 or more servings of fruits and vegetables each week decreased postmenopausal women’s risk of a specific type of breast cancer tumor – estrogen-receptor positive – by 36 percent.Estrogen-receptor positive… Read more »

Study: inadequate physical activity worsens as teenagers become adults

October 27, 2004 CHAPEL HILL – While promoting physical activity and encouraging people to limit the time they spend watching television are important throughout life, those efforts are critical before adolescence, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill investigation concludes.That’s because the physical activity picture worsens rather than improves as teens make the… Read more »

Two School of Public Health students win coveted NAHSE Annual Case Competition

October 18, 2004 Badriyyah Al-Islam and Laura Espy, two master’s degree students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health, won first place in the 9th Annual Case Competition of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) held October 5 through 9 in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the… Read more »

UNC study: diabetes disease management most effective for patients with low literacy

October 13, 2004 CHAPEL HILL – Primary care-based disease management programs can improve care for patients with diabetes — especially those with low literacy skills, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study concludes.The study, reported in the Oct. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association and conducted in UNC’s… Read more »

Public Health Leadership Program Names New Director of Leadership MPH Concentration

October 13, 2004 David Steffen, DrPH, has been named Director of the Leadership MPH concentration in the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP). In his new position, Dr. Steffen will oversee both the distance and residential components of the Leadership Program, including the Public Health Nursing track. His faculty appointment will be Clinical Assistant Professor of… Read more »