School News

26th Minority Health Conference cancelled by snowstorm

February 26, 2004 The 26th Annual Minority Health Conference, “Health and the Built Environment: The Effects of Where We Live, Work and Play,” has this afternoon (Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004) been cancelled due to the threatening snowstorm now blanketing North Carolina.The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education has no open dates this spring… Read more »

UNC professor honored for distinguished service to water supply field

February 26, 2004 Dr. Francis A. DiGiano, a professor in the UNC School of Public Health’s department of environmental sciences and engineering, recently received the George Warren Fuller Award, presented by the American Water Works Association’s N.C. section.The award, established in 1937 and the most prestigious presented by the N.C. section, is given each year… Read more »

New global health certificate prepares students

February 26, 2004 The UNC School of Public Health’s Office of Global Health has developed a new certificate program to prepare graduate students for international public health challenges.This semester, 17 courses in the school qualify for the requirements of the Global Health Certificate Program. The new certificate program is open to students enrolled in a… Read more »

Study: satisfying safety, liability concerns could boost use of school physical activity facilities

February 25, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Safety, insurance and liability concerns are the biggest barriers to be overcome before children and adults can benefit more from using school physical activity facilities during non-school hours, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health study concludes.The chief value of such use would… Read more »

Minority public health officials learn to manage crises in new UNC pilot program

February 24, 2004 CHAPEL HILL – Thirty-two minority public health officials from across the United States are learning how to manage in crisis situations through a new fellowship program, “Managing through Turbulent Times: The Kellogg Emerging Leaders in Public Health Fellowship.””We’re living in very turbulent times with what seems like a new public health crisis… Read more »

Sole Sisters will soon begin training for Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure; orientation is March

February 23, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Many women have gone through life never believing they could keep a regular exercise regimen, much less run in a race. Sole Sisters, a 14-week training program, wants to challenge that assumption and help these women succeed in ways they never thought possible.Women interested in becoming “Sole Sisters” are… Read more »

Laws designed to prevent too-short hospital stays allow mothers more time, study shows

February 20, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — State and federal laws passed in the mid-1990s to curtail “drive-through deliveries” — potentially dangerous, exceptionally short hospital stays for women giving birth — have partially succeeded in correcting that problem in some states, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health study shows.”In the… Read more »

Dardess named School of Public Health’s interim dean

February 20, 2004 Dr. Margaret Dardess has been appointed interim dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health by Dr. Robert Shelton, the University’s executive vice chancellor and provost. Her appointment becomes effective March 15, 2004. Dardess joined the School of Public Health in January 2002 as associate dean… Read more »

Practice-based education for doctors improves delivery of preventive child care: UNC study

February 13, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Child health experts widely agree that children should receive a wide range of preventive services to ensure normal development, but the statistics on a variety of health screenings are somewhat discouraging.Statistics show only about 75 percent of 2-year-olds nationwide are fully immunized, and fewer than half of parents receive… Read more »

‘Built environment’ influences on health to be focus of minority health conference

February 12, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — The environment where we live, work and play profoundly influences our health. That intersection between health and the “built environment” will be the focus of the 26th Annual Minority Health Conference sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.Titled “Health and the Built… Read more »