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Harrison Spencer, ASPPH president, dies Aug. 10

August 12, 2016 Harrison C. Spencer, MD, MPH, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, died Aug. 10, a victim of violence. He was 71. Dr. Spencer earned a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of California… Read more »

Review of multiple studies finds graphic cigarette pack warnings linked to reductions in smoking behavior

August 11, 2016 A review of nearly three dozen international studies found cigarette smokers tried to quit more and smoked less overall when countries implemented new policies replacing text warnings with graphic images on cigarette packs or strengthened pack warnings in other ways, report University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers. Co-authors of… Read more »

Case study describes best practices in care coordination for children with disabilities

August 9, 2016 A case study published July 28 in NEJM Catalyst examines the efforts of Partners for Kids (PFK), the nation’s largest pediatric accountable care organization (ACO), in managing the needs of Medicaid-eligible children with disabilities in Ohio. Paula H. Song, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Rising food insecurity hits smokers harder, study finds

August 4, 2016 A study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and RTI International has found that rates of food insecurity rose disproportionately among smokers between 1998 and 2011. Paul Shafer, MA, doctoral student of health policy and management at the Gillings School and research economist in the Center for Health Policy… Read more »

Study finds low-income students and Hispanic students disproportionately exposed to tobacco, fast food near schools

August 1, 2016 A new study finds that low-income students and Hispanic students are disproportionately exposed to both tobacco outlets and fast-food restaurants near their schools. Easy access to tobacco products and fast food may influence youth smoking initiation and contribute to poor dietary intake. These findings are the subject of a new paper from… Read more »

Gillings School’s summer undergraduate training program inspires new group of young scholars

July 29, 2016 As the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s summer undergraduate training program comes to a close this week, participants and mentors are celebrating another season during which a diverse group of motivated young men and women were provided with opportunities to develop skills in public health research. The 2016 training program,… Read more »

For NC breast cancer patients, insurance type and distance to care can be barriers to breast reconstruction

July 28, 2016 Women were less likely to have breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy if they had Medicaid or Medicare rather than private insurance or if they lived 10 or more miles from a plastic surgeon’s office, a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center study has found. Anne Marie Meyer, PhD, research assistant… Read more »

Labbok chosen for international association’s award for excellence in breastfeeding research

July 27, 2016 Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC, was selected for the 2016 Journal of Human Lactation Patricia Martens Award for Excellence in Breastfeeding Research, presented by the International Lactation Consultant Association at the association’s general meeting, held July 19-23 in Chicago. Labbok, until recently Professor of the Practice of maternal and child health at… Read more »

Purchases of highly processed foods lower among African-American and Hispanic households than among white households, study finds

July 27, 2016 A new study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that, compared with white households, both African-American and Hispanic households had lower total purchases of highly processed and ready-to-eat convenience foods. Their overall grocery store purchases of packaged foods had differing nutritional qualities, as well. The study researchers, all… Read more »

Care4Moms project to address needs of mothers with medically fragile babies

July 27, 2016 An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received nearly $900,000 in federal funding to identify and address the needs of mothers with medically fragile infants. The funding will support Care4Moms, a three-year study of this vastly understudied group. Researchers will collect data on the… Read more »