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National MCH Workforce Development Center meets with agency, community partners to plan improvements in health of NC’s children

January 28, 2016 More than 300 state and local public agency leaders and community partners gathered in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 6-7 to plan ways to improve the health of North Carolina’s maternal and child population. The group, hosted by the N.C. Division of Public Health, was facilitated by the National Maternal and Child Health… Read more »

Gillings School researchers join US cancer centers in endorsement of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention

January 27, 2016 UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined 68 other National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers across the U.S. in calling for increasing the rates of vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV). The institutions collectively recognize insufficient HPV vaccination as a public health threat and call upon the nation’s physicians, parents and young… Read more »

Nicolet selected as Gillings School’s senior associate dean

January 27, 2015 Todd A. Nicolet, PhD, associate dean for operations at the UNC School of Government, has been named senior associate dean at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. For Nicolet, it’s a homecoming. He worked at the UNC Gillings School from 2001 to 2007, initially providing project management for the “CDC… Read more »

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 »