School News

Inaugural ‘GlobaLocal’ Lunch Series hosted by Gillings Global Gateway

September 21, 2015 “My career in global health actually began when I was taking care of AIDS patients in the mid-1980s, though I didn’t know it at the time,” said Carol Hamilton, MD, who currently directs scientific affairs in global health, population and nutrition at Durham-based nonprofit FHI 360. On Sept. 16, Hamilton shared her… Read more »

UNC Lineberger grant application earns NCI’s highest recognition

September 20, 2015 The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned an “exceptional” rating from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for a major grant application associated with the center’s multidisciplinary research. The rating was given to UNC Lineberger’s application to the NCI for renewal of a five-year grant that supports multidisciplinary research and shared scientific… Read more »

Co-prescribing opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines can impact overdose mortality, study finds

September 17, 2015 Mortality risk from opioid overdose has previously been measured in terms of thresholds of risk. Four scientists linked to the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors on a new cohort study finding that dose-dependent opioid overdose risk among patients does not show evidence of a distinct risk threshold. Nabarun… Read more »

Beauty is a balancing act – new study brings falls-prevention education to NC hair salons

September 17, 2015 According to the North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the N.C. Division of Public Health, falls are the leading cause of injury among North Carolinians ages 65 and older. In 2013, falls resulted in 17,861 hospitalizations and 820 deaths across the state. Falls are the leading cause of emergency room… Read more »

Study suggests improvements to HIV care cascade measurements

September 15, 2015 The HIV care cascade is a commonly used framework that estimates the number of HIV-infected individuals in a geographic area according to their HIV diagnosis, care and treatment status. The cascade, also commonly called a continuum, is used with surveillance data collected by state and city health departments in the United States… Read more »

Cole recognized for outstanding contributions to epidemiology

September 15, 2015 Stephen Cole, PhD, is the 2015 recipient of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology. A professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Cole was selected to receive the award based on his significant efforts to develop and advance… Read more »

Gillings School boasts two of four Hettleman Prize winners

September 10, 2015 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members Wizdom Powell, PhD, associate professor of health behavior, and Jason Surratt, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering, have been awarded the University of North Carolina’s Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. Powell and Surratt… Read more »

Study finds that breast cancer patients enrolled in medical homes may have improved access to health care

September 10, 2015 A new study suggests that women with breast cancer who are enrolled in Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), a patient-centered medical home (PCMH)-like program, may have improved access to primary and specialty care. A PCMH is a health care model that seeks to improve effectiveness and efficiency of treatment by linking… Read more »

Serving up ‘Food for All': Ammerman co-leads UNC’s two-year food theme

September 9, 2015 This article, by Susan Hudson, originally appeared in UNC’s University Gazette. It is modified slightly and reposted here with permission. As far as steering committee co-chairs Marcie Cohen Ferris, PhD, and Alice Ammerman, DrPH, are concerned, UNC’s food theme is [pardon the pun] organic to the campus. “We don’t see this as… Read more »

Fisher highlights efficacy of peer support approaches to public health problems

September 9, 2015 On Aug. 24, Annals of Family Medicine published a special Peers for Progress supplement featuring eleven articles that address the reach, implementation and adoption of peer support for patients with diabetes and other health challenges. Edwin B. Fisher, PhD, is a professor of health behavior at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of… Read more »