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‘Gillings Sampler’ offers efficient, portable way to study impact of pollution on lung tissue

July 23, 2014 A team of researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has designed and developed a system that uses electrostatics to study the toxicity of airborne pollutants. William Vizuete PhD, associate professor in the Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and his colleagues developed the Gillings Sampler, the workings… Read more »

Silberman honored with NC Hospital Association’s Meritorious Service Award

July 22, 2014 Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH, immediate past president of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and clinical professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded the North Carolina Hospital Association’s 2014 Meritorious Service Award. The award is given each year to recognize outstanding… Read more »

School’s Alumni Board announces new members

July 21, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association announced new members of its governing board recently, including a new president, Amy Lansky, PhD. The board represents the nearly 18,000 alumni of the School, meeting quarterly with the School’s leaders to address issues of importance to alumni and current students and… Read more »

Food vouchers improve rates of medical circumcision for HIV prevention in Kenya

July 18, 2014 Medical male circumcision has been shown to be an effective intervention for preventing HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Now, a UNC researcher has led a team in discovering that small financial incentives can dramatically increase participation in programs that encourage men to seek circumcision. Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, assistant professor of health policy and… Read more »

Families with preschoolers purchasing fewer high-calorie beverages

July 18, 2014 Families with young children are purchasing fewer high-calorie drinks, a behavior that may explain, in part, the recent stalling and potential reversal of childhood obesity trends in the U.S. This is among the findings of a new study, “Are food and beverage purchases in households with preschoolers changing?,” led by Christopher Ford,… Read more »

Gillings School’s Summer Public Health Symposium a success, high school students say

July 18, 2014 About 50 teens from across North Carolina were introduced to public health this summer, thanks to the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s 2014 Summer Public Health Symposium for High School Students. In the process, the students experienced the joys of college life, including “making new friends,” “exploring the UNC campus,” and… Read more »

Alice Ammerman: Inspiring heart health in the ‘stroke belt’

July 17, 2014 This article by Courtney Mitchell first appeared in the July 15, 2014, University Gazette, a publication of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Alice Ammerman is co-creator of Heart Healthy Lenoir, a project that helps encourage healthy living in Lenoir County, N.C. Lenoir County is tucked into the eastern part… Read more »

All North Carolina local health departments awarded accreditation

July 14, 2014 All 85 local health departments in North Carolina have been awarded the status of accreditation by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board as of June 20, 2014. North Carolina is the first state in the U.S. to mandate accreditation for its local health departments. The purpose of the accreditation program… Read more »

National Prevention Council’s annual report details prevention initiatives

July 14, 2014 The National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council released its 2014 annual report on July 1. The report describes the goals of the Council’s National Prevention Strategy and outlines developments and progress made toward those goals. “The National Prevention Strategy is all about making healthy choices the easy choices,” said Elizabeth… Read more »

BIOS student wins Best Poster award at UK conference

July 11, 2014 Natalia Gouskova, doctoral candidate in biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, received a “Best Poster” award at the Statistical Analysis of Multi-Outcome Data workshop, held June 30-July 1, at the University of Cambridge (U.K.). The winning poster was based on the paper, “Viral Suppression in HIV Studies: Combining Times… Read more »