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HB doctoral candidate adds expertise to special journal supplement on adolescent sexual health

December 15, 2014 This month, the Journal of Adolescent Health launched a special edition containing six review papers related to progress made in the last 20 years in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents. The special edition was coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Women’s Health… Read more »

HPM alumna appointed Hawaii’s DHS director

December 11, 2014 Gillings School alumna Rachael Wong, DrPH, has been appointed director of Hawaii’s Department of Human Services, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Her appointment was announced Dec. 3 by Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige. Wong most recently has served as vice president and chief operating officer of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, where she leads… Read more »

Oberlander’s NEJM commentary: Supreme Court holds power to undo Affordable Care Act

December 10, 2014 The Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010 as part of the most significant reorganization of the U.S. health-care system since Medicare’s introduction in 1965. Its supporters saw it as a way to provide access to health care for nearly 47 million uninsured, to allow… Read more »

Adjunct professor Rosenberg killed in plane crash

December 9, 2014 Michael Rosenberg, MD, MPH, adjunct professor of epidemiology and of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Dec. 8 when his small plane crashed near Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Md. “We were shocked and saddened to hear of Michael Rosenberg’s untimely passing,” said Andrew… Read more »

Tobacco control strategies may aid in preventing skin cancers caused by indoor tanning

December 8, 2014 Indoor tanning booths were once the domain of college-age and working women who toasted their pale skins in late winter, before donning a new strapless dress or the first bikini of the season. Today, however, the authors of a new study call the indoor tanning craze “a present and emerging public health… Read more »

NCIPH grant aimed at helping consumers make healthier food choices in hospitals and grocery stores

December 5, 2014 The N.C. Institute for Public Health, part of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, recently won a $135,000 award from the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) to identify and assess marketing strategies… Read more »

UNC awarded $2.5M NIEHS grant to study indoor air pollution

December 5, 2014 Two Gillings School of Global Health faculty members are part of a University of North Carolina research team that received a $2.5 million National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) grant to study the relationship of indoor air pollutants, health and poverty in Rwanda. Leena Nylander-French, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and… Read more »

Aiello and Albrecht elected as Carolina Population Center fellows

December 2, 2014 Allison Aiello, PhD, professor of epidemiology, and Sandra Albrecht, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition, both at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have been elected as faculty fellows of the Carolina Population Center (CPC). The CPC is a community of outstanding scholars and professionals associated to create new knowledge about… Read more »

Jerry Hulka, professor emeritus and friend of the School, dead at 84

December 1, 2014 Jaroslav F. (Jerry) Hulka, MD, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology in the UNC School of Medicine and of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Nov. 24. He was 84. Born in New York City in 1930, Hulka graduated from Harvard College and earned a… Read more »

Joanne Lee selected for School’s Staff Excellence Award

November 26, 2014 Joanne O. Lee, student services manager for the Gillings School’s Department of Nutrition, has been selected as the 2014 winner of the School’s Staff Excellence Award. Lee accepted the award at a Schoolwide reception on Nov. 13. In her work, Lee oversees admissions, registration for enrolled students, records management, student funding, class… Read more »