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Commentary calls for better documentation of wartime attacks on health-care facilities and patients

July 14, 2016 In an article published online July 4 in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival,  UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers examine the complex and disturbing pattern of health-care professionals being targeted in war zones. Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, Gillings School alumnus and research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness… Read more »

Powell selected for Aspen Institute Fellowship, will join entrepreneurial leaders mobilized to improve US health care

July 14, 2016 Wizdom Powell, PhD, associate professor of health behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected July 12 to receive one of the Aspen Institute’s second annual Health Innovators Fellowships. The Institute, a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas, is an educational and policy studies organization… Read more »

Holmes appointed director of UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research

July 8, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is pleased to announce that George “Mark” Holmes, PhD, has been appointed as the new director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, one of the oldest and largest academic health services research centers in the United States. “With his record… Read more »

Saye Baawo, alumnus and public health leader in Liberia, dies of cancer at 50

July 7, 2016 Saye Dahn Baawo, MD, MSPH, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and assistant minister for curative services in Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, died June 17 at age 50, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and children. In 2005, Baawo attended… Read more »

Peer support engages disadvantaged, ‘hardly reached’ people and benefits their health

July 7, 2016 A recent study by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health shows that peer support is an especially effective strategy for helping people not easily reached by conventional prevention and health-care initiatives. The systematic review, published online May 19 in the July issue of the American Journal of Public… Read more »

Turpin to chair environmental sciences and engineering, pending approvals

July 7, 2016 Dean Barbara K. Rimer has announced her intention to appoint Barbara J. Turpin, PhD, as the new chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. The final appointment, to be effective Sept. 1, is pending approval by the UNC board… Read more »

Olshan elected president of Society for Epidemiologic Research

July 6, 2016 Andrew Olshan, PhD, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer Epidemiology and chair of the epidemiology department in the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). SER is the oldest and largest general epidemiology society in North America…. Read more »

Mexico’s household consumption of junk food declined following 2014 nonessential food tax

July 5, 2016 The first large-scale study of a ‘junk food tax’ enacted in Mexico has revealed that purchases of taxed food items declined during the first year of implementation by 5.1 percent more than what would have been expected based on pre-tax trends. This change is especially significant in Mexico, where the prevalence of… Read more »

Unprecedented alliance of scientists, physicians, health advocates agree: Toxic chemicals are hurting brain development

July 1, 2016 An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, medical experts and children’s health advocates agree for the first time that today’s scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in food and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders. Stephanie M. Engel, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Cilenti to lead $1.74M HRSA grant to support maternal and child health workforce development

June 29, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health has been awarded a one-year, $1.74 million cooperative agreement from the Division of Workforce Development, part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The award, which will support workforce development for state maternal… Read more »