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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation expands UNC program to reverse childhood obesity

January 12, 2010 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded multi-year grants to 41 communities across the country as part of a landmark national program, located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.   The 41 sites are funded through Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities,… Read more »

Preparedness Center’s collaborative research on H1N1 published in MMWR

January 12, 2010 Dr. Jen Horney A report published in the Dec. 25, 2009 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report sheds light on North Carolinians’ intentions last fall to receive the influenza A (H1N1) vaccine. Led by Jennifer Horney, PhD, and other researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s N.C. Center… Read more »

Pink awarded distinguished professorship in health policy and management

January 11, 2010 Dr. George Pink George Pink, PhD, has been appointed the Humana Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Established in 2001 through a $333,000 grant from the Humana Foundation, the professorship is awarded to faculty members in the school’s health policy and management… Read more »

Kaplan Lifetime Achievement Award honors School’s treasured faculty member

January 06, 2010 Dr. Berton Kaplan As a public health educator and researcher, Bert Kaplan, PhD, has enriched not only the studies, but also the lives of students and colleagues throughout the world. Now, his many contributions are remembered annually through an award established in his honor by Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and… Read more »

Carolina again America’s #1 best academic value among publics

January 04, 2010 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill remains the number one overall best value in U.S. public higher education, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.   Carolina has ranked first on the magazine’s list of schools that “deliver strong academics at affordable prices” since 1998 when Kiplinger’s began its analysis. The… Read more »

Researchers study link between insulin use and cancer in people with diabetes

December 23, 2009 Type 2 diabetes and obesity are linked to an increased risk of certain cancers. Recently published studies suggested that insulin glargine, a synthetic insulin preparation marketed under the trade name Lantus, may be associated with a higher risk of certain cancers than other insulins or oral glucose-lowering medications. However, these studies were… Read more »

Alumnus Jenkins presented with APHA’s Lilienfield Award for teaching excellence

December 22, 2009 Dr. Bill Jenkins Bill Jenkins, PhD, MPH, has received the American Public Health Association’s 2009 Abraham Lilienfield Award, which recognizes excellence in the teaching of epidemiology during the course of a career. An alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Jenkins is professor of public health sciences at Morehouse… Read more »

Barr, beloved health educator at UNC, dies at 84

  December 21, 2009 Harriet Barr Harriet Hylton Barr, alumna of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and longtime health educator at the School, died Dec. 14 in Durham, N.C. She was 84. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. at Durham’s Trinity… Read more »

UNC study: Preschoolers in child care centers not active enough

December 17, 2009 Many young children in child care centers are not getting as much active playtime as they should, according to new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A study published in the December 2009 issue of the journal Pediatrics found only 13.7 percent of child care centers in North… Read more »

Schenck to direct School’s Public Health Leadership Program

December 08, 2009 Dr. Anna Schenck Anna Schenck, PhD, leads the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) as director, effective Dec. 1, the School has announced. Schenck is expected to be appointed Professor of the Practice of Public Health, effective Feb. 1, 2010, pending approval in January by the… Read more »