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Alumnus Wiesman appointed as Washington State Health Secretary

March 14, 2013   Dr. John Wiesman John Wiesman, DrPH, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumnus, has been appointed to serve as Washington state’s Secretary of Health. Gov. Jay Inslee made the announcement on March 12. Wiesman received his doctorate in December 2012 in the Department of Health Policy and Management’s Executive Doctoral Program… Read more »

Study: Sludge-based fertilizer may be causing human illnesses

March 11, 2013   Treated municipal sewage sludge – that is, the solids from sewage treatment – may be causing illness in people up to a mile from where the sludge is spread on land. A farmer spreads sludge to fertilize his fields. Photo courtesy of Sustainable Sanitation Alliance. Those are the findings of epidemiology… Read more »

Reese, MCH doctoral student, wins SAHM development award

March 08, 2013   Bianka Reese Bianka Reese, doctoral student in maternal and child health at Gillings School of Global Public Health, has won the 2013 Career Development Award in Adolescent Health from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She will be honored March 14 during the Society’s annual meeting in Atlanta. The award… Read more »

HPM team places first in UAB’s national case competition

March 08, 2013 It’s a sweep!   For the third time this academic year, a student team from Gillings School of Global Public Health’s health policy and management department has brought home first prize in a national health care case competition. Last October, two other student teams took first place at the Humana and National… Read more »

Baylor, School alumna, selected as APHA congressional fellow

  March 07, 2013 Barbara Baylor Barbara V. Taylor Baylor, MPH, alumna of Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, has been selected as an American Public Health Association 2013 Public Health Fellow in Government.   The APHA fellowship provides opportunities for public health professionals to see… Read more »

Genomic screening to detect preventable rare diseases in healthy people

March 07, 2013 Millions of people unknowingly carry rare gene mutations that place them at high risk of developing preventable diseases such as colorectal and breast cancers and several catastrophic blood vessel disorders.Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine propose that screening… Read more »

Alumna Millie Jones elected AMCHP president

  March 06, 2013 Millie Jones Millie J. Jones, MPH, has been elected president of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs’ board of directors. AMCHP is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families in the U.S.,… Read more »

Alumnus Burdine appointed interim dean of Texas public health school

  March 06, 2013 Dr. James Burdine James N. Burdine, DrPH, alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named interim dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health. Burdine, professor and associate dean for public health practice at the TAMHSC public health school, formerly served… Read more »

Genes that control nervous system development play a role in gum disease

March 05, 2013 By simultaneously investigating millions of gene variants in more than 5,000 individuals, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveal that genes responsible for nervous system development and immune function also play a role in an insidious gum disease known as chronic periodontitis.The work is the first genome-wide association… Read more »

34th annual Minority Health Conference explores ways to improve health equity

March 01, 2013 Dr. Brian Smedley The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health presented the 34th annual Minority Health Conference on Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at UNC’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, in Chapel Hill, N.C.   The event, attended by… Read more »