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HPM authors win ‘Article of the Year’ award

May 1, 2017
Brystana Kaufman, MSPH, health policy and management student, is first author of an article selected as The Journal of Rural Health’s inaugural Article of the Year for 2016. “The Rising Rate of Rural Hospital Closures,” published in the journal’s winter 2016 print issue, was co-authored by researchers at UNC’s Sheps Center, including Drs. Mark Holmes and George Pink, of the Gillings School.

Student-led program to fight childhood obesity wins $50K grant

April 28, 2017
Master’s student Camille McGirt has been awarded $50,000 from the Kenan Charitable Trust to advance her organization, Healthy Girls Save the World. The nonprofit aims to improve health outcomes for middle-school-age girls through the promotion of healthy minds, bodies and relationships.

Doctoral student co-authors two studies on the difficulties of quitting smoking

April 26, 2017
Paul Shafer, health policy and management doctoral student, co-authored two articles that examine aspects of the behaviors of smokers who are trying to quit or who are exposed to antismoking advertising. The articles appear in Preventing Chronic Disease and the Journal of Health Communication.

Heath behavior students claim prize for health equity

April 26, 2017
MyHealthEd, Inc., a nonprofit organization co-led by two students in the health behavior department, has won the $25,000 Aetna Foundation Prize for Health Equity Innovation.

Study finds small, mostly-male schools are less likely to have sexual assault policies

April 20, 2017
A new research paper highlights the wide variation in definitions of consent at universities across the United States.

New study explores timing of changes in blood pressure health that lead to larger disparities

April 20, 2017
African Americans and men are more likely to transition from ideal levels of blood pressure in childhood or early adulthood compared to white Americans and women, which puts them at increased risk of developing hypertension earlier in life.

Gillings School authors study online sex education intervention

April 19, 2017
A recent study assessed high school students’ and health teachers’ perceptions of an online sexuality education intervention – and found the tool a valuable resource that provided high-quality health education while improving student engagement, privacy and comfort. Doctoral student Liz Chen and Dr. Clare Barrington are study co-authors.

Biostatistics students receive travel awards for ASA conference

April 18, 2017
Chong Jin and Rachel Nethery, doctoral students of biostatistics, have been awarded American Statistical Association (ASA) travel awards for their respective work on clonal evolution and social vulnerability.

BIOS students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 11, 2017
Elizabeth Chase and Taylor Lagler of the Department of Biostatistics have won prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Cancer burden will shift for people with HIV in US, study finds

April 6, 2017
Epidemiology doctoral student Jessica Islam worked with researchers at the NCI and CDC to find that the total number of HIV-positive cancer patients in the U.S. is projected to decrease through 2030. Islam and colleagues attribute the lowered cancer risk to widespread treatment with antiretroviral therapies.