SPH Weekly E-News

July 21

Beginning May 27, the weekly e-news will be published every other week throughout the summer. Announcements during this period should be submitted by noon on the following dates: May 23, June 6, June 20, July 3, July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15. Weekly distribution returns on Aug. 18.

News Posted week of July 7 – July 18, 2014

Families with preschoolers purchasing fewer high-calorie beverages

Families with young children are purchasing fewer high-calorie drinks, a behavior that may explain, in part, the recent stalling and potential reversal of childhood obesity trends in the U.S. [complete article]

Gillings School’s Summer Public Health Symposium a success, high school students say

About 50 teens from across North Carolina were introduced to public health this summer, thanks to the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s 2014 Summer Public Health Symposium for High School Students. [complete article]

Alice Ammerman: Inspiring heart health in the ‘stroke belt’

Alice Ammerman is co-creator of Heart Healthy Lenoir, a project that helps encourage healthy living in Lenoir County, N.C. [complete article]

All North Carolina local health departments awarded accreditation

All 85 local health departments in North Carolina have been awarded the status of accreditation by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board as of June 20, 2014. [complete article]

National Prevention Council’s annual report details prevention initiatives

The National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council released its 2014 annual report on July 1. The report describes the goals of the Council’s National Prevention Strategy and outlines developments and progress made toward those goals. [complete article]

BIOS student wins Best Poster award at UK conference

Natalia Gouskova, doctoral candidate in biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, received a “Best Poster” award at the Statistical Analysis of Multi-Outcome Data workshop, held June 30-July 1, at the University of Cambridge (U.K.). [complete article]

Linnan receives grant to study workplace health in McDowell County

Laura Linnan, ScD, professor of health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, and director of the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH), has received a $25,000 Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust grant to study workplace health in North Carolina’s McDowell County. [complete article]

UNC scientists, students map clean water across NC

In a July 7 article in The Daily Tar Heel, reporter Carolyn Ebeling wrote an article about the work of Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School. [complete article]

Nezami wins Gillings Dissertation Award

Brooke Nezami, doctoral candidate in health behavior, has received the 2014 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize funded through the Gillings gift. Nezami’s dissertation, “Healthy Weight Behaviors and Weight Change in Parents and Children Ages 3-5,” focuses on the prevention of childhood obesity through a family-based approach. [complete article]

Water Institute to host ‘Future of Technologies for Water’ competition

The Water Institute at UNC, part of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has partnered with Takata Corporation to host the first Future Technologies for Water Competition. The event, which is open to applicants worldwide now through Thursday, July 31, aims to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water with a sustainable business plan. [complete article]

Powell receives APA Professional of the Year Award

Wizdom Powell, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a Professional of the Year Award from the American Psychological Association. She will accept the award at the national APA conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 7-10, during which she also will present a keynote address. [complete article]

EPID alumnus working to prevent spread of measles in Ohio

Dwight (D.J.) McFadden III, MD, MPH, health commissioner in Holmes County, Ohio, is among those Gillings School alumni who are putting their education at UNC to good use. [complete article]

Study confirms impact of HIV and malaria upon maternal mortality in Mozambique

A new study confirms the extent to which infectious diseases contribute to maternal mortality in Mozambique and the need to increase coverage of maternal health services focused on HIV and malaria. [complete article]

Literature review finds barber shops, beauty salons to be effective venues for promoting health education

Barbershops and beauty salons have long been seen as excellent venues for handing out health information and increasing community awareness. But how effective are these settings at getting the word out and improving health outcomes? [complete article]

 Events and Deadlines for July 21 – Aug. 3, 2014

DHHS announces grant opportunity

Deadline: Tuesday, July 22

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces award-funding opportunities ranging from $300,000 to $12,000,000 for population-based strategies.

More information is available online.

NCIPH to host summer webinar series

The Southeast Public Health Training Center, part of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, is pleased to announce a free Lunch and Learn Webinar Series highlighting hot topics in public health.

Participants are invited to join from noon to 1:00 p.m. each month to learn more about emerging issues, specific to public health in North Carolina:

July 24: Social media and public health
August 5: Refugee health – Who, What and Where?

Each webinar will provide an overview of the issue, including its relevance to North Carolina practitioners, plus strategies to enhance knowledge. Each webinar will include ample time for interaction with the webinar’s presenter and panelists.

More information is available online.

NC TraCS to host data analysis course

July 28 – August 1
8 a.m. – noon
G202 Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB)

The NC TraCS Institute announces a one-week course intended as an introduction to statistical terms, methodologies and analysis strategies most commonly used in clinical/translational research.

Registration is available online. Contact Carly Lamb, clamb1@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

CCN II announces cancer health disparities pilot grants

Deadline: Monday, July 28

The Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN II) welcomes NIH-defined new or early-stage researchers to apply for small-scale, time-limited pilot research grants that address cancer health disparities.

More information is available online (PDF).

NC TraCS to offer R-Writing Groups for faculty

Deadline: Monday, July 28

Any qualified researchers who plan to develop and submit their first independent investigator-initiated grant (e.g., R01) to NIH or another agency are encouraged to apply.

More information is available online.

Water Institute, Takata Corporation host water competition

Deadline: July 31

The Water Institute is accepting entries for the Future Technologies for Water (FTW) Competition, which aims to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water.

The first-place winner will receive $15,000; second-place will receive $5,000. More information is available at ftw.waterinstitute.unc.edu.

COO of Acumen Fund to speak at UNC
Saturday Aug. 2
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Nelson Mandela Auditorium, UNC FedEx Global Education Center

Carlyle Singer, chief operating officer, Acumen Fund, will present “More Money, More Impact: Leveraging Social Good through Investment.” A Q-and-A will follow.

Nourish International, a non-profit that engages students and empowers communities to make a lasting impact on poverty, will host the free talk.

Seats are limited. To register, visit the event page.

New Announcements

IIS Tech Tip: Project SIR

SIR is the University-wide initiative to identify and remediate Sensitive Electronic Information in our computing environment. For more information visit the Project page or contact the School’s Information Security Liaison, Bryan C. Andregg.

Repeat Announcements

Veggie Van to offer weekly produce delivery

Fresh, local produce boxes will soon be available at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Sign up with Veggie Van to receive a box of N.C. grown veggies and fruit every week this summer. More information, including registration, is available online.

Emory to host US Investigators’ Symposium on Global Non-Communicable Diseases Research

September 8 – 9
Emory Conference Center, Emory University (Atlanta)

Join a coalition of U.S. universities and junior and senior investigators whose research focuses on global non-communicable diseases (NCD). This is an opportunity to present your research to U.S. leaders in global NCD research and key stakeholders, including reps from the NIH and CDC.

Abstracts should be submitted to gncd@emory.edu.

More information, including registration, is available online.

Our School in the News

All At Sea (Caribbean Marine Industry Magazine) – Dungaroo, new name in toilets

As a youngster, Liz Morris wrote, “When I go to work, I want to be the boss because I own the company.” She consulted friends and fellow students in her Entrepreneurial class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [complete article]

The News & Observer (Raleigh, Letter to the Editor) – Jonathan Oberlander: Fear-mongering

Stephen Parente’s July 7 Point of View piece “Future bleak for Obamacare” distorted the state of health care reform. United Healthcare recently announced it will enter the North Carolina insurance exchange, hardly a sign the marketplace is, as Parente alleged, about to implode. [complete article]

The News & Record (Greensboro, Editorial) – Tracking health

Improving public health in poor countries is such a challenging task that only the most effective strategies should be funded. That creates a job for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Population Center, which last week was awarded a $180 million federal grant. The massive amount of money, from the U.S. Agency for International Development, continues an effort begun in 1997. [complete article]

Fox News – Are the new natural sweeteners good for you?

With regular sugar taking a nutritional beating and artificial sweeteners unable to shake their sketchy made-in-the-lab connotations and unpleasant aftertaste, it’s no wonder newcomers like stevia and agave are conquering our morning coffee (and the world of packaged foods). And though you would expect natural to mean that a product contains nothing artificial, some new sweeteners may have undergone chemical processing to extract them from their original sources, said Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition at the school of public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [complete article]

Reuters – Severe childhood obesity shows a decline in New York City

Appearing to buck national trends, the prevalence of severe obesity among school children in New York City was down by almost 10 percent in the 2010-11 school year from 2006-07, researchers reported on Thursday. “I think there is potentially a glimmer of hope here,” said Asheley Cockrell Skinner of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, an expert on childhood obesity who was not involved in the study. [complete article]

Newswise – Neighborhoods with healthy food options less likely to have overweight kids

Children with a greater number of healthy food outlets near their homes had a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese, finds an Australian study published in American Journal of Health Promotion. “This study provides a sense of the associations between neighborhood food stores and restaurants relative to self-reported height and weight in Australian children,” said Penny Gordon-Larsen, Ph.D., Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Fellow of The Obesity Society. [complete article]

The News & Observer (Raleigh, Column) – 6 delicious ways to eat watermelon

Watermelon is a summertime superfood. Eat it often while it’s in season. [complete column]

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