SPH Weekly E-News

October 5, 2015

Recent news

UNC named by WHO as lead partner in global effort to save millions of lives
The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) has named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as its academic partner to help coordinate research needed for implementation of a bold new strategy aimed at saving the lives of millions of women, children and adolescents across the world within the next 15 years.

Student-led fitness program helps UNC staffers improve health
UNC Fitness Breaks is a student- and volunteer-led worksite wellness program for the housekeeping and groundskeeping staffs at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program, which encourages individuals to adopt an active lifestyle, provides 10- to15-minute fitness sessions to help staff members avoid injury by building muscle strength and cardiovascular endurance. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for staff members to get a better picture of their health,” said Lindsay Bailey, Master of Public Health student at the Gillings School’s Department of Health Behavior.

NIH funds UNC for pediatric patient-reported outcomes consortium
Bryce Reeve, PhD, professor of health policy and management at the Gillings School, has received a $2,936,800, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of its Pediatric Patient-Reported Outcomes in Chronic Disease Consortium. The grant is shared with Duke University where Laura Schanberg, MD, is the co-P.I.

GO NAP SACC, initiative to improve children’s health habits, to be piloted in 5 states
Go NAP SACC is an online tool that helps child-care programs in North Carolina foster healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, which administers the program, has selected to pilot it over the next six months in five additional states.

Review finds global trends in food consumption impact cardiovascular disease
In May 2014, the World Heart Federation consensus conference met to create an in-depth review of current knowledge on the role of diet in cardiovascular disease (CVD), the changing global food system, global dietary patterns and potential policy solutions. Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the Gillings School, is the corresponding author of the resulting article, which shares findings regarding what the world needs to do to change diets and reduce CVD.

Nezami to receive first-place research award at ObesityWeek 2015

Brooke Nezami, doctoral candidate in health behavior at the Gillings School, was named the first-place student participant in the obesity and cancer category of The Obesity Society’s annual abstract competition. She will present her research, titled “Reducing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Preschool Children: A Randomized Trial of the Smart Moms mHealth Program,” in November in Los Angeles, Ca.

The competition is sponsored by the American Institute for Cancer Research. Nazami’s recognition comes with a $350 award, a ribbon to display during the meeting’s poster session and public acknowledgment at the obesity and cancer section award ceremony by June Stevens, PhD, American Institute for Cancer Research Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School. “Brooke wrote an outstanding dissertation and is very deserving of this award,” said Deborah Tate, PhD, associate professor of nutrition and health behavior at the Gillings School and one of Nezami’s advisers.

UNC offers free seasonal flu shot clinics

Walk-in clinics are now available for students and employees of UNC to obtain free flu vaccinations. Check the schedule at this link for a convenient location: ehs.unc.edu/flu. Please note that campus flu clinics run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Additional local clinics can be found by going to “Find a Flu Clinic” on the website of the American Lung Association.

This year, many local and area pharmacies are offering flu vaccinations in cooperation with the State Health Plan (SHP); thus, there is no out-of-pocket expense for those insured by SHP or Blue Cross Blue Shield. At University clinics, there is no charge for employees on the State Health Plan or for students and employees who are insured through Blue Cross Blue Shield, Partners, Aetna, Humana Gold, SummaCare, Advantra Freedom and Medicare Part B, but vaccine recipients must bring a health plan card and UNC One Card ID to the clinic. Employees and students not on the listed plans can also receive a flu vaccination by paying $25 ($35 for FluMist).

Campus-wide migration from UNC Secure to eduroam wireless network

UNC-Chapel Hill is replacing the campus UNC-Secure wireless network with “eduroam,” a Wi-Fi connection that can also be used when visiting the 200+ colleges and universities around the globe that share the network. Visitors from other eduroam-subscribing educational institutions also can use eduroam while at Carolina.

“Eduroam” has been one of the campus’ Wi-Fi options since fall 2014. The university will switch to eduroam and retire UNC-Secure completely on October 16. Since May 7, all new campus Wi-Fi users have been automatically enrolled in eduroam. Other Carolina users have been switching to eduroam as they learn of its benefits or when their yearly network access comes up for renewal. If you have not migrated yet, please do so now on all of your devices that use campus Wi-Fi.

Moving over to eduroam from UNC-Secure is easy. Go to enrollment.net.unc.edu, click on the box for faculty, students and staff, then follow the directions. When you’re finished, you will receive one year of network access for your device. Alternately, you may connect to the UNC-Setup Wi-Fi network to complete this process. For step-by-step instructions on configuring your device, visit help.unc.edu/help/eduroam/ and see the “Connecting to the UNC Network” document.

Please contact Kathy Anderson, kathy_anderson@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Events and deadlines for October 5–11

The SPH Events Calendar is now available for iCal, Google Calendar and other apps.

Nominations open for Staff Excellence Award

As of Oct. 5, the nomination survey for the 2015 Staff Excellence Award is available online. Nominations will close Oct. 23 and the award presentation will take place Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. in Armfield Atrium.

Free yoga classes return courtesy of Culture of Health program

Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 (Mondays)
12:30—1 p.m.
0003 Michael Hooker Research Center

All members of the Gillings community are invited to participate in these free yoga classes. Come as you are!

Please contact mps3@email.unc.edu if you have any questions.

Learning symposium to highlight public health in conflict settings

Tuesday, Oct. 6
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

The Gillings Global Gateway™ and the Student Global Health Committee will co-sponsor a learning symposium to increase awareness about essential knowledge and skills for mitigating and preventing conflict and managing natural and human-made disasters. Global presenters for this symposium come from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Liberia and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Local presenters come from the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at UNC-Greensboro and the Coastal Hazard Center of Excellence. For more information about the event, click here.
Please contact Dilshad Jaff, jdilshad@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

CCRWH to sponsor event on integrated worker health protection and promotion programs

Tuesday, Oct. 6
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
304 Rosenau Hall
The Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH) Journal Club will sponsor discuss a journal article on the health and economic outcomes of integrated worker health protection and promotion programs. This event will be a great opportunity to network with faculty, staff and students about current work- and health-related topics. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Visit apps.research.unc.edu to register.

Please contact Melanie Struder, melanie_struder@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Gillings’ Culture of Health initiative to offer free mindful relaxation classes

Oct. 6, Oct. 8 and Oct. 13 (Tuesdays/Thursdays)
12:45—1 p.m.
2304 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

All members of the Gillings community are invited to participate in these short, stress-relieving sessions.

Please contact mps3@email.unc.edu if you have any questions.

NC TraCS to host training sessions for i2b2 online tool

Wednesday, Oct. 7 (9—10:30 a.m.)
Tuesday, Oct. 20 (11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.)
307 Health Sciences Library

The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) will host two training sessions for i2b2, a cohort discovery tool that links with the Carolina Data Warehouse for Health. Please visit tracs.unc.edu to register and learn more about the training sessions.

Pleil to present “publish or perish” seminar

Wednesday, Oct. 7
12:20—1:10 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Joachim Pleil, PhD, Environmental Protection Agency researcher, will present a talk titled, “Publish or perish: improving your chances with the journal’s editor.” This is the seventh in a series of 10 seminars about cutting-edge research at the intersection of the environment and public health. For more information, visit www.unc.edu/~weinberg.

Please contact Howard Weinberg, weinberg@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

MPH Core Planning Committee to host town hall meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 7
3—4 p.m.
2308 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Co-chairs of the Masters of Public Health (MPH) Core Planning Committee, Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, and Laura Linnan, PhD, will present draft prototypes to get feedback from meeting attendees. For those unable to attend, there will be a live stream of the event. For more information, visit the MPH website.

Please contact Pamela Lee, pjlee@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Stigma Free Carolina to host expert panel discussion on mental health

Wednesday, Oct. 7
5:30—7 p.m.
University Room, Hyde Hall
Stigma Free Carolina will host an expert panel discussion about mental health stigma’s social constructions, its impact on individuals with mental health concerns and how it can be reduced on campus.
Please contact stigmafree@unc.edu if you have any questions.

Goldwater Scholarship nominations due in October

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per academic year for students who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Nominations must be sent to the Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS) at ods@unc.edu by Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Once students are nominated, they are eligible to apply for endorsement through ODS and must complete endorsement application materials by Friday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. EST. For more information about nomination guidelines and student eligibility requirements, please visit honorscarolina.unc.edu and goldwater.scholarsapply.org.

UNC GRITS to host journal club

Thursday, Oct. 8 
11 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
2005 Michael Hooker Research Center

The next GRITS (Graduate Research and Intervention in The South) meeting will begin with working group sessions, followed by a journal club discussion. The article for discussion is titled, “The Faith, Activity, and Nutrition Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial in African-American Churches.” Please read the article before the meeting for a deeper discussion.

Please contact Juliet Sheridan, sherida@live.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Trygstad to speak on health reform and job market demand

Thursday, Oct. 8 
Noon—1 p.m.
3005 Michael Hooker Research Center
The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research chapter at UNC will sponsor a discussion by Troy Trygstad, PhD, PharmD, titled, “Health Reform Creates Higher Demand Job Market for New Graduates.” He will focus on how health reform and the increased focus on quality metrics are changing the landscape for outcomes researchers. Trygstad will also present several case studies elucidating these changes and will discuss what this may mean for graduate students as they plan their careers.
Please contact Michelle Vitko, mlvitko@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Potter to present on work ability in the nursing profession

Thursday, Oct. 8
4–5:30 p.m.
230 Rosenau Hall

The Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health Journal Club will sponsor a talk by Guy Potter, PhD, associate professor at the Duke University Medical Center. The talk is titled, “How do nurses keep going? Differences in physical and psychological work ability with age in the nursing profession.” A reception with light refreshments will be held after the presentation. Please visit apps.research.unc.edu to register by Wednesday, Oct. 7. 
Please contact Melanie Struder, melanie_struder@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Female assistant professors and postdocs invited to campus-wide discussion on career development

Oct. 8 and Nov. 12 (Thursdays)
Noon–1:30 p.m.
Sonja Hayes Stone Center
Sponsored by the Carolina Seminar Series, this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) series will begin with focus group discussions during which participants will share career development experiences at UNC. The goal of these discussions is to identify barriers as well as resources that impact academic productivity and personal well-being. Differences in experience as a function of discipline and racial/ethnic background are of particular interest. The collected anonymous data will be used as part of a research study that will support a UNC Institutional Transformation grant application designed to increase diversity in the campus workforce. Attendees will receive a $25 gift card to Amazon for participation; lunch will be provided.
RSVP to Erica Nouri, Erica_nouri@med.unc.edu, by Oct. 1 for the Oct. 8 forum (for minority women in STEM fields), and by Nov. 4 for the Nov. 12 forum (for all women not in STEM fields).

Erinosho to present webinar on policy in child care centers

Friday, Oct. 9 
2–3 p.m.
230 Rosenau Hall (Mayes Center)

Temitope Erinosho, PhD, will host a webinar titled “The Role of Policy (“P” and “p”) in Nutrition and Physical Activity Practices in Child Care Settings.” Register for the event to earn credit, and click here to learn more about the webinar. The cost for the event is $20.
Please contact Tammy Elliot, tammy_elliott@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Upcoming events and deadlines

UNC to celebrate University Day

University Day is Monday, Oct. 12. Classes will be canceled 10 a.m.–1 p.m. A brief lecture by Chancellor Folt and other events marking the 222nd anniversary of UNC’s founding will begin at 11 a.m. in Memorial Hall. Dean Rimer encourages all faculty and staff of the Gillings School to attend.

Letters of intent for IHQI Seed Grant Program due in October

The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) Seed Grant Program promotes the development of experience and expertise in quality improvement at UNC hospitals, faculty physician practices and physician network practices. Seed grants are for $50,000, and the projects last for one year. Visit www.med.unc.edu/ihqi to learn more about funded projects. Potential seed grant applications undergo an initial evaluation via a one-page letter of intent. Please submit this letter to Laura Brown, laurabrown@med.unc.edu, by Oct. 12 to address these questions:

  1. What is the problem or gap in quality you seek to improve?
  2. Where is this problem occurring (specify hospital unit, outpatient practice setting, etc.)?
  3. How has this problem been addressed successfully in other settings?
  4. How do you propose to solve this problem/close the gap in quality?
  5. How will you know if you have improved (what is the main outcome to be measured)?
  6. Who will comprise the improvement team?

Fulbright Canada Programs now accepting applications

Faculty and students of the Gillings School (who are United States citizens) are invited to apply to the Fulbright Canada Programs. These programs range from four months to three years in length and offer stipends between $12,500 and $120,000. Please visit www.fulbright.ca/ to find more information and see the full list of research themes. The application deadline for faculty and those with doctoral degrees has passed; the deadline for current graduate students is Oct. 13.

Please contact Michelle Emond, memond@fulbright.ca, program officer for students, if you have any questions.

Opportunities available through Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health

The Fulbright-Fogarty Fellows in Public Health program provides an exciting opportunity for graduate students in medicine and public health. The application deadline for the program is Oct. 13. Applicants should complete the general academic/research application and select “Fulbright Award” in the Special Opportunity section. For a listing of the sites and countries open for fellowships, visit us.fulbrightonline.org.

Speizer to speak at Triangle Area Population Society (TAPS) fall meeting

Thursday, Oct. 15
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Mediterranean Deli, Bakery and Catering (401 W. Franklin St.)

At the TAPS fall meeting, Ilene Speizer, PhD, research professor in the Gilling School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, will present “Real Information on Real World Evaluations: the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation of the Urban Reproductive Health System.” The cost of attendance is $15 for students and $30 for the general public. Please RSVP at www.pingg.com/rsvp.
Please contact Alison Futcher, afutcher@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) soliciting preproposals

UNC NORC is currently accepting preproposals for one- to two-year grants of approximately $20,000 per year for Pilot and Feasibility Program research projects in nutrition or obesity. For more information and to apply for a grant, click here. Preproposal applications are due by Friday, Oct. 16.

School announces new round of Gillings Innovation Labs

The Gillings Innovation Labs (GILs) are designed to solve public health problems and accelerate sustainable solutions across North Carolina and around the world. As many as four awards are available in the amount of up to $150,000 each. Non-binding letters of intent are requested by Oct. 23, and proposals are due by Dec. 1.

For more information, please contact accelerate@unc.edu.

Abraham to present seminar on cancer prevention and control

Friday, Oct. 23
4 p.m.
2308 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Charles Abraham, PhD, professor at the University of Exeter Medical School, will present a seminar on how to use a systematic approach to develop and evaluate behavior change interventions and how to synthesize data from trials to improve public health. To learn more about the seminar, visit unclineberger.org/events. Attendees are invited to schedule one-on-one meetings with Abraham earlier in the day.
Please contact Barbara Martin, bamartin@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Water Institute at UNC announces 2015 Water and Health Conference

Monday, Oct. 26
8 a.m.
William and Ida Friday Center

The Water and Health Conference will bring together research with policy, practice and networking events that consider drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds, with a strong emphasis on public health.
Please contact Katie Hall, mchall@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

How do music and public health create change?

Wednesday, Oct. 28
Armfield Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center

Join Cuban hip-hop artist Danay Suárez for this free event.

Please email Naya Villarreal, nayavill@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Gillings faculty, staff invited to offer feedback on public health librarian candidates

Four candidates for the position of public health librarian (based within the Health Sciences Library, but liaising with the Gillings School) have concluded their on-campus visits. A number of faculty and staff from the School met with and attended presentations by some or all of the candidates. The search committee is currently soliciting feedback on the candidates, to be submitted no later than Wednesday, Oct. 30. Please send your feedback to search committee member Elizabeth French at eafrench@email.unc.edu, or to the search committee chair, Lara Handler, at lhandler@email.unc.edu. All feedback will be held confidential.

Council on Foreign Relations seeks applicants for five fellowship programs

The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR’s) Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career scholars and practitioners who have a demonstrated commitment to a foreign policy career. Fellows come from a wide variety of fields such as academia, business, government, media, nonprofits and think tanks. The duration of each fellowship is generally twelve months and the program offers a competitive stipend. CFR is seeking applicants for the following five 2016–2017 programs:

Oct. 31 application deadline:
International Affairs Fellowship
International Affairs Fellowship (in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd.)

Dec. 15 application deadline:
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship

Jan. 16 application deadline:
International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security (sponsored by the Stanton Foundation)

March 1 application deadline:
Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship

Program details, eligibility requirements and application instructions can be found online at www.cfr.org/fellowships. For more information, please contact fellowships@cfr.org or (212) 434-9740.

Health Informatics Career and Internship Fair open to public

Friday, Oct. 23
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
North Carolina Central University

The Carolina Health Informatics Program will host a career and internship fair for students and professionals with a background in consumer health information, computer science, nursing, medicine, public health, psychology or other complementary fields. There will be opportunities for internships, employment and education.
Please contact Larisa Rodgers, larisar@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Kenan-Flagler to host 2015 Healthcare Conference

Friday, Nov. 6
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Koury Auditorium, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

This year’s theme for the Kenan-Flagler Healthcare Conference is “Strategies and Obstacles in Achieving Patient-Centered Care.” The theme is part of an effort to understand the ways that various sectors within health care are changing their strategies to account for the economic and quality imperative to personalize medicine. The keynote address will be delivered by Jack Bailey, president at GlaxoSmithKline, followed by a networking forum from 3:30–4:30 p.m. where students can interact with representatives from a number of leading companies across the healthcare sectors. Register for the event at kfbshealthcare.org.

Center for Faculty Excellence to host showcase

Friday, Nov. 13
8:45 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

The UNC Faculty Showcase provides an opportunity to learn about exciting work happening in classrooms across campus. Presentation and panel topics will include simulations and role-playing, low-stakes assessment techniques, digital badges and more. There also will be a keynote address by cultural anthropologist Mary Huber, PhD, who has led projects on cultures of teaching in higher education for various organizations. There will be a light breakfast available in the morning as well as lunch at noon. There will also be giveaways throughout the day for prizes, including an iPad and a GoPro Camera. This event is open to UNC faculty only, who can register here.

 Johns Hopkins announces Annual Public Health in Asia Symposium
The Johns Hopkins Annual Public Health in Asia Symposium is currently accepting submissions. The goal of the Symposium is to provide a platform for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their research, expose themselves to the research of others and receive feedback from professionals and peers. This 2016 Symposium theme is “Growing Burdens: Persistent and Emerging Health Issues in Asia.” Topics of interests include, but are not limited to: aging population, noncommunicable diseases, communicable diseases, environmental pollution and nutritional deficiencies. The organizers welcome submissions of full papers, working papers and posters from students interested in the aforementioned topics. Proposals should include the paper title, the author’s contact information and an abstract of no more than 300 words. The deadline for proposal submission is January 5, 2016. Please send proposals to PHSA@jhu.edu. More information is available on the event website.

Please contact Hee Won Han, jhuphsa.hhan@gmail.com, if you have any questions.

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