SPH Weekly E-News

November 24, 2014


News Posted week of Nov. 17-21


Runyan wins APHA award for distinguished career in injury control
Carol Runyan, PhD, adjunct professor of health behavior and one of the nation’s foremost scholars addressing violence as a public-health problem, was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Association’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Section at the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans this week.


Lytle in JAMA commentary: ‘Healthful foods in schools are important tool in fight against obesity’
A commentary by Leslie Lytle, PhD, professor and chair of health behavior, was published online Nov. 17 in JAMA Pediatrics.


BSPH students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
Fourteen of the 148 undergraduates admitted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.


Review informs design for smoking cessation interventions for LGBT people
Joseph G.L. Lee, MPH, health behavior doctoral candidate, found that tobacco use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. is 68 percent higher than among heterosexuals.


Events and Deadlines for Nov. 24-30


Public Health Thank You Day

Monday, Nov. 24

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Research!America and leading public health organizations take time to recognize public health professionals who work tirelessly every day to keep drinking water safe, air clean and children healthy. More information and ways to get active are available online.


Gillings schoolwide food drive ends this week

Throughout November, donation collection boxes will be located at the entrances of Rosenau and Hooker Hall and the back entrance of McGavran-Greenberg Hall. Donation suggestions include healthy, non-perishables like tuna, granola bars, canned fruits and veggies, peanut butter and jelly.

Donations will benefit TABLE, an organization providing healthy emergency food aid to hungry Chapel Hill and Carrboro children.

Contact Patsy Polston, polston@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


New Announcements


Public health observance: World AIDS Day

Monday, Dec. 1
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
The Pit

World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Partners in Health Engage, Healthy Heels, Campus Health, LGBTQ Center and Carolina Pre-Medical Association (CPMA) will sponsor a Worlds AIDS Day booth. Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn about HIV/AIDS by participating in a Wheel of Knowledge game and advocate for AIDS by making a quilt square.


Free HIV/AIDS screening

Tuesday, Dec. 2
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Great Hall, Carolina Union


Konrad to speak on rise of occupations in health care

Tuesday, Dec. 2
10-11:30 a.m.
Ronsenfeld Conference Room, Sheps Center, 725 MLK Blvd, Chapel Hill NC

Thomas (Bob) Konrad, Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Policy and Management, will present “WMD and the Genesis of Health Occupations (Weber, Marx, Durkheim).” Dr. Konrad’s talk will explore how fundamental questions about health related occupations might yield 21st century answers. More information is available online.

Contact Julie Spero, juliespero@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Repeat Announcements


C2C looking for health education leaders

SHAC’s Classroom to Community (C2C) is now accepting volunteers for Spring, 2015, for anyone interested in gaining health education skills and an opportunity to teach in your own classroom. Contact c2c.unc@gmail.com for more information. The deadline to apply is Dec 3.


Carolina Cares, Carolina Shares campaign

Give to your favorite organization from Sept. 17-Dec.4. The 2014 theme, “Your gift, your passion,” represents a variety of topics in research, conservation, education, animal welfare, veteran support, arts and many more. Visit http://carolinacares.unc.edu for more information.

Contact a.fig@unc.edu if you have any questions.


UNC IPRC Seminar Series

Friday, Dec. 5
Noon-1:30 p.m.
2308 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) presents “Insight, Implementation, Innovation and Integration: Drug Overdose Prevention in North Carolina,” as part of the 2014-2015 seminar series. Multiple presenters will discuss key elements of drug overdose prevention and the modalities that need to be harnessed to effectively counteract the rapidly changing landscape of misuse and abuse in NC.

Contact Liz Knight, lknight@med.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Family medicine welcomes preventive medicine residency

As of July 1, 2015, the UNC Preventive Medicine Residency will be located in the Department of Family Medicine. The Department of Family Medicine enthusiastically welcomes the Residency, which it views as well aligned with the Department’s mission and critical to the long-term future of the health care system and the state of North Carolina. The Residency will continue to train physicians from all clinical disciplines and acknowledges and appreciates the 25 years of support provided by the Department of Social Medicine.


Our School in the News


Reuters Health
Few schools adhered to USDA nutrition standards before 2013
“There will be significant challenges in many schools to adhere to these standards,” said Leslie A. Lytle. Lytle wrote an editorial on the new results. “Over the past decades, our schools have moved toward a model where individual schools don’t have cafeteria workers who know how to prepare food, and where there are not kitchen facilities for preparing food,” she said. “Without onsite kitchens and trained staff, schools will be challenged to find healthy, quick foods to offer in their competitive food venues.”


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