SPH Weekly E-News
October 5, 2015
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.
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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)
0003 Michael Hooker Research Center
All members of the Gillings community are invited to participate in these free yoga classes. Come as you are!
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Learning symposium to highlight public health in conflict settings
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CCRWH to sponsor event on integrated worker health protection and promotion programs
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
304 Rosenau Hall
Gillings’ Culture of Health initiative to offer free mindful relaxation classes
Oct. 6, Oct. 8 and Oct. 13 (Tuesdays/Thursdays)
2304 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
All members of the Gillings community are invited to participate in these short, stress-relieving sessions.
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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
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.
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MPH Core Planning Committee to host town hall meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 7
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.
Stigma Free Carolina to host expert panel discussion on mental health
University Room, Hyde Hall
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 email@example.com 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
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.
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Trygstad to speak on health reform and job market demand
3005 Michael Hooker Research Center
Potter to present on work ability in the nursing profession
230 Rosenau Hall
Female assistant professors and postdocs invited to campus-wide discussion on career development
Sonja Hayes Stone Center
Erinosho to present webinar on policy in child care centers
230 Rosenau Hall (Mayes Center)
Upcoming events and deadlines
UNC to celebrate University Day
Letters of intent for IHQI Seed Grant Program due in October
- What is the problem or gap in quality you seek to improve?
- Where is this problem occurring (specify hospital unit, outpatient practice setting, etc.)?
- How has this problem been addressed successfully in other settings?
- How do you propose to solve this problem/close the gap in quality?
- How will you know if you have improved (what is the main outcome to be measured)?
- 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.
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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
Mediterranean Deli, Bakery and Catering (401 W. Franklin St.)
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.
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Abraham to present seminar on cancer prevention and control
2308 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
Water Institute at UNC announces 2015 Water and Health Conference
William and Ida Friday Center
How do music and public health create change?
Armfield Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the search committee chair, Lara Handler, at email@example.com. 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
Health Informatics Career and Internship Fair open to public
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
North Carolina Central University
Kenan-Flagler to host 2015 Healthcare Conference
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Koury Auditorium, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Center for Faculty Excellence to host showcase
8:45 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center
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