SPH Weekly E-News

August 24, 2015


Recent news


Rimer announces intent to appoint Lee as chair of health policy and management
Dean Barbara K. Rimer has announced her intention to appoint Shoou-Yih (Daniel) Lee, PhD, as the new chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School. The decision is pending approval by the UNC board of trustees.


A doctoral student, his mother and the practical uses of public health science
Bernie Agala is a doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School. Jim Thomas, PhD, director of the Carolina Population Center’s MEASURE Evaluation project and one of Agala’s advisers, is an associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School. The little agricultural village where Agala grew up may seem like an unlikely place for a career in public health to begin, but his childhood there inspired his work.


Health policy and management student co-authors two studies on Crohn’s disease
Daniel Erim, MD, is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School. Recently, Erim co-authored two papers sharing new research on Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause abdominal pain, fatigue and malnutrition.


Halpern named associate editor for Journal of Adolescent Health
Carolyn Halpern, PhD, professor and chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, has been named associate editor for public health and policy for the Journal of Adolescent Health.


Study employs cell phones to help track flu on campus
New methods for analyzing personal health and lifestyle data captured through wearable devices or smartphone applications can help identify college students at risk of catching the flu, say researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Allison Aiello, PhD, professor of epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School, collaborated on the development of a model that allows researchers to predict the spread of influenza from one person to the next over time.


Home food environments heavily impact children’s diet, study finds
Leslie A. Lytle, PhD, professor of health behavior and nutrition, chair of the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School, is co-author of a new study on socioeconomic inequalities in children’s diets. Study findings suggest that the home environment a child lives in has more impact on their diet than their family’s overall socioeconomic status.


NC TraCS launches new research education initiative

Starting August 31, any patient signed up and logged into My UNC Chart will be able to access “Join the Conquest,” a new research education initiative and clinical study listing system. For more information, please visit jointheconquest.org.


Complete online help ticket to request software

To request additional software to be installed on a classroom computer at the Gillings School, please complete an online help ticket. Include the classroom number, class and class times. Please note that the end user support department must have a license to install the desired software. Due to the crowded classroom schedule, please allow time for Instructional and Information Systems (IIS) to obtain the software and schedule a convenient date to make the installation. For more information regarding classroom computer use, contact Audio Visual Services at (919) 966-6536.


Compass Center seeks volunteers and interns

The Compass Center for Women and Families seeks volunteers and interns to work in domestic violence crisis counseling and prevention. In particular, the organization is seeking an intern to design and roll out a social norms campaign around teen dating violence. For more information, visit compassctr.org or email bmcenaney@compassctr.org.


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 August 24–30

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


NCHICA board of directors now accepting nominations for three open seats

The North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance, Inc. (NCHICA) board of directors nominating committee is currently taking nominations for three open board seats. The three member-elected positions are for the classes of 2015 (three-year term), 2016 (one-year term) and 2017 (two-year term). All terms begin in September. Any member of NCHICA may be nominated for a member-elected board seat; self-nominations will also be accepted. Please use this link to make your nomination by Aug. 24.

Please contact NCHICA executive director Jennifer Anderson, Jennifer@NCHICA.org, if you have any questions.


APHA webinar series to cover impact of racism on health and well-being

Tuesday, Aug. 25
23:30 p.m.
171 Rosenau Hall

Gillings is offering on-campus screenings of the American Public Health Association (APHA) webinar series, “The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-being of the Nation.” The four-part series addresses issues of critical importance, as evidenced by the School’s mission to eliminate health disparities, the centrality of diversity and inclusion in the School’s strategic plan, the School community’s engagement with the Black Lives Matter movement and more. The remaining screenings, in order of appearance, will be:

  • Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care
    (Aug. 25, 23:30 p.m., 171 Rosenau Hall)
  • Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities
    (Sept. 1, 23:30 p.m., Location TBD)

If you are unable to join the on-campus screenings, you can register to participate online. More information is available at tinyurl.com/APHA-racism-webinars.


Environmental sciences and engineering seminar open to all

Wednesday, Aug. 26
12:20—1:10 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Barbara Turpin, PhD, is the newest faculty member in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. She will give a talk titled, “Anthropogenic water alters atmospheric chemistry. What are the implications to air quality and exposure in a changing world?” This is the first in a series of 10 seminars intended to introduce Gillings students and faculty to each other and the School as a whole through presentations pitched in a language and at a level that everyone can learn from. Attend for cutting edge research at the intersection of the environment and public health, with no previous knowledge of the subject needed.

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


Gillings Global GatewayTM to host open house

Thursday, Aug. 27
10 a.m.—3 p.m.
104 Rosenau Hall

This event will have refreshments, snacks, games, raffles and most importantly! an opportunity to learn about global health at the Gillings School. See the event Web page for more information.


Indiana professor to speak on mining drug interaction signals

Thursday, Aug. 27
3:30—4:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Lang Li, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Indiana University’s School of Medicine, will present “Translational Biomedical Informatics Research in Drug Interaction.” Find the full event description here (PDF).

Please contact Christine Kantner, ckantner@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


First Carolina Seminar will address interprofessional practice and education

Friday, Aug. 28
9 a.m.—noon
Auditorium, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Barbara Brandt of the University of Minnesota, director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, will present “Living in the Nexus of Interprofessional Practice and Education: The Need to Think and Act Differently.” This event is the first Carolina Seminar of the 2015-2016 academic year and is co-sponsored by UNC-PrimeCare, an HRSA-funded project at the UNC School of Social Work that focuses on integrated behavioral health care. Register online at bit.ly/1NaN6X3.

Please contact Rachel Wilfert, rachel.wilfert@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Gillings community invited to enjoy free yoga classes

Aug. 28, Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 (Fridays)
Noon—12:30 p.m.
0003 Michael Hooker Research Center

On behalf of the School’s Culture of Health initiative, all members of the Gillings community are invited to participate.

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


Department of Nutrition hosts continuing education event on arsenic and cardiometabolic risk

Friday, Aug. 28
2—3 p.m.
230 Rosenau Hall

The Department of Nutrition’s new continuing education program, accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to nutrition professionals and translates current research and best practices to promote state-of-the-art patient care. At this event, Michelle Mendez, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the Gillings School, will deliver a talk titled, “Does Arsenic Exposure Increase Cardiometabolic Risk? Findings from Mexico and China.” All are welcome to attend the event in person or via webinar; those obtaining CEUs must register online. (Users must create an account with the North Carolina Institute of Public Health to register.) The fee is $30, and one CEU is available for Registered Dietitians.


Upcoming events and deadlines


First abstract deadline for Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale

Research, program and Innovation Prize/impact pitch abstracts are currently being accepted for the upcoming 13th annual Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale. The conference, which will take place April 16-17, is the world’s largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference. The first abstract deadline is Aug. 31; the final abstract deadline is September 30. Register during August for 50 percent off the standard registration rate.


Do wellness programs work?

Tuesday, Sept. 1
11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
304 Rosenau Hall

This event marks the first meeting of the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health’s fall 2015 Journal Club. The group will discuss a 2014 article by Ron Goetzel and colleagues titled, “Do Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs Work?” A link to the article is available on the Collaborative’s website: sph.unc.edu/ccrwh/news-and-events/. All at Gillings are welcome to attend this excellent opportunity to meet other faculty, staff, students, researchers and practitioners interested in work and health.

Please contact Meanie Studer, mstuder@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Gillings to host welcome-back gathering

Tuesday, Sept. 1
3 p.m.
Armfield Atrium (Michael Hooker Research Center)

The dean’s office will host a welcome-back social to kick off the 2015-2016 academic year. Enjoy healthy food, meet some new people and catch up with friends and colleagues.

Please contact Angelica Figueroa, a.fig@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Registration open for NCHICA’s 21st annual Conference and Exhibition

Sunday, Sept. 13–Wednesday, Sept. 16
Pinehurst, N.C.

The theme of the North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance, Inc.’s (NCHICA’s) 21st annual Conference and Exhibition is “Transforming Healthcare from Volume to Value.” The program will feature over 40 speakers, four plenary sessions and 21 breakout sessions on population health, health information exchange and technology topics. For further details on registration fees and deadlines, click here.


Proposals sought for 2015 C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities

Gillings School faculty members are encouraged to submit proposals for the 2015 C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities: Applied Innovation of Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarly Expertise. This award recognizes exemplary faculty scholarship that reflects the University’s commitment to innovation. As in past years, the 2015 competition is focused on innovative engagement and outreach. The award will be given to the faculty member or members whose proposed project best applies humanities and/or social sciences methods or approaches that directly and positively impact constituencies outside the University. The C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities will be in the amount of $75,000. The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, Sept. 14. Visit cfharvey.web.unc.edu to view the detailed program announcement and the online application.

Please email harveyaward@unc.edu or call Mark Meares, associate vice chancellor of corporate and foundation relations, (919) 962-3420, if you have any questions.


Gillings’ Culture of Health initiative offers free mindful relaxation classes

Sept. 24, Sept. 29, Oct. 1, 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.


World Health Assembly chooses universal health coverage theme

Friday, Oct. 2
Noon–6:30 p.m.
Armfield Atrium (Michael Hooker Research Center)

AMWHO is the only World Health Assembly (WHA) simulation in the United States. It aims to engage and educate undergraduate and graduate students in the plethora of global health opportunities. Participants ultimately send a working resolution to the WHA in Geneva, Switzerland. This year’s theme – Universal Health Coverage – will challenge delegates to discuss health from economic, political, social and scientific perspectives. Learn more and register online.

Contact Samantha Croffut, samcroff@live.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Fulbright Canada Programs 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 PhD holders has passed; the deadline for graduate students is Oct. 13.

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


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