May 27, 2011 More than 5 million American veterans receive health care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Thanks to collaborations between the VA and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers, as many as 300,000 of them may be losing weight and better managing pain. Deborah Tate, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Rural communities with thriving hospitals may have the work of George Pink and Mark Holmes to thank. Pink, Humana Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Holmes, health policy and management assistant professor, both in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, study effective ways to measure and report hospital financial… Read more »

May 27, 2011 For years, Steve Marshall, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, has studied the consequences of sports injuries and how to prevent injuries to athletes and others. Partly as a result of his efforts, in collaboration with Drs. Kevin Guskiewicz and Jason Mihalik, researchers based in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences’ Department… Read more »

May 27, 2011 North Carolina is the first state to require health departments to provide at least a basic level of service quality for its citizens. To date, 55 of the state’s 85 health departments are accredited. The program has become a model for the country; a nationwide program is expected to begin later in… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Coping with chronic pain is possible but challenging. Evidence shows that many patients report uncontrolled pain and that this is a source of distress for patients and their families. An important part of managing pain involves particular skills, including controlling thought patterns and learning to recognize tense muscles and relax them on… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Even without engaging in risky behaviors, young girls and women who live in South Africa have a 1-in-3 chance of contracting HIV. Audrey Pettifor, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, launched a study in March 2011 to examine the factor known to have the greatest… Read more »

May 27, 2011 During the last 20 years, North Carolina has edged toward the top of an ignominious list. The state currently has the sixth highest incidence of stroke mortality in the nation. There’s no time to waste in turning this trend around. Annually, 27,000 North Carolinians suffer strokes; one dies every two hours. These… Read more »

May 27, 2011 The public’s health is too important to be kept waiting. All around us: New diseases emerge and spread throughout the world at sonic speed; old nemeses sometimes re-emerge in stronger, more devastating forms. Natural disasters devastate countries and reverberate around the world, challenging us to clarify our preparedness plans and training. Evidence-based… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Since the last issue of Carolina Public Health, much has changed — composition of Congress and our state legislature, political uprisings in the Middle East, earthquakes and a tsunami in Japan, and tornadoes and floods in the U.S. The global economy is improving in fits and starts. Revenue is up in North… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Nutrition Dr. Bentley had me at hello. “Well, truthfully,” Heather Wasser says, “it was at her talk at the 2004 North Carolina Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Conference. There, she described a longitudinal study she was conducting among low-income African-American mothers and their babies – the Infant Care, Feeding… Read more »