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 »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Epidemiology 2011 Winstanly Scholar “A colleague once described an ideal career as one that combines ‘the world’s great need with your great joy,’” Nora Rosenberg remembers. “I am fortunate to have found this type of career.” Rosenberg works in parts of sub-Saharan Africa heavily affected by HIV, where the… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Master’s student Health behavior and health education   Lexie Perreras became interested in public health through an undergraduate multicultural psychology course. She was appalled that racial and ethnic minorities bear a greater burden from unmet mental health needs. “The influence of stressors, such as discrimination, on mental and physical health was… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Undergraduate Environmental sciences and engineering Trude Bennett, PhD, professor of maternal and child health, traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, in fall 2011, to facilitate the UNC Burch Field Research Seminar at the Hanoi School of Public Health. UNC Bachelor of Science in Public Health students Burcu Bozcurt, Allison Cummings and Joey Parker… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Health policy and management Kimberley Geissler became interested in public health while completing an undergraduate degree in economics and chemistry at Williams College. Her research interests center around health economics, quality of care, and access to health services for low-income populations. “Research on these topics is particularly important to… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Master’s student Health behavior and health education Jenna Garrett grew up in a small town in the northwestern United States. When she left home, she discovered the world was much larger than she’d realized. Her world expanded, she says, “through my experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Epidemiology “Health and its accompanying issues, from the exotic to the mundane, shape our world,” Jess Edwards says. “Health is a prerequisite for development on every level, from personal development through education to economic development through employment and innovation. Disease and poor health limit opportunities for individuals and societies,… Read more »