May 01, 2013 Small loans change health behaviors in at-risk young men The young men from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, had heard it all.They had been educated about safe sex and taught methods to prevent the dramatic spread of HIV ravaging their community. They were encouraged to reduce the ongoing physical and sexual violence against… Read more »

May 01, 2013 Gail H. Cassell, PhD, DSc (Hon.), and Ralph H. Cassell, MBA, are very proud of their daughter, Cynthia. The Cassells (l-r), Gail, Ralph and Cynthia In 2007, Cynthia Cassell received a Doctor of Philosophy in maternal and child health, with a minor in epidemiology, from what is now the Gillings School of… Read more »

May 01, 2013 Honoring a beloved daughter through a scholarship gift Melinda, with her mother Eunice     Melinda’s life was grounded in honesty, integrity and love. So recalls Eunice Brock, Melinda’s mother and the person who established in her memory The Melinda Kellner Brock Maternal and Child Health Scholarship at the Gillings School of… Read more »

May 01, 2013 North Carolina’s decision about Medicaid expansion affects everyone Some political decisions affect a small group; others impact us all. On February 5, North Carolina senators passed Senate Bill 4; the equivalent bill in the House–16–was passed February 26. Both mandate that the state will opt out of Medicaid expansion. This is the… Read more »

May 01, 2013 Exploring the dark side of the forestTrees are likely responsible for the misty haze that gave name to the Smoky Mountains– and for much of the smog that hangs over cities. Wait Aren’t trees the world’s best air fresheners, producers of oxygen that make our atmosphere healthier? Yes and no.The fragrance of… Read more »

Awards and recognitions November 07, 2012 Maman, Sen receive McGavran, Larsh awards; Rimer introduces Bloomberg Two prestigious faculty awards were presented during the School’s May 12 commencement. Suzanne Maman, PhD, associate professor of health behavior, received the McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Pranab K. Sen, PhD, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished professor of biostatistics,… Read more »

November 07, 2012 Your gift to the Annual Fund makes a positive difference in students’ lives This year’s Annual Fund Scholars are:                       For more information about Annual Fund scholarships, visit, or contact Jerry Salak at jerry. or (919) 966-0198. Carolina Public Health… Read more »

November 07, 2012 The gift of leadership – Atkinson chosen as foundation board president Delton Atkinson, MPH, a division director in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, has been elected president of the School’s Public Health Foundation board. A board member since 2007, Atkinson is connected to the School… Read more »

November 07, 2012 Engaging patients and physicians in China’s fight against chronic diseases With an aging population and the adoption of an increasingly western lifestyle, the burden of chronic diseases in China is on the rise. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Chinese people over age 65 will more than double between… Read more »

November 07, 2012 A stone from every state – Denise Cline’s memories result in a travel fund for students Denise Cline’s father had a unique idea. “My father’s goal,” she says, “was to gather a rock from every state and use them eventually to build a fountain.” The memory stands out when she is asked… Read more »