September 26, 2008 Dr. Dennis Gillings is clearly a man of intent. That is, he intends to excel at everything he does, whether he’s running an international clinical research company, pushing protégés to greater heights of accomplishment, staging a “pig pickin’” or competing in ballroom dancing.Wait. Ballroom dancing? From the age of 15, when his… Read more »

September 26, 2008 Throughout its nearly 70-year history, the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health has aggressively confronted public health challenges as close as Carrboro, N.C., and as far away as China. UNC public health faculty members, staff and students have built the School into one of the top research and teaching facilities… Read more »

September 26, 2008 “The landscape of public health is complex and rapidly changing. The challenges are unprecedented. But this landscape also reveals a spirit of global solidarity, and a strong desire for fairness in health. And this gives us an occasion for unprecedented optimism as well.” – Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health… Read more »

May 08, 2009 When it comes to adding hospital beds, administrators across the state — from the 724-bed UNC Hospitals to the 6-bed Bertie Memorial, in Windsor, N.C. — compete for any additional space the state allows. To improve quality and patient outcomes, North Carolina limits the number of medical facilities — including hospital beds,… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Some people are so good at what they do, they get an award named after them. But some people are so respected, accomplished and inspiring, they get two awards named after them! Take Ned Brooks. The 66-year-old clinical associate professor of health policy and management is so passionate about public service that… Read more »

Taking care of others requires taking care of self by Diane Calleson, PhD I am one of the fortunate UNC faculty members who was swept up in the now-national effort to create policy changes that led to the acceptance of community-engaged scholarship as a viable and valid form of academic pursuit. With my colleagues, I… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Last summer, “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” became more than a science fiction spoof. In June 2008, tomatoes were blamed for a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul, a bacterial infection that caused serious illness in more than 1,400 people in 43 states, including North Carolina. While it is vital for local public… Read more »

May 08, 2009 If a vaccine could protect your daughter from developing cervical cancer, would you make sure she got the shots? But is the vaccine safe? Parents across the country are pondering those questions, and looking to their health care providers for guidance — now that such an option exists. The vaccine helps prevent… Read more »

May 08, 2009 NCIPH serves all 100 N.C. counties The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) is the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s special link to the public health practice community in North Carolina and beyond. During the past 10 years, the Institute has reached public health professionals in all 100 counties… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Student project grows into service initiative for refugee children from Burma The seed was planted in a college medical sociology class when Meg Ellenson read a book titled The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998). Ellenson was deeply moved by Anne Fadiman’s story of a refugee… Read more »