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New Professorship in Dental Public Health Established

“Gary’s transformative work, Dennis’ innovations, and seeing the mission of the University of North Carolina’s public health school through their eyes have made me want to give back to the School that facilitated my association with these extraordinary leaders.” — Chester Douglass 

Joy and Chester Douglass

Joy and Chester Douglass

The UNC School of Dentistry and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health announced the establishment of a new dental public health professorship on June 5. Made possible by a gift from Chester Douglass, DMD, PhD, and Joy Douglass, the R. Gary Rozier and Chester W. Douglass Distinguished Professorship in Dental Public Health will support a jointly appointed faculty member who specializes in dental public health. [Full Story]

Jill and Michael Kafrissen, In Support of Research on Aging

“Aging is a universal reality that will benefit from our best thinking, now and in the future, and the Gillings School is and will be an important source of these benefits. Our conversations with Dean Rimer and other School leaders have confirmed for us the School’s commitment to innovative solutions and a sustainable and valuable program.” — Jill Kafrissen


Jill and Michael Kafrissen

As the population of older adults grows globally, Jill and Michael Kafrissen want to bring more resources to meet the many challenges that come with aging.

Their concern is evidenced in their professional lives. Jill Kafrissen, LCSW, has broad experience in social work, legislative advocacy and philanthropic activities. Michael Kafrissen, MD, MSPH, who has had a long career in public health and pharmaceuticals, is currently chief executive officer of STE Health International LLC, director of research and innovation for UNC–Chapel Hill’s World Health Organization Collaboration Center, based in the Gillings School’s maternal and child health department, and a researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab. The AgeLab invents and translates technologies to address the practical issues of aging. [Full Story]

Paula Brown Stafford, In Gratitude for a Wonderful Career

“If it weren’t for Craig Turnbull,” Brown Stafford says, “I wouldn’t have been at the right place at the right time to be blessed by such a wonderful career.” — Paula Brown Stafford

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Paula Brown Stafford

Fortunate is the graduate who can reflect on her college years and name a professor whose influence has shaped her life and career. For Paula Brown Stafford, one of those professors was Craig Turnbull, PhD.

Turnbull established the UNC biostatistics department’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health program in 1975 and led it until his retirement in 2006. The program was the first of its kind in the country and has served as a model for others. Turnbull was on the UNC public health school’s faculty for 35 years, enabling hundreds of students to find rewarding careers in public health and medicine. [Full Story]

Shults Funds Injury Prevention Scholarship

“What really impresses us about the Gillings School is not only its strong history as one of the top academic schools of public health, but also its zeal for and leadership in public health practice.” —Dr. Ruth Shults


Charlie Bradley and Ruth Shults

When Ruth Shults, PhD, and her husband Charlie Bradley decided to endow a scholarship for the study of injury epidemiology, there was more than one beloved alma mater from which they could choose. Because of Ruth’s positive experience as a doctoral student, they selected UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. [Full Story]

John Wiesman- ‘I got all that and more’ from the Gillings School

“It was clear that the faculty here, especially in this program, saw themselves as guides and that we were going through the journey together,” he says. “They learned as much as we did from the program, and they brought out the ability in us to learn from each other in the cohort. It modeled for us that learning is lifelong.” — John Wiesman


John Wiesman

When John Wiesman, DrPH, was searching for a doctoral program in leadership as a mid-career public health professional, he wanted one that allowed him to continue working full-time while studying full-time in a practice-based program—and to integrate that learning into his work along the way.He said he got all that—and more—from his experience at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Now, he wants to pay his good fortune forward with a legacy gift from his estate. The John Wiesman and Ted Broussard Scholarship fund, a gift made jointly with his husband, will support student scholarships in the Department of Health Policy and Management’s executive Doctor of Public Health program in leadership. [Full Story]