Health Behavior Alumni

Health behavior alumni at APHA in 2016

Welcome HB Alumni!

Hannah Prentice-Dunn

Hannah Prentice-Dunn

As president of the health behavior chapter of the alumni association, my goal is to promote connections across our diverse alumni network, especially informally and through social events. I also encourage alumni to reach out to the department; let us know how you are, where you are, and how we can continue to serve you.

– Hannah Prentice-Dunn, president of the health behavior chapter of the Gillings School’s alumni association

Read more of Hannah’s letter.

Thank You

The Department of Health Behavior appreciates our alumni’s engagement and generous gifts. Many alumni attended the spring alumni social and student awards ceremony in April 2016 and some of them – recipients of the awards in previous years – presented awards for this year. Other alumni participated in the Career and Networking Conference in February, and many alumni mentor and support practicum students and Capstone teams every year. We appreciate those who donated to support students with global practicum opportunities, to help establish the Jo Anne Earp Professorship in Health Behavior and those who gave general support to the department. You can make a donation at any time.


Health Behavior Jobs

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Featured Alumni: Becky Bowden and Rachel Shelton

Photo:Dr. Rachel Shelton

Dr. Rachel Shelton

Photo: Becky Bowden, MPH

Becky Bowden, MPH

Becky Bowden, who is retired, is active in the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE).  She has been recognized for her outstanding career of service. Among her many honors are the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, awarded by the governor for exemplary service to the state that has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina, and the Eunice N. Tyler Award for Excellence in Public Health Education Practice. Read More

Rachel Shelton

Dr. Rachel Shelton (MPH, 2004), who earned a doctorate at the T.H Chan School of Public Health at Harvard after completing her master’s degree in health behavior at the Gillings School, is an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and associate director of research at the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Columbia University. Read More


News and Events

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Recent Profiles

Becky Bowden, MPH, who is retired, is active in the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE).  She has been recognized for her outstanding career of service.   Read More

Dr. Rachel Shelton (MPH, 2004)  is an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and associate director of research at the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Columbia University. Read More

Amy Lansky (MPH, 1991; PhD, 1996) is director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy where she serves as President Obama’s lead adviser on domestic HIV/AIDS issues.

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James Thrasher (PhD, 2005) is an associate professor of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.

Linda Ko (PhD, 2008) is director of the Health Communication Research Center at the Fred Hutchinson Center for Community Health Promotion.

Katherine Turner (MPH, 1996) works as a senior advisor and manager at Ipas.

DeVetta Holman-Nash (MPH, 1985) is the assistant director of student wellness services and coordinator of student academic success at Carolina. She was profiled by UNC in early 2016.

Ingrid Morris (MPH, 2003) is a healthcare developer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Edna Davis-Brown (MPH, 1975) consults with community groups in cities and towns across the nation from her home base in Maryland and is active in her North Carolina community as well.

Updates

Health behavior alumni at APHA in 2016

Jane Brooks Carroll McCoy (MSPH 1946) was born near Chapel Hill in 1924 and passed away in Oakland, California on June 29, 2016. Jane was a longtime Berkeley resident and an early civil rights activist. She was committed to race relations and social justice and also interested in community and global health. Read the obituary.

Robert I. Wakeley (MPH,1950) Robert I. Wakeley was born August 5, 1923 in Waterbury, Connecticut and died peacefully in his sleep on September 22, 2016 at the age of 93 in La Jolla, California. Robert worked with the American Cancer Society for much of his career. He retired as the Executive Vice President for the California Division of the American Cancer Society in 1988. Read More.

Heather D’Angelo (PhD, 2015) is the first author of a study that found that low-income students and Hispanic students are disproportionately exposed to both tobacco outlets and fast-food restaurants near their schools. Read more.

Christina Galardi (MPH,MCRP, 2016)  In August, Galardi started working as a project manager with the Department of Health and Human Services in South Carolina.

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Jennifer Gierish, (MPH, 2000; PhD, ) was promoted to associate professor in the Duke Division of Internal Medicine. Read more.

Ciara Zachary (MPH, 2003) PhD from JHU works as a Policy Analyst, Health Advocacy Project at the North Carolina Justice Center and can be contacted at the center.

La Verne Reid (MPH, 1977) is a professor in the Department of Public Health Education at North Carolina Central University.

Edward F. Meehan (MPH, 1978) is the executive director of The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Hannah Prentice-Dunn (MPH, 2012) is Project Manager for Cancer Intervention Research at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sadhana W. Hall (MPH, 1986) works as the deputy director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth.  Read about Hall.

Helen Cole (MPH 2007) received a DrPH in the Community, Society and Health track from the City University of New York Graduate Center and School of Public Health in June 2016. In August, she will become a postdoctoral fellow in urban planning at the Institut de Ciencia i Tecnologia Ambientals, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Hannah Prentice-Dunn (MPH, 2012) became president of the health behavior chapter of the Gillings alumni association in July 2016.

Michele Clark (MPH, 1996) is senior consultant at John Snow, Inc. (JSI), works on several public health projects at JSI including a national HIV integrated planning technical assistance project, an evaluation of an opioid urgent care clinic pilot project in Massachusetts and a contraceptive access quality improvement project in New York City. Clark is also a DrPH candidate at Boston University. Her dissertation research investigates clinic-based strategies to prevent opioid overdose deaths, focusing on community health centers in Massachusetts. She was awarded the Dr. Beverly Brown Scholarship from the Boston University Women’s Guild.