Public Health Leadership student Meghan Lewis was among 13 Gillings School of Global Public Health students who recently received a 2013 Impact Award. Gillings students won nearly a third of the awards, which were presented at the annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration, held April 10 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC campus.
The awards were for research deemed to be of “exceptional benefit to the people of North Carolina.” Each year, the Graduate Education Advancement Board invites Impact Award winners to attend the celebration and present their research to the campus community during a poster event prior to the awards presentation.
Meghan’s study, Evaluating the Utilization of the Community Health Assessment, evaluated how a community assessment is used, specifically among the individuals involved in completing the assessment in Cabarrus County. Her recommendations, originating from respondents’ answers, have allowed Cabarrus County stakeholders to make adjustments and improvements to the way the assessments are publicized, distributed and used, ultimately resulting in a larger impact in the county.
Read more about Meghan’s study and the research of her fellow awardees on The Graduate School website
.Impact Award winners from the public health school, and their research topics, include:
- Joey Crosswell, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Coastal Waters and Implications for a Stormier Future
- Alison Doernberg, Maternal and Child Health and Social Work
Supporting North Carolina Families Facing Cancer
- Shellie Ellis, Health Policy and Management
Prostate Cancer Care Quality Not Affected by Race
- Alexander Gorzalski, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Treating Groundwaters From the Castle Hayne and Peedee Aquifers
- Zachary Kerr, Epidemiology
Municipal Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning to Support Safety
- Ashley Kranz, Health Policy and Management
Comparing the Effect of Delivery Models for Preventing Dental Caries in Young Children
- Lucia Leone, Nutrition
Increase Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Lower-Income Neighborhoods
- Meghan Lewis, Public Health Leadership
Evaluating the Utilization of the Community Health Assessment
- Kyle Messier, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Integrating Multiple GIS Methods for Estimation of Tetrachloroethylene
- Jennifer Moss, Health Behavior
Improving Uptake of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine to Improve Cervical Cancer Outcomes
- Maya Nadimpalli, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Carriage of Antibiotic-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus by Livestock Workers and Household Members
- Andrea Richardson, Nutrition
Dynamic Environments and Obesity: Risky Genes?
- Alison Sanders, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Assessing Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury and Lead Levels in Pregnant Women
Another Impact Award winner, toxicology student Rebecca Bauer, was advised by Gillings School associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering, Ilona Jaspers, PhD. Bauer studied “The Role of the Inflammasome in Asthma.”
This year, there were 41 Impact Award recipients from across campus, the most since the program began in 2006. The Graduate School has held the celebration since 1999 to recognize student leaders who have provided significant contributions to the mission of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and to various fields of study. The event particularly showcases the University’s focus on the people of its home state.
In addition to announcing the Impact Awards, the Graduate School recognized students who won prestigious fellowships and awards this spring, as well as those inducted into honorary societies.
Stephanie Baker, doctoral candidate in health behavior at the Gillings School, received the coveted Boka W. Hadzija Award for Distinguished Service.
Other Gillings School awardees included the following.
- Loneke Blackman (nutrition), was honored for her 2013 University Research Day poster.
- Dane Emmerling (health behavior) was inducted into The Order of the Golden Fleece, the University’s most prestigious honorary society.
- External fellowship awardees in epidemiology included:
- Rushina Cholera, NRSA Fellowship (F30) – For MD/PhD Students – National Institute of Mental Health
- Nabarun Dasgupta, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Law Research Grant
- Kim Gaetz, EPA-STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Fellowship
- Marie-Jo Horner, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Graduate Partnership Program
- Elizabeth Jensen, NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Intramural Research Training Award
- Zachary Kerr, SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Injury Prevention
- Irina Mordukhovich, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Predoctoral Traineeship Award
- Kristen Rappazzo, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellowship
- Diana Sanchez, NICHD NRSA F31 Research Pre-doctoral Fellowship Award
- Shakia Simmons, Gates Millennium Scholarship
- Genee Smith, American Lung Association Lung Health Dissertation Grant
- Anne Starling, NRSA Fellowship (F30) – For MD/PhD Students – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- External fellowship awardee in health behavior was:
- Stephanie Baker, American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
- External fellowship awardees in health policy and management included:
- Alyssa Bullard, Gates Millennium Scholarship
- Jerome Federspiel, NRSA Fellowship (F30) – For MD/PhD Students – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Kimberley Geissler, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Services Research Dissertation Award (R36)
- Monica Holloway, Gates Millennium Scholarship
- Linda Hong, Gates Millennium Scholarship
- Mohamed Jalloh, Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Corris Boyd Scholarship
- Diep Nguyen, Fulbright Fellowship for Non-U.S. Students
- Huyen Nguyen, Fulbright Fellowship for Non-U.S. Students
- Ann Wilton, Alpha Phi Foundation Scholarship, Alpha Phi Nancy Pitchforth Patton Scholarship, Alpha Phi Zeta Iota Scholarship
- External fellowship awardee in maternal and child health was:
- Weeda Zabih, Fulbright Fellowship for Non-U.S. Students; Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowships Program
- External fellowship awardees in nutrition included:
- Carolina Batis Ruvalcaba, CONACYT (Mexican National Council for Science and Technology) Scholarship
- Lauren Brooks, William and Mary Hinckley Fund
- Esther Giezendanner, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Jessie C. Obert Memorial Scholarship
- Beth Hopping, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- Emily Kujawa, American Dietetic Association Scholarship
- Dalia Stern, CONACYT (Mexican National Council for Science and Technology) Scholarship
- Sarah Stickley, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation – Janette Smith Memorial Scholarship