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Alumnus to lead New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance

December 16, 2019
Russell Toal, a UNC Gillings health policy and management alumnus and former member of the School’s Public Health Foundation board, was unanimously voted by a state board to head New Mexico’s Office of the Superintendent of Insurance. His start date will be January 1, 2020.

Nutrition alumnus is putting patient care on wheels

November 11, 2019
Department of Nutrition alumnus Kevin Travia founded Railcare Health, a nonprofit mobile health care service that is breaking down barriers to primary care access in rural North Carolina communities.

Executive Master of Healthcare Administration program celebrates 50 years

October 21, 2019
In 1969, leaders at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health got a request from State Health Director Jacob Koomen. Could they, he wondered, invent an advanced education curriculum for North Carolina county health directors — and deliver it remotely across the 100-county state? The answer, of course, was “yes.”

How would warnings on sugar-sweetened beverages reduce the U.S. obesity rate?

October 17, 2019
“Our study suggests that showing warning labels on sugary drinks is a promising strategy for addressing the obesity epidemic in the U.S.,” Dr. Grummon says. “We found that warnings would reduce obesity prevalence by more than three percentage points. While that number might sound modest, on a national scale it equates to more than five million fewer people with obesity.”

Can a screening for social determinants of health effectively inform children's health care?

October 7, 2019
A study by students and faculty at the UNC Gillings School explored whether screening tools that examine social determinants of health in children can accurately identify early indicators of risk. Based on the researchers' comprehensive review of existing literature, it remains unclear whether such screenings — which aim to consider risk factors outside traditional medical information — inform better care for children.

Health warning labels reduce purchases of sugary beverages

October 2, 2019
A randomized controlled trial from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health finds that even brief exposure to health warnings on sugar-sweetened beverages reduced purchases of those beverages, providing evidence that such warnings promote healthier drink choices.