New grant will ‘re-engineer postnatal care’ to improve maternal and infant outcomes

October 17, 2019
Researchers at UNC, in collaboration with partners at North Carolina State University and The Ohio State University, have received a $2.5 million grant to improve health care services for new families after childbirth and during the transition home.

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.”

Oberlander explores Medicare for All and the changing language of health care reform

October 14, 2019
Professor Jonathan Oberlander tackled the evolving discourse political candidates are using to describe public health insurance policies in a September 2019 article for the Milbank Quarterly.

UNC Gillings School launches Zambia Hub

October 11, 2019
The students, faculty and staff of the Gillings School work in more than 60 countries to address urgent global health challenges. Now, with the launch of a new global hub in Zambia, they have even more opportunities to engage.

Saving mothers more effectively: With $13M, UNC faculty will build a national learning network to prevent deaths from pregnancy and childbirth

October 8, 2019
In the United States, mothers are dying. A recent America’s Health Rankings report listed the U.S. as having the highest maternal mortality rate in the world among developed countries. Now, with a total of $13 million in funding, three faculty members in the Gillings School will implement the Supporting Maternal Health Innovation Program.

Provider perspectives are vital to solving widespread absenteeism in Kenyan health care clinics

October 8, 2019
“Our recent and very preliminary data suggest that between 25 and 50 percent of public sector health care providers in western Kenya are absent at any given time,” says Dr. Katherine Tumlinson.

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.

With ~$52M in funding from NIH HEAL Initiative, Gillings School researchers join fight against national opioid crisis

October 1, 2019
To reverse the opioid crisis that continues to grip the United States, the National Institutes of Health has awarded $945 million in funding across 41 states through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative. Researchers at the Gillings School are leading one of the 375 grant awards, which focuses on back pain.

Lock-in programs connect patients to drug treatment, but don’t reduce risk of opioid overdose

September 17, 2019
Lock-in programs for individuals at risk for opioid misuse appear to have little effect on overdoses — a finding that points to a need for improved program design.

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