Gillings alumnae join Biden-Harris administration to enhance well-being of Americans, address pandemic inequities

April 20, 2021
Two Gillings School alumnae have secured influential positions within the Biden-Harris administration: Anne Reid, MPH ’08, is the Department of Health and Human Services’ new deputy chief of staff, and Mayra Alvarez, MHA ’05, will serve on the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

What do we know about women and HIV in the United States?

April 20, 2021
While the United States is the world’s biggest funder of AIDS research and programs, it is also the only high-income member of the top 10 most HIV-affected countries. With this in mind, Dr. Adaora Adimora and co-authors have highlighted important recent developments concerning HIV epidemiology, comorbidities, treatment and prevention among women in the U.S.

Woods and Cooper honored with Carolina awards for outstanding public service

April 15, 2021
Dr. Courtney Woods and graduate student Morgan Cooper were among 11 individuals and one organization honored by UNC-Chapel Hill for outstanding contributions to the campus and broader communities.

Billboard and storefront ads for cannabis linked to problematic use by teens

April 8, 2021
Adolescents who frequently see billboard or storefront advertisements for recreational cannabis are more likely to use the drug weekly and to have symptoms of a cannabis use disorder, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Communicating a crisis

March 24, 2021
During Carolina's Pandemic Year, when University communicators needed to get lifesaving messages to students and employees, they called on top public health experts who also happen to be Carolina faculty.

Brewer named to The Lancet’s commission on vaccine refusal, acceptance and demand

March 5, 2021
Dr. Noel Brewer has been named to The Lancet Commission for Vaccine Refusal, Acceptance and Demand in the USA, which seeks to find practical solutions to vaccine misinformation, hesitancy and refusal in America.

Diggs appointed Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

February 19, 2021
Pam Diggs has been named Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Trainings focused on pain coping skills may also reduce depression linked with perceived discrimination among Black patients

February 16, 2021
Black patients are more likely than members of any other racial group to experience discrimination in health care settings — and discrimination has negative effects on mental health. A new study shows that over-the-phone training sessions focused on skills for coping with pain may reduce the association between discrimination experiences and depressive symptoms.

Diekman explores COVID-19 transmission dynamics, creates resources for health workers at skilled nursing facilities

February 12, 2021
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deployed Dr. Shane Diekman to study how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, spreads in skilled-nursing facilities in Minnesota. While there, he developed a series of tools to aid and protect frontline workers in these facilities.

Graduate student ‘Boundary Spanners’ help NC communities address COVID-19 challenges

February 2, 2021
UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and graduate students created the I4 Boundary Spanners program to address local COVID-19 concerns by combining data analysis with firsthand community perspectives.

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