Study finds source of COVID-19 messaging impacts effectiveness

September 1, 2020
According to new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, COVID-19 prevention messaging is more effective when attributed to a health organization rather than the president of the United States.

Peer support helps people cope — from police to veterans to those affected by COVID-19

August 18, 2020
In a recent journal article, Dr. Edwin B. Fisher shares findings on how telephone-based peer support can provide emotional and tangible resources for people at high risk for mental health problems. In an accompanying editorial, he discusses the additional problems callers are facing now due to the novel coronavirus.

Suzanne Maman named associate dean for global health

July 28, 2020
Dr. Suzanne Maman has been appointed associate dean for global health, the Gillings School’s chief global leader and liaison, responsible for evolving global strategy and global health initiatives. She will begin this role on Sept. 1.

Anderson named founding dean of UC San Diego school of public health

July 21, 2020
Dr. Cheryl Anderson was named founding dean of the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at the University of California San Diego.

‘Missing Mayberry’: Graduate student explores how whiteness shapes perceptions of health in the rural South

July 21, 2020
Nationwide, communities are embroiled in conversations and protests around structural racism, including inequities in the qualities and outcomes of health care for people of color. Also mirroring the national situation, however, white people in rural North Carolina are experiencing increases in early death at greater levels than any other racial group in the state.

Schwantes named William C. Friday Fellow

July 14, 2020
Timothy Schwantes, an alumnus of both the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Social Work, was named a member of the 2020–2022 class of the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations.

‘She has a star in Chapel Hill’: Ethel Jean Jackson leaves indelible mark on public health education

July 13, 2020
The Gillings School celebrates the life of Ethel Jean Jackson, MPH, clinical assistant professor emerita and pioneer of the lay health advisor's role in health education. She leaves behind a legacy as a passionate advocate for community health outreach, particularly in communities of color.

Seven new Gillings Innovation Labs will tackle COVID-19

July 6, 2020
Exactly how does coronavirus spread in the air? What will get kids’ vaccinations back on track across the United States? How can public health practitioners work with church communities to spread accurate information about COVID-19? These are just three of the questions being explored by Gillings School researchers and their collaborators through a special COVID-19 round of Gillings Innovation Laboratory awards.

Giving a global voice to minority smoking inequities

June 22, 2020
A UNC-Chapel Hill student-led public health team places third among 3,500 participants in Oxford University’s global systems mapping competition, exploring racial and ethnic disparities in tobacco control.

Many LGBT individuals believe HIV, AIDS are priority concern over other chronic diseases that affect LGBT communities

June 11, 2020
A quarter of participants in a national phone survey believe HIV and AIDS are the most serious health concerns LGBT communities are currently facing, over tobacco use and other chronic conditions, according to research from the Gillings School.

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