Health Behavior News

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.

Study links racial disparities, maternal substance use with CPS reporting rates in Alaska

August 9, 2019
In 2016, child protective services (CPS) agencies in the United States received an estimated 4.1 million allegations of abuse or neglect. Previous research suggests that a report made to CPS is a marker of child risk and vulnerability — regardless of what the outcome is. A new study delves deeper into this connection from a public health perspective, analyzing the factors associated with different patterns of CPS contact among families in Alaska.

Gillings School grad students report on health impact of HB2

July 30, 2019
In March 2016, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act — commonly known as HB2 — became law in North Carolina. While the statewide economic ramifications of HB2 have been well-documented, little attention was given to the ways HB2 might have impacted the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals and communities in the state.

Typical HIV testing efforts fall short in reaching one group of African-American men

July 9, 2019
African-American men who have sex with men (MSM) and have never been tested for HIV are a small group, but they have a significant impact on the HIV epidemic. New research from a faculty member at the Gillings School shows that efforts to end this epidemic must address the different needs of men who have been historically underserved by HIV prevention and treatment efforts.

Gillings student explores link between eviction and poor health in new website

May 15, 2019
"Disrupted: Eviction & Health in Durham, NC" is a website and exhibit that offers a glimpse into how eviction often leads to poor health outcomes. The project, which sheds light on this issue in Durham, North Carolina, is the work of Karla Jimenez-Magdaleno, a dual Master’s degree candidate in public health and city and regional planning.