NC youth leaders champion vaping prevention at inaugural UNC-led summit
August 24, 2023
On July 24-26, the Gillings School hosted youth leaders and adult supporters for an inaugural summit to learn about evidence-based vaping prevention strategies, develop advocacy skills and build coalitions with other youth leaders in North Carolina. The summit was supported by the state's JUUL settlement funding.
Gillings alums coordinate public health efforts to confront opioid use in rural NC
August 4, 2023
In April, Gillings School alumni participated in the Opioid Solutions Leadership Network peer exchange event, hosted by the Granville Vance Public Health Department, to uncover the best ways to use opioid settlement funds to improve health and save lives in North Carolina.
July 19, 2023
Gillings-led research has found that claims of “natural” or “100% all natural” on sugary fruit juices increase parents’ interest in buying these beverages for their children and lead parents to the mistaken belief that these drinks are healthier and contain less added sugar.
Have you heard of toddler milk? The way it’s marketed may mislead parents
May 22, 2023
Toddler milk is an ultra-processed beverage that the American Academy of Pediatrics calls “potentially harmful” for children — but sales increased 220% from 2005 to 2019. Researchers from UNC are the first to synthesize existing scientific literature around the prevalence of toddler milk use, reasons for use and how marketing trends impact consumer beliefs.
Cervical cancer screening doubles when under-screened women are mailed testing kits
May 11, 2023
UNC researchers found that mailing HPV self-collection tests and offering assistance to book in-clinic screening appointments to under-screened, low-income women improved cervical cancer screening nearly two-fold compared to scheduling assistance alone.
Gillings on the Ground brings collaborative lens to disaster preparedness, response
April 28, 2023
Now in its third year, Gillings on the Ground gives anyone interested in learning more about disaster response the foundational tools and knowledge to get involved in emergency management.