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Gillings School celebrates 77th commencement

May 13, 2017
Families and friends of 329 new Gillings School alumni gathered on May 13 to celebrate the School’s 77th commencement. Aaron Williams, executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International, delivered the commencement address.

Two master’s students awarded Winston Health Policy Fellowship

May 12, 2017
Master’s students Jessica Broadus and Margot Schein were awarded funding from the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship. The award recognizes those students who have demonstrated potential to succeed in health policy at the state or federal level.

Study reveals limitations of maternal health services for deaf women in Cape Town

May 2, 2017
A recent study of the experiences of deaf women seeking maternity health-care services in Cape Town, South Africa found reports of linguistic barriers and mistreatment.

Student-led program to fight childhood obesity wins $50K grant

April 28, 2017
Master’s student Camille McGirt has been awarded $50,000 from the Kenan Charitable Trust to advance her organization, Healthy Girls Save the World. The nonprofit aims to improve health outcomes for middle-school-age girls through the promotion of healthy minds, bodies and relationships.

Heath behavior students claim prize for health equity

April 26, 2017
MyHealthEd Inc., a nonprofit organization co-led by two students in the health behavior department, has won the $25,000 Aetna Foundation Prize for Health Equity Innovation.

Study finds small, mostly-male schools are less likely to have sexual assault policies

April 20, 2017
A new research paper highlights the wide variation in definitions of consent at universities across the United States.

Gillings School authors study online sex education intervention

April 19, 2017
A recent study assessed high school students’ and health teachers’ perceptions of an online sexuality education intervention – and found the tool a valuable resource that provided high-quality health education while improving student engagement, privacy and comfort. Doctoral student Liz Chen and Dr. Clare Barrington are study co-authors.

Valle awarded NCI grant to help young adult cancer survivors become more physically active

April 6, 2017
Dr. Carmina Valle was awarded a four-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, titled “Promoting physical activity in young adult cancer survivors using mHealth and adaptive tailored feedback strategies.”

Fourth annual GillingsX talks draw record crowd

March 27, 2017
The fourth annual GillingsX event, hosted by the Student Global Health Committee on March 23, highlighted students’ global health research experiences. The format is modeled after the TED talks, which aim to deliver an important idea in a short, interesting presentation.

Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

March 24, 2017
Dr. Hazel Nichols and epidemiology student Chelsea Anderson were co-authors of a study that found women who were diagnosed and treated for cancer during their childbearing years more commonly gave birth prematurely – and to babies whose weights were below normal. Their findings were published in JAMA Oncology.