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.

Gillings student and alumni played crucial role in NBA's COVID-19 “bubble”

January 5, 2021
According to Dr. Christina Mack, the National Basketball Association (NBA) made a call in the name of public health when it suspended the 2019-2020 season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan to restart its season — and hold playoffs in a controlled environment, or “bubble” — was ambitious. Mack notes that the NBA’s history of relying on scientific expertise and data to drive decisions greatly contributed to the success of this novel approach.

Study proves cost-effectiveness of strategies to increase rates of HPV vaccination

December 21, 2020
Recent research published in Pediatrics by a team of faculty and alumnae of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health shows that existing interventions to increase human papillomavirus vaccinations are cost-effective.

During pandemic disruption, Gillings students and alumni create new learning opportunities

December 16, 2020
This spring, the pandemic left nearly 50 students in the Department of Health Policy and Management without internships needed to fulfill degree requirements. In response, the department coordinated with an ardent alumni community to provide new opportunities.

Britton confronts COVID-19 on the front lines of the opioid pandemic

December 11, 2020
As president and chief executive officer of the largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider in the United States, Dr. Thomas Britton was already working to confront the opioid pandemic when COVID-19 began spreading. He says his training at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Public helped him in unexpected ways when he found himself at the convergence of the two greatest public health threats the country faces.

Ten years with the Affordable Care Act in North Carolina

December 3, 2020
In honor of the tenth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, researchers from the Department of Health Policy and Management have published a series of articles in the North Carolina Medical Journal reflecting on the legislation’s impact on health coverage in North Carolina.

Gillings students and alumni provide community COVID-19 testing

November 24, 2020
Dr. Jan Lee Santos – who holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from the Gillings School’s Department of Health Policy and Management – is working with several other Gillings alumni and students at Piedmont Health to bring COVID-19 testing to the places it’s needed most in North Carolina.

AJPH editorial: Populism threatens the public health response to COVID-19

November 13, 2020
In an editorial published in the American Journal of Public Health, doctoral candidate Caitlin Williams and Dr. Benjamin Mason Meier write that populist policies have hindered public health responses to COVID-19 and could have lasting consequences on health and human rights.

Planey pinpoints health disparities in COVID-19 testing and workers with disabilities

November 5, 2020
Geographic analysis can help identify those that are at higher risk of specific disparities due to social and geographic factors. Dr. Arrianna Planey is a co-author on two recent studies that used such analysis to identify potential health disparities in North Carolina and New York.

Class of 1970 celebrates 50 years of reproductive empowerment

October 27, 2020
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the class of 1970 from the UNC School of Public Health. The accomplishments of remarkable alumni from that cohort exemplify the School's spirit of public health education and innovation over the past 50 years.

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