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Health Policy and Management News

Study finds policy changes increase access to drug that reverses opioid overdoses

July 6, 2018 A new study found that laws to improve naloxone access increase access to naloxone among Medicaid beneficiaries, a group that experiences a risk of overdose death several times higher than the general population. Naloxone is a life-saving prescription medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Photo by Tom Wolf.

Alumnus Paul Erwin named dean of UAB School of Public Health

May 22, 2018 Dr. Paul Campbell Erwin, 2009 alumnus of the Gillings School, has been selected as dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. Erwin, who will begin in that position on Aug. 1, currently is professor and head of the University of Tennessee (UT) at Knoxville Department of Public Health.

Researchers find fewer young people are completing the HPV vaccine series, urge better compliance

May 18, 2018 UNC researchers led by doctoral student Jennifer Spencer have reported in a new study that follow-through on the HPV vaccine – the percentage of those who complete the series within a year of receiving their first dose – has fallen dramatically. The drop is problematic, given that timely completion of the vaccine series protects those who are sexually active from a number of reproductive system cancers, notably cervical and anal cancers. Photo by VCU CNS.

Holzworth named consortium’s Global Health Champion

May 9, 2018 Donald Holzworth, executive in residence at the Gillings School, has been named the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s 2018 Global Health Champion. The award recognizes career-long commitment to the advancement of global health.