Health Policy and Management News

Military, public health practitioners pledge to serve, Porto explains as School honors veterans

November 17, 2006 Photograph of Dr. Jules Heisler It started with a letter to Dean Barbara K. Rimer from a Carolina School of Public Health alumna who had spent most of her career in the military. Lt. Col. Wanda Wills wanted her school to recognize the contributions of members of the military. Wills’ own contributions… Read more »

Top 10 ways to remove trans fat from your Thanksgiving feast

November 16, 2006   Photograph of Dr. Suzanne Havala Hobbs Cutting trans fat from Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor or your favorite Thanksgiving foods, according to nutrition expert Dr. Suzanne Havala Hobbs of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With a bit of planning and a few food substitutions, holiday meals can… Read more »

Havala Hobbs Publishes Book on Trans Fats

Random House has published “Get the Trans Fat Out: 601 Simple Ways to Cut the Trans Fat Out of Any Diet” (Three Rivers Press, October 2006), authored by Suzanne Havala Hobbs, PhD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration and director of the doctoral program in health leadership.    

Health Policy and Administration Faculty Member Named Journal Editor

October 31, 2006 Photograph of Dr. Thomas Ricketts UNC School of Public Health professor Thomas Ricketts III has been named editor of the North Carolina Medical Journal. Ricketts had been associate editor for the past four years. Dr. Ricketts, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration, is also director of the North Carolina… Read more »

Health Policy and Administration graduate students take third place in national competition

October 27, 2006 Photograph of Robin Hunt, Jessica Thompson and April Clark Three graduate students in the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Administration took third place recently in a national healthcare competition sponsored by the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). April Clark, Robin Hunt and Jessica Thompson competed against… Read more »

School’s Disaster Management Director Led Mississippi’s Animal Rescue Efforts Post-Katrina

Bill Gentry knew he’d be helping rescue dogs, cats, horses, and some cattle as the coordinator for volunteer animal rescue in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. He also wound up helping rescue donkeys, rabbits, iguanas, chickens, geese and ducks as well. But alligators? “I’m not sure where the two alligators came from,” said Gentry, a veteran… Read more »

Dr. Mebane Named New Assistant Dean in School of Public Health

Felicia Mebane, PhD, assistant professor in the Health Policy and Administration department, was named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Public Health. Dr. Mebane joined the School in July 2001. Her research focuses on how journalists report on health policy issues. Currently, she teaches two graduate-level courses and will continue to teach… Read more »

HPAA Professor Provides Displaced Physician Data about Recent Hurricanes

Hurricane Katrina and the city-swamping floods that drowned New Orleans and surrounding areas in a toxic gumbo appear to have dislocated up to 5,944 active, patient-care physicians, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows. That is the largest single displacement of doctors in U.S. history, and Hurricane Rita over the weekend… Read more »

Dr. Rebecca Wells joins Health Policy and Administration Department

(Chapel Hill, NC) — Rebecca Wells, PhD, MHSA, has joined the faculty of the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Administration as an assistant professor. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Wells was an assistant professor of health policy and administration at Penn State University, where she was a member of the faculty… Read more »

First “Service in Action” Award Recipients Named

  (Chapel Hill, NC) — The Department of Health Policy and Administration in the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health named the first recipients of its “Service in Action” award for significant contributions made in 2005 in community preparedness and disaster management. The award recognizes individuals who made a significant difference in the… Read more »