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Public Health Leadership Program News

PHLP alumna Judy Southern honored for helping establish children’s clinic

Judy Southern, a PHLP alumna, was among the North Carolina recipients of the GlaxoSmithKline Child Health Recognition Awards for improving children’s health. Judy was recognized along with the rest of the staff of the Sunnyside Medical Clinic, a free children’s clinic in Winston-Salem. All nominees and winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Wilmington… Read more »

PHLP student Oh spearheads dental program

Dr. Timothy Oh, a student in the Public Health Leadership Program, recently spearheaded an effort to increase access to oral healthcare in rural Eastern Maine. The newly founded non-profit, Caring Hands of Maine, helped facilitate a NYU College of Dentistry Outreach project in Machias, ME that treated over 280 people in its first two days…. Read more »

Ten Gillings Merit Scholarships awarded to new graduate students

October 06, 2010 Ten graduate students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have received the inaugural Gillings Student Merit Scholarships. The scholarships were established to help the School recruit graduate students with exceptional promise and potential.   Top row (L-R): Rudra, Allaire, Gellert, Moss, Lesesne; Second row (L-R): Newkirk, Kasrawi, Erber, Harkins, Hahn… Read more »

Dr. Lesneski leads team assesment of Pender County Health Dept.

Dr. Cheryll Lesneski and a team of PHLP students recently completed an organizational assessment of the Pender County Health Department. The assessment included interviewing, surveying, data collection and analyzing, as well as presentations to the Board of Commissioners and Board of Health.   Dr. Lesneski was assisted by Marti Macchi, Patty Kempton and Laura Tison… Read more »

Rachel Stevens receives national recognition for local health board work

August 11, 2010 Rachel Stevens, right, receives the NALBOH President’s Award. Rachel Stevens, EdD, RN, has received the 2010 President’s Award from the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH). Stevens is a member of the Chatham County (N.C.) Board of Health. The award was presented Aug. 11 at the board’s 18th annual conference… Read more »

Harris authors editorial on cost-effectiveness study for colon cancer screening

August 02, 2010 Dr. Russell Harris Russell Harris, MD, MPH, has authored an editorial in the July 27 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), commenting on results of an analysis of the cost effectiveness of colonoscopy versus computed tomographic colonography (CTC).   Harris is a professor of medicine in the… Read more »

HPDP receives $3.1 million to study strategies to reduce heart disease, stroke

July 22, 2010 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has received a two-year, $3.1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research alternative ways to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease.   Dr. Stacey Sheridan Stacey Sheridan, MD, assistant professor in UNC’s… Read more »

School reaccredited by CEPH for maximum period, seven years

July 06, 2010 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health celebrated more than Independence Day this holiday weekend. On July 2, Dean Barbara K. Rimer announced the School’s reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for seven years, the maximum period of renewal. “This is great news!” Rimer said in an email… Read more »

Diverse group of students begins competitive fellowship program

June 09, 2010 Fellows from the UNC Summer Public Health Fellowship Program stop at the Old Well in the center of campus. Until recently, Whitney Chrisco didn’t even know that the field of public health existed. She studied biological sciences at North Carolina State University for four years and participated in service learning activities as… Read more »

Monica Schmidt awarded research grant

Monica Schmidt, current MPH distance student in the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP), has been awarded a $10,000 research grant from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS).   This grant will fund her project, titled: “Development and Evaluation of a Sensitive and Specific Multiplex Assay for Early Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma.”… Read more »