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Health Policy and Management Research

Examples from Puerto Rico: Why the federal government must stay involved in Medicaid services

November 14, 2017
Dr. Jonathan Oberlander and colleagues assess the negative consequences of caps on Medicaid funding in an article published online Nov. 8 in the American Journal of Public Health.

Shafer to represent Gillings School at APHA’s Delta Omega poster session

October 25, 2017
Doctoral student Paul Shafer will represent the Gillings School at the APHA conference as a presenter in the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health poster session.

TB still major public health threat in China due to knowledge-practice gap, study finds

October 17, 2017
Although the prevalence of tuberculosis has more than halved in China since 1990, early diagnosis remains a challenge. A new study led by Dr. Sean Y. Sylvia provides, for the first time, data on the quality of TB care found at three different levels of the Chinese rural health system.

Five new Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

October 5, 2017
Five teams of Gillings School researchers and their collaborators have been awarded new funding for Gillings Innovation Laboratory awards (GILs), beginning this fall. Researchers include Drs. Orlando Coronell, Stephanie Engel, Emily Gower, Stephen Marshall, and Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD, and Steven Meshnick. The awards are administered by Research, Innovation and Global Solutions, the Gillings School unit that manages programs funded by the $50 million Gillings gift.

Lancet report charts path toward health for sub-Saharan countries

September 26, 2017
Dr. Irene Agyepong, Gillings School alumna, is lead author of a new, comprehensive report that charts a roadmap for improved health among sub-Saharan Africans. Published in The Lancet, the report was co-authored by a number of public health researchers and policy makers around the world.

Savings less than expected for generic oral chemotherapy, study finds

September 11, 2017
A study by Dr. Stacie Dusetzina, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, determined that the cost savings for a generic version of an orally administered cancer treatment were less than expected — a finding that questions the impact generic drugs can have on controlling health-care costs.

UNC researchers receive grant to examine enhanced services in NC community pharmacies

September 8, 2017
Kea Turner, a doctoral candidate in the health policy and management department, is co-principal investigator on a grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation that will analyze barriers to organizational change in community pharmacies.

Study finds widening disparities in infant mortality and life expectancy between Appalachia, rest of US

August 8, 2017
A new study co-authored by Dr. Rebecca Slifkin confirms a widening gap in health equity between Appalachia and the rest of the United States. Slifkin and colleagues call for policy changes and financial support to help people who live in economically depressed regions. Photo courtesy of Virginia State Parks.

US aid to combat malaria in Africa associated with reduced risk of childhood mortality

June 16, 2017
Funding from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in 19 sub-Saharan African countries was associated with a 16 percent reduction in the annual risk of children dying before age five, according to a new study by health policy and management researchers Aleksandra Jakubowksi and Dr. Harsha Thirumurthy.

Advanced cancer patients survive longer when given chance to report symptoms during treatment

June 8, 2017
Patients who receive treatment for advanced cancers commonly experience symptoms that go unreported to and undetected by clinicians. In an effort to improve patient survival and quality of life, a new study led by Dr. Ethan Basch examines the impact of patients having the opportunity to report symptoms electronically as they occur.