February 20, 2020 “The limitation with [the] traditional approach is that there are many possible control actions and technologies affecting emissions from many different sources, and it is impractical to sort through all the choices,” says Dr. Jason West. “Using a simpler model, we turned that approach around to essentially ask which emission reductions are most cost-effective for improving public health.”
February 18, 2020 Dr. Travis Johnson, founder of the Gillings School's Master of Public Health in Asheville and Place-Based Health concentration, has died at the age of 43 after an eight-year battle with colon cancer. He leaves behind a legacy of enthusiasm for public health in teaching, research and practice.
For adults with multiple chronic conditions, there is room for improvement in engagement with patients and families
February 18, 2020 People with multiple chronic conditions often rely on support from family members when managing treatment and making health care decisions, but few documented medical interventions exist that focus on engaging both patients and their families.
February 18, 2020 “Phil was an incredibly accomplished researcher, but what I will always remember about him is the time that he took to mentor and advise students and young faculty, including me,” said Dr. Gregory Characklis. “Building a sense of community was very important to Phil.”
Closing liquor stores in Baltimore residential neighborhoods could prevent 22 homicides, save $27.5M each year
February 13, 2020 In the wake of the implementation of TransForm Baltimore, which included provisions to remove liquor stores from Baltimore’s residential neighborhoods, new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Johns Hopkins University shows that closing 80 of these liquor stores could prevent 22 homicides and save $27.5 million each year.
February 13, 2020 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has honored two health policy and management alumni, Evelyn Foust, MPH, and Belinda Pettiford, MPH, with the Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award for outstanding accomplishments and continued commitment to the cause of public health.
Chilean policies reduce purchases of unhealthy beverages by 24%: the first national evaluation of the impact of a front-of-the-package food label law
February 11, 2020 Chile’s Law of Food Labeling and Advertising, implemented in 2016, was the first national regulation to jointly mandate front-of-package warning labels, restrict child-directed marketing, and ban the sale in schools of all foods and beverages containing added sugars, sodium or saturated fats exceeding set thresholds (also called “high-in” food and beverages).
February 11, 2020 In order to develop optimal policies and standards for health information systems across the African Union, Manish Kumar, MPH, has been invited to join the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)'s Health Information Exchange Task Force. Along with other subject matter experts, he will provide guidance on the effective collection, analysis and exchange of health data.
February 11, 2020 Almost ten years ago, the World Health Organization adopted a voluntary global strategy for reducing harmful use of alcohol. A new survey shows it isn’t working.
Distress, trauma are common themes among mothers of very preterm and low birthweight babies, UNC study finds
February 10, 2020 Having a baby in the NICU can exacerbate postpartum distress related to birth trauma and disrupt lactation, according to new study that includes research from Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist.