Removing Medicaid prescription restrictions could improve treatment for opioid use disorder

June 24, 2022
Removing the Medicaid requirement for prior approval to fill prescriptions for buprenorphine, a common treatment for opioid use disorder, could lead to more patients gaining access to this life-saving medication.

Weber publishes 50th paper about coronaviruses and COVID-19

June 23, 2022
Infectious disease expert Dr. David Weber has reached a formidable hallmark: his 50th publication about coronaviruses and COVID-19. His research has played an important role in creating new policies and ways that we can keep ourselves and patients safe in community and hospital settings.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier named dean of Gillings School of Global Public Health

June 22, 2022
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, an influential leader in public health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and, most recently, the executive director for Pandemic Prevention and Health Systems at the Skoll Foundation, has been appointed dean of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, effective Sept. 1.

Mack appointed chief scientific officer for IQVIA Real World Solutions

June 22, 2022
Top pharmaceutical research organization IQVIA has appointed Dr. Christina Mack, alumna and adjunct associate professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings, as chief scientific officer for the company’s Real World Solutions arm.

Grant explores little-understood effects of wildfire smoke

June 16, 2022
A new study from recent MPH@UNC graduate Emilly Grant assesses what scientists currently know about the long-term health effects of wildfire exposure – and what they don’t. Her findings underscore an urgent need for greater scrutiny of these health impacts in the face of growing risk from devastating wildfires that are increasing in frequency.

Public health in practice: The NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center

June 14, 2022
The NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center engages in public health practice that improves child care throughout North Carolina by training and supporting health professionals who work with programs to assess, plan, implement and evaluate strategies to achieve high quality, safe and healthy child care environments.

Weideman wins multiple awards for biostatistical scholarship

June 15, 2022
Doctoral candidate Ann Marie Weideman has received two prestigious scholarships in the field of statistics: the Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship, which is named after the founder of the UNC Gillings Department of Biostatistics and is conferred by the American Statistical Association, and the Ellis R. Ott Scholarship from the Statistics Division of the American Society for Quality.

Gillings School community honors the legacy of Dr. Gerardo Heiss

June 15, 2022
Friend, mentor, teacher, researcher and scholar Dr. Gerardo Heiss passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 11, in Chapel Hill.

Can we reverse the rise in maternal mortality?

June 14, 2022
Students from UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University have joined forces to reverse rising maternal death rates in minorities. They’ve been invited to Oxford University in June to share their insights as part of a systems thinking competition among 44 top student teams from around the world.

Public health in practice: NC Partnership for Excellence in Applied Epidemiology

June 10, 2022
The North Carolina Partnership for Excellence in Applied Epidemiology is an applied public health research, educational and practice collaborative to promote best practices that improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and the global community.

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