NC prisons study finds better, safer outcomes with diversion program for mental, behavioral health

October 29, 2021
Researchers found that people experiencing incarceration in North Carolina who were assigned to a therapeutic diversion unit instead of restrictive housing were at least three times less likely to commit further infractions, harm themselves or require inpatient mental health treatment.

Financial incentives for COVID-19 vaccination are effective, finds evaluation of NC program by NCDHHS, NCCU and UNC-Chapel Hill

October 25, 2021
The $25 Summer Card pilot program operated by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) was successful in encouraging COVID-19 vaccination, according to a published research letter by authors from NCDHHS, North Carolina Central University and the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Decarbonization strategies need broader consideration, coordination of energy technologies

October 20, 2021
Deep decarbonization strategies require broad approaches that provide complementary solutions for energy needs across multiple sectors, including electricity, transportation, agriculture, health and manufacturing. Dr. Noah Kittner is lead author on a new commentary that calls for researchers to work together to solve these interdisciplinary challenges.

Multiple-drug involvement in overdose deaths has risen in NC

October 14, 2021
Between 2015 and 2019, North Carolina saw an increase in overdose deaths that involved multiple drugs, highlighting the rapidly changing nature of drug overdoses in the state.

UNC awarded $11.7 million to help providers improve HPV vaccine communication, uptake among adolescents

October 6, 2021
Provider recommendations are key to increasing HPV vaccination rates. A new $11.7 million research initiative, led by UNC Gillings researchers, will equip health care providers with the support necessary to communicate about HPV vaccines more effectively.

Carolina research produces effective experimental pill to treat COVID-19

October 1, 2021
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research set the stage to seek emergency authorization of the first oral antiviral drug to treat COVID-19.

Gillings students propose framework for addressing health disparities in US maternal mortality

October 1, 2021
Five students in the Population Health for Clinicians concentration collaborated on a publication that creates a model for understanding and addressing determinants that contribute to maternal mortality in the United States.

UNC-Chapel Hill Peer Support Core reflects on impact of inaugural year

September 30, 2021
September marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the UNC-Chapel Hill Peer Support Core, an organization charged with “increasing resources for programs focused on peer-to-peer support, non-crisis support and discussion.” In honor of this milestone, the Peer Support Core has released its 2020-2021 Annual Report, which highlights the impact made on mental health and wellness.

Blue Cross NC, UNC join forces for new clinical study to improve food security, chronic health conditions

September 22, 2021
With a $3.2-million investment, Blue Cross NC is collaborating with UNC Health and UNC-Chapel Hill researchers to conduct a first-of-its-kind clinical study to establish sustainable best practices for helping individuals put nutritious food options on the table and improve health.

Partner resistance affects contraceptive use in Kenya

September 21, 2021
The resistance that male partners may have toward contraceptive use contributes to barriers in access for women and birthing people seeking family planning resources in Western Kenya.

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