UNC-Chapel Hill named NIOSH Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health®

September 20, 2021
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has funded 10 Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health®, which promote policies, programs and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. The new Carolina Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health and Well-Being is housed within the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Partner violence elevates postpartum viral loads in South Africa

September 14, 2021
Infants can be healthy and HIV-free when their HIV-positive mothers are healthy. Antiretroviral treatment (ART) is the best way to support this outcome, but barriers including partner violence mean that large numbers of women around the world are unable to continue with ART after giving birth.

NC Medicaid review suggests many infants with prenatal opioid exposure are born to those receiving treatment

September 9, 2021
A new study led by Dr. Anna Austin suggests that, among Medicaid patients in North Carolina, about half of infants with prenatal opioid exposure are born to people receiving medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder – and these babies are more likely to experience better outcomes after birth.

Human, swine waste pose dual threats to water quality after flooding

September 9, 2021
Scientists found several species of bacteria in floodwaters left behind by 2018’s Hurricane Florence, according to a new study from researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.

Microeconomic interventions show potential to reduce HIV vulnerability among transgender women

September 9, 2021
Dr. Tonia Poteat and colleagues have published research on flexible microeconomic interventions, which can support gender affirming interventions, improve financial literacy and provide non-stigmatizing, living-wage employment for economically vulnerable transgender women. While not focused on HIV, such interventions have the potential to reduce the structural drivers of HIV risk.

Students build community ties during inaugural Gillings Day of Service

September 3, 2021
To give incoming students an opportunity to make a public health impact in the local community, the Student Government Association at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health recently launched its first Day of Service.

New study gives insight into how often COVID-19 spreads through households

August 30, 2021
The study reports on how frequently COVID-19 spreads to other people living in the same household as someone diagnosed with the illness. The researchers emphasize that having many people living in one household is a major factor in infection risk, which disproportionately affects communities of color.

Firearm use is more prevalent than thought in intimate partner violence

August 27, 2021
In North Carolina, firearm use in incidents of intimate partner violence is much higher than previously thought, even in non-fatal reports.

Two Gillings leaders advance research on innovative solutions to public health challenges

August 24, 2021
Drs. Mark Sobsey and Steven Meshnick were two early recipients of Gillings Innovation Lab awards that proposed public health improvements to global communities and provided instrumental mentorship to students and faculty at UNC and the Gillings School today.

Paving new paths to choline

August 23, 2021
UNC Nutrition Research Institute Assistant Professor Isis Trujillo studies choline, an essential nutrient that is critical for brain development in the womb.

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