The Gillings Community Responds to COVID-19: Keeping Communities Informed

May 11, 2020
The digital space has made information about COVID-19 more accessible than ever – but not more accurate. Students in maternal and child health, the Public Health Leadership Program and environmental sciences and engineering are generating solutions to communicate public health information factually and effectively to communities in need.

Adults in Mexico are consuming fewer soft drinks three years into a sugary-beverage tax

May 6, 2020
“These results show that the tax is lowering the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks among an adult cohort over the first three-years of the tax implementation,” says Dr. Shu Wen Ng. “In particular, it lowered the proportion of medium and high consumers of the beverages, while increasing the share of adults who were low-consumers and non-consumers.”

Stuebe and Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute collaborate on federal law and health policy report

May 4, 2020
Dr. Alison Stuebe, in collaboration with the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, has co-authored a new report from the federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The report seeks to raise awareness about the role law and policy have to play in increasing the rates of breastfeeding in the U.S. as part of a broader strategy to improve population health.

The Gillings Community Responds to COVID-19: Voices from the Front Lines

May 4, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Gillings School students and alumni across North Carolina are doing tireless work on the front lines in response to surging health care needs. Students and alumni from health policy and management, the Public Health Leadership Program and health behavior share their stories and experiences.

How important is therapy for expectant mothers with depression? Researchers found mental and financial benefits seven years later.

April 30, 2020
When pregnant women are depressed, how important is it that they receive therapy? A first-of-its-kind study found outsize positive effects on mothers’ mental health, financial status and parenting skills even seven years after the birth of their child — and the results could lead to big changes in global public policy. (Photo by Jake Brewer)

Remdesivir, developed through a UNC-Chapel Hill partnership, proves effective against COVID-19 in NIAID human clinical trials

April 29, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reported that data from an international clinical trial testing the broad-spectrum antiviral drug remdesivir showed “quite good news” and should result in a new standard of care for COVID-19 patients. Remdesivir was co-developed by researchers in the Baric Lab at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Human rights play a critical role in the development of COVID-19 health policies

April 29, 2020
Governments worldwide have implemented policies in an effort to mitigate the worst effects of the coronavirus pandemic, but the extent to which these policies constrain individual rights has been overlooked, according to Dr. Benjamin Mason Meier. This can have a detrimental impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.

EVHybridNoire, founded by Gillings alumna, recognized for health equity work

April 28, 2020
In 2005, Shelley Francis, DrPH, graduated from the maternal and child health department at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. In 2016, she co-founded a national nonprofit organization, EVHybridNoire, to address transportation, mobility and environmental health equity.

The Gillings Community Responds to COVID-19: Leveraging Technology to Address Needs

April 27, 2020
In a time when a pandemic has limited the resources available to meet critical health needs in-person, we have moved into the digital space to seek assistance. In health behavior, students, faculty and alumni are coming together to develop online tools that help health care workers get access to child care and provide mental health support to teens who are feeling increasingly vulnerable. Biostatistics alumnus Andrew Williams is helping to develop software that can assist health care providers in modeling the spread of COVID-19 in order to prepare resources accordingly.

Accountable care organizations struggle to integrate social services despite commitment and effort

April 20, 2020
Many health care organizations that adopt an accountable care organization (ACO) model seek to offer services that improve patient outcomes by addressing social determinants of health, but new research shows many of these ACOs face challenges in incorporating these social services despite commitment and effort.

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