October 31, 2007 Senior food industry executives and many of the leading international nutrition scientists and medical experts convened Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 to address one of today’s most dangerous global health issues – obesity. The Global Obesity Business Forum is an initiative of the Interdisciplinary Obesity Center (IDOC) at the University of North… Read more »

April 28, 2008 When Thomas Ricketts came back to North Carolina in search of a job in medical journalism, he didn’t know that years later, he would influence government decisions on health policy and administration in the state. “One of the first stories I ever did for a local newspaper in Chapel Hill was about… Read more »

April 28, 2008 When George Williams was working as a statistician at the National Institute of Mental Health in the 1960s, he became interested in the application of statistics to public health problems . A “numbers man,” with degrees in both mathematics and statistics, Williams wanted to add a medical component to his academic discipline…. Read more »

April 28, 2008 It’s an age-old curiosity: one person born into poverty falls prey to his circumstances; another becomes a success and inspiration. What causes a life to follow one path or another? Fiorella Horna-Guerra would answer, Work, hope and a miracle or two. Currently serving as consultant to the North Carolina Farmworker Health Program… Read more »

April 28, 2008 Advises first female principal of Montreal’s McGill University When UNC School of Public Health alumna Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum talks about leadership, she speaks of “team effort,” “principles,” and “new possibility.” “Look for people who bring different things to the table than you do,” she advises young leaders. “Bring together people who add… Read more »

April 28, 2008 UNC alum dedicates career to helping create water and sanitation systems in rural developing country communities Alfonso Zavala’s career in water and sanitation development has taken him to rural villages all over the world where he has done what he does best — help people help themselves. “I was always very interested… Read more »

April 28, 2008 Alum spearheads Arkansas’ water fluoridation efforts; founds PANDA program to train dentists worldwide to recognize and report abuse Dr. Lynn Mouden has been called a communist, fascist and even the minion of the devil. That’s on a good day. As the director of the Arkansas Health Department’s Office of Oral Health, this… Read more »

April 28, 2008 Dr. Aaron Blair’s first taste of public health came from an unlikely quarter. While wor king as a lecturer in 1973 at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., he was asked to teach a course in human anatomy and physiology. Problem was, Blair’s undergraduate and master’s degrees were in botany, and… Read more »

April 28, 2008 Nicole Bates seems to be moving quickly up the public health leadership ladder. The current director of government rel ations for the Global Health Council is a self-described strategic thinker and likes to plan two, three and even four steps ahead while playing with different future scenarios. So you’d think her career… Read more »

April 28, 2008 How one executive fuels progress both here and abroad Passion moves people to do great things. Just ask Don Holzworth, senior vice president and director of strategy for SRA International, Inc., and founder and former chairman and CEO of Constella Group, a global professional health services company. Holzworth has been thinking a… Read more »