May 08, 2009 Some people are so good at what they do, they get an award named after them. But some people are so respected, accomplished and inspiring, they get two awards named after them! Take Ned Brooks. The 66-year-old clinical associate professor of health policy and management is so passionate about public service that… Read more »

Taking care of others requires taking care of self by Diane Calleson, PhD I am one of the fortunate UNC faculty members who was swept up in the now-national effort to create policy changes that led to the acceptance of community-engaged scholarship as a viable and valid form of academic pursuit. With my colleagues, I… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Last summer, “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” became more than a science fiction spoof. In June 2008, tomatoes were blamed for a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul, a bacterial infection that caused serious illness in more than 1,400 people in 43 states, including North Carolina. While it is vital for local public… Read more »

May 08, 2009 If a vaccine could protect your daughter from developing cervical cancer, would you make sure she got the shots? But is the vaccine safe? Parents across the country are pondering those questions, and looking to their health care providers for guidance — now that such an option exists. The vaccine helps prevent… Read more »

May 08, 2009 NCIPH serves all 100 N.C. counties The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) is the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s special link to the public health practice community in North Carolina and beyond. During the past 10 years, the Institute has reached public health professionals in all 100 counties… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Student project grows into service initiative for refugee children from Burma The seed was planted in a college medical sociology class when Meg Ellenson read a book titled The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998). Ellenson was deeply moved by Anne Fadiman’s story of a refugee… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Locally grown produce good for economy, environment, health Alice Ammerman believes so strongly in the health and economic benefits of eating fresh produce grown by local farmers that she even served cabbage at a middle-school fundraiser. “More and more, we’re trying to choose what’s available locally,” she says. “I bought a whole… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Dr. Jonathan Kotch speaks out for the most vulnerable When Dr. Jonathan Kotch sees things he doesn’t like, he takes action. He protested the Vietnam War. He spearheaded nonconfrontational sit-ins while in college, spurring discussions of issues. When his sons’ baseball team was within hours of folding because there was no coach,… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Not all of the projects taken on by the Daniel A. Okun Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) require its members to travel to far-flung places to make a difference. Chris Heaney, a postdoctoral fellow in biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is leading a project just outside… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Students volunteer time, expertise to provide water near and far By Ryan Kingsbury President, Daniel A. Okun Chapter Engineers Without Borders For more than five years, a dedicated group of students from the Daniel A. Okun chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has doggedly pursued contacts, funding and logistical support for projects… Read more »