A place for rigor (Fall, 2008)

September 26, 2008 Since 1949,UNC’s researchers set the pace for the field of biostatistics. Today it’s a given that biostatisticians work hand in hand with geneticists, oncologists and drug manufacturers to design studies and crunch the numbers. But in 1949, when the UNC Department of Biostatistics was first established, as far as medical research was... Read more »

The public health landscape: challenges and opportunities (Fall, 2008)

September 26, 2008 “The landscape of public health is complex and rapidly changing. The challenges are unprecedented. But this landscape also reveals a spirit of global solidarity, and a strong desire for fairness in health. And this gives us an occasion for unprecedented optimism as well.” — Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health... Read more »

Greene helps N.C. plan new medical facilities, services (Spring, 2009)

May 08, 2009 When it comes to adding hospital beds, administrators across the state — from the 724-bed UNC Hospitals to the 6-bed Bertie Memorial, in Windsor, N.C. — compete for any additional space the state allows. To improve quality and patient outcomes, North Carolina limits the number of medical facilities — including hospital beds,... Read more »

The Ned Brooks Award honors a 'University treasure' (Spring, 2009)

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 »

Finding health while seeking promotion (Spring, 2009)

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 »

A course for public health nurses makes a difference (Spring, 2009)

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 »

Increasing HPV vaccination to prevent cervical cancer (Spring, 2009)

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 »