December 2, 2013

A glimpse into our work across North Carolina

Here at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, we don’t just say “Local is global” — we live it every day.

We’ve been proudly and enthusiastically providing innovative public health education, research, solutions and service for nearly 75 years to North Carolina’s residents — from the coast to the mountains and everywhere in between. There aren’t enough pages in this issue of Carolina Public Health — or in the next ten issues — to cover all of it. Here, we offer a brief, rich glimpse of some of our efforts right now throughout the state.

The feature stories on the following pages highlight only a few of North Carolina’s public health challenges and the Gillings School researchers and practitioners who are addressing them. Many faculty members and students, through their research, teaching and service, are engaged personally in providing solutions for public health problems in their home state.

Illustrations from our cover are repeated in the context of the work they represent. In the center of the magazine is a photo essay that hints at the tremendous work our students do through summer internships across North Carolina. Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable and extremely motivated ambassadors for public health take on real-world issues and participate in solutions that touch hundreds – if not thousands – of people each year.

First and foremost, we love giving back to the people of our state. We know that the many lessons we learn and solutions we develop locally can be applied globally, just as we learn from solutions developed in other communities around the world. This reciprocity is a win-win for the people of North Carolina and around the world.


—David Pesci

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