|May 27, 2011|
Faculty members, alumna appointed to national advisory groups
Nutrition professor Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Sharon Van Horn, MD, MPH, an alumna of the School's epidemiology department, also was appointed. Group members will develop policy recommendations and advise the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council on lifestyle-based chronic disease prevention, integrative health care practices, and health promotion.
Thomas Ricketts, PhD, professor of health policy and management and Gillings Visiting Professor, was appointed to the new National Health Care Workforce Commission. The Commission is an independent body that advises Congress and the administration on health workforce policy.
Meshnick awarded Gates Foundation grant
Steven Meshnick, MD, PhD, epidemiology professor, has received
a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation. The $100,000 award will support an innovative global health
research project titled, "Development and Evaluation of the Synthetic
Lymph Node." Meshnick will collaborate with co-principal investigator
Carla Hand, MD, PhD, epidemiology research assistant professor, to try to improve vaccine efficacy.
Infants perceived as 'fussy' are more likely to receive solid foods too early
A study led by Heather Wasser,
MPH, RD, nutrition doctoral candidate, offers
reasons why some mothers feed their infants
complementary foods (juice, solids) before
the infants are four months old, including
the mothers' perception that the infants are
"fussy" and would be soothed by the introduction
of complementary food. Infants perceived
to be fussy were nearly
twice as likely to be fed
solid food before age 4
months. Obese mothers
were even likelier
to feed their young infants solid foods.
The study was published online Jan. 10,
2011, in the journal Pediatrics.
Siega-Riz named associate dean
Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, professor of nutrition and of epidemiology, was named the School's new associate dean for academic affairs, effective Dec. 1, 2010. Siega-Riz succeeds Peggy Leatt, PhD.
A UNC nutrition alumna, Siega-Riz has been a member of the
UNC public health faculty since 1995. She served on three National
Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine committees, which were
charged to provide guidance about the federal Women, Infants and
Children (WIC) program, determine guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy, and set
standards for systematic reviews used in clinical guidelines.
UNC epidemiologists participate in oil spill health study
A new federal study will look at possible health effects of the Gulf of Mexico's Deepwater Horizon oil spill upon 55,000 cleanup workers and volunteers across the United States, particularly in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Epidemiology faculty members are working with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) on the study, expected to last up to 10 years.
The Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study, the largest health study of its kind ever conducted among cleanup workers and volunteers, is one component of a comprehensive federal response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Many agencies, researchers and community members have provided input as to how the study should be conducted.
Dale Sandler, PhD,
chief of the NIEHS
and adjunct professor
of epidemiology at the
School, is principal
Lawrence Engel, PhD,
of epidemiology and
associate scientist in
branch, and Richard
Kwok, PhD, a threetime
alumnus of the
department (BSPH '97,
MSPH '99, PhD '03).
Schenck leads NC Institute for Public Health
Anna P. Schenck, PhD, became director of the N.C. Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) and associate dean for public health practice at the School, effective March 1, 2011. Schenck also leads the School's Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP). She succeeds Edward Baker Jr., MD, MPH, research professor of health policy and management.
"Anna's leadership provides an important opportunity to strengthen ties between research, teaching and practice at the School," says Dean Barbara K. Rimer. "By leading the NCIPH and PHLP, she will increase connections between academics and practice, not just with these programs but across the School and out to communities across North Carolina."
School leads development of America's Health Rankings
Anna Schenck, PhD, associate dean for public health practice, leads the scientific advisory committee for United Healthcare Foundation's (UHF) rankings of health by state. The state rankings, used by policymakers and others to assess the need for health care improvements in various areas of the country, have been compiled annually since 2002. UHF, in concert with the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention, commissioned UNC's public health school to undertake an ongoing review of America's Health Rankings.In addition to Schenck, other members of the 22-member panel include Jamie Bartram, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering and director of The Water Institute at UNC, part of the Gillings School of Global Public Health; Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH, and Sheila Leatherman, MSW, both Gillings Visiting Professors (GVP) in health policy and management at the School; Thomas C. Ricketts, PhD, GVP and professor of health policy and management and social medicine; and Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor of health behavior and health education at the public health school. Ricketts previously led the committee for eight years.
UNC's 32nd annual Minority Health Conference addresses the promise of health equity
About 500 people attended the 32nd annual Minority Health Conference in Chapel Hill on Feb. 25, 2011, and at least 700 more participated through remote technologies and sites in Ghana, Canada, Japan and multiple locations in the U.S.
The conference's William T. Small Jr. Keynote Lecture was presented by Bonnie M. Duran,
DrPH, associate professor
of health services at the
University of Washington-
Seattle. Duran spoke
about "The Promise of
Health Equity: Advancing
the Discussion to Eliminate
Disparities in the
Carolina Public Health is a publication of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. To view previous issues, please visit www.sph.unc.edu/cph.
|Last updated June 07, 2011|