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Event briefs

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June 11, 2007

Public Health Grand Rounds stresses importance of healthy behaviors for kids

The importance of establishing healthy behaviors during childhood instead of attempting to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood is the subject of a Friday (June 15) broadcast, a collaboration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

“Coordinated Approach to Child Health: From Research to Practice” is part of the series Public Health Grand Rounds, a one-hour televised broadcast shown at health-related facilities worldwide and also available on the Internet.

“The alarming statistics about childhood obesity, the poor eating habits of kids, and the decreasing amounts of exercise by young people are the clarion calls about the significance of this program,” said host Dr. Ed Baker, director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, the service and outreach arm of the Carolina School of Public Health.

“While it features a case study of what Texas and one county school district in Texas has done, it also shows a process, a public health intervention, that schools and communities across the country can adopt to promote health and particularly to help children establish lifelong healthy practices,” Baker said.

Joining Baker on the program to discuss the Coordinated Approach to Child Health will be Dr. Stephanie Bailey, chief of public health practice at CDC; Dr. Darwin Labarthe, director of the division of heart disease and stroke prevention at CDC; Dr. Steve Kelder, professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center and University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health in Houston; Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, director of the Institute for Health Policy at the UT School of Public Health; and Kristen Rusho, Coordinated Approach to Child Health program director, Greater Rochester, N.Y.

The program airs Friday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.  Downlink information is available on the Public Health Grand Rounds Web site.  The program is free but online registration is requested.

Public Health Grand Rounds Web site: http://www.publichealthgrand

Note: For more information, contact Lisa Morris, (919) 843-9621 or

CDC research director to speak at health professions forum

Dr. Camara P. Jones, research director on social determinants of health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be the featured speaker at an upcoming health professions forum to be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The free forum will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday (June 16) in the Hanes Art Center. Registration is required.

In addition to the 11th annual “International Speakers in Science” lecture featuring Jones, the forum will include a panel of current graduate students who will offer their perspectives on the challenges of post-graduate work and tips on how to prepare for the admissions process.

The forum educates undergraduate and high school students about disparities among health professionals, the need for more minority health workers and how students can best prepare for health careers.

The health professions forum and lecture are sponsored by the N.C. Health Careers Access Program and co-sponsored by the N.C. Area Health Education Centers Program, based in the UNC School of Medicine.

To register for the health professions forum, call the N.C. Health Careers Access Program at (919) 966-2264 or visit

N.C. Health Careers Access Program contact: Renee Harris, (919) 966-2264 or

Blood drive gathers 840 units, attracts most first-timers since 1997

The 19th annual Carolina Blood Drive, held at UNC last Tuesday (June 5), produced 840 units, said Jeff Davis of the Carolinas Region of the American Red Cross.

“The blood collected at the drive will be turned into more than 2,520 products that will help sustain the lives of the sick and injured,” Davis said. That’s because each unit is separated into three products: red blood cells, platelets and plasma, any of which may be needed to keep someone alive during surgery or sickness.

“The remarkable thing is the 156 first-time donors who came,” said drive chair Katrina Coble of UNC. That number is the most first-time donors since 1997, when there were 196 first-time donors. “We continue each year to attract many first-time donors who we hope will become repeat donors.”

Sponsored by the Red Cross and UNC, the drive also was supported by more than 50 vendors who contributed food for donors. Carolina employees organize, operate and promote the drive, open to donors on campus and off. Nearly 200 volunteers kept things moving during the drive.

“Families in our area hospitals are grateful for your contributions,” Davis said to drive organizers and participants. “Your time, efforts and donations have an incredible impact and are deeply appreciated. Thank you for making the gift of life available.”

Carolina Blood Drive contact: Katrina Coble, (919) 962-1801 or

High school journalists invited to workshop June 18-21 at UNC

CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina Scholastic Media Association will host its annual four-day journalism Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill June 18-21.

All interested high school students and their teachers are encouraged to participate. The workshop is designed to teach creative and efficient ways to communicate through high school newspapers, yearbooks, literary magazines and broadcasts.

The North Carolina Scholastic Media Institute, housed in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, also gives students a chance to experience college life and to explore media careers.

Students may choose one of the following sequences: TV news, newspaper, desktop publishing/design, photography, yearbook and literary magazine. Teachers may participate in one of these tracks along with their students, or they may choose the adviser track. By doing so, teachers may receive continuing education credits.

Commuters may attend for $140. Registration deadline is Thursday (June 14).

For more information and to receive registration forms, go to or contact the NCSMA office at (919) 962-4639, 1-888-562-6276, or 284 Carroll Hall, CB 3365, Chapel Hill, NC  27599-3365.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication contact: Monica Hill, (919) 962-4639,