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Media contact: Karen Kornegay, Director of External Communications and Marketing, 919-962-1532


SSW faculty receive grant for youth study in the Galapagos

Assistant professors Cindy Fraga Rizo and Rainier Masa and professor Mimi Chapman were recently awarded a $7,500 Galapagos Research Seed Grant to conduct a study on “Youth perceptions of living in the Galapagos: Relationships, health and the future.” (Natalia Villegas, assistant professor at the UNC School of Nursing is also a member of the research team.)

The study will use Photovoice to better understand what life is like for youth in the Galapagos.

The connection between mouth care and pneumonia in assisted living: Zimmerman and colleagues publish first-of-its-kind study

Graphic with clipboard and open mouth illustrations, lists of data comparing Mouth Care Without A Battle test group and control group from studyA first-of-its-kind study, led by Sheryl Zimmerman, Ph.D., and Philip Sloane, M.D., MPH, finds oral hygiene training can significantly reduce pneumonia in nursing homes.

Bledsoe awarded CWC Faculty Scholar Grant

Betsy BledsoeSarah “Betsy” Bledsoe, Ph.D., has been selected to receive a Carolina Women’s Center 2020 Faculty Scholar Grant. The grant for $10,000 will advance Bledsoe’s work with collaborators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in Robeson County, N.C., to document the health care experiences of mothers during pregnancy and postpartum through pictures, discussions and storytelling, which adds qualitative information to quantitative data on health barriers and infant mortality.

Join us for the webinar, "Re-Imagining Community Safety: How We Can Move Beyond Policing"

The School of Social Work’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Jordan Institute for Families are co-sponsoring a webinar on Tuesday, June 30 titled, “Re-Imagining Community Safety: How We Can Move Beyond Policing.”

The webinar begins at 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The discussion will be led by a guest panel that includes:

Klein to lead violence prevention group at UNC

LB KleinLB Klein has been selected to lead the Gender-Based Violence Prevention Advisory Group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“LB is a nationally-recognized leader in campus gender-based violence prevention, and we are confident in her ability to facilitate next steps forward in Carolina’s efforts to end gender-based violence on our campus,” noted Jonathan C. Sauls, interim vice chancellor for student affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill.

“LB has been a valued contributor to our existing coalition work, and we are grateful for LB’s willingness to take on this additional leadership role.”