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Faculty & Staff Honors

UNC Charlotte Appoints New Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences

Dr. Melinda Forthofer has been appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, Dr. Forthofer was at University of South Florida (1996-2006) and at University of South Carolina (2006-2016). Her work has focused on social factors related to health behavior change in diverse community settings, often via community-based research. Much of her current research is focused on the role of social factors in the promotion of health behaviors, particularly the role of social networks in physical activity. Her research has been supported by over $29 million in extramurally funded research grants, via awards from several federal agencies (CDC, HRSA, NIH), state health departments, local and national nonprofit organizations, and several private sector organizations.   Read the press release.

UNC Charlotte public health sciences Associate Professor Elizabeth Racine delivered a workshop for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine this summer in Washington, D.C. The workshop was convened by the Committee to Review WIC Food Packages, and focused on optimizing implementation of the program.

WIC provides Federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Dr. Racine was shared her research on understanding and influencing the food choices of WIC Participants.

Watch the presentation: