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Research, Innovation and Global Solutions at the Gillings School of Global Public Health presents Public Health Behind the Scenes, a new podcast featuring stories about the people who are making a difference in the world.


  • Episode 11. Prioritizing Sleep in Public Health

    Naya: Thank you for listening to Public Health Behind the Scenes. In this episode we look at why sleep health is a public health issue. If you like what you hear, please subscribe on iTunes. Jessica:  To give you an … Continued

  • Episode 10. The Digital Society

    Healthcare in the US is becoming increasingly digitized. Mobile health or mHealth is a rapidly expanding area, where cell phone apps and wireless devices with sensors collect a person’s health data. Hospitals are moving away from paper records. At UNC … Continued

  • Episode 9. The Intersection of Public Health and Zika Virus

    Over the last several months, the Zika virus has become a regular part of media coverage. It seems that everyone you talk to has an opinion, a fear or a question that is not being answered. In this episode, we … Continued

  • Episode 8. The Diaper Divide

    In the United States, one in three families struggle to afford diapers. The Diaper Bank of North Carolina was founded on the simple belief that all children deserve clean diapers and through the help of donors, volunteers and connections made … Continued

  • Episode 7. The Refugee Crisis: Taking Action

    In this episode you’ll hear stories about how people got involved in working with refugee and immigrant groups and the ways in which they are helping. We hope after hearing their stories here you’ll also be inspired to act. If … Continued

  • Episode 6. Emerging Issue: Zika Virus

    This is a special episode on the Zika Virus, an emerging issue in public health. Listen in as public health experts around the country discuss efforts underway related to planning and response. If you like what you hear, please subscribe … Continued

  • Episode 5. Naya & Jessica Unscripted

    A few updates from Jessica & Naya on the the show’s first season, interviews underway and plans for the next few months. If you like what you hear, please subscribe on iTunes. Transcript Jessica: Hey everyone, it’s Jessica Naya: And … Continued

  • Episode 4. The Refugee Crisis: Invisible Wounds

    In this episode, we discuss the resettlement process and the many challenges refugees face when coming to a new country. Josh Hinson, MSW, assistant professor in the School of Social Work and director of the UNCs Global Transmigration Refugee Wellness … Continued

  • Episode 3. The Refugee Crisis: Conflict Zones

    In this episode, Dilshad Jaff, MBChB, MPH, research adviser for conflict and disaster prevention research in the Gillings Global GatewayTM, joins us to talk about his experience on the front lines of a conflict zone. If you like what you … Continued

  • Episode 2. Policy and Practice

    In this episode, we go behind the scenes of the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Chicago. If you like what you hear, please subscribe on iTunes. Transcript Naya: Hey there, we’re back for episode 2 of … Continued