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Student & Alumni Achievements

UNC Capstone Team Wins APHA Outstanding Abstract Award

Four health behavior students from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are the winners of APHA’s 2016 School Health Education and Services (SHES) Outstanding Student Research Abstract Award.

[Photo: Left to right are UNC capstone team members Ms. Joy Martin, Ms. Katie Byerly, Ms. Steffani Bangel and Mr. Joel Mercado Blanco]

The students, Ms. Steffani Bangel, Mr. Joel Mercado Blanco, Ms. Katie Byerly and Ms. Joy Martin, received the award for their capstone project’s abstract, ‘I can see the California aspect of it as opposed to Deep South, rural North Carolina’: Assessing the Social and Educational Context to Guide Adaptation of an Arts-Informed, School-Based Sexual Education Program for High School Students in North Carolina.”

The project examined ways to remove barriers and perceptions among North Carolina audiences to allow successful integration in North Carolina of the AMP! program, an interactive theater sexual health education and STI/HIV prevention program pioneered and implemented in California.

As a result of the award, the students are invited to present their research at APHA’s annual meeting in Denver, CO, on November 1.

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