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School & Program Updates

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

In recognition of World Mental Health Day, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health hosted, on October 6,  “Mental Health: Realities and Challenges,” a panel discussion that included Drs. Edwin Fisher, professor of health behavior, and Dr. Dilshad Jaff, adjunct assistant professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School and research adviser for conflict prevention in the Gillings Global GatewayTM. Other panelists were from the UNC School of Social Work.

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[Photo: Dr. Dilshad Jaff (with microphone) and Dr. Edwin Fisher (far left) address a group of students, staff and faculty members at the UNC Gillings School who wanted to learn more about mental health issues.]

Dr. Fisher, a clinical psychologist, is global director of Peers for Progress, a program that documents the benefits of peer support in diabetes management and conducts diverse activities to promote peer support around the world. Dr. Jaff, an Iraqi physician who has treated patients in war zones, has 15 years’ experience in complex humanitarian crises in conflict zones in the Middle East, especially working with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The event was hosted by the Gillings Global GatewayTM, the Gillings School’s N.C. Institute for Public Health and the UNC Student Global Health Committee.