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Maternal and Child Health News

School receives $7M gift for professorship, breastfeeding institute

October 27, 2014 An anonymous donor has committed $7 million to The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The gift directly benefits UNC Gillings’ Department of Maternal and Child Health, UNC Gillings’ Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), and the department’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual… Read more »

School’s Breastfeeding Institute to promote Baby-friendly Hospitals through new CDC project

October 27, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), in collaboration with Abt Associates, and the Center for Public Health Quality (CPHQ), is central to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) effort to help hospitals become more “baby-friendly,” that is, more supportive of breastfeeding. Abt… Read more »

High levels of metals in well water may be linked to birth defects in children

October 9, 2014 Increased levels of metals such as cadmium, arsenic, lead and manganese in North Carolina are present in private well water, and some may be linked to defects in children, a new UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health study has found. In a research article published Sept. 15 by BioMed Central Public… Read more »

MCH alumna wins APHA outstanding student author award

Sept. 26, 2014 Christine Tucker, PhD, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has won the Outstanding Student Author Award, presented by the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) maternal and child health section. Tucker, who received a doctorate in maternal and child health from the Gillings School in May, conducted dissertation research with Community Care… Read more »

Perreira to receive Graham Faculty Service Award on University Day

Sept. 26, 2014 Krista Perreira, PhD, adjunct professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s departments of maternal and child health and health behavior, will accept the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award at a ceremony on University Day, Oct. 12. The Edward Kidder Graham Award recognizes… Read more »

Study considers how to increase health care enrollment for NC’s immigrants

Sept. 13, 2014 Sixty-one percent of immigrants in North Carolina have no health insurance coverage, yet the average monthly premium for insurance available through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace is within the price range many immigrants thought would be affordable for themselves or their families, according to a new report from the University… Read more »

Maternal and child health leadership institute offers essential leadership training

August 24, 2014 Effective leadership is crucial to successful public health infrastructure, as professionals enrolled in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute have discovered. The institute, a year-long, intensive senior-level training program funded through the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, recently has completed its first… Read more »

All North Carolina local health departments awarded accreditation

July 14, 2014 All 85 local health departments in North Carolina have been awarded the status of accreditation by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board as of June 20, 2014. North Carolina is the first state in the U.S. to mandate accreditation for its local health departments. The purpose of the accreditation program… Read more »

Study confirms impact of HIV and malaria upon maternal mortality in Mozambique

July 8, 2014 A new study confirms the extent to which infectious diseases contribute to maternal mortality in Mozambique and the need to increase coverage of maternal health services focused on HIV and malaria. Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD, research assistant professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child… Read more »

HHS launches Web resource, ‘Supporting Nursing Moms at Work’

June 25, 2014 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health has announced the launch of a new national online searchable resource which features The University of North Carolina. The resource, Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions, includes photos and stories of 200 businesses in 29 U.S. states, representing 22… Read more »