Maternal and Child Health News
Physician researcher calls for end to destructive practice of female genital mutilation
June 9, 2017
A commentary by Dr. Dilshad Jaff calls for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting in Iraqi Kurdistan. More public health initiatives are needed, he says, to dissuade communities from employing the practice, which has lifelong physical, psychological and public health consequences for girls and women.
UNC Gillings co-hosts conference to advance implementation science
May 17, 2017
On May 4, students, faculty and researchers from across UNC came together with representatives from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and King’s College London to share experiences with developing academic programs in implementation science.
Gillings School celebrates 77th commencement
May 13, 2017
Families and friends of 329 new Gillings School alumni gathered on May 13 to celebrate the School’s 77th commencement. Aaron Williams, executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International, delivered the commencement address.
Study finds small, mostly-male schools are less likely to have sexual assault policies
April 20, 2017
A new research paper highlights the wide variation in definitions of consent at universities across the United States.
Fourth annual GillingsX talks draw record crowd
March 27, 2017
The fourth annual GillingsX event, hosted by the Student Global Health Committee on March 23, highlighted students’ global health research experiences. The format is modeled after the TED talks, which aim to deliver an important idea in a short, interesting presentation.
Eight faculty members selected as 2017 ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ awardees
March 24, 2017
Eight faculty members were selected by their students to receive the 2017 “Celebrate Teaching!” Award. The annual award honors those “who have inspired students; enhanced student learning through creative, engaging and innovative teaching methods; and supported students’ academic success and professional development.”
Cilenti named interim health director for Orange County
March 2, 2017
Dr. Dorothy Cilenti has been named interim director of the Orange County health department, effective March 1. A clinical associate professor of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, Cilenti also directs the National Maternal Child Health Workforce Development Center.
Hookah smoking seen as emerging public health threat in Kurdish region of Iraq
February 23, 2017
Drs. Dilshad Jaff and Anant Kumar describe hookah smoking in the Kurdish region of Iraq as an emerging public health threat. The ongoing armed conflict, economic distress and easy availability of tobacco contribute to the problem.
Maternity waiting homes bring help to vulnerable women in Malawi
February 16, 2017
Dr. Kavita Singh led a study, published in the International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, showing that maternity waiting homes (MWHs) offer a promising strategy to reduce maternal mortality in Malawi and other low-income countries. MWHs allow women who live in rural areas or who have high-risk pregnancies to live closer to a health facility toward the end of their term.
Gillings School is top public health school at public university for NIH funding
February 16, 2017
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that the Gillings School was the top public health school at a public university in receiving NIH funding during fiscal year 2016. The School received 107 awards, for a total of $65,454,312 in funding.