Posts Categorized: Maternal and Child Health News

Four public health students win Graduate School’s Impact Award for research that benefits North Carolina

April 22, 2014 Four of the 20 students recognized by UNC’s Graduate School for research that has impact upon the people of North Carolina are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. A fifth student, an advisee of epidemiology professor Ralph Baric, PhD, is affiliated with the School. The students are alumnus Paul… Read more »

Hard times could be coming for breastfeeding, maternal and child health expert says

April 11, 2014 The resignation of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could mean hard times for advancing policies about breastfeeding, says Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH. Labbok is Professor of the Practice of maternal and child health at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the… Read more »

NAP SACC program educates care providers and parents; improves children’s health, study finds

April 7, 2014 Educating parents and child-care providers about nutrition and physical activity can reap benefits for obese preschoolers, according to a study conducted by a research team that included Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, research professor of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.  The article was published online… Read more »

Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute awarded planning grant

March 27, 2014 Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), based in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, will receive a one-year planning grant of $74,995 from the John Rex Endowment, the agency has announced. The funding will be used to explore prenatal and post-maternity breastfeeding support and care… Read more »

Halpern proposed as interim chair of maternal and child health

March 21, 2014 Pending university approvals, Carolyn Halpern, PhD, will be appointed interim chair of the UNC Gillings School of Global Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, effective July 1. Halpern, professor and currently vice-chair of the department, will replace Herbert Peterson, MD, Kenan Distinguished Professor and current chair. Peterson is stepping down after… Read more »

Study measures toxic metal levels in children residing in Vietnamese smelting village

March 12, 2014 Recycling car batteries by smelting them into lead ingots may recharge a community’s economy, but a study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health indicates that the resulting exposure to toxic metals can affect children who live near the smelters. The research team included Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH, professor,… Read more »

Eight faculty members selected as innovative teachers at ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event

March 3, 2014 The Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in the Armfield Atrium on Feb. 24 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit at the School – who were selected by their students to receive the School’s third annual Teaching Innovation Awards. Awardees included Steve Cole, PhD  (epidemiology),… Read more »

NHLBI’s newly-released ‘Data Book’ outlines Hispanic, Latino health and lifestyle habits

Feb. 25, 2014 A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of adults from a range of Hispanic and Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors and lifestyle habits. Data were derived from the… Read more »

Gillings alumna Bridger honored as NC health director of the year

Feb. 5, 2014 Colleen Bridger, PhD, Orange County (N.C.) health director, received the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors’ Health Director of the Year award on Jan. 22. The recognition is given to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in public health in the state and for leadership and involvement in local community and… Read more »

‘Tooth Talk,’ website to promote children’s dental health, launches Jan. 27

Jan. 27, 2014 Tooth Talk, a new, interactive website that gives early childhood educators and child-care providers information that will help them prevent early childhood tooth decay, launched today. The launch coincides with National Children’s Dental Health Month in February. A collaboration of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North… Read more »