Posts Categorized: Maternal and Child Health News

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 »

Out of the female closet: Menstrual hygiene matters

May 9, 2014 The following essay was written by Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan, Fulbright Scholar from India and maternal and child health master’s degree candidate at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Gopalakrishnan has conducted research in India on menstrual hygiene management. The essay, reprinted here with permission, originally appeared in a May 8 Interagency Youth… Read more »

Commencement celebrates alumna, faculty awardees, our students

Nicole Bates is keynote speaker; Wing and Margolis receive Larsh, McGavran awards May 10, 2014 There was a lot to celebrate when the Gillings School held its 74th spring commencement on Saturday, May 10. The ceremony, which began at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena on the UNC campus, featured a keynote address by a… Read more »

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

Graduate School also honors other public health awardees 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… 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 »