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Maternal and Child Health News

Speizer to lead $4M Gates Foundation grant to evaluate contraceptive method choices for youth in Africa, Asia

December 4, 2017
Dr. Ilene Speizer is principal investigator for a 4-year, $4 million Gates Foundation grant to inform programs and policies to expand contraceptive method choices for youth ages 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Photo by Frerieke.

Student to take lead on project to improve health of area refugees

December 1, 2017
A master’s student, faculty member and alumnus have been awarded a Kenan-Biddle Partnership grant to improve health and wellness among refugee communities in the Triangle (N.C.) area. Meagan Clawar, health policy and management student (shown left, in black jacket), will co-lead the project, with the Gillings School’s Dr. Dilshad Jaff serving as adviser.

Gillings School’s breastfeeding institute awarded major grant from The Duke Endowment

November 30, 2017
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, based at the Gillings School, has been awarded a 3-year, $830,000 grant from The Duke Endowment. The grant will be used to expand CGBI’s work with hospitals and communities in North and South Carolina for the purpose of promoting and supporting breastfeeding.

Ramaswamy, others at Gillings School part of award-winning evaluation team

November 15, 2017
Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy was a key member of a team that won the American Evaluation Association’s 2017 Outstanding Evaluation Award, announced by the Association on Nov. 3.

Examples from Puerto Rico: Why the federal government must stay involved in Medicaid services

November 14, 2017
Dr. Jonathan Oberlander and colleagues assess the negative consequences of caps on Medicaid funding in an article published online Nov. 8 in the American Journal of Public Health.

Evidence, ethics and human rights should shape policies related to migration and health

November 10, 2017
Dr. Dilshad Jaff and colleagues offer new perspectives on the challenges of migrant health, particularly focusing on migrants with tuberculosis. They call for alliances between TB programs and migrants’ rights organizations, noting that rational public health and human rights approaches can ease the health burden for migrating people.

Study explores effects of early-onset puberty on romantic relationship quality

November 6, 2017
A new study led by a doctoral candidate in the Gillings School finds that girls who mature early often go on to experience lower satisfaction in romantic relationships.

Student wins second prize in Three-Minute Thesis competition

November 2, 2017
Nicole Kahn, doctoral student in maternal and child health, won second place in UNC’s Three-Minute Thesis competition. Participants develop communication skills by presenting their graduate-level research succinctly to a general audience. Photo courtesy of the UNC Graduate School.

Jaff and Margolis contribute chapter to book on ‘The Aftermath of Atrocity’

October 18, 2017
Drs. Dilshad Jaff and Lewis Margolis are co-authors of an essay, which appears in the book, Societies Emerging From Conflict: The Aftermath of Atrocity, on the burden of mental illness in war-torn areas of the Middle East.

Study examines characteristics of deaths from drug overdose in North Carolina

October 17, 2017
According to study findings by maternal and child health doctoral student Anna Austin, death by drug overdose is an important and continuing public health concern in the U.S. The average self-inflicted drug overdose victim was 50 years old, female and white. In contrast, the average unintentional drug overdose victim was a 43-year-old male. Austin’s findings were published Oct. 10 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.