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Maternal and Child Health News

Vitaglione receives American Academy of Pediatrics’ Child Health Advocate Award

August 18, 2016 Thomas Vitaglione, MPH, adjunct professor of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected to receive the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Child Health Advocate Award. He will accept the award at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Pediatric Society on Aug. 20,… Read more »

Gillings Merit Scholars and Gillings Dissertation Awards announced

August 17, 2016 Sixteen students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been selected as 2016-2017 recipients of Gillings Merit Scholarships or Gillings Dissertation Awards. The scholarship and dissertation award funds, established in 2010 to help the Gillings School recruit and support graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, were made possible through… Read more »

Miriam Labbok, champion of women’s and infants’ health, dies Aug. 13

August 13, 2016 Miriam Harriet Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC, staunch crusader for the health of women and infants and longtime advocate for the health benefits of breastfeeding, passed away during the early morning hours of Aug. 13 after a courageous battle with cancer. From 2006 to 2016, she was Professor of the Practice of maternal… Read more »

MCH student selected as APHA section fellow

August 12, 2016 Anna Austin, MPH, doctoral student in maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 15 students selected from across the U.S. to serve as a 2016-2017 section fellow for the American Public Health Association’s maternal and child health section. Austin also is a research… Read more »

Labbok chosen for international association’s award for excellence in breastfeeding research

July 27, 2016 Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC, was selected for the 2016 Journal of Human Lactation Patricia Martens Award for Excellence in Breastfeeding Research, presented by the International Lactation Consultant Association at the association’s general meeting, held July 19-23 in Chicago. Labbok, until recently Professor of the Practice of maternal and child health at… Read more »

Care4Moms project to address needs of mothers with medically fragile babies

July 27, 2016 An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received nearly $900,000 in federal funding to identify and address the needs of mothers with medically fragile infants. The funding will support Care4Moms, a three-year study of this vastly understudied group. Researchers will collect data on the… Read more »

Sullivan elected to US Breastfeeding Committee’s board of directors

July 20, 2016 Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RD, LDN, acting director of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute and the Institute’s director of training, has been elected to the board of directors of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). She will begin service on the board at a USBC members’… Read more »

Commentary calls for better documentation of wartime attacks on health-care facilities and patients

July 14, 2016 In an article published online July 4 in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival,  UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers examine the complex and disturbing pattern of health-care professionals being targeted in war zones. Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, Gillings School alumnus and research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness… Read more »

Saye Baawo, alumnus and public health leader in Liberia, dies of cancer at 50

July 7, 2016 Saye Dahn Baawo, MD, MSPH, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and assistant minister for curative services in Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, died June 17 at age 50, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and children. In 2005, Baawo attended… Read more »

Cilenti to lead $1.74M HRSA grant to support maternal and child health workforce development

June 29, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health has been awarded a one-year, $1.74 million cooperative agreement from the Division of Workforce Development, part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The award, which will support workforce development for state maternal… Read more »