Maternal and Child Health News

UNC researchers: Smoking rates significantly higher among homosexual men, women

July 27, 2009 Men and women who are gay or lesbian are more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to smoke, according to findings from a review study carried out by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Joseph Lee Joseph Lee, social research specialist with the Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program in the UNC… Read more »

Students work to improve health status of Nicaraguans

July 16, 2009 Four graduate students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are spending the summer in Nicaragua as part of a collaborative project between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of medicine, nursing and public health and the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua – Leon (UNAN). The students… Read more »

Shea, pediatrician and climate change expert, featured in JAMA

June 03, 2009 Dr. Katherine Shea Pediatrician Katherine Shea encourages physicians to take advantage of opportunities to teach their young patients about how climate change can affect their health and futures in the June 3 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), in its “Medical News and Perspectives” section. Shea, MD, MPH,… Read more »

Halpern praised for mentoring doctoral students

May 15, 2009 Dr. Carolyn Halpern Carolyn Halpern, PhD, associate professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the UNC Graduate School’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring at the 2009 doctoral hooding ceremony on May 9. The award recognizes graduate faculty who provide outstanding support… Read more »

A level of respect and responsibility I couldn’t have found elsewhere

May 08, 2009 Chinyere Alu Master’s student, maternal and child health, with global health certificate, 2008-present Peace Corps volunteer, Malawi, 2005-2007 Nigerian-born Chinyere Alu came to the U.S. with her family at age 11. As a high school student, she loved running, and she had begun to think that a career in physical therapy might… Read more »

Every day was amazing

May 08, 2009 Chris Deery Master’s student, maternal and child health, 2007-2009 Peace Corps volunteer, Niger, 2003-2005 Chris Deery joined the Peace Corps a year after completing his undergraduate degree in American studies. “Some people talk about how hard it was for them to adjust to a new culture,” he says. “But it was the… Read more »

A passion for protecting children

May 08, 2009 Dr. Jonathan Kotch speaks out for the most vulnerable Jonathan Kotch is known nationally for strengthening policies to protect children, including his grandson, Daniel, shown here. When Dr. Jonathan Kotch sees things he doesn’t like, he takes action. He protested the Vietnam War. He spearheaded nonconfrontational sit-ins while in college, spurring discussions… Read more »

From Peace Corps field work to public health class work

  May 08, 2009 A familiar path for many volunteers Mia Chabot (right) was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger who earned her MPH in nutrition in 2008. For nearly half a century, The Peace Corps has had a synergistic relationship with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC consistently has been among… Read more »

Deshpande Foundation funds students’ public health efforts in India

May 05, 2009 Two teams of students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been selected by the Deshpande Foundation’s Innovators Program to lead projects in India this summer that address pressing public health needs in sanitation and reproductive health. Founded in 1996 by Gururaj (Desh) and Jaishree Deshpande, of Andover, Mass.,… Read more »

Peterson named Kenan Professor

April 23, 2009 Dr. Herbert Peterson Herbert Peterson, MD, has been named a W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. These endowed faculty positions are awarded to outstanding scholars and teachers at the university. Peterson is a… Read more »