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Maternal and Child Health News

Kotch selected for national maternal and child health award

September 24, 2008   Dr. Jonathan Kotch Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, has been named winner of the 2008 Martha May Eliot Award by the American Public Health Association. The award honors exceptional achievements in maternal and child health. Kotch, professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, will accept the award at the… Read more »

UNC study: parenting can override effect of genes in how babies respond to stress

September 22, 2008 Everyone gets stressed, even babies. Dr. Carolyn Halpern Now, it appears how infants respond to stress is linked to their having a particular form of a certain gene, according to a new study co-authored by Carolyn Halpern, PhD, associate professor of maternal and child health. Just as significantly, researchers say they also… Read more »

UNC receives record $181 million grant to evaluate health, poverty and gender programs worldwide

September 08, 2008 Dr. Sian Curtis The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill up to $181 million to continue its MEASURE Evaluation project. Dr. Sian Curtis and Dr. Gustavo Angeles, faculty in the Department of Maternal and Child Health,… Read more »

Eliminating MCH Health Disparities

  Dr. Diane Rowley has recently joined the Department and will be working with Dr. Vijaya Hogan to develop new initiatives to move forward in this commitment. Dr. Rowley comes to the Department with a long history of addressing health disparities in MCH – first as a leader of key programs at the U.S. Center… Read more »

National Cancer Institute honors UNC Lineberger scientists

  August 20, 2008 Photograph, Dr. Cathy Melvin A team of population scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have been honored by the National Cancer Institute at a recent summit. Among those recognized was Cathy Melvin, PhD, research associate professor in the Department of Maternal and Child… Read more »

Maternal and Child Health receives funds for graduate-level distance learning

July 25, 2008 Photograph, Dr. Anita Farel The University of North Carolina School of Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health has received two competitive grant awards to establish a distance education certificate and degree program in maternal and child health leadership. The initiative, MCH OLE! (Maternal and Child Health Online Leadership Education), is… Read more »

Weathers receives NICHHD award to study health care access for migratory children

July 10, 2008   Photograph, Dr. Andrea Weathers   Andrea C. Weathers, MD, DrPH, assistant professor of maternal and child health in the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, has received a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the association between migration, child health and access… Read more »

Rimer co-edits American Journal of Preventive Medicine supplement on cancer screening

  June 23, 2008   Photograph, Dr. Barbara K. Rimer Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and Alumni Distinguished Professor in its Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, is co-editor of the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The July 2008 supplement… Read more »

Weathers selected for service on migrant health advisory council

June 17, 2008   photograph, Dr. Andrea Weathers Andrea C. Weathers, MD, DrPH, assistant professor of maternal and child health in the UNC School of Public Health, has accepted an invitation to serve a four-year term on the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health. The invitation was extended by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human… Read more »

Bennett receives funding for research in Vietnam

  June 10, 2008 photograph, Dr. Trude Bennett The School of Public Health’s Office of Global Health has awarded three grants totaling $40,000 to faculty members in public health, anthropology and medicine. Grant recipient Trude Bennett, DrPH, professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, will use the funds to study “Methods, Strategies and… Read more »