Maternal and Child Health News

Mistreated children more likely to smoke, drink, fight and suffer from depression as adolescents

September 05, 2006 Children who are left home alone, physically neglected, physically assaulted or sexually abused are more likely to smoke cigarettes or marijuana, drink alcohol, abuse inhalants and be depressed or violent when they reach adolescence, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public… Read more »

Sad Announcement

With great sadness, The Department of Maternal and Child Health announces the death of a member of the MCH family — one of our students, Edem Effiong. Edem received her MPH in MCH on August 9, 2006, three days before she passed away at UNC Hospitals after a brave battle with leukemia for over a… Read more »

Linda Southern selected to receive Staff Excellence Award

  August 18, 2006 Linda Southern, registrar and student services manager for the Department of Maternal and Child Health, has been chosen as the 2006 recipient of the School of Public Health’s Staff Excellence Award. She has been with the University since 1989 and has served as department registrar since July 2002. Southern’s nomination packet… Read more »

School of Public Health establishes center for feeding, care of infants, young children

March 07, 2006 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health has established a Center for Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care, the first center of its kind in a school of public health.The center will advance and support research and practices that enable mothers and families to succeed in… Read more »

Alpha Epsilon Lambda selects three MCH students for membership

March 06, 2006 Alpha Epsilon Lambda, a national honor society for grad/professional students, selected three Maternal and Child Health Students as members. Those students are Loren Bausell, Mindy Steinberg and Jessica Levy.For further information please contact Anna Schmidt by email at  

Students selected for Order of the Old Well

March 03, 2006 MCH Students Anne Clayton and Amanda Koch have been selected for membership into the Order of the Old Well honor society. The Order recognizes students who have given unselfish service and distinguished leadership to UNC and the greater community.For further information please contact Anna Schmidt by email at  

MCH Alumni honored

January 11, 2006 Mary Linker, a 1993 MSW/MPH graduate of the UNC Maternal and Child Health Department, received the Social Work Outstanding Achievement Award from the N.C. Public Health Association.The award honors Linker’s work as the manager of the Family Outreach and Support Services Division at the Chatham County Public Health Department. Linker has been… Read more »

Anna Maria Siega-Riz President-elect of SPER

September 19, 2005 Anna Maria Siega-Riz was elected president-elect of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology (SPER) at their annual meeting in June. She will serve as president in 2006-2007 and will preside at the annual meeting in Boston in June. Congratulations to Anna Maria!For further information please contact Marcia Roth by email at… Read more »

Paul Buescher, MCH Adjunct faculty member to lead SCHS

September 19, 2005 On October 1, 2005, Paul Buescher will become the new Director of the State Center for Health Statistics. Paul began work at the State Center in 1980 as a Statistician, and has increasingly taken on management and leadership roles over the last 25 years. Since 1993 he has served as the Head… Read more »

Student’s presentation among best at conference

February 14, 2005 Theresa Chapple, second year MPH student, was awarded second place for her presentation “Utilization of Well-Child Care Services by Rural African-American Pre-Term Infants” at the Southern Nurses Research Conference in Atlanta Georgia, Feb. 3-5, 2005. Chapple’s poster was selected from more than 200 student presentations. Her poster represents the independent research project… Read more »