Maternal and Child Health News

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 »

Six from public health receive Impact Awards for research benefitting North Carolina

April 21, 2009 Other graduate student honors and awards also recognized by The Graduate School, public health school departments In an April 20 ceremony, The Graduate School of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recognized the achievements of more than 300 students, whose scholarship, research and service, in the words of Dr. Steve… Read more »

Peterson reappointed chair of maternal and child health department

April 07, 2009 Dr. Bert Peterson Herbert Peterson, MD, has been appointed for a second term as chair of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, Dean Barbara K. Rimer has announced. Professor and chair in the department since 2004, Peterson previously served as medical officer with the Geneva-based… Read more »

March of Dimes awards grant to School’s Perinatal Substance Use Project

April 06, 2009 Pregnant women who are using drugs and/or alcohol soon will have additional help abstaining from substances that could be harmful to both their babies and themselves, thanks to a community grant to the Perinatal Substance Use Project, part of the North Carolina Family Health Resource Line, a project in the Department of… Read more »

Farel and King selected for School’s Greenberg and Barr awards

March 30, 2009 Anita M. Farel, DrPH, and Rebecca S. King, DDS, MPH, have received two of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s major awards for faculty and alumni. Farel, recipient of the Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award for Excellence in teaching, research and service, and King, selected for the Barr Distinguished Alumni Award… Read more »

UNC receives Gates Foundation grant to help tackle reproductive health issues facing urban poor

March 30, 2009 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received more than $22 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a new project that aims to improve the reproductive health of the urban poor in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Dr. Ilene Speizer Ilene Speizer, PhD, research associate professor in… Read more »

New Gillings Award promotes dialogue on population and development

  March 12, 2009 A new award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will convene some of the world’s leading scientists to evaluate the link between population and the achievement of key international development goals and objectives. Looking at these issues from a variety of angles… Read more »

Public health certification exam to be offered in August

February 05, 2009 Public health students and alumni may register until May 31 for the second annual Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, which is scheduled for Aug. 8-29. The CPH assessment is prepared, administered and evaluated by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), an independent organization formed in 2005 to help ensure… Read more »