Maternal and Child Health News

Early neglect predicts aggressive behavior in children

April 07, 2008 Children who are neglected before their second birthday display higher levels of aggressive behavior between ages 4 and 8, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study, published today in the journal Pediatrics. Early child neglect may be as important as child abuse for predicting aggressive behavior, researchers say…. Read more »

Cynthia Cassell, American Public Health Association (APHA) MCH) Section Outstanding Student Author

Cynthia Cassell, a MCH doctoral student, has been selected as an American Public Health Association (APHA) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section Outstanding Student Author for 2007-2008.The Outstanding Student Authors program is designed to promote and advance research related to MCH populations, and to provide an opportunity for the MCH Section to recognize students with… Read more »

Dr. Labbok invited Keynote Speaker at the 2nd National Meeting of State Breastfeeding Coalitions

Miriam Labbok, Professor and Director of the Center of IYCFC, was invited as a Keynote Speaker at the 2nd National Meeting of State Breastfeeding Coalitions, held near Washington, D.C. Co-sponsored by CDC, USDA, the Office of Women’s Health and other government agencies. This gathering was hosted by the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) and included… Read more »

Kotch to spend semester in Edinburgh on Kenan research leave

January 29, 2008   Photograph, Dr. Jonathan Kotch Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH, professor of maternal and child health at the School of Public Health, is spending the next six months in Edinburgh, Scotland, having received 2007-2008 competitive Kenan research leave. There, he will help implement a comprehensive injury prevention plan for Scottish children and youth…. Read more »

Munroe-Blum to speak at 2008 School of Public Health commencement

December 20, 2007   Photo, Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum Heather Munroe-Blum, principal and vice chancellor of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a Carolina School of Public Health alumna, will give the commencement address for the School’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 10, at 5 pm. in Memorial Hall on the UNC campus. Born in Montreal,… Read more »

School of Public Health supports UNC Smoke-Free Policy, effective Jan. 1, 2008

December 12, 2007 Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but it can be done. So begins a message distributed recently by the American Cancer Society. UNC Smoke-free on Jan. 1! It is a message well-timed for faculty, staff and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The University is promoting a new policy requiring… Read more »

Kids more active when playground has balls, jump ropes, UNC study shows

December 11, 2007 Photograph, Dr. Dianne Ward Children play harder and longer when their child care centers provide portable play equipment such as balls and jump ropes, more opportunities for active play, and physical activity training and education for staff and students, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School… Read more »

Dr. Kotch receives the Susan S. Aronson Award

Dr. Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, FAAP received the Dr. Susan S. Aronson Early Education and Child Care Advocacy Award at the 2007 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. Dr Kotch was recognized for his contributions to the field of child care health consultation (training, state systems, and research studies documenting the effectiveness… Read more »

New computer labs open in Rosenau Hall

November 07, 2007 Photograph of student using computer The School of Public Health, in collaboration with UNC Information Technology Services (ITS), has opened new computer laboratory and classroom spaces in 201 and 201A Rosenau Hall. The updated space and equipment replace the computer lab previously housed in 2307 and 2308 McGavran-Greenberg Hall. Felicia Mebane, PhD,… Read more »

Breastfeeding Center accepted for USBC membership

November 07, 2007 Photograph, Dr. Miriam Labbok The UNC School of Public Health’s Center for Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care has been accepted for membership in the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). The mission of USBC is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as the feeding norm for young children. The group comprises… Read more »