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Maternal and Child Health News

Gillings alumna Bridger honored as NC health director of the year

Feb. 5, 2014 Colleen Bridger, PhD, Orange County (N.C.) health director, received the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors’ Health Director of the Year award on Jan. 22. The recognition is given to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in public health in the state and for leadership and involvement in local community and… Read more »

‘Tooth Talk,’ website to promote children’s dental health, launches Jan. 27

Jan. 27, 2014 Tooth Talk, a new, interactive website that gives early childhood educators and child-care providers information that will help them prevent early childhood tooth decay, launched today. The launch coincides with National Children’s Dental Health Month in February. A collaboration of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North… Read more »

Breastfeeding increases when moms are supported by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), study finds

Dec. 26, 2013 Researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine and Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine have completed two studies that found that periodic meetings with an IBCLC supported women, who are traditionally resistant to breastfeeding, to succeed and to increase breastfeeding intensity for at least for… Read more »

British Medical Journal: UNC study finds numerous virgin births reported in US since mid-1990s

Dec. 17, 2013 The prestigious British Medical Journal has published a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers that found numerous pregnancies reported by self-described virgins in The United States since the mid 1990s. The researchers, led by a team from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, discovered 45 “virgin pregnancies”… Read more »

MCH doctoral student gives talk at World Islamic Economic Forum

Nov. 18, 2013 Smisha Agarwal, first-year doctoral student in maternal and child health at the Gillings School, was an invited speaker at the ninth annual World Islamic Economic Forum, held in London Oct. 29-31. More than 2,600 leaders of business and politics, from about 20 countries, attended the conference, the theme of which was “Changing… Read more »

Seatbelts are pregnant drivers’ best bet to prevent auto injuries, study finds

Oct. 15, 2013   We’ve all heard it before: seatbelts save lives. For pregnant women, seatbelts could mean saving at least one life now and another in the very near future. That’s the conclusion from an exhaustive study of 878,546 pregnant drivers between 16 and 46 years old, conducted by researchers at The University of… Read more »

Dr. Weathers to serve on National Advisory Council on Migrant Heatlth

Andrea Weathers MD, MPH, DrPH, MCH Assistant Professor, has accepted the invitation of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Michael O. Leavitt, to serve a 4-year term on the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health. The Council advises the Secretary on policies to increase the effectiveness of migrant health centers in delivering primary… Read more »

NCIOM task force addresses early childhood obesity

Sept. 10, 2013   Researchers from the Gillings School of Global Public Health participated this week in a task force convened by the N.C. Institute of Medicine to develop strategies targeting obesity in children from birth to age five. Alice Ammerman, DrPH, nutrition professor and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease… Read more »

NRI studies: Nutrition in early life may minimize effects of fetal alcohol exposure

July 31, 2013   Two recently published studies report prevalence data about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in South Africa and find that negative consequences of prenatal exposure to alcohol may be lessened if a child is provided with adequate nutrition and appropriate cognitive and behavioral stimulation in his or her first seven years of… Read more »

MCH student awarded Rotary Club grant to train volunteer doulas

July 10, 2013   Stacey Klaman, master’s student in maternal and child health at Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a $1,000 grant from The Rotary Club of Chapel Hill to train local women as volunteer doulas at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Doulas provide non-medical support to women and their… Read more »