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Maternal and Child Health News

In African cities, encouraging community discussions may reduce myths, increase contraceptive use

January 13, 2016 In Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal, the most common family planning myths consistently include, “people who use contraceptives end up with health problems” and “contraceptives are dangerous to women’s health.” Ilene Speizer, PhD, research professor, and Chinelo Okigbo, doctoral student, are both researchers with the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the… Read more »

Food Systems Leadership Institute named into top 10 for continuing education

January 13, 2016 The Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), an organization that works to develop leadership competencies around holistic approaches to complex food systems, has been named into the top 10 continuing education programs with a strong leadership focus by the organization Leadership Excellence. FSLI is a flagship leadership program of the Association of Land… Read more »

MCH faculty members to lead $4.5M grant for evaluation of family planning in Africa

January 11, 2016 Two faculty members in maternal and child health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will lead a project funded by a three-year, $4.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sian Curtis, PhD, research associate professor, will serve as principal investigator,… Read more »

MCH’s Zvara invited to serve on CDC panel

January 4, 2016 Bharathi J. Zvara, PhD, research assistant professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited to serve on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Expert Panel. The NHIS, one of the major data collection programs of… Read more »

Biancardi chosen for Staff Excellence Award

November 13, 2015 Kathy Biancardi has won the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s 2015 Staff Excellence Award. Biancardi, public communications specialist in the Department of Maternal and Child Health and assistant to the director of UNC’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center, accepted the award at a Schoolwide event on Nov. 12. She… Read more »

Study finds tensions between medical homes and being patient-centered

November 12, 2015 A study co-authored by a UNC Gillings School of Public Health researcher and published Oct. 9 in the journal Social Science & Medicine describes how North Carolina incorporated case management for low-income pregnant women and young children into the state’s Medicaid managed care network. Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, clinical assistant professor of maternal… Read more »

New podcast, ‘Public Health Behind the Scenes,’ launched this fall

November 9, 2015 The Gillings Global Gateway™ and the N.C. Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), both housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have collaborated to launch a new podcast called “Public Health Behind the Scenes.” “’Public Health Behind the Scenes’ offers a front-row seat into the exciting field of public health,”… Read more »

UNC-Chapel Hill selected as Center for New Leadership Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

November 3, 2015 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to serve as the National Program Leadership Center for a new RWJF leadership initiative. In this capacity, it is anticipated that UNC-Chapel Hill will co-design and launch the New Clinical Scholars program, which will… Read more »

UNC named by WHO as lead partner in global effort to save millions of lives

October 1, 2015 The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) has named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as its academic partner to help coordinate research needed for implementation of a bold new strategy aimed at saving the lives of millions of women, children and adolescents across the world within the next 15… Read more »

Open House at Gillings Global Gateway™ introduces breadth of School’s global activities

September 2, 2015 More than 80 students and faculty members visited the official launch of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Gillings Global Gateway™ on Aug. 27 to learn about the School’s global health activities and network with others interested in public health around the world. Cathlene Webster, first-year student in health behavior, said… Read more »