Maternal and Child Health News

UNC study shows state autism rates in line with national average

February 08, 2007 One of every 154 North Carolina children meet the criteria for autism spectrum disorder, according to a report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate among North Carolina children is about the same as the national rate reported by the CDC, according to researchers at the… Read more »

Driver licensing system reduces young drivers’ hospitalizations and medical costs, UNC study finds

January 25, 2007 North Carolina’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) system has reduced hospitalizations and resulting hospital costs by about one-third for the state’s 16-year-old drivers, according to a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers to be published in the February edition of the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. The study, “The Effects… Read more »

New center promotes healthy mothers and children

December 13, 2006 Dr. Miriam Labbok Dr. Miriam Labbok, professor of the practice of public health and director of the Center for Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care, fills the room with vibrancy and passion for the work she has come here to do. “Research shows that nature had it right — mothers and… Read more »

Working with communities to overcome health disparities

  December 13, 2006 A farmer examines his crop Working with and within communities is an integral part of the UNC School of Public Health’s efforts and long-term commitment to eliminate health disparities. Since our School’s inception in 1940, our students and faculty have engaged with communities across North Carolina and around the world to… Read more »

Maternal and Child Health receives federal training grant to address health disparities

September 28, 2006 The Department of Maternal and Child Health has received a federal grant enabling the launch of a new doctoral training program in applied epidemiology aimed at addressing health inequities. The Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), awarded the department $26,000 per… Read more »

The Carolina Postdoctoral Program

News From The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill As part of a continuing commitment to advance scholars from underrepresented groups in higher education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity is pleased to announce the availability of postdoctoral research… Read more »

Adjunct professor Roy Jacobstein to be interviewed Friday on North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC

September 12, 2006 Maternal and Child Health adjunct professor Roy Jacobstein will be interviewed Friday, September 15, during North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC’s live program, The State of Things. The show airs at noon at 91.5 FM in Chapel Hill and on other regional public radio stations. Jacobstein, known for his international health and development work… Read more »

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 »