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Maternal and Child Health News

MCH student selected as APHA section fellow

August 12, 2016 Anna Austin, MPH, doctoral student in maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 15 students selected from across the U.S. to serve as a 2016-2017 section fellow for the American Public Health Association’s maternal and child health section. Austin also is a research… Read more »

Labbok chosen for international association’s award for excellence in breastfeeding research

July 27, 2016 Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC, was selected for the 2016 Journal of Human Lactation Patricia Martens Award for Excellence in Breastfeeding Research, presented by the International Lactation Consultant Association at the association’s general meeting, held July 19-23 in Chicago. Labbok, until recently Professor of the Practice of maternal and child health at… Read more »

Care4Moms project to address needs of mothers with medically fragile babies

July 27, 2016 An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received nearly $900,000 in federal funding to identify and address the needs of mothers with medically fragile infants. The funding will support Care4Moms, a three-year study of this vastly understudied group. Researchers will collect data on the… Read more »

Sullivan elected to US Breastfeeding Committee’s board of directors

July 20, 2016 Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RD, LDN, acting director of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute and the Institute’s director of training, has been elected to the board of directors of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). She will begin service on the board at a USBC members’… Read more »

Commentary calls for better documentation of wartime attacks on health-care facilities and patients

July 14, 2016 In an article published online July 4 in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival,  UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers examine the complex and disturbing pattern of health-care professionals being targeted in war zones. Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, Gillings School alumnus and research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness… Read more »

Saye Baawo, alumnus and public health leader in Liberia, dies of cancer at 50

July 7, 2016 Saye Dahn Baawo, MD, MSPH, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and assistant minister for curative services in Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, died June 17 at age 50, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and children. In 2005, Baawo attended… Read more »

Cilenti to lead $1.74M HRSA grant to support maternal and child health workforce development

June 29, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health has been awarded a one-year, $1.74 million cooperative agreement from the Division of Workforce Development, part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The award, which will support workforce development for state maternal… Read more »

Gillings School students make an impact on global, local health

June 17, 2016 Two UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumni and one current student recently shared their stories with the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Their education at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center and in the Gillings School’s departments of maternal and child health and environmental sciences and engineering helped… Read more »

Leigh Tally: Helping local governments in Africa use data better

May 27, 2016 Leigh Tally, MPH, has a record of public health service that spans the globe. As a graduate student, she served as a consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services in Raleigh, N.C., and volunteered as a malaria program specialist with the Peace Corps in Kisumu, Kenya. These days, the 2014… Read more »

Gillings School alumnus selected as finalist for Service to America Medal

May 27, 2016 Allen Wilcox, PhD, Gillings School alumnus and a pioneer in reproductive epidemiology, has been selected as a finalist for a 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, a prestigious honor for federal government professionals. The service medals, also known as “Sammies,” are the “Oscars” of government service. Named for the late… Read more »