Maternal and Child Health News

Gillings student publishes guidelines to improve reporting on mHealth interventions

April 5, 2016 A new paper led by a student researcher at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health proposes guidelines to improve the quality of reported research on mobile health (mHealth). Smisha Agarwal Kaysin, doctoral student of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, is the lead author of a recently published… Read more »

Researchers confirm link between schistosomiasis and HIV acquisition

March 31, 2016 A comprehensive review of secondary data sources has confirmed a long-suspected link between female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) and HIV infection for women in southern Africa. A researcher from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health was one of two co-authors of the resulting article, titled “Association Between Schistosoma haematobium Exposure and… Read more »

Ongechi selected for Carolina Women’s Center’s Faculty Scholar Award

March 29, 2016 Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD, research associate professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a 2016-2017 Faculty Scholar Award for Carolina Women’s Center to undertake a project that will advance the Center’s mission to further gender equity. Ongechi’s project, “Understanding the Impact of… Read more »

Seven from Gillings School receive Impact Awards; fellowships presented to other public health scholars

March 23, 2016 Students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health earned seven of the 17 Impact Awards presented by the Graduate School in 2016. The awards, made possible by the Graduate Education Advancement Board, recognize graduate students for outstanding contributions to the state of North Carolina. The seven public health Impact Award… Read more »

Getting there: What does it take to care for mothers and their babies in remote Ghana?

March 15, 2016 This article, by Mary Lide Parker, was originally posted in Endeavors magazine on March 8. In a small village in southern Ghana, a 29-year-old pregnant woman named Vivian goes into labor at 2 a.m. Her husband is visiting Ghana’s capital city, Accra, over 100 miles away. With no means of transportation, Vivian,… Read more »

Gillings researchers find link between number of births and heart disease risk factors in Hispanic/Latina population

March 10, 2016 Six researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of a recently published article linking the numbers of times Hispanic/Latina women give birth with their likelihood of developing a specific set of risk factors for heart disease. The lead author is Catherine Vladutiu, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of… Read more »

GillingsX highlights innovation at school of public health

March 10, 2016 On Wednesday, March 9, five speakers at the annual GillingsX event shared how they apply innovative approaches to the field of public health, both locally and globally. The GillingsX talks, which are similar in format to TED Talks, offer pithy, engaging takes on complex subjects. This year, students and faculty of the… Read more »

Gillings students receive community engagement fellowship to develop breastfeeding curriculum

March 3, 2016 Stacey Klaman and Kea Turner are going to create a breastfeeding curriculum specifically for women with substance use disorders. The two UNC scholars have received a 2016 Community Engagement Fellowship Award from the Carolina Center for Public Service. The $2,000 award will fund their efforts to develop educational health materials for pregnant… Read more »

Gillings School recognizes outstanding teachers with Innovation Awards

February 23, 2016 The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in Armfield Atrium on Feb. 22 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit – who were presented with UNC Gillings’ fifth annual Teaching Innovation Awards. The 2016 awardees are Geni Eng, DrPH, professor of health… Read more »

Former US Assistant Surgeon General guides the Gillings School toward a ‘culture of health’

February 13, 2016 “Every day, you should take your dog for a long walk – even if you don’t have a dog!” says Penny Slade-Sawyer, with a grin. Slade-Sawyer, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, former assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former director… Read more »