Maternal and Child Health News

Gillings School’s breastfeeding training program wins accreditation

January 29, 2016 The Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative, based in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), has become the first breastfeeding training program to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval… Read more »

National MCH Workforce Development Center meets with agency, community partners to plan improvements in health of NC’s children

January 28, 2016 More than 300 state and local public agency leaders and community partners gathered in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 6-7 to plan ways to improve the health of North Carolina’s maternal and child population. The group, hosted by the N.C. Division of Public Health, was facilitated by the National Maternal and Child Health… Read more »

4th Trimester Project, co-led by Gillings researchers, to define unmet health care needs following birth

January 20, 2016 An interdisciplinary team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been approved for a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The team will work to define currently unmet patient-centered healthcare needs in what is known as the “fourth trimester,” the three months after… Read more »

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 »