Maternal and Child Health News
New study brings awareness to overlooked immigration issues around higher education
In a recent study, researchers from the Departments of Health Behavior and Maternal and Child Health investigated how youth in North Carolina can be “locked out” of educational opportunities through complicated immigration policy.
Student-developed app to link refugees with reproductive health services
mAdapt is a new app currently being co-developed by an alumna and two students of the Department of Maternal and Child Health. The mobile app uses cell phone technology to provide refugees with fast answers to questions about pressing reproductive health needs.
Linking maternal mortality files to violent death reporting system reveals more pregnancy-associated suicides, homicides
A recent study co-authored by Anna Austin, doctoral student of maternal and child health, and Dr. Catherine Vladutiu, Gillings School alumna and adjunct faculty member in epidemiology, revealed that violent deaths occurring during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum are under-reported. Linking traditional maternal mortality surveillance system records with the North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System captured 55.6 percent more pregnancy-associated violent deaths than traditional surveillance alone.
Sullivan appointed director of Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
Catherine Sullivan, clinical assistant professor of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, has been named director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). She succeeds the late Dr. Miriam Labbok, CGBI’s founding director. CGBI was established in 2006, through the gift of an anonymous donor, to increase quality of care for women and children and to promote breastfeeding and breastfeeding research.
UNC Gillings students collaborate to promote awareness of gender-based violence
The UNC Gender-Based Violence Research Group will sponsor two events in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
WHO Collaborating Center awarded multimillion-dollar DHHS grant for implementation science
The Gillings School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health has been awarded approximately $1.5 million per year for up to four years to establish a new family planning training center to be led by Dr. Herbert Peterson. The award is a key milestone in the WHO Collaborating Center’s efforts to enhance the health and well-being of mothers, babies and children globally and locally.
Two alumni selected by Gates Institute as ’40 under 40′ advocates for reproductive health
Burcu Bozkurt and Lucy Wilson, alumni of the UNC Gillings School, are among the 40 people under 40 recognized as strong advocates for sexual and reproductive health rights by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. Bozkurt is co-founder of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning; Wilson is a technical adviser at FHI 360.
UNC-IntraHealth fellows explored digital health, services for sex workers, other health concerns
Gillings School graduate students Michael DeFranco, Willa Dong and Kristan Rosenthal recently completed training as part of the UNC-IntraHealth Fellows Program. This year marks the seventh year of partnership between the Gillings School and IntraHealth International.
Speizer named to RTI International’s 2016-2017 class of University Scholars
Dr. Ilene Speizer, research professor of maternal and child health, is one of six scholars selected to spend up to one academic year at RTI International, working on strategic research projects. Speizer will pursue an NIH grant for health interventions for young women in South Africa who engage in transactional sex.
RWJF launches new leadership program: UNC to lead collaboration to build Culture of Health
Improving health and reducing persistent disparities in wellness and longevity across the United States requires clinical innovation and community transformation. The Clinical Scholars program, a new national leadership program led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has just selected its first cohort of fellows who will advance both.