Maternal and Child Health News

Grant aims to address maternal and child health inequities among women in Philadelphia

  December 11, 2012   It’s the grim, unfortunate reality: African-American women in the U.S. are much more likely to give birth prematurely or lose a baby within his or her first year of life, compared to white women. The infant mortality rate – often a proxy for general health and access to care –… Read more »

Faculty members included on Best Doctors in America list

December 10, 2012   Fifteen physicians affiliated with Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill are listed in the latest compilation of The Best Doctors in America® database.   Dr. Myron Cohen Dr. Alison Stuebe Dr. John Thorp Dr. Anthony Viera They include epidemiology professor Myron Cohen,… Read more »

UNC to lead national evaluation of W.K. Kellogg Foundation breastfeeding program

November 15, 2012 Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded $900,000 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to evaluate First Foods, the foundation’s national breastfeeding initiative. The First Foods program aims to “give children a healthy start” by ensuring more babies receive breast milk as… Read more »

MCH faculty members co-wrote AJPH Paper of the Year

  November 05, 2012 Two maternal and child health faculty members at Gillings School of Global Public Health, authors of a paper published in the June 2011 American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), received the journal’s ‘Paper of the Year’ award at the annual American Public Health Association awards ceremony on Oct. 30, 2012, in… Read more »

Age of puberty among boys dropping in US, study finds

October 22, 2012 Boys in the United States appear to be entering puberty much earlier than in the past – a trend researchers caution may have important medical, psychosocial, public health and environmental implications, according to a new study released at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans and published… Read more »

GlaxoSmithKline Foundation honors maternal and child health project leader

  September 20, 2012   Jacqueline (Jackie) Quirk, RN, BSN, CCHC, project coordinator for the North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center, has received a lifetime achievement award from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. The resource center, based in Raleigh, is a project of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department… Read more »

Twelve receive Gillings Merit Scholarships

  September 10, 2012 Twelve students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been designated as 2012-2013 Gillings Merit Scholars. The scholarships, established in 2010 to help the School recruit graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, are made possible through a $50 million gift to the School from Dennis Gillings and Joan… Read more »

2007 Child Care Health and Safety Calendar wins National Health Information Award

 Maternal and Child Health project wins award for health information materials The North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center in Raleigh, N.C., was selected recently as a winner in the 14th annual National Health Information Awards. Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH, professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, serves as project director… Read more »

Top 10 in 2012: The year’s most-read news stories

Top 10 in 2012: The year’s most-read news stories January 02, 2013   One of the most-read news articles on the Gillings School of Global Public Health website in 2012 was accompanied by a photograph of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shaking the hand of a Gillings faculty member. The faculty member in the… Read more »

Richard Udry, pioneering adolescent-health researcher and population scientist, dies July 29

August 02, 2012   Dr. Richard Udry J. Richard Udry, PhD, professor of maternal and child health and sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Sunday, July 29, after a long illness. He was 83. Dr. Udry was a Kenan Distinguished Professor of… Read more »