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 of Maternal and Child Health.Quirk is regarded as a leader, mentor and tireless advocate for children around the state, according to her nominators. During the past decade, she has helped initiate and maintain a toll-free information line, referral and informational databases, a resource library for child-care health consultants, and communications materials including informational calendars, posters, safety bulletins and resource materials.
“Jackie is the heart and soul of child-care health consultation in North Carolina,” said Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH, Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor of maternal and child health at UNC’s public health school and resource center director. “Her dedication to the thousands of children in out-of-home care in North Carolina has inspired the hundreds of child-care health consultants she has trained over the years, and has made the North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center a model for the nation.”
The GlaxoSmithKline Foundation also presented four other Child Health Recognition Awards, in addition to Quirk’s. Sam Bowman-Furhmann, a child advocate from Mt. Airy, N.C., also received a Lifetime Recognition Award, and the North Carolina health departments in Guilford, Robeson and Transylvania counties received the foundation’s Local Health Department Recognition Award.
“The 2012 Child Health Award winners make such a difference in our communities by improving the health of our greatest resource – our children,” said Gayle Harris, North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA) president and Durham County health director. “The NCPHA is excited to be a part of this wonderful recognition program sponsored by the N.C. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.”
Based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation supports programs that promote the sciences, health and education. Since its establishment in 1986, the foundation has granted nearly $60 million to support North Carolina projects and programs that meet educational needs.