Labbok presented with APHA lifetime achievement award

Nov. 5, 2013

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Dr. Miriam Labbok, right, accepts the lifetime achievement award from Professor Gopal Sankaran, chair of the International Health Section awards committee.

Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, has received the Carl E. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association’s International Health Section. She accepted the award on Nov. 5 at the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston.

Labbok is Professor of the Practice of maternal and child health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the School’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute.  She has been on the faculty of the Gillings School since 2006.

Prior to her arrival at UNC, Labbok had a distinguished career with a number of federal and international agencies, including UNICEF and the U.S. Agency for International Development. While associate professor at Georgetown University, she served as director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre on Breastfeeding.
 
She also was assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins (Bloomberg) School of Hygiene and Public Health and was an adjunct faculty member at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
 
Two years ago, the APHA’s lifetime achievement award was renamed for Carl Ernest Taylor, MD, DrPH (1916-2010), founding chair of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The award honors public health visionaries and leaders who have shaped the direction of international health and/or the development of APHA.
 
Labbok is the first recipient of this award whose career concentration has focused upon breastfeeding and family planning.


 
Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu