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Aunchalee Palmquist, PhD, IBCLC
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Aunchalee Palmquist, PhD, IBCLC

Assistant Professor
Maternal and Child Health, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
  • 422C Rosenau, CB #7445, Chapel Hill NC 27599-7445

Aunchalee Palmquist, PhD, MA, IBCLC, is an assistant professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and an affiliate of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). She is a medical anthropologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Dr. Palmquist’s research addresses the intersectionality of perinatal maternal, newborn and young child health disparities globally and in the U.S. Specific areas of interest include the birthing, breastfeeding and birth spacing continuum; human milk sharing and milk banking; and infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E). Dr. Palmquist’s interdisciplinary work bridges critical biocultural anthropology and global public health. She conducts community-based participatory research and uses both ethnographic methods and mixed-methods approaches. Her work is informed by human rights frameworks and a reproductive justice lens.

Dr. Palmquist is the lead for the CGBI Lactation and Infant Feeding in Emergencies (L.I.F.E.) Initiative and the Humanitarian Maternal and Child Health Program. She serves as a CGBI representative on the WHO/UNICEF Global Breastfeeding Collective, the Emergency Nutrition Network IFE Core Group, the CORE group Humanitarian-Development Task Force, and the United States Breastfeeding Committee. Dr. Palmquist has previously served as an International Lactation Consultants Association liaison to the United Nations.

Dr. Palmquist teaches a global breastfeeding seminar for maternal and child health students and lectures in the CGBI Mary Rose Tully Lactation Training Initiative for aspiring lactation consultants. She has presented her research at national and international academic conferences, and speaks to audiences of health care professionals and lay birth and breastfeeding supporters across the world.

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Honors and Awards

IBM Junior Faculty Development Award

2019

North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition, IBLCE Exam Scholarship

2013

Hultquist New Faculty Fellowship

2012, Elon University

Pacific Fellowship, American Association for University Women, Hawaii Chapter

2001

Representative Courses

MHCH 890 Special Topics: Cutural Humility

Research Activities

Principal Investigator:  Creativity Hubs Pre-Proposal Award

Principal Investigator: Junior Faculty Development Award

Project Scientist: ENRICH Carolinas Expansion

Equity/Training Specialist: RISE



Service Activities

2018-present   Maternal and Child Health faculty representative, MPH Global Health Concentration, Curriculum development and co-instructor (residential and online) for course on Cultural Humility, Global Health Ethics, and Professional Development

2018-present  United States Breastfeeding Committee, Donor Human Milk Constellation

2018-present  United States Breastfeeding Committee, Research and Evidence Constellation

2018-present  CORE Group Humanitarian-Development Taskforce

2018-present  Emergency Nutrition Network Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group, Membership and Conflicts of Interest Working Group

2018-present  Emergency Nutrition Network, Managing Acute Malnutrition in Infants (MAMI) Special Interest Group

2017-present  WHO/UNICEF Global Breastfeeding Collective

2017-present  World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action

2017-2019  United States Breastfeeding Committee, LSP Constellation

2012-present  Planning Committee, Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference


Practice Activities

Palmquist, AEL. Breastfeeding in Environmental Emergencies. 21st Annual Mother’s Special Gift Breastfeeding Conference, May 2019, Charlotte, NC.

Vidal A, Santaballa L, Malloy A, Escobar NO, Terhune S, and Palmquist AEL. Decolonizing response to disasters and complex emergencies in the U.S. Discussion Session at the Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference, March 2019, Chapel Hill, NC

Palmquist AEL, Asiodu I, Asbill DT, Malloy A, Tully K, Muddana A, Tucker C, Bryant K, and Stuebe A. Racial equity and access to pasteurized donor human milk in a hospital setting. Discussion Session at the Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference, March 2019, Chapel Hill, NC

Palmquist AEL. Breastfeeding, pumping, and weaning in the context of human milk sharing. Presented (paper) at the American Public Health Association annual meeting, November 2018, San Diego, CA.

Sullivan C, Davis S, Smetana A, Wouk K, Huntley D, and Palmquist AEL. RISE: Lactation Training Model (Reclaiming, Improving and Sustaining Equity) Presented (paper) at the American Public Health Association annual meeting, November 2018, San Diego, CA.

Palmquist, AEL. Supporting Lactation and Infant Feeding in Emergencies: Challenges and Opportunities in the United States. EAHEC WIC Continuing Education and Training, November 2018, Greenville, NC.

**Holdren S, Fair C, and Palmquist AEL. “Had I been able to donate, I would have:” A qualitative analysis of infant feeding narratives during and after the NICU. Presented (poster) at the American Public Health Association annual meeting, November 2018, San Diego, CA.

Palmquist, AEL. Breastfeeding Policies: Global Trends, Conflicts of Interest, and Consequences for Marginalized Communities. Preterm Birth Initiative Collaboratory, University of California San Francisco, August 2018, San Francisco, CA.

Sullivan C and Palmquist AEL. Deconstructing fake equity: Lessons learned form a dominant culture institution. Presented (workshop) at the International Lactation Consultants Association annual meeting, July 2018, Portland, OR.

Palmquist AEL. Lactation support in disasters and emergencies: Integrating life course, psychosocial, and human rights perspectives. Presented (paper) at the International Lactation Consultants Association annual meeting, July 2018, Portland, OR.








Key Publications

Psychosocial dimensions of human milk sharing. Schafer E, Ashida, S and Palmquist, AEL  (2018). Maternal and Child Nutrition, 14(6).

A pilot study on nutrients, antimicrobial proteins, and bacteria in commerce-free models for exchanging expressed human milk in the USA. Perrin MT, Fogleman AD, Davis DD, Wimer CH, Vogel KG, and Palmquist, AEL  Maternal and Child Nutrition, 14(6).

Gender, displacement, and infant and young child feeding in emergencies. Palmquist, AEL and Gribble, KD.  (2018). International Handbook of Gender and Demographic Processes.

Donor human milk, human milk products, and milk sharing. Carney, V and Palmquist AEL.  (2018). Infant and Pediatric Feedings: Guidelines for the Preparation of Human Milk and Formula in Health Care Facilities, Third Edition.

Education

Board Cert, Clinical Lactation (IBCLC), UNC-CH, 2018

Trainee, MRTTI-Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2013

Postdoctoral Fellow, Global Health, Yale University, 2011

Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Network Methods, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, 2009

PhD, Anthropology, University of Hawaii, Manoa, 2006

MA, Anthropology, University of Hawaii, Manoa, 1997

BA, Anthropology, University of Louisville, Louisville KY, 1994

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