Aunchalee Palmquist, PhD, IBCLC
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 AwardsIBM Junior Faculty Development Award
2019North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition, IBLCE Exam Scholarship
2013Hultquist New Faculty Fellowship
2012, Elon UniversityPacific Fellowship, American Association for University Women, Hawaii Chapter
MHCH 890 Special Topics: Cutural Humility
Principal Investigator: Creativity Hubs Pre-Proposal Award
Principal Investigator: Junior Faculty Development Award
Project Scientist: ENRICH Carolinas Expansion
Equity/Training Specialist: RISE
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
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, NCPalmquist 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. 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.
“It was all taken away”: Lactation, embodiment, and resistance among mothers caring for their very-low-birth-weight preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. **Palmquist, AEL, Holdren S, and Fair C. (2020). Social Science & Medicine.
Current trends in research on human milk exchange and infant feeding. Palmquist AEL, Perrin MT, Cassar-Uhl D, Gribble KD, Bond, AB and Cassidy (2019). Journal of Human Lactation, 35(3), 453-477.
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.
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