This Week @ Gillings: The Abstract

May 31, 2022

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Garcia receives Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Faculty Mentoring Award

Dr. Tanya Garcia

Dr. Tanya Garcia

Congratulations to Tanya Garcia, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics at the Gillings School, who has been selected to receive a 200 Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Faculty Mentoring Award!

Established in 2006, the Faculty Mentoring Awards, sponsored by the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council (CWLC), recognize outstanding faculty members who go the extra mile to guide, mentor and teach. Each year the Council recognizes three recipients with an award of $5,000 each in the categories of faculty-to-undergraduate student mentoring, faculty-to-graduate student mentoring, and faculty-to-junior faculty mentoring.

Garcia’s outstanding mentoring to graduate mentees on campus has been praised by both students and faculty colleagues, who recognize her commitment to the highest standards of teaching and mentoring support. Garcia has provided mentees with a rich and supportive environment for higher learning and has been an exceptionally positive role model for their careers.

Recipients of this year’s Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Faculty Mentoring Awards will be honored at the Eve Carson Lecture on September 28, 2022.

American College of Physicians names Barrett chair-elect of board of regents

Dr. Eileen Barrett

Dr. Eileen Barrett

The Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians named Eileen D. Barrett, MD, MPH, SFHM, MACP, chair-elect on April 30, 2022. In this role, she will prepare to lead the board, which is the primary policy-making body for the professional society for internists specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and care of adults.

Barrett, who earned a Master of Health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Health Department of Health Behavior in 1998, is an associate professor of medicine, director of continuing medical education and internal medicine hospitalist at the University of New Mexico. She has also worked in humanitarian settings, including service as an Ebola response clinician in Sierra Leone in 2015. In 2019, the American Medical Women’s Association selected her to receive its Exemplary Mentor Award.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 161,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

Maternal and child health researchers publish new report in Maternal and Child Health Journal

Researchers at the Gillings School Department of Maternal and Child Health have published a new report in the Maternal and Child Health Journal titled “Enhancing Title V Workforce Capacity to Address Complex Challenges: Impact of the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center.” Co-authors from the Gillings School include Alexandria Coffey; Amy Mullenix, MSPH, MSW; Vanessa Rivero, MPH; Shara Evans; Hiba Fatima; W. Oscar Fleming, PhD; Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD; Stephen Orton, PhD; Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH; and Lewis Margolis, MD, MPH.

The new report details how Title V leaders and their teams worked with the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center to achieve episodic, developmental and transformative results through the application of the Center’s tools and skills to complex challenges. Investment in the maternal and child health workforce through skill development is critical for achieving transformative results and solving “wicked” public health problems.

Read the full report online.

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