May 20, 2021 To improve breastfeeding rates among Black Americans, Dr. Alexis Woods Barr and graduate student Jacquana Smith have co-authored studies examining the role intergenerational family support networks have in infant feeding practices. This understanding can help shape more empathetic and culturally mindful approaches to public health messaging.
Five Gillings community members honored with 2021 awards for mentorship, teaching, research and service
April 22, 2021 The Gillings School has announced the 2021 winners of four of the School's most prestigious awards – the Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award, the John E. Larsh Jr. Award for Mentorship, the Edward G. McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award.
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute to support wider adoption of breastfeeding through $1.3M subcontract
October 1, 2020 Breastfeeding is a vital component of newborn and early child health, and members of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) at the Gillings School of Global Public Health are on the case. Faculty and staff within CGBI have received a subcontract for $1,352,970 from Abt Associates to provide training and technical assistance on the implementation of the World Health Organization and UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Palmquist responds to COVID-19, advocates and supports best practices for infant and young child feeding during pandemic
August 25, 2020 Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist, assistant professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, studies infant and young child feeding in emergencies and other situations of extreme adversity. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, her understanding of the information environment and needs allowed her to contribute expert guidance about best practices for perinatal mothers, infants and children where it is needed most.
May 18, 2020 Without data on the effect of investigational drugs like remdesivir on pregnant and lactating women, many health care providers face a dilemma about whether to advise mothers infected with COVID-19 to suspend breastfeeding while undergoing treatment. In a new commentary, Dr. Alison Stuebe concludes that this could have a detrimental impact.
Stuebe and Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute collaborate on federal law and health policy report
May 4, 2020 Dr. Alison Stuebe, in collaboration with the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, has co-authored a new report from the federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The report seeks to raise awareness about the role law and policy have to play in increasing the rates of breastfeeding in the U.S. as part of a broader strategy to improve population health.
April 9, 2020 In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, questions have arisen about how to prevent the transmission of the virus to newborns from mothers who are suspected or confirmed to be infected. Dr. Alison Stuebe has written a commentary in Breastfeeding Medicine addressing the risks and benefits of temporary separation.
March 16, 2020 As countries around the globe work to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 — which causes the illness COVID-19 — researchers and practitioners in every discipline at the Gillings School are turning their expertise into action to support the pandemic response.
New research could help caregivers identify exclusive breastfeeding challenges in the first week of life
March 11, 2020 While breastfeeding is recommended as the sole source of nutrition in the first six months of a baby's life, for some new moms, that is not always possible. Dr. Alison Stuebe and her research team have identified a set of clues that can help clinicians recognize in as early as the first week when feeding interventions and supplemental nutrition may be necessary.
October 17, 2019 Researchers at UNC, in collaboration with partners at North Carolina State University and The Ohio State University, have received a $2.5 million grant to improve health care services for new families after childbirth and during the transition home.