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Maternal and Child Health News

Eight faculty members win Teaching Innovation Awards

April 22, 2018
Eight faculty members were selected by students at the Gillings School as the 2018 Teaching Innovation Award winners. They are Dr. Carolyn Crump, Amanda Holliday, Dr. Whitney Robinson, Kathy Roggenkamp, Dr. Meghan Shanahan, Dr. Jason Surratt, Dr. Justin Trogdon and Dr. Vaughn Upshaw.

Tully hopes to serve mothers, infants with innovative new bassinet

March 28, 2018
UNC Gillings’ Dr. Kristin Tully and collaborators are working to have side-car bassinets, specifically designed for mother-infant dyads, available for the U.S. market by 2020.

Expert commentary illuminates differing mental health needs among unique displaced populations

March 28, 2018

Dr. Dilshad Jaff, a Baghdad-trained physician with extensive experience in international conflict zones, responds to a briefing document from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Study finds association of childhood abuse, neglect with misuse of prescription opioids in early adulthood

March 4, 2018
A new study by Gillings School investigators examines the association of childhood abuse and neglect with prescription opioid misuse in early adulthood– and the role of pain and depressive symptoms in adolescence in this association. Doctoral student Anna Austin and Dr. Meghan Shanahan are study co-authors.

‘Health and well-being for all’ – how implementation science can help deliver on a global promise

March 2, 2018
In two recent publications, Dr. Bert Peterson, director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health, shared his thoughts about implementation science and the challenges and potential inherent in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Jaff co-authors survey of Syrian refugees in Jordan who could benefit from palliative care

February 28, 2018
Dr. Dilshad Jaff is co-author of a study that reports on Syrian refugees’ need for palliative care services.

CGBI awarded $1.3M grant to train lactation consultants at colleges serving communities of color

February 26, 2018
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, based in the Gillings School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, has been awarded a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant project aims to increase the number of people of color serving as certified lactation consultants in vulnerable communities.

Jaff proposes strategies to reduce traffic-related deaths, injuries in Kurdistan region of Iraq

February 2, 2018
Dr. Dilshad Jaff has analyzed the problem of road traffic accidents in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and proposes strategies to diminish the financial and human toll associated with that public health challenge. His commentary appears in the Middle East Journal of Family Medicine.

New edited volume informs breastfeeding through anthropological research

January 26, 2018
Two researchers from the Gillings School contributed to a recently published book, “Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches,” which is the first edited volume on anthropology and breastfeeding published in more than 20 years.

Article by three Gillings researchers is Journal of Human Lactation’s top-read post for 2017

January 26, 2018
Three researchers linked with the Gillings School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health co-authored the Journal of Human Lactation’s most-read article of 2017. Their systematic review examined Step 3 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, an outline for maternity practices that serves as the foundation for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.