Maternal and Child Health News

A level of respect and responsibility I couldn’t have found elsewhere

May 08, 2009 Chinyere Alu Master’s student, maternal and child health, with global health certificate, 2008-present Peace Corps volunteer, Malawi, 2005-2007 Nigerian-born Chinyere Alu came to the U.S. with her family at age 11. As a high school student, she loved running, and she had begun to think that a career in physical therapy might… Read more »

Every day was amazing

May 08, 2009 Chris Deery Master’s student, maternal and child health, 2007-2009 Peace Corps volunteer, Niger, 2003-2005 Chris Deery joined the Peace Corps a year after completing his undergraduate degree in American studies. “Some people talk about how hard it was for them to adjust to a new culture,” he says. “But it was the… Read more »

A passion for protecting children

May 08, 2009 Dr. Jonathan Kotch speaks out for the most vulnerable Jonathan Kotch is known nationally for strengthening policies to protect children, including his grandson, Daniel, shown here. When Dr. Jonathan Kotch sees things he doesn’t like, he takes action. He protested the Vietnam War. He spearheaded nonconfrontational sit-ins while in college, spurring discussions… Read more »

From Peace Corps field work to public health class work

  May 08, 2009 A familiar path for many volunteers Mia Chabot (right) was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger who earned her MPH in nutrition in 2008. For nearly half a century, The Peace Corps has had a synergistic relationship with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC consistently has been among… Read more »

Deshpande Foundation funds students’ public health efforts in India

May 05, 2009 Two teams of students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been selected by the Deshpande Foundation’s Innovators Program to lead projects in India this summer that address pressing public health needs in sanitation and reproductive health. Founded in 1996 by Gururaj (Desh) and Jaishree Deshpande, of Andover, Mass.,… Read more »

Peterson named Kenan Professor

April 23, 2009 Dr. Herbert Peterson Herbert Peterson, MD, has been named a W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. These endowed faculty positions are awarded to outstanding scholars and teachers at the university. Peterson is a… Read more »

Six from public health receive Impact Awards for research benefitting North Carolina

April 21, 2009 Other graduate student honors and awards also recognized by The Graduate School, public health school departments In an April 20 ceremony, The Graduate School of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recognized the achievements of more than 300 students, whose scholarship, research and service, in the words of Dr. Steve… Read more »

Peterson reappointed chair of maternal and child health department

April 07, 2009 Dr. Bert Peterson Herbert Peterson, MD, has been appointed for a second term as chair of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, Dean Barbara K. Rimer has announced. Professor and chair in the department since 2004, Peterson previously served as medical officer with the Geneva-based… Read more »

March of Dimes awards grant to School’s Perinatal Substance Use Project

April 06, 2009 Pregnant women who are using drugs and/or alcohol soon will have additional help abstaining from substances that could be harmful to both their babies and themselves, thanks to a community grant to the Perinatal Substance Use Project, part of the North Carolina Family Health Resource Line, a project in the Department of… Read more »

Farel and King selected for School’s Greenberg and Barr awards

March 30, 2009 Anita M. Farel, DrPH, and Rebecca S. King, DDS, MPH, have received two of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s major awards for faculty and alumni. Farel, recipient of the Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award for Excellence in teaching, research and service, and King, selected for the Barr Distinguished Alumni Award… Read more »