Chauvenet lead author for WIC program shopping experience study

Christina Chauvenet

Christina Chauvenet

Researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health examined how participants in the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program viewed their retail environment.

The findings, “WIC Recipients in the Retail Environment: A Qualitative Study Assessing Customer Experience and Satisfaction,” were published online Nov. 27 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The study identified problem areas that could direct future interventions to improve the shopping experience for WIC recipients. Maximizing the program benefits should encourage healthier food choices leading to prevention and treatment of obesity and food insecurity.

Christina Chauvenet, MSc, MSPH, is a doctoral candidate in maternal and child health, with a minor in health behavior, at the Gillings School. [Read more] [December 2018]

MCH researchers publish Ready, Set, BABY evaluation

Improved breastfeeding intentions through use of the Ready, Set, BABY (RSB) curriculum are indicated in findings recently published in Birth.

The curriculum is designed for educating and counseling women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding and Baby-Friendly care.

Staff, students and faculty of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute and The Department of Maternal and Child Health conducted the evaluation.

[October 2018]

Congratulations to CGBI Students on pinning and White Coating Ceremony

CBGI-MCH white coat ceremony

CBGI-MCH white coat ceremony

Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) White Coated and pinned their students on Friday August 24, 2018.

CGBI faculty and staff members work to increase understanding of and support for breastfeeding, the oldest, most natural, healthiest means of nourishing infants and young children.

CGBI was established in 2006 in the Department of Maternal and Child Health of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and serves as the first such public health breastfeeding center of its kind. Situated in an academic home, they offer a comprehensive program of research, service to the greater community, and education.

[updated August 2018]


Welcome to our New 2018-2019 Cohort!

New 2018-2019 MCH Cohort

New 2018-2019 MCH Cohort

Enam Aidam, Allie Atkeson, Carolyn Brandt, Elizabeth Byrum, Erin Case, Alice Cartwright, Narayan Chetry, Kate Comanici, Carter Crew, Rebekah Daniel, Summer Debnam, Yovania Dechtiar, Sree Dintyala, Carrie Emery, Brittany Frew, Lia Garman, Amanda Gomez, Nicole Gonzalez, Ellison Henry, Rashida Ijdi, Megan Johnson, Stephanie Kennedy, Munguntsetseg Khuyag-Ochir, Christiana Lanchaster, Michelle Matusinski, Isabel Morgan, Sarah Muthler, Kaitlyn Oakley, Ishani Patel, Laura Powis, Alicia Reynolds, Kay Schaffer, Joelle Schantz, Krista Scheffey, Kathleen Shumaker, Nora Simmons, Annamaria Sirugo, Kaitlyn Squanda, Lily Stevens and Anna Williams.

[Updated August 2018]


Kathleen Kenny

Kathleen Kenny, PhD candidate, successfully defends her dissertation!

Kate Kenny completed her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 2003 and received her MHSc from the University of Toronto in 2007.  In 2012 Kate enrolled in the doctoral program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health in the Maternal and Child Health Department.  With interests in social epidemiology, critical perspectives on mental health and trauma and the health and social impacts of child custody loss on marginalized women and communities, Kenny successfully defended her dissertation on, “The Role of Child Loss to Child Protective Services in shaping HIV vulnerability and wellbeing among sex workers in Vancouver, Canada” on August 20, 2018. Congratulations Kate!

[Updated August 2018]


Eunsoo Timothy Kim, MCH Doctoral candidate, publishes with MCH faculty member Dr. Singh.

Eunsoo Timothy Kim

Eunsoo Timothy Kim published an article, Obstetric ultrasound use in low and middle income countries: a narrative review, in Reproductive Health. Kim’s interests in maternal/neonatal health and survival and skilled care and continuum of care throughout pregnancy, encouraged him to conduct research on ultrasound use in low-middle income countries.  Before coming into the MSPH-to-PhD program, Kim worked for an international NGO where he managed, monitored and evaluated various MCH programs. He was involved specifically with a microcredit program which targeted local village women in Kibaha, Tanzania. The program was designed to help women and their families generate income to combat poverty. Women in the program also received health and business education. Lastly, Kim was involved with an MCH capacity building program for a regional hospital in Tanzania and a technical consultation project which discussed pressing MCH issues in Tanzania.  Kim is also a Carolina Population Center predoctoral trainee.

[Updated July 2018]


Katie Wouk, PhD candidate, successfully defends her dissertation!

Katie Wouk

Katie Wouk

Katie Wouk completed her undergraduate work at the University of Virginia, where she majored in Spanish and Foreign Relations. She spent two years in the Peace Corps, and then went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Science Policy at Tufts University. From 2011-2013, she worked as a clinical nutritionist in the Bronx In 2013 Katie enrolled in the doctoral program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health in the Maternal and Child Health Department. During her time within the department, she participated in the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative and become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has contributed to multiple posters, presentation and publications, and completed her doctoral dissertation, “The role of positive emotions during infant feeding in maternal mental health and breastfeeding”. In this work, she lifts up the importance of the mother’s lived experience of nurturing her child as an essential component of perinatal health.

[Updated June 2018]


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