Parcesepe receives NIMH training grant award

Dr. Angela Parcesepe

Dr. Angela Parcesepe

Angela Parcesepe, PhD has been awarded a $155,092 training grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the impact of mental and substance use disorders (MSD) on HIV treatment outcomes and identify important barriers and facilitators to the integration of evidence-based MSD interventions into HIV care at three HIV clinics in Cameroon.

Parcesepe is an assistant professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Read more.


CGBI award to support ‘Baby-Friendly’ initiative

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), which is based in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a $530,700 award from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to further support safe breastfeeding and education services through its “Baby-Friendly” initiative.

Currently, 61 hospitals located in rural or underserved North Carolina communities are involved in the program which promotes optimal maternity care practices and positive, long-term health impacts for approximately 76,000 babies in these areas. Read more.


MCH co-authors’ study finds US sexual minorities poorer than straight peers

Shoshana Goldberg, PhD

Dr. Carolyn Halpern

Carolyn Halpern, PhD

Researchers find that socioeconomic status is a potentially modifiable factor in the poorer health experienced by sexual minorities in a study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Co-authors Kerith Conron, ScD, adjunct associate professor, Shoshana Goldberg, PhD, assistant professor, and Carolyn Halpern, PhD, professor and chair are members of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health.

Data from the U.S. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, which began in 1994, tracking the long-term health of nearly 21,000 teens in grades 7-12 at the time was used in this study to focus on what had happened to 14,051 of these teens by the time they were ages 24-34 in 2008-2009.

The co-authors say, “the findings indicate that poverty, with accompanying economic strain, is an unappreciated ‘sexual minority’ issue for women. [Socioeconomic status] should be considered an important pathway through which sexual orientation health inequalities are generated.”


Lewis Margolis, MD retires from MCH after almost 30 years

Chair of MCH, Dr. Carolyn Halpern congratulates Dr. Margolis on his successful career.

Chair of MCH, Dr. Carolyn Halpern congratulates Dr. Margolis on his successful career.

Lewis Margolis, MD received his MD in medicine from the University of Chicago in 1974 and earned his MPH in epidemiology in 1980 from the Gillings School of Global Public Health.  With a background in pediatrics, Margolis has always had a passion and desire to help children and families. Dr. Margolis served in numerous leadership positions during his 28 years with Gillings, including the SPH Delta Omega Committee, the MCH Leadership Consortium, the SPH and MCH Awards committees and as Head of the MCH Master’s program, to name a few. He has served as a liaison between the School and assorted Title V and other public health programs throughout the southeast, engaging in projects that translate research into practice.  Margolis received several honors and awards during his time at Gillings, including being inducted into Delta Omega Honors Society in 1992, the McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014, and the Vince Hutchins Leadership Award in 2017. The department thanks Dr. Margolis for his commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring, research and service. We wish him well in his retirement August 31, 2018.

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Alison Stuebe, MD and others publish evidence summary on Breastfeeding Program and Policies

Photo of Professor Alison Stuebe

Dr. Alison Stuebe

Alison Stuebe, MD, in collaboration with RTI International and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, co-authors an evidence summary discussing maternal health outcomes in developed countries involving breastfeeding programs and policies.  Alison Stuebe, MD is an Associate Professor with the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and is a distinguished scholar in infant and young child feeding through Gillings.  Stuebe, board certified in both Obstetric and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine also serves as the Medical Director of Lactation Services at UNC HealthCare.

Click here to access full summary

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Dr. Ringel-Kulka receives 3-year, $900,000 grant from Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE)

Dr. Tamar Ringel-Kulka

Dr. Tamar Ringel-Kulka

Tamar Ringel-Kulka, MD, MPH is the principal investigator for the Infant-Toddler Experiences Initiative: Implementation of Regional Child Care Heath Consultation Services for Economically Distressed Counties.  This 3- year grant focuses on providing three regional Registered Nurse Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) to work with early childhood educators, programs, and families to ensure optimal health for infants and toddlers and to reduce children’s risk of illness and accident. These nurses will work with licensed child care centers that do not currently have access to a CCHC, serving over 8,000 infants and toddlers.

Dr. Ringel-Kulka has been an assistant professor with the Department of Maternal and Child Health since 2006.  With a background in health policy and adolescent medicine, Dr. Ringel-Kulka focuses her work on vulnerable populations, particularly women and children aiming to understand policies, practices and environmental factors affecting children’s health along the life span, thereby allowing disease prevention and/or alleviation strategies to be devised.

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Sian Curtis, PhD, alongside three MCH alumni awarded IAS Research Prize for work with MEASURE Evaluation

IAS Research Prize awarded to Dr. Sian Curtis and team.

IAS Research Prize awarded to Dr. Sian Curtis and team.

Congratulations to MCH Professor Sian Curits, PhD and MCH alums Smisha Agarwal, PhD, Kristen Brugh, PhD and Martha Skiles, PhD among others on their recent Research Prize.  The International AIDS Society HIV Co-Infections and Co-Morbidities Initiative  awarded MEASURE Evaluation a top prize for its abstract investigating a strategy to improve outcomes for people co-infected with HIV and tuberculosis (TB).

Dr. Sian Curtis

The prize was given at the 22nd International AIDS Society annual conference in Amsterdam on July 27, 2018. MEASURE Evaluation was one of five winners for its work in Ukraine, which found programs integrating TB and HIV care resulted in a significant increase in timely initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) among co-infected patients. Timely initiation of ART has been shown to reduce viral load and prolong life for HIV-infected people.

MEASURE Evaluation won for the abstract of its report, “How does integrating HIV and TB services affect health outcomes for HIV-TB co-infected patients in Ukraine? Results from an impact evaluation.” The prize is USD $2,000 in recognition of value as an incentive for researchers to investigate questions that affect TB/HIV co-infection and the effectiveness of programs to address it.  Click to view poster

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Meghan Shanahan, PhD, awarded the 2018 Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award by the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Dr. Meghan Shanahan

Dr. Meghan Shanahan

The student-nominated Teaching Excellence and Innovation Awards honor faculty members who inspire students; enhance student learning through creative, engaging and innovative teaching methods; and/or support student success in the classroom and student growth as public health professionals.

Recipients of the 2018 Teaching Excellence and Innovation Awards were (l-r) Dr. Meghan Shanahan (MCH), Amanda Holliday (NUTR), Kathy Roggenkamp (BIOS), Dr. Carolyn Crump (HB), Dr. Justin Trogdon (HPM), Dr. Vaughn Upshaw (PHLP). Not pictured are Whitney Robinson (EPID) and Jason Surratt (ESE).

The teaching innovation initiative developed out of the School’s SPH2020 efforts and through a teaching and learning task force held at the School in 2011. The task force had recommended identification, encouragement and reward of high-quality teaching; enhanced technology and applications for teaching and learning; and identification and support of faculty members who are early adopters of curriculum innovation.

A $1,000 prize is intended to help each winner advance his or her educational development in teaching and learning.

 

 

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The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has received a 3-year $830,000 grant from The Duke Foundation.

Catherine Sullivan (third from right) is principal investigator for the RISE project and director of Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). Other CGBI staff members on the RISE project team are (l-r) Thea Calhoun-Smith, Daina Huntley, Katie Wouk, [Sullivan], Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist and Abby Smetana.

Catherine Sullivan (third from right) is principal investigator for the RISE project and director of Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). Other CGBI staff members on the RISE project team are (l-r) Thea Calhoun-Smith, Daina Huntley, Katie Wouk, [Sullivan], Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist and Abby Smetana.

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), based in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s maternal and child health department, has been awarded a 3-year, $830,000 grant from The Duke Endowment. The grant will be used to expand CGBI’s work with hospitals and communities in North and South Carolina for the purpose of promoting and supporting breastfeeding.

Catherine Sullivan

Catherine Sullivan

“We are so appreciative of the Endowment’s support in this important area,”

Sullivan said, “and we look forward to collaborating for sustainable change in the most vulnerable communities in the Carolinas.”

The project will serve up to twenty hospital communities over three years.

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