Influence and Impact

WHOCC Director Herbert Peterson Presents the 2017 Hale Lecture at the ACOG Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA

At the 65th Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in 2017, Dr. Herbert Peterson delivered the Hale Lecture, “Health and Well-Being for All: Delivering on the Promise for Those We Serve.” This presentation was later adapted for publication in Obstetrics & Gynecology and highlighted the need for “a global commitment to the health and well-being of all.” A full video recording of the Hale Lecture is available to view online.

During an invited presentation to the HRP Policy and Coordination Committee’s June 2016 meeting, Center Director Herbert Peterson discussed implementation science and how WHO may use it more effectively.

Among the committee’s final recommendations are that HRP continue to build its work, partnerships and capacity in the area of implementation research, explore strategies to prioritize, develop and conduct implementation research activities and that HRP organize a consultation to identify priorities and mechanisms for work on implementation science.

The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) has named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as its academic partner to help coordinate research needed for implementation of a bold new strategy aimed at saving the lives of millions of women, children, and adolescents across the world within the next 15 years.

A key part of this announcement included designating the WHO Collaborating Center at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health as an academic hub for a major research commitment to the Global Strategy.

The 2015 Howard Taylor keynote lecture, “Great Moments in Global Health, and Why We Are in One Now,” was presented by Dr. Herbert Peterson at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) XXI World Congress. This speech, which examined the developing field of implementation science and how it impacts the progress and improvement of women and children’s health globally, was adapted for Obstetrics & Gynecology and published as a Personal Perspective in their December 2016 issue.

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