Winter 2020 Newsletter  
Welcome 2020!  
The past decade has brought significant g rowth and success to the Center for Maternal and Infant Health as we aim to provide excellent clinical care to high-risk women and infants, lead the translation of evidence-based care into community practice, and expand health services research and public health programs in preconception, perinatal and infant care. The team continues to build bridges to new partners across the university, state and country. Our portfolio includes direct care, research, turning perinatal data into wisdom, and state and national program leadership. We have begun to critically challenge ourselves to center equity in all that we do as we collectively seek to identify ways we can intentionally eliminate disparities across all of our work.  
Waking up each day to provide support and leadership to this team is a joy. Dr. Kate Menard has been key partner in this work. As a newly arrived faculty member 15 years ago, Kate and I put her big white van on the road as wenetworked with clinics and leaders across the state. Years later in 2018 we had the honor of speaking at the Global Summit on Maternal Mortality. We have driven many miles together indeed. Kate has helped us navigate the challenges of running a capital "C" Center with a small "b" budget in a complex university environment. She has created opportunities for our team at all levels of her influence. We can't begin to thank her for the hours of time she has given to our shared work. While she may be passing the baton an shifting her role to a Senior Advisor, we don't  plan on letting her out of our sight. Thank you Kate for everything so far and all that is still ahead.   
Thank you to all our partners for the gifts of time, connection, and talent. We have big aspirations for the new year as we work together to improve the health of mothers, babies, and families in North Carolina.  

17P  FDA Advisory Committee Recommendation
We know you might have questions about the recent FDA advisory committee recommendation regarding 17-α-hydroxyprogesterone caproate or "17P." We are here to help!
Click  HERE to read our statement on the FDA Advisory Committee Decision regarding 17P.  Questions?  Need more information? Contact Erin McClain at
The 4th Trimester Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently launched  NewMomHealth, a new expert-written postpartum self-care information hub designed by new moms, for new moms.

This open-access, free resource was designed to help over four million new mothers in the United States each year navigate the physical, emotional, and relational joys and challenges of early motherhood.

The team is continuing to engage new mothers and key partners to expand and enhance the site. For any feedback or ideas for collaboration, email For drafted messages and social media posts to share with a new mom in your life,  click here.

The 4th Trimester Project's Alison Stuebe and Sarah Verbiest are thrilled to be Co-PIs with Dorothy Cilenti from the Gillings School of Global Public Health to develop and lead a national Maternal Health Innovation and Learning Center through a 5-year cooperative agreement with HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The team will also receive two subcontracts from the NC Division of Public Health Women's Health Branch to advance work around postpartum warning signs and postpartum care. Alison Stuebe and Kristin Tully are providing leadership to an AHRQ grant that will be redesigning the in-patient postpartum experience. Stay tuned for more details!
 CoIIN Updates
The Reducing Infant Mortality by Improving Women's Health: Preconception CoIIN Project recently kicked off its third year. The UNC CMIH team serves as the backbone organization, supporting the work of state and site teams in California, Delaware, North Carolina and Oklahoma. The teams are all working to achieve a common aim: to develop, implement and disseminate a woman-centered, clinician-engaged, community-involved approach to the well woman visit to improve the preconception health status of women of reproductive age, particularly low-income women and women of color. In the third year of the project the focus is on finalizing testing of the processes and tools designed, creating patient and provider-facing materials, and disseminating the outcomes of this work.  
For more information, contact Katherine Bryant at
           Safe Sleep NC  
Our new website, , is live! 
Check it out for practical information and resources.

There is information for  healthcare professional , including current North Carolina data, links to online trainings, patient resources, and more.

There is also information for parents and lay childcare providers about key safe sleep topics and common night-time parenting questions (in  English  and  Spanish ). Click  HERE  to learn more about free Safe Sleep NC patient handouts and posters (in Spanish and English).

For more information, contact Megan Canady at 
The PNOC project is dedicated to assessing risk appropriate care and increasing access to contraception. Hospitals within Perinatal Region IV have completed the CDC LOCATe tool, and facilities are currently receiving LOCATe results and identifying next steps. Next steps include focusing on systems in place for transfers, the transfer review process, and education on key, high risk protocols.
The project has continued it's efforts to support birthing facilities in providing an array of postpartum contraceptive options. Our team has collaborated with various organizations to provide access to provider trainings and patient education. Click here to access current materials. We also had an article accepted for publication about our work.
For more information, contact Kimberly Harper:
Successfully Integrate Tobacco Screening and Cessation Counseling  
  You Quit,Two Quit  provides free, on-site training on evidence-based tobacco use screening and cessation counseling (5As/5Rs) for practices across North Carolina providing care to women of reproductive age. We also provide free assistance on integrating tobacco screening and treatment into your clinic's work flow. Our trainings keep you informed about the emerging information regarding the health risks of electronic nicotine devices, including e-cigarettes, Juul, and other vapes.  
To learn more, access free resources, and schedule training or technical assistance see  Order free patient and provider education materials in English and Spanish through the NC Division of Public Health Women's Health Branch. Click HERE for the order form.

For more information, contact Jaimie Lea at
Preconception Health Partnership 
The UNC/MAHEC Academic Partnership Grant team continues to work together to build our skills in advancing health equity and to utilized data to improve care for women. The team met in Chapel Hill in July to discuss preliminary findings. Our attempt to pull preconception health indicators from the electronic medical records of our two medical systems has been a learning experience for all of us. Our preliminary data shows large gaps in documentation of these important indicators within both systems, and we're continuing to explore implications for clinical practice and further work together. The team has also attended presentations and trainings together. We are excited to see where else this partnership can take us!

To learn more about this project, contact Megan Williams at in the Asheville CMIH office. 
CMIH Team News  

Help us welcome a new addition to our team!
Jacki is our newest care coordinator and we are thrilled to have her. Jacki has her BSN and a degree as an early childhood educator. She has over 25 years of combined experience working as an RN in neonatal intensive care and a teacher of special needs families in schools and communities. She can be reached by phone 984-974-2451 or email:

Thank you to our Fall 2019 intern!
We want to extend a sincere thank you to our intern for the Fall 2019 academic semester, Justice Dove. Justice is pursuing her MPH through the Leadership in Practice Department at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Best of luck to Justice as she continues her studies! 
Welcome to the world, Braylen! 
Congratulations to Suzanne Woodward, our Communications Manager, on the birth of her daughter, Braylen Suzanne Woodward. All of us at the Center love getting to see this new little one grow!   

Growing Leadership!  
Dr. Alison Stuebe is changing roles within the Center and will now serve as a Co-Director. We are incredibly grateful to have her expertise and leadership to help guide our efforts. We are also excited to welcome Dr. Bill Goodnight as the CMIH Director of Fetal Care. We remain thankful for Wayne Price's steadfast and strong leadership and support as Co-Director.
CMIHMahec  Thank You,
UNC Maternal and Fetal Medicine!  
A big thank you to the UNC Maternal and Fetal Medicine Team who, with Dr. Kate Menard's leadership, collectively donated $538 for CMIH families in need who are currently working with our Care Coordinators. Some of the families are struggling with homelessness in addition to infant health challenges or infant loss. These donations provided some extra cheer and ease for these families the holiday season.
CMIHMahec  Bowes Cefalo Younger Research Award 
Congratulations to  Anne West Honart, MD, M.Phil, Jasmine Johnson, MD, and Alan Rosenbaum, MD  for being the 2019 recipients of the Bowes Cefalo Younger Research Award . The UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health is proud to be the home of the Bowes Cefalo Young Researcher Award, established by Dr. and Mrs. Watson Bowes and Dr. and Mrs. Robert Cefalo in the year 2000. This award provides start-up resources to study issues associated with maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. Thank you to Katherine Bryant for helping manage this program! 

Connect with UNC CMIH! 

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  UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health
Alison Stuebe, & Wayne Price,  Directors
Sarah Verbiest, Executive Director
Bill Goodnight, Fetal Care Director
Erin McClain, Assistant Director
Campus Box 7181, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7181 
919-843-2455 | sarahv@med.unc.ed u |