April 29, 2014 — Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of nutrition and associate director of the Insitute for Global health & Infectious Diseases at UNC, has been elected to the board of directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
“Peggy’s election to the board is a testament to the very high regard in which she is held in the global health community,” said the consortium’s executive director, Keith Martin, MD.
The consortium, founded by leading North American university global health programs, aims to define the field and discipline; standardize required curricula and competencies; and provide coordination of initiatives among and between resource-rich universities and less-developed nations and their institutions. Leadership and funding for the organization was provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with a first-year grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
After more than a decade at what is now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Bentley joined the UNC faculty in 1998. In 2003, she also took on the associate deanship for global health in the public health school, and in 2007 she helped to found the IGHID. Her work in India, Malawi and elsewhere has enhanced the health of women, children and families through improved nutrition.
“This is a great honor for UNC,” said Myron Cohen, MD, director of the IGHID. “And it speaks to Dr. Bentley’s reputation and commitment to global health research and education.”
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