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Pilot Project Grantee

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Diane Rowley, MD, MPH

Professor, Practice of Public Health in the Department of Maternal and Child Health | Gillings School of Global Public Health | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill, NC
Pilot Project: LACES – Leadership and action for child equity strategies
Her pilot project will examine the feasibility of incorporating the Smart and Secure Children Curriculum (SCC) into an Afrocentric-centered program promoting “ Nguzo Saba” which emphasize spirituality, an understanding of African ancestry and collective action. The long-term goal of the proposed project is to use SCC as a means of engaging parents in“ mid-stream” and “ upstream” public health actions for the improvement of child equity in Durham and the State of North Carolina.


Dr. Diane L. Rowley is Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC. Her practical and research interest focus on the elimination of maternal and child health disparities. She is currently a member of the TCC Collaborative Action on Child Equity (CACE) representing the state of North Carolina.  She teaches a course on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, co-teaches a course on Health Inequity, and conducts research on pregnancy and infant health.


From 1990 to 1997 she directed a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research initiative on racial disparities in infant mortality and was the initial manager of the national Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program.  Prior to joining the UNC faculty she was founder and Director of the Research Center on Health Disparities at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. The center supported undergraduate student-faculty research teams to carry out public health research that focused on social and cultural factors that influence health.


Dr. Rowley received her medical degree from Meharry Medical College, did a pediatrics residency at Virginia Commonwealth University and a preventive medicine residency at the CDC. She has a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.