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Lizzy Simmons, Maternal and Child Health

I am interested in how social factors impact decisions that are made regarding childbirth and how these decisions affect health outcomes of women and their infants. Before coming to UNC for my doctoral studies, I completed my MPH at Boston University School of Public health and then worked as a research fellow for a large maternal and neonatal health registry. Since coming to UNC, I have worked on a study using adjustment techniques to improve the quality of facility-based estimates of essential maternal and child health intervention coverage. I am currently working on a study using group-based trajectory methodology to identify countries with similar childhood mortality trajectories over the past three decades in order to identify programmatic areas on which to intervene to decrease childhood mortality rates.

Research Interests

childbirth practices; maternal health; social determinants of health

Faculty Preceptor(s)

Kavita Singh Ongechi