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Faculty Profile


Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics

University of Colorado Denver




2008      Housecalls on-line self-triage study, Children’s Outcome Research (PI)

2009      One Step Second Hand Smoke Initiative, CCGC-Colorado Clinical Guidelines Collaborative (Tobacco funding from CDPHE), Child Health Clinic (Co-PI)

2009    CORNET Continuity Clinic Research Network, Integrated Mental Health in Teaching Settings (PI)


Description of Breastfeeding Research

My health services research interest lies in improving breastfeeding initiation and duration and healthy early infant feeding practices (ages zero to three) as they relate to the continuum of obesity for low-income populations and more specifically Latinos. Since recently completing a two-year Primary Care Research Fellowship (T32-HRSA) that included a Master of Science in Public Health (2006), I have published an article investigating combination feeding (breast and formula) in Latina mothers; completed a CDC-funded RCT using telephone support and culturally-enhanced scripted guidelines to support breastfeeding in low-income Latinas (in press Academic Pediatrics); and completed a secondary database study of breastfeeding and enrollment in the Special Supplementation Program for Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program (published Breastfeeding Medicine September 2009). I participated in a qualitative study (R03) that explored the role of curanderos (Latino healers) in issues of overweight. Additionally, I published an evaluation of an innovative field trip model breastfeeding curriculum that I developed during my time at Children's Hospital Oakland. I am currently working on an Early Investigator

R01on Lactation Failure in Obese Women to submit in 2010.


Most Significant Publications:

1.    Bunik M, Clark L, Zimmer L, Jimenez L, O’Connor ME, Crane L, Kempe A. Early Infant Feeding Decisions in Low-income Latinas.  Breastfeeding Medicine Dec 2006; 1(4): 225-235.

2.    Krebs N, Beaty B, McClatchey, Olds D.  Breastfeeding and WIC Enrollment in the Nurse Family Partnership. Breastfeeding Medicine 2009; 4(3):145-9

3.    Bunik M, Shobe P, O' Connor ME, Beaty B, Langendoerfer S, Crane L, Kempe A. Are Two Weeks of Daily Breastfeeding Support Insufficient to Overcome the Influences of Formula? (in press, Academic Pediatrics).

4.    Clark L, Bunik M, Johnson SL.  Research Opportunities with Curanderos to Address Childhood Overweight in Latino Families. (in press, Qualitative Research Methods).


Primary Focus Area

Breastfeeding in high risk women (low-income, Latinas, obese)


Covers NIH areas: Women’s and minority health, Professional/nutrition education efforts


Access to Specialized Populations

Child Health Clinic

University Newborn Nursery

Spanish-speaking women


CNRU has not been utilized to date


Past Funding from Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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