Peer Support Program
The UNC Health Care Peer Support Program is an initiative to support the Quadruple Aim.
The Peer Support Program connects health care professionals with trained peer support volunteers after adverse patient events, unanticipated patient outcomes, or loss of a patient.
Support is also available after verbal or physical assaults from patients or visitors.
This resource is open to all healthcare professionals involved in patient care including, but not limited to, physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, techs, and therapists
Contacting the Peer Support Program
If you are interested in peer support, please contact Jenny Tauber, the Integrated Emotional Support Coordinator, by phone, pager or email. The coordinator will arrange for a trained peer support volunteer to contact you.
Phone: (919) 966-5479
You can also reach out to Peer Support Volunteers directly.
Volunteers have signs identifying them to their colleagues as trained Peer Support Volunteers.
Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH
Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH
Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, is the Assad Meymandi Distinguished Professor & Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Program of the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. Her current clinical and research efforts are focused primarily on Perinatal Depression. She is currently funded by multiple NIH grants to investigate epidemiologic, genetic, and other biomarker models of postpartum depression (PPD) and has recently worked to establish an international postpartum depression genetics consortium (PACT). In addition, she is investigating novel treatment options for depression in perinatal women. Her funded research also investigates the neuroendocrine (oxytocin, HPA stress axis), genetic and other biological markers of perinatal mood disorders in a cohort of women recruited during pregnancy and followed longitudinally in the postpartum period during lactation. Dr. Meltzer-Brody also studies maternal depression in high-risk groups including adolescent mothers, and mothers of children with neurodevelopmental delays. Dr. Meltzer-Brody has participated in a previous AHRQ systematic evidence-based review of perinatal depression. She has published numerous manuscripts in the field of women’s mental health, currently participates in clinical trials research in women’s mood disorders, and serves as the mental health consultant for the North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card. The Triangle Medical Journal recently selected Dr. Meltzer-Brody as one of the “Top 10 Women in Medicine.” She is also the founder of the Taking Care of Our Own Program, a resource for UNC Health Care employees, and the Associate Chair for Faculty Development.
Jenny Tauber, MHA
Jenny Tauber, RN, MHA
Jenny Tauber, RN, MHA, is the System-Wide Well-Being Program Coordinator for UNC Health Care. She completed a BA in English at St. Olaf College and worked as an Editorial Assistant in the Department of Surgery at UNC before returning to school to earn a BSN at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing. While a nursing student, she served as a Kate B. Reynolds extern in addition to working as a nursing assistant in the Jaycee Burn Center. After graduation, she continued to work for UNC Healthcare as an operating room nurse and earned CNOR certification. In 2016 she completed her MHA at the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill.