Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies

About the Center

USF College of Public Health is the parent organization for the Chiles Center. The department home for the Chiles Center is Community and Family Health.


Integrate and apply the best in evidence-based research, education, practice, and service to promote optimal health and well-being across the life-course of women, children, families, and communities locally and globally.


The Chiles Center is a multidisciplinary, community-engaged catalyst promoting optimal health and well-being across the life course of women, children, families, and communities; by conducting cutting-edge research, applying evidence-based practices and approaches, delivering education, and guiding change through service and partnership.

Created as a non-profit organization in 1996, today The Chiles Center is within the College of Public Health, which is part of USF Health at the University of South Florida, and is under the direction of Dean of the College of Public Health and Center Director William Sappenfield, MD, MPH.

The Chiles Center is dedicated to determining the most effective strategies, programs and systems for reducing illness and death among mothers, their infants and young children. It brings together experts in health care, program design and evaluation, and maternal and infant care from Florida universities and other state, national and international programs.

Today, through the unified efforts of advocates the Center has become a beacon of hope for healthier mothers and children throughout Florida, and the nation.