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.

Mission:

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.

Vision

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.

The Chiles Center—Values Statements

Health and Well-Being
We value research, policies, and practices that promote the health and well-being of women, children, families and communities.

Integrity
We value ethical conduct in our professional relationships and transparency in the creation and dissemination of exceptional work products.

Diversity
We value and respect differences within and across cultures, families, institutions, and communities and aim to achieve health equity for all.

Innovation
We value novel approaches to studying and addressing the complex needs of our communities and healthcare systems.

Collaboration
We value multidisciplinary efforts that seek to build on our collective strengths and expertise to identify new approaches and solutions.

Community engagement
We value local and global communities and strong partnerships that ensure our work makes a meaningful difference.

Data
We value rigorous scientific pursuits designed to advance health-related programs, policies and practices for women, children, families, and communities.

Implementation
We value work that involves translating evidence into practice and discovering the best strategies for successful implementation of effective approaches in “real world” settings.

Dissemination
We value broad dissemination strategies to ensure our research and programs are accessible, relevant, and applicable and that they can be readily used by researchers, policy makers, healthcare systems, and consumers.

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.