This award will recognize the best paper authored by a College of Public Health student at the University of South Florida on a topic in the field of maternal and child health. MCH is a broad field that is designed to improve the health status of women, infants, children, youth, and families. The field is grounded in the belief that it is through a life-course perspective that this goal can be accomplished. For this reason, a wide range of topics are appropriate to investigate in relation to MCH, including topics such as health disparities, family dynamics, the role of fathers, violence and injury, housing, racism, and many more. Topics related to the health delivery system, policy, and workforce preparation are also crucial.
The award, accompanied by a $500 prize, and will be given during the annual Lawton and Rhea Chiles Lecture in the spring semester.