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Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center - Serving Women, Children & Families


Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center

The Chiles Center

The Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center was created as a non-profit organization in 1996, today The Chiles Center is housed at the College of Public Health, at the University of South Florida, and is under the direction of the Center Director Ellen M. Daley, PhD.

Mission and Vision

Integrate and apply the best in evidence-based research, education, practice, and service to promote public policy for optimal health and wellbeing of women, children, families, and communities locally and globally.

  • Health and Well-Being

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


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


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


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


    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.


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


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


    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.