“Students studying maternal and child health are a very passionate group,” says Dr. Lois McCloskey, associate professor and associate chair of community health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). “It’s very rewarding to help turn that passion into analytic thinking and real-world problem solving.”
[Dr. Lois McCloskey]
To honor her decades of leadership in the field, the Association of Teachers for Maternal and Child Health presented Dr. McCloskey with the Loretta P. Lacey Academic Leadership Award at its annual meeting on November 11.
Citing Dr. McCloskey’s contributions to education, public health practice, scholarship, and policy work, fellow BUSPH professors of community health sciences Dr. Judith Bernstein and Dr. Eugene DeClercq nominated her for the award, writing that she “places women at the center of their own lives” and “promotes reproductive justice and social equity in all aspects of her work.”
Dr. McCloskey helped BUSPH acquire the first federal maternal and child health training grant from the Health Research Services Administration in 1995, which led to the establishment of the department of maternal and child health a few years later. She currently codirects the Maternal and Child Health certificate program and serves as director of the Maternal & Child Health Center of Excellence.