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South Florida: Dean Donna Petersen Recognized for “Innovation” in Maternal and Child Health

Dr. Donna Petersen, dean of the University of South Florida College of Public Health and senior associate vice president of USF Health, has received the John C. MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in maternal and child health.

The award honors the work of the late John C. MacQueen, a pediatric neurologist, advocate, educator and former director of the Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics, who worked on behalf of children with special health care needs.

The MacQueen Lecture Award is presented by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), a national organization made up of academics, advocates and state public health leaders who strive to improve the health and well-being of children and women.

“I am thrilled to be given this award,” said Dr. Petersen, who only a few months ago received the Vince Hutchins Partnership Award, the highest award bestowed by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Receiving these two awards in a year’s time is remarkable,” she laughed. “I’ve decided I must have reached an age when people start saying, ‘OK, it’s her turn.’ ”

The MacQueen Lecture Award is given annually and the recipient is chosen from a pool of nominations solicited from across the country.

According to the AMCHP, a nominee must be “a major contributor to the field of maternal and child health through innovative and creative approaches” and “a strong and visible national and state advocate on behalf of the maternal and child health community.”

Dr. Petersen’s late husband, Dr. Greg Alexander, a perinatal epidemiologist, received the award in 2003, making the pair the only husband and wife recipients.

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