Dr. Vanessa Schick, assistant professor in the department of management, policy and community health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, will be honored with the Emerging Activist Award by the National Women’s Health Network for her work to improve the lives of women.
The Barbara Seaman Awards for Activism in Women’s Health were established in honor of Seaman, a co-founder of the National Women’s Health Network, after her death in 2008. The awards recognize work that exemplifies her spirit and approach, including her insistence on listening to women, determination to see abuses corrected and her bridge-building between generations. According to the organization, the Emerging Activist Award honors Seaman’s reputation as a friend and mentor to young women.
“So many of us in public health work hard to create change in the world around us. It is a great honor to be recognized for my small contribution to it,” said Schick, who is also a member of the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at UTHealth School of Public Health.
Schick has focused her research and activism on sexual health, body acceptance, gender and sexual minority populations and vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on women’s health and well-being.
Schick has partnered with many nonprofits in the Houston area to help them improve the lives of women and minority populations. These partnerships include working with gender and sexual minority populations at the Montrose Center and homeless individuals at Healthcare for the Homeless Houston. Her newest project is with Angela House, a residential transition program for women who are homeless or at risk of being homeless upon their immediate release from prison or jail.
Schick has made many contributions to the field of public health, including co-authoring more than 75 peer-reviewed publications. She earned her doctorate in applied social psychology from The George Washington University. Before joining the School of Public Health, she was an assistant research scientist at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University Bloomington.
Dr. Schick will receive her award during a ceremony at the Whittemore House in Washington, DC, on October 17. Dr. Vivian W. Pinn, the first full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health, will be recognized with the Lifetime Honoree Award.