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Lacey Award

Lacey Award

 The Loretta P. Lacey MCH Academic Leadership Award was created in 1990 and awarded annually through 2018.  The originally termed ATMCH Leadership Award was establish to recognize leadership in MCH education, research, policy development and/or advocacy. The 1994 recipient of the award was Loretta P. Lacey, an Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences for the University of Illinois at Chicago. Loretta had been a public health nurse since 1967, serving in various capacities from field nurse to administrator. She joined the UIC faculty in 1985 and received a golden Apple award for excellence in teaching in 1989. A Chicago native and former City of Chicago Assistant Health Commissioner, Mrs. Lacey was a board member for Taproots, a non-profit human services agency providing care for low-income women and children on the West Side. She was also a member of the Executive Council of the Illinois Public Health Association and a member of a committee of the White House Health Care Task Force. The ATMCH Academic Leadership Award was renamed the Loretta P. Lacey MCH Academic Leadership Award, or “Lacey Award”, in 1995 after the death of Loretta Lacey at the age of 49. 

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They were scored on the evidence contained in their nominations of their active involvement in MCH work; active involvement in MCH education, research and/or practice; and demonstration of leadership in MCH through education, research, or policy development.


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