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The Florence Nightingale Endowed Award for Scholarly Work, endowed by Mrs. Jane Brock, supports the School’s Florence Nightingale Letters Initiative by providing financial awards to faculty and students whose scholarly projects have the potential to positively impact the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities around the globe.

Each year, one or more faculty members and nursing students will be selected as Florence Nightingale Award Scholars and receive pilot funding or other financial assistance to engage in scholarly work, community outreach, clinical partnerships, and/or innovative learning opportunities that confront serious health-related issues facing vulnerable or under-resourced population groups.

2022-2023 Awardees

Dr. Ada Markaki

Project: Building capacity for educational quality improvement in Latin America: an international multi-centric pilot

This project will create a multi-centric plan to meet select educational quality improvement needs of nursing and midwifery students, faculty, and administrators in Latin American higher education institutions. It is expected to enrich the WHO Collaborating Center educational/training resources and help students to be mentored in global leadership.

Dr. Patricia Speck

Project: Violence against women in the workplace

This project will create a research-practice partnership with the purpose of adding to the growing educational base of dissemination about violence against women in the workplace.

This project will focus on vulnerable and under-resourced populations served by the UAB WHO CC in the southern American Hemisphere. It will mentor and guide evidence inquiry skills in two students as well.

Tammy Benjamin

Project: Mental Health Action Plan for Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting

This project is to implement an evidence-based mental health action plan in the rural pediatric primary care setting that could make a lasting impact on the treatment and improvement of teen mental health by increasing treatment compliance, decreasing ER usage, decreasing suicidal ideations and attempts, and improve quality of life for these patients. This action plan, implemented by clinic staff, would include activity suggestions to reduce depressive symptoms, medication and appointment reminders, as well as plans for emergencies and crises.

2021-2022 Awardees

Dr. Sharon Holley

Project: Nurse Midwifery in Birmingham

This project will explore and examine the history of nurse midwifery in our community, specifically through the historic Slossfield Health Center in North Birmingham that was once a hub for women’s health in the 1940s. The project will provide insight into how to avoid pitfalls and create more sustainable examples in our state or nation for improving the care of vulnerable populations in our state by serving the community and informing midwifery education and practice.

Elizabeth Coleman

Project: Adolescents in the community

This project will support work studying adolescents in the community, specifically those in the Black and Hispanic populations. Findings from this study will inform interventions designed to improve outcomes related to obesity, self-esteem, and depressive symptoms in these underrepresented groups. Intervening early could not only impact the adolescents but also decrease the number of adults with obesity and mental health issues.