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Stacey McPhail, Director of the Palmetto Health Maternal and Child Health Initiative, was awarded the Murray L. Vincent Outstanding Prevention Professional Award at the 2012 annual meeting of the South Carolina Campaign to the Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
The “highest and most distinguished award given by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy,” the award is named in memory of Dr. Murray Vincent, whose work significantly impacted the prevention of adolescent pregnancy in South Carolina.
“This award affirms the commitment Stacey has to the reducing the rate of teenage pregnancy in our state,” said Vince Ford, Palmetto Health’s Senior Vice President of Community Health. “The progress we have made in Richland County is a testament to her leadership and the strength of the teen health programs at Palmetto Health.” From 2009 to 2010, the teen birth rate in Richland County decreased by 18%.
The Teen Health Initiative at Palmetto Health works to provide support and assistance to teens, guiding them toward making better choices when faced with tough issues. McPhail has been the director of the initiative since 2000.