Nominations for our Standing Up for Black Mothers & Babies Awards Now Open!

by | Apr 17, 2024 | Blog

Every year, our Standing Up for Black Mothers and Babies Awards are presented in recognition of outstanding leaders and advocates for mothers and babies during the Standing Up for Black Mothers and Babies Awards Event in September 2024.  We invite St. Louis’ maternal and child health community to identify people or organizations that have been exemplary in advancing racial equity in the health of women, birthing people, and children in the St. Louis region. Please submit nominees by May 30, 2024, in the following categories:

Judy Wilson-Griffin Maternal Health Equity Champion

This award category is for an individual making a remarkable contribution to advancing racial equity in maternal health and demonstrates a commitment to bridging community and health care.

Previous recipients: 2020 – Rebeccah Bennett; 2021 – Eboni Hooper-Boateng; 2022 – Honorable Cora Faith Walker (posthumous); 2023 – Rep. LaKeySha Bosley

Dr. Terry Leet Researcher Award

This category is for an individual, collaborative, or institution making significant research contributions to maternal and child health.

Previous recipients: 2009 – Terry Leet PhD; 2010 – Louise Flick DrPH; 2011 – Melissa Jonson-Ried PhD & Kathleen Rice Simpson PhD; 2012 – Gina Secura, PhD; 2013 – Donna R. Halloran, MD, MSPH; 2014 – For the Sake of All Research Team; 2015 – Deborah Kiel, PhD., RN, PHCNS-BC & Lavinia M. Lewis; 2016 – Pamela K. Xaverius; 2017 – Darcell P. Scharff, Ph. D.; 2018 – Vetta Sanders-Thompson, Ph.D.; 2019 – Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, Ph.D. MPH; 2020 – Amber Johnson, Ph.D.; 2021 – EleVATE Women Collaborative; 2022 – Nancy L. Weaver, Ph.D., MPH; 2023 – Abigail Barker, Ph.D.

Dr. Corinne Walentik Provider/Practitioner Champion

This category is for an individual or institution that provides direct health or community services and uses their knowledge/practice to advocate for improvements in child health.

Previous recipients: 2009 – D. Michael Nelson, MD; 2010 – Corinne Walentik, MD, MPH and Helen Risse RN, MSN; 2011 – Rebekah Hassler, CNM, FNP; 2012 – Daniel Berg, MD, MPH; 2013 – Katie Plax, MD; 2014 – Nurses for Newborns; 2015 – Matthew Broom, MD, FAAP; 2016 – Jaye M. Shyken, MD, FACOG, Signature Medical Group’s Strong Start Program, Maribeth Hollinshead; 2017 – Cynthia E. Rogers, MD & Melissa D. Tepe, MD, MPH, FAGOG; 2018 – Jamaa Birth Village and Tru Kellman; 2019 – Angela Schiefelbein, FNP, BC; CARE in Pregnancy at BJH; 2020 – Kanika Turner, MD; 2021 – Jesse Davis, MD, MBA; 2022 – Nicole D. Carr, MSN, FNP-BC; 2023 – Affinia OB/Gyn Group

Alderman Gregory Carter Community Champion

This category is for a volunteer, consumer, or frontline employee who exemplifies a commitment to the health of mothers and babies.

Previous recipients: 2011 – Lillie Dale; 2012 – Cbabi Bayoc; 2013 – Rev. Rodrick & Mrs. Carlotta Burton; 2014 – Rev. Fran Pieper; 2015 – Stephanie Williamson; 2016 – Bethany Johnson – Javois, MSW; 2017 – Black Mama Bailout Collaborative; 2018 – Kim Martino-Sexton; 2019 – Monica Wade; Junior League of St. Louis; 2020 – Angela Ross; 2021 Village of Moms STL; 2022 – LaKisha Redditt, B.S., CHW; 2023 – Candice Ward, IBCLC

Award Selection Process

Nominations may be submitted by anyone using this link.  Nominees will be reviewed and selected by the Awards Selection Committee, based on the categories above.  Selected individuals or organizations will have demonstrated impact on maternal and child health over time.  Award winners will be notified in advance of the awards event.

For questions or assistance filling out a nomination, please email Kendra Copanas,


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