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Weaver Among ‘Phenomenal Leaders’ Celebrated at Generate Health STL Event


Nancy L. Weaver, Ph.D., will be honored with the Dr. Terry Leet Researcher Award at the annual Standing Up for Black Mothers and Babies Awards Event.

The event, hosted by Generate Health STL is the premier maternal and child health awards event in the region. This year Generate Health is honoring four “phenomenal leaders,” including Weaver, a professor of behavioral science and health education in the College for Public Health and Social Justice.

Nancy L. Weaver, Ph.D.
Nancy L. Weaver, Ph.D.

The Dr. Terry Leet Researcher Award will be given to Weaver for applying “communication sciences, analytics and public health principles to promote positive parenting of young children and adolescents,” according to Generate Health. Whether encouraging nurturing relationships between caregivers and kids or working with institutions and health care systems to adopt effective programs, Weaver advances strength-based messages that are easy to understand and are highly relevant to diverse audiences, according to Generate Health. 

The award is named after Terry Leet, Ph.D., a professor at SLU before his death in 2009. Leet joined the university in 1998 as an assistant professor of community health. During his time at SLU he held appointments in the departments of pediatrics and obstetrics, gynecology and women's health and served as director of the division of epidemiology and chair of community health.

Weaver’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Missouri Foundation for Health and other granting agencies and has led to the widespread dissemination of many efficacious programs. Most recently she launched Support Over Silence for KIDS to address public child mistreatment.

Weaver is Co-director of the Community Engagement Core of the Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Policy, Research and Training at Washington University and was the founding Director of SLU’s REACH Center: Research and Equity in Action for Child Health, a regional initiative that brings together academic and community partners to advance the health of moms, dads, families and children. 

The annual Standing Up for Black Mothers and Babies Awards Event will take place Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in a hybrid format. This event is intended to bring together individuals and organizations who are committed to improving the health of Black mothers, birthing people and babies in the St. Louis area. 

Generate Health will honor three other local champions for their contributions to the field of maternal and infant health. The nominees center and work with communities that are systemically disadvantaged by racism. 

The other honorees are the late Cora Faith Walker, J.D., Judy Wilson-Griffin Maternal Health Equity Champion; LaKisha Redditt, - Alderman Gregory Carter Community Champion; and Nicole D. Carr, Dr. Corinne Walentik Provider Champion.

College for Public Health and Social Justice

The Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice is the only academic unit of its kind, studying social, environmental and physical influences that together determine the health and well-being of people and communities. It also is the only accredited school or college of public health among nearly 250 Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States. Guided by a mission of social justice and focus on finding innovative and collaborative solutions for complex health problems, the college offers nationally recognized programs in public health and health administration.