Faculty Achievements

Dr. Otovo Secures Major Award

Dr. Okezi Otovo who is the lead investigator for “The Black Mothers Care Plan: Reducing Racial Bias and Supporting Maternal and Infant Health” (BMCP). The BMCP has just received a major 5-year grant from The Children’s Trust as one of the 2021 Early Childhood Community Research Demonstration Projects. Joining Dr. Otovo are Co-PIs Drs Alex Cornelius and Vicki Burns of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS) and Dr. Andrea Queeley of the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies. The BMCP is an interdisciplinary community-research partnership using community-based participatory frameworks to impact racial bias against African American women in obstetric patient care. In collaboration with CWGS, Dr. Otovo has also recently received a Humanities Centers Grant from Florida Humanities for her “Perspectives on Black Motherhood and Health,” a community reading and discussion group aimed at fostering constructive dialogue on health, gender, race, and society.