Dr. Naomi Morris Alumni Awards

Dr. Naomi Morris started the Maternal and Child Health Program at UIC in 1982, and has devoted her life and career to improving the health and well-being of women, children and families.  

In 2010 with a generous contribution from Dr. Morris to the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health the Naomi Morris Distinguished Alumni Awards were established. In an interview she stated, “It’s important to recognize and honor our alumni and their impact on the health and wellness of our communities,” she added. “I am thrilled to have worked with so many dedicated and talented students over the years. This is the least I can do to distinguish their strengths as public health professionals.”

The Dr. Naomi Morris Alumni Awards, are given annually to two members of UIC SPH alumni body, one from the Maternal and Child Health program and one from the Community Health Sciences division, who have achieved outstanding success or recognition. The selection committee particularly looks for individuals who have achieved national, regional, or statewide prominence either in their professional fields or through their involvement in civic, cultural, or charitable activities as they relate to the field of maternal and child health.  Please contact the Office of Advancement with questions at 312.996.0760 or SPHadvancement@uic.edu.


2012 MCHP Recipient


Josephine Ansah-160x155Josephine Ansah, MPH (Class of 2001) was the recipient of the award in 2012.  Josephine is a Public Health Analyst for the DHHS Health Resources and Service Administration and is a founding member of an emerging non-profit organization called Voices International. Founded in spring 2005, Voices International is dedicated to promoting and sustaining the economic and social well-being of people of color through education, cultural awareness and advocacy. The organization is committed to enhancing the quality of life for youth and families in local and global communities to achieve long term, sustainable outcomes. Click here to read an article written in the Chicago Tribune about Voices International.

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