Directed by Carol J.R. Hogue, PhD, Jules and Deen Terry Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Professor of Epidemiology, the mission of the Women’s and Children’s Center (WCC) is to promote the health and well-being of women and children through instruction, research, and practice. The WCC serves as a focal point at Rollins for training and research in maternal and child health and women’s health.
Since its founding in 1992, the WCC has collaborated with the departments of epidemiology, health policy and management, behavioral sciences and health education, and international health. Research conducted by core faculty of the WCC is designed to develop the knowledge base for better understanding the particular health risks experienced by vulnerable populations of women and children, and the ways to provide health promotion and disease prevention care for these populations.
This research requires the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team of epidemiologists, social scientists, health services researchers, and clinicians. Collaborators include public and private health providers in several states, including Georgia, Michigan, and South Carolina. Rollins students gain experience through participating as research assistants in projects funded primarily by federal agencies and nonprofit foundations.
The WCC seeks also to translate its research findings into improved public health services through providing educational experiences for practicing health care practitioners. With funding from federal grants and health foundations, the WCC writes state-of-the-art training packages, manuals, and other training materials to disseminate both research findings and new methodologies.