Denver, Colo., November 9, 2010 —
Milton Kotelchuck, PhD, MPH, visiting professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and senior researcher in maternal and child health at the Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital, is the winner of the American Public Health Association’s 2010 Martha May Eliot Award. The award honors exceptional achievements in the field of maternal and child health and was presented at the Association’s 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver.
“Milt’s accomplishments are remarkable,” said Deborah Allen, SCD, director of the Bureau of Child, Adolescent and Family Health for the Boston Public Health Commission. “His contribution to perinatal health through development of the widely used Kotelchuck Index would assure him a lasting place in maternal and child health history. But he has done and continues to do superb research in many areas within maternal and child health, including groundbreaking current work on the Perinatal to Early Life Longitudinal Study.”
Kotelchuck graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, then earned a master’s in clinical psychology, doctorate in personality and developmental psychology and master’s of public heath in maternal and child health and epidemiology from Harvard University. He is founding and now senior editor of the Maternal and Child Health Journal. Among his professional experience, he was assistant professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, research director of the Family Development Study at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston and director of the Division of Health Statistics and Research for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
He has extensive experience evaluating public health programs to improve birth outcomes and child health status. His research interests include examination of the adequacy and content of prenatal and internatal care, racial disparities in birth outcomes, maternal morbidity, immigrant health, child health services, child nutrition and health data policy. He developed the widely used Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index. His current research interests focus on maternal and child health life course models and the creation and utilization of the Massachusetts Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal, or PELL, data system.
Kotelchuck has written extensively on racial disparities in perinatal and child health services and serves on numerous committees to improve such services. He has been a member of the Massachusetts and North Carolina governor’s commissions on the reduction of infant mortality and served as senior advisor on child health policy for the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. He now serves as chair of the Technical Expert Panel on Evaluation of Healthy Start.
He is committed to educating future leaders of the maternal and child health field and has been praised by his academic colleagues for challenging his students and helping them with long-term research relationships. He serves as co-chair of the March of Dimes Data Center Advisory Committee and is a board member of the Center for Social Disparities in Health, Brookline Friends of Public Health and Alliance for Healthy Tomorrow, among his numerous committee and consultant assignments.
He has received many awards and honors, including the Excellence in Teaching Awards three times from the Boston University School of Public Health and the Ed Ehlinger Award for Contributions to Urban Maternal and Child Health.
“Milt always has a smile, a shoulder, an ear for anyone, anywhere, in addition to producing some of the most important work in MCH in our generation,” said Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS, professor and dean at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. “He is the consummate MCH professional.”