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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Drexel: Professor Honored for Work with Special Needs Children

Dr. Renee Turchi, a clinical professor in the department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health, director of the School’s Maternal and Child Health Program, was honored on June 1 by Family Voices, a national organization that focused on family-centered care for children.

Funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration – Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Family Voices recognized Dr. Turchi as a 2019 a “Champion of Children’s Health.” The award is given to groups and individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to improving health care services and systems and bettering the lives of children with special healthcare needs and their families.

Previous honorees have included family leaders, providers, state and federal legislators, policy makers, and researchers from across the country. Honorees are nominated and selected by the Family Voices national network of families of children with special health care needs including family-led organizations in every state, five U.S. territories and three serving Native American tribes.

Family Voices was founded in 1992 and works to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth, particularly those with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through its national grassroots network, Family Voices provides families with tools to partner with their children’s healthcare providers, and make informed decisions to ensure that their children get quality, cost-effective health care. Family Voices also advocates for improved public and private policies, and serves as a trusted resource on health care, working to ensure that health care systems include, listen to, and honor the voices of families.