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Palmetto Health Director Receives Prestigious Award from SC Campaign

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Murray L. Vincent Outstanding Prevention Professional Award is the highest and most distinguished award given by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign). In memory of Dr. Murray Vincent, the award recognizes an individual who has significantly impacted the prevention of adolescent pregnancy in South Carolina while exemplifying the characteristics of the award’s namesake.

This year’s award winner, Stacey McPhail—Director of Community Services at Palmetto Health—was recognized during the 2012 Summer Institute earlier this month. Stacey holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Benedict College, a Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina, and a Certificate in Public Health Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked tirelessly to provide education, counseling, and community support for vulnerable populations over her career, including case management services at Tuomey Hospital in Sumter, SC and Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services of South Carolina, Inc.

For more than a decade, Stacey has directed the largest teen pregnancy prevention program in the state where she has lead efforts to support health education and youth development services to Columbia and other communities in the Midlands. Signature Palmetto Health efforts like Teen Talk, the annual Teen Summit and Women at Heart are projects that highlight the effectiveness of her program. Stacey also recognized early on the need to serve the 18-19 year old population and subsequently was instrumental in initiating Freshman Focus, a 55-minute program focusing on healthy relationships, sexually transmitted diseases and contraception. This program has been implemented at USC, Benedict College and Columbia College since its inception in 2008.

Forrest Alton, CEO of the SC Campaign, was honored to present Stacey with the award. “Stacey is a true champion for young people in South Carolina,” said Alton. “Her drive and sincere dedication in the area of teen pregnancy prevention is evident in her work throughout the community.”

About Murray L. Vincent
Among his accomplishments, Dr. Vincent is credited with creating the first undergraduate health education degree in South Carolina as well as all of the health education master's and doctoral degrees at the University of South Carolina. He was a founder of the South Carolina Association for Health Education in 1972, serving as its president in 1981. Dr. Vincent was an American Association of Health Education Scholar and was inducted into the Health Education Hall of Fame in 2002. The success of his work in teen pregnancy prevention has been widely published. His signature effort was started in Bamberg County in 1982 and 26 years later has resulted in one the most successful school-community teen pregnancy prevention programs ever created. In the early 1990s, Dr. Vincent worked to help create the SC Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, now known as the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.