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Teen Pregnancy Prevention Advocate from Hampton County Receives Prestigious Award from SC Campaign

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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, Shedron Williams—Director of Education and Prevention for ACCESS Network, was recognized during the 2013 Summer Institute. For nearly two decades, Shedron has been a champion for young people by serving on local, state and national boards that advocate for healthy living through prevention and health care services. Emory University has named him one of the top 30 advocates for teen pregnancy prevention in the nation.

Shedron currently serves as chairman of the Hampton County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council, executive board member for the I AM Responsible, Reliable, and Respectful program, and is the newest member of the Hampton County Council where he fights for adequate health care and age-appropriate sexuality education. In 1992, he founded the Save Our Children Foundation of Hampton County. Today, Shedron continues to inspire people as a motivational speaker for youth in Hampton and surrounding counties. He goes above and beyond the call of duty to enhance the lives of youth and is well-respected by his colleagues who say he “serves as a role model to our young men” and “has a great history of service, leadership and high quality program delivery.”

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.