Meredith Talford of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Receives the Suzan D. Boyd Excellence Award
Friday, June 30, 2017
June 30, 2017 - Chester native, Meredith Talford, was awarded the 2017 Suzan D. Boyd Excellence Award by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign). Each year during the SC Campaign’s annual Summer Institute, the organization takes a moment to recognize a member of their team who has gone above and beyond within and outside of the organization with this special award.
Meredith has been with the SC Campaign since 2011 and currently serves as Tier 1A Project Coordinator, a teen pregnancy prevention initiative funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’, Office of Adolescent Health. In this role, she works with leadership from the Departments of Juvenile Justice and Social Services to create policies to support the sustainability of effective teen pregnancy and STI/HIV prevention programs and services. At the heart of this work is building the capacity of organizations that work directly with young people from these systems to implement evidence-based practices.
Meredith’s commitment to excellence is evident by her ability to find innovative ways to overcome the unique challenges of the project. She analyzes the challenges and works with the team to propose potential solutions to stakeholders. She consistently reminds the project team to “meet partners where they are” - which lends itself to tailored capacity building efforts specific to the organization’s needs. She encourages the team to think logically and strategically so the work is efficient, and the impact maximized.
“We host Summer Institute each year as an opportunity for our partners and other dedicated youth advocates to learn from, engage with and be inspired by one another. We could not foster these relationships throughout the state without dedicated staff members like Meredith,” said Beth De Santis, CEO of the SC Campaign.