Keyonie James, an MPH student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences is this year’s recipient of the Carol L. McAllister Award for Excellence in Community Research. She will use the award to support research for her thesis which seeks to examine how pregnant, African American women enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in Allegheny County define and experience maternal stress, in efforts to understand how pregnant, low-SES African American women identify, experience and characterize psychosocial, environmental, social and physical stress factors in their lives. It is her hope that the results will help to better define the conditions in which African American women contextualize stress in efforts to identify protective factors against poor birth outcomes.
This scholarship fund was established to honor Dr. Carol McAllister, cultural anthropologist, community activist and University of Pittsburgh faculty member. In all that she did, Dr. McAllister fought against social injustice and worked to make the lives of women and children better. She challenged herself, her colleagues and most of all, her students to exceed expectations and always to give voice to those who are not heard. Awards made from this scholarship fund will support students who want to carry on Dr. McAllister’s legacy for work that is qualitative, ethnographic and community-based participatory in nature.