The Family Medicine Department’s 2013 Lynne Stevens Award for Research or Practice Improvement Project on Healthcare Responses to Violence Against Women

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January 31st, 2013

The Family Medicine Department’s 2013 Lynne Stevens Award  for Research or Practice Improvement Project on  Healthcare Responses to Violence Against Women


Lynne Stevens was Director of the Responding to Violence Against Women Program and an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. Stevens specialized in evaluation of the quality of care offered in medical settings to women impacted by partner and sexual violence. She died in 2009 at the age of 63.

The Award Program:

 To continue Lynne’s work in this important area, the Department of Family Medicine, with the help of a generous donation, has established a grant to be awarded annually for the life of the fund , for research or practice improvement projects. The focus should be on the care received in the Boston University system by women who experience partner and sexual violence, including the hospitals, student health services and community health centers affiliated with Boston Medical Center. This is a University-wide program, so all faculty, staff, trainees and students of BU, BMC and affiliated community health centers and services are eligible to apply. Non-clinicians are encouraged to seek endorsement by practicing providers with a letter of support attesting to clinical relevance. Proposals will be reviewed by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) including experts in the field.

The Award Process:

Applicants are asked to submit a concept paper of no more than 3 pages to the committee via email by March 14, 2013 to . This concept paper should include the objectives of the study or project design, a description of how the results will be evaluated and used to improve clinical services, a timeline and budget. The project should be completed within a year, and the budget should not exceed $ 5,000.  The TAC will review the concept papers, and ask for more detail from one or more applicants. The award will be announced in May and funded following any indicated IRB approval.

For more information:

Contact Joanne Wilkinson MD, M.Sc. , Director of Research, Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center or Carol Mostow LICSW, Chair of the Lynne Stevens Memorial Committee.