Renfield Award

The Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health was established in 2012 by the Beatrice Renfield Foundation. This award and a prize of $100,000 will be presented biennially to a leader or leaders in the field of global women’s health. 

The award is presented to:

A demonstrated leader whose work results or resulted in significant advances in the improvement of the health of women and/or girls through new scientific discoveries, the provision of services, changes in policy and practice, and/or increased public awareness or visibility. We seek nominees working on global women’s health issues from across the world, including nominees from North America. In reviewing nominations, a guiding principle is: Has the nominee’s work had or is expected to have, a transformative impact on the health and wellbeing of women and/or girls?

The 2024 Selection Committee includes:

Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor
Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Catherine L. Hawkes, MS, RN
Board Member, Center for Global Women’s Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Charlotte Renfield-Miller
Manager, Community Engagement
Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders | IREX

LaShawn R. Jefferson, MA
Senior Executive Director, Perry World House
University of Pennsylvania

Jamie Renfield-Miller
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Holly Harner, PhD, MPH, MBA, WHCNP-BC, FAAN
Afaf I. Meleis Director for the Center for Global Women’s Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Ruth J. Katz, JD, MPH
Vice President, Aspen Institute
Executive Director, Health, Medicine & Society Program
Director, Aspen Ideas Health
The Aspen Institute

Monique Howard, EdD, MPH
Senior Director of Women’s Health Initiatives
Center for Global Women’s Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Rangita de Silva de Alwis
Visiting Professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Senior Adjunct Professor of Global Leadership, Penn Law, University of Pennsylvania; Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellow on Global Gender Equity; Senior Fellow, Harvard Law School Center for the Legal Profession; Member of the treaty body to the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (2023-2026)

Previous winners



The Beatrice Renfield Foundation is led by Jean Renfield-Miller, PAR’15. The Foundation is named after Jean’s sister, who devoted years of service and resources as an advocate for the nursing profession. Mrs. Renfield-Miller first became involved with Penn Nursing through her role on the Executive Committee for the HEALTHY CITIES: HEALTHY WOMEN New York City and Urban Women’s Health Conference, held May 5, 2011. Mrs. Renfield-Miller founded her own consulting practice where she works as an educational consultant. She received her B.A. from Connecticut College, her M.A. from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and her Ed.M. from Harvard University.