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3.19.2013

Miller School Pediatrics Chair Named “Woman Worth Knowing”

Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics, has been recognized by the City of Miami Beach Commission for Women as a “Woman Worth Knowing” for her contributions to the community where she lives.

Presented by Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn at a March 12 ceremony held in celebration of Women’s History Month, the award recognizes Schaechter for her active involvement in fostering positive change in Miami Beach, and beyond.

In presenting the award, Weithorn, who nominated Schaechter for the honor, noted that in many ways the pediatrician was less well known than the three other women who were recognized because she is too busy working and advocating for children to seek the limelight.

“Dr. Schaechter has been an advocate and a leader for children and their safety, and for that, we honor her,” Weithorn said.

“My work has been successful because of all the people who work alongside me – the doctors, researchers and nurses in the Department of Pediatrics at the Miller School and Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital,” Schaechter said. “They care for children every single day, and make it their life’s work to prevent injury and disease.”

Schaechter also thanked the commission for recognizing the contributions of women and all the men and women who have supported her.

A strong advocate for prevention measures, including vaccinations, nutrition, school health initiatives, and programs to end health disparities and improve access to care, Schaechter has dedicated her career to injury prevention, education and research. In 1998 she established Not One More, an advocacy group dedicated to the premise that “Not one more child should die by gun violence,” and more recently led the legal battle against the new Florida law that prohibits physicians from asking patients about guns in their homes. In 2000 she founded the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami, one of 42 sites representing the nation’s fastest growing and most effective injury prevention program.

In 2012 Schaechter was elected president of the national Injury Free Coalition for Kids composed of hospital-based, community-oriented programs in 40 cities across the U.S.

Nominees for the “Women Worth Knowing” program must be residents of Miami Beach or have demonstrated ownership or interest in a business in the city for a minimum of five years.

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