The Ann Dial McMillan Endowed Lectureship in Family and Child Health is a unique interdisciplinary lectureship designed to tap into and promote public health breakthroughs relevant to family and children’s health. Lectures address challenges and innovations in maternal and child health with a special focus on issues that affect everyday life such as nutrition, diabetes, cancer, obesity, substance abuse, and other salient topics. The goal of the lecture is to promote the health of children, their families, and the community as a whole by educating the academic community about new discoveries in family and children’s health practices.
Ann Dial McMillan was raised in the example of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roper and Louise Dial, who believed in giving back to the community. As the wife of former Alabama Lieutenant Governor George McMillan, Jr., she is keenly aware of the public health challenges facing families across Alabama. Ann is an enthusiastic champion of the School of Public Health’s programs, particularly contributions to childhood immunizations and healthcare advances within the state. Her father, who lost both parents to tuberculosis when he was a child, was the inspiration for her commitment to the establishment of the Ann Dial McMillan Lecture on Family and Child Health.
Generous with her donations of time, energy, and money, Ann is and has been active on numerous community and civic boards, including Children’s Health System and the Birmingham Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, both of which she was board chair, and the Women’s Fund. As Vice President for Community Affairs at SouthTrust/Wachovia, she managed charitable contributions until her retirement in 2005, and now she continues that tradition with leadership positions in such community organizations as Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama as well as the UAB Leadership Cabinet and the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the UAB School of Public Health.
Ann has received awards from, among others, the Junior League of Birmingham, the Metropolitan YMCA, the Girl Scouts of Cahaba Council, and the Southern Women’s Committee of Fifty in recognition of her commitment to volunteerism and service.
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