The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) was founded in 1941 to promote the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems. The Society is unique among professional associations in membership and purpose, representing the interests of professionals in a wide range of settings - academia, business, law, health and medicine, government, etc. The unifying factor is a commitment to making an impact on the quality of life in the world.
This award honors the late Peter Kong-ming New, a distinuished medical sociologist-anthropologist and former president of the SfAA. The award is given to the best paper which reports on an applied research project in the social/behavioral sciences. The research question should be in the domain of health care or human services (broadly construed).
For the 2017 Peter K. New Awards, third prize was awarded to Adrienne Strong, Washington University in St. Louis and Universiteit van Amsterdam, for her paper “We Swim in Blood:” Exposure to Risk and Forms of Care on the Maternity Ward of a Tanzanian Hospital.
Adrienne Strong is currently a graduate student through the Department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on maternal health and mortality in Tanzania.
More information on this award can be found on the SfAA website.