Betty Marcus Women’s Health Endowment Fund Award

The Betty Marcus Women’s Health Endowment Fund Awards are presented annually to health care providers affiliated with The Miriam Hospital who epitomize excellence in community service, research, and/or clinical service for women. This year, the Award recognizes two RI women who have advanced women's health through their own research and practice, and through their mentorship of other young women. 

The 2021 Betty Marcus Women’s Health Endowment Fund Awardees

Leigh Hubbard, MS, RN, ONC

Leigh earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree at UMass Dartmouth and a Master’s degree in healthcare administration from Salve Regina University. Her nominators, Drs. Amy Nunn and Philip Chan, note that she exemplifies many of the qualities of Betty Marcus as a strong advocate and role model for women. She is a certified orthopedic nurse and is President of the Board of the American Nurses Association, RI Chapter. She is also the clinical manager at Open Door Health, Rhode Island’s first and only LGBTQ+ health center.

Leigh has dedicated her entire career to serving women. As a nursing student, she volunteered at the Women’s Resource Center at UMass Dartmouth, where she learned to advocate for the health and safety of women in the University.  She began her nursing career at Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island in 2004, where she worked at the Teen Clinic, helping young women learn about access to family planning and reproductive health care. During her time at Planned Parenthood, Leigh also researched, planned for, and initiated the Women’s Cancer Screening Program, which provided funding for uninsured or underinsured women to access low or no cost mammograms and cervical screening procedures.

From 2011 to 2021, Leigh mentored numerous nursing leadership students, clinical nurses, and physical therapists, in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, ensuring they had the tools and confidence to positively influence patient care and their own professional growth. She takes great pride in teaching other women how to advocate for themselves and their patients when faced with ethically or clinically challenging cases. Her work has had an impact across the community and has led to the empowerment of countless women in the field of nursing and medicine.

Rochelle Rosen, PhD

Rochelle is a medical anthropologist and a research scientist in the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital, and associate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health. Her primary research interest is in using qualitative data to effectively design culturally relevant behavioral health interventions. Her grant funded research experience includes preventive health care issues in American Samoa, mobile health delivered health promotion, and HIV prevention research. She has a particular specialty in using qualitative research methods for translational health research in behavioral and preventive medicine and much of her work has focused on women’s health.

In their nomination Drs. Schmid and Guthrie said: “Dr. Rosen is one of the leading qualitative researchers in Rhode Island and has worked on many research projects that have furthered the health of women while also assisting many young women’s research careers in her joint roles in the Centers for Behavioral & Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital, in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the Brown School of Public Health, and as a co-director of the Advance-CTR Clinical Research Design, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics core.”

About the Award

Bess Marcus established The Betty Marcus Women’s Health Endowment Fund Award in 2005 and the award is presented annually to a health care provider who epitomizes excellence in community service, research and/or clinical service for women.

Betty Marcus was a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Pennsylvania. She spent the earlier part of her career providing social work services to teens and young adults and the latter part of her career dedicated to older adults and the elderly.

Betty enjoyed a 23 year career with Meals on Wheels, where she demonstrated her exceptional dedication to the senior population of Rhode Island. She was Providence’s first Nutrition Director and she also developed the Congregate Meal Program. Betty worked for Project H.O.P.E., a program that was a part of the Meals on Wheels family of services. H.O.P.E stands for Helping Our Providence Elders. The congregate meals site program began in the 1970’s with only a few dining sites, and under Betty’s leadership, this program grew to include 18 meal sites.

Betty developed and directed Case Management Services for Meals on Wheels. She worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the “hard-to-reach” and those elders at greatest risk in the community. Betty was a mentor to students of social work and other health professionals, always encouraging them to reach out to elders in need. Known for her unique combination of humor and passion, she led by example as she worked tirelessly to help empower women and the underserved. Betty was devoted to her two children and their spouses, 11 grandchildren, a large extended family, and many dear friends and colleagues.