The Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH) is an interdisciplinary collection of faculty and students who collaborate on women’s health scholarship, education, and clinical practice relevant to global issues.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health and national maternal health experts from nursing, midwifery, medicine, public health, policy, and advocacy held a virtual conference to explore multilevel approaches to reducing maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States. Access the April 29, 2021 recording here.
On April 8, 2021, in recognition of International Women’s Day and Sexual Assault Awareness month, the Center for Global Women’s Health and the office of Global Health Affairs presented the Soad Hussein Hassan Global Scholar Lecture featuring Christina Lamb, author of Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women. Christina gives voice to women in conflict, exposing the world’s most neglected war crime— the use of rape in modern warfare as a weapon to humiliate, terrify, and carry out ethnic cleansing.
To mark Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) in the United States, faculty from Penn Nursing, including Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, issued a statement recognizing the initiative as an important step in efforts to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality among Black women. The statement points to the “devastating effects of racism on maternal health.”
Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH), in collaboration with dozens of Penn campus organizations and West Philadelphia community groups, hosted the first West Philadelphia Women’s Day conference on January 26, 2019 at West Philadelphia High School. With funding from the Trustee’s Council of Penn Women, the conference provided education and resources on women’s and young women’s health topics, including cervical cancer and HPV vaccinations, self defense and community safety, healthy eating, and self-esteem/sex education. The conference drew nearly 70 attendees from the West Philadelphia community in its inaugural year as well as support from Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.
Led by Wendy D. Grube, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Director of the CGWH, the conference was an opportunity to further fulfill Penn President Amy Gutmann’s Penn Compact 2020 vision to engage locally at the community level. It was also an opportunity for Penn Nursing students to engage with neighbor’s in Penn’s own backyard; Penn Nursing students helped to organize, run, and publicize the conference.