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.
Enter the Fagin Hall office of Wendy D. Grube, GNu,82, GR’10, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, and one of the first things you might see is a clear glass bell. The Order of the Bell was presented to Dr. Grube in 2017 by Mountains of Hope, West Virginia’s statewide cancer coalition, for her work to break barriers in public health in rural West Virginia. Dr. Grube has taken a special interest in this area, which has a significantly elevated rate of cervical cancer mortality—in addition to centering her 2010 doctoral dissertation on cervical screening in rural West Virginia, since 2008 she has partnered with the local community, spearheading a Penn Nursing service learning project in West Virginia that has included free cervical screenings (over 300 women screened) and other urgent health care screenings and education as informed by community need.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has rallied behind healthcare workers—to both protect and support this critical community that continues to save lives in the face of personal danger. Now more than ever, it’s essential to understand how this workforce of nurses, doctors, and other indispensable personnel can be more effective through scientific research.
President Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule limits NGOs’ ability to serve vulnerable populations and dramatically reduces access to sexual and reproductive health care.
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.