The New York Fed, in collaboration with NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Low Income Investment Fund, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hosted a virtual event on maternal health on September 15, 2021. Dean Antonia Villarruel served as an expert panelist for this event, outlining for providers, policymakers, funders, and healthcare leaders some of the critical structural barriers facing women and birthing people during the 4th trimester. Access the full recording here.
Monique Howard, EdD, MPH, has been appointed the inaugural Senior Director of Women’s Health Initiatives. This new position will work to heighten visibility and strengthen both research and programming that originates out of the Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH).
In a new commentary, predoctoral students Anessa Foxwell and Erin Kennedy, and NewCourtland Center director Mary Naylor, discuss the urgent need to address mental health challenges experienced by women during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Steven Larson, co-founder of Puentes de Salud, interviewed Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health for a Free Library of Philadelphia event in conjunction with the publication of his most recent book Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History. Dr. Larson has collaborated with Dean Villarruel and many members of the Penn Nursing community. He has been a strong advocate for nursing throughout his career as an educator and Emergency Medicine physician at HUP. Access the June 14, 2021 recording here.
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.”
Holly Harner, PhD, has been appointed the Afaf I. Meleis Director of the Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH). She recently joined Penn Nursing as a Practice Professor of Women’s Health in the Department of Family and Community Health. Harner has a national reputation as a leading clinician, educator, and champion of women’s health, with a long-standing commitment to improving the health status of vulnerable women.
In honor of 2020—the Year of the Nurse and Midwife —we’re taking a look at 20 remarkable alumni who are defining and redefining the world of nursing right now. From a clinic director focused on an underserved transgender population to a midwife working to lower maternal mortality rates to the CEO of a high-profile, life-changing nonprofit, the alumni on this list speak to a changing world where nurses are impacting patients, policy, best practices, and much, much more, forging new paths for themselves and for generations of nurses to come.
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.
The Center for Global Women’s Health partners with local organization Cycle Sisters to distribute period products to Philadelphia’s most vulnerable populations.
Menstrual hygiene products remain out of reach for many American households. The Center for Global Women’s Health wants to change that.
Global advocacy for increased access to menstruation products and facilities exposes social and economic inequities and the need for reform.
The Elizabeth Wright Fund—which gave Penn Nursing its first student exchange program—has its roots in a time when post-operative hospital stays were longer, and when private duty nurses attended patients in the hospital as well as at home after discharge.
Sainabou Barra Cham, a 2019 recipient of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, joined Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH) for a one-month training opportunity. On Thursday, August 29th, she will share her experience as a Fellow, and what her time here was like. She will also detail her work as a nurse and midwife in The Gambia. For details about the special presentation and to RSVP, please click here.
NSRH members get trained in supporting patients through gynecologic procedures.
Hahnemann’s Nurse-Midwifery practice was founded by two Penn graduates. Numerous Penn students had the opportunity to learn at Hahnemann, and some joined the practice after graduation.
Penn Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health recognizes the closure of Hahnemann as a major loss in access to reproductive health and choice in Philadelphia, and a devastating example of the priority of profit over the health of the community.