West Philly Women’s Health Day Conference 2019
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.