The event, which grew out of Dr. Grube’s award winning community health work in rural West Virginia, has built a strategic partnership with Penn Nursing’s neighbors in West Philadelphia. Dr. Grube says, “Whether rural West Virginia or urban West Philadelphia, women and girls who are underserved by the medical community run a greater risk of health problems—and often the first steps to combatting this are awareness and education. Information is power, and our goal at the Center for Global Women’s Health is to empower women everywhere. We can pass along information about vaccinations to prevent cervical cancer, about good nutrition, about domestic violence … and it changes lives. I’m so grateful to the TCPW for supporting the West Philadelphia Women’s Day event—and for supporting women’s health.”
The inaugural West Philadelphia Women’s Day event was held at West Philadelphia High School on January 26, 2019—to coincide with Cervical Health Awareness Month. Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health, led by Dr. Grube, hosted the event in collaboration with dozens of Penn campus organizations and West Philadelphia community groups. TCPW funding will allow Dr. Grube to organize a series of focus groups with West Philadelphia women in order to stage a second West Philadelphia Women’s Day to further address critical health care needs in the community.