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Trustees’ Council of Penn Women Gift Supports West Philadelphia Women

Penn Nursing’s West Philadelphia Women’s Day event will continue, thanks to a new grant from The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (TCPW). Funding from TCPW will support Dr. Wendy Grube’s partnership with women from the medically underserved West Philadelphia community to investigate their most pressing health concerns and move forward with a second West Philadelphia Women’s Day event.

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.

Dr. Wendy Grube displays a cervical model at the first West Philadelphia Women's Day event.Dr. Wendy Grube displays a cervical model at the first West Philadelphia Women's Day event.