Steve Larson

Dr Steve LarsonDr. Steven Larson is the Assistant Dean for Global Health Programs and an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BA in Fine Arts from Haverford College and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania.  Since 1992 he has served as a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Over the past 20 years, Dr. Larson has developed an extensive working knowledge of the health care issues facing immigrant populations in the United States, as well as underserved populations globally.

Since 1988 Dr. Larson has immersed himself in the history of Central America and examined the impact of politics, geography, economics and religion on health care. He visits frequently and has many personal and professional contacts throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador.  In 1993, Dr. Larson established Frontline Medicine at Penn to help students and residents explore the complex issues facing underserved populations. In 1999, with the goal of collaborating with other medical educators nationwide committed to global health, Dr. Larson joined IHMEC, the International Health Medical Education Consortium (now GHEC). In 2000, he was elected to its Governing Council. Through this relationship, over the past 10 years Dr Larson has been able to identify an expanded range of clinical and research opportunities for Penn medical students. Dr. Larson also serves as the faculty advisor for the student-run Global Health Interest Group.

From 1993-2006, Dr Larson served as the volunteer medical consultant for Project Salud, a nurse-managed migrant health clinic located in rural, southern Chester County providing health care to the predominantly Mexican labor force employed in the local agricultural industry. In 1994, Dr Larson created an elective course on immigrant health for medical and nursing students. In 2002, recognizing the rapid growth of an urbanized, undocumented Latino population, Dr Larson founded Puentes de Salud, a community partnership dedicated to the health and wellness of this immigrant population through direct service and action focused on social determinants of health. To date, Puentes de Salud has drawn more than 225 student and faculty volunteers broadly from across the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Jefferson Medical College, Drexel Medical School, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Puentes de Salud has formed strategic partnerships with the University of Pennsylvania, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Women and Children's Health Services, the city of Philadelphia, the Mexican Consulate, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It serves as a community-based platform for partnership with concerned local groups and stakeholders as well as a "training ground" for the next generation of health care providers and educators.

Last updated:  April 11, 2011

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