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A Guest Blog from FOCUS: A Day for Women at Penn Med to Network, Engage in Leadership Mentoring, and Enjoy the Company of Colleagues

September is Women in Medicine Month, an annual reminder to pause and remember the multitude of contributions women have made to the advancement of medicine.

Beyond the Headlines: Penn Researchers Address Orlando Mass Shooting

Besides living through the hottest summer of our lives, this summer, most Americans couldn’t help but feel outraged by urban violence. First, the mass shooting of 49 gay Latinos in an Orlando nightclub was horrific. Before Americans had time to think about its repercussion, deaths of young African Americans and police in major cities piled on. Most of relatively uninformed about the adverse impacts people hurt or killed, their families, community, and in people who read about them.

National Research Priorities, Funding Announced for Tackling Health Disparities in Surgery Laura Newman and Jaya Aysola MD, DTMH, MPH

The first national agenda to understand and address surgical disparities, announced by the National Institutes of Health and the American College of Surgeons, will likely foster much needed change in addressing ethnic disparities in surgical practice.  Research priorities were announced in the March 16 JAMA…

So What Did We Learn About Health Equity at Our 2016 MLK Symposium?

If you missed the 2016 MLK Symposium this year held on January 27, don’t despair. The Leonard Davis Institute posted a blog by Imran Cronk, which nicely summarizes what you missed.

Health Equity: A Dream or An Achievable Goal?

On January 27, 2016 PSOM will welcome Dr. Richard Carmona to campus as our second MLK Health Equity Keynote Speaker.

The Lack of Progress in Moving the Needle on Poverty Reaffirms the Need for Healthcare Transformation

There was good news and bad news out of Washington D.C. this week.

Why It is More Important Than Ever to Reveal the Hidden Curriculum in Educating the Next Generation of Physicians By Dr. Higginbotham

A recent article by a medical student from Brown University raises the question about the understanding of how future generations of physicians consider the influence that the social construct of “race” has on medicine.

Advancing Health Equity, Thirty Years Following the Heckler Report

This month, the Department of Health and Human Services celebrates National Minority Health Month and more specifically acknowledges the 30th anniversary of the Margaret Heckler’s Report on Black and Minority Health.

All Lives Matter in Academic Medicine, Article By: Eve Higginbotham SM, MD, Diana Harris, MBe, PhD and Katherine Stamper, MBA

While the focus recently has been on the twitter phrase, “black lives matter,” as a physician it is important to underscore the premise that all lives matter. Understandably, the amplitude of voices has increased over the past several months following the tragic deaths of unarmed black men – staunch reminders that implicit bias has had a role in shaping our country, our politics, and our hearts since the birth of our nation.

The Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health - Strengthening Penn’s commitment to providing excellent care to the LGBT community

Barriers such as decreased access to healthcare, lack of awareness and/or insensitivity to their unique health needs, and inequitable health system policies and practices put some members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community at a disadvantage in optimizing their physical and mental health. The Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health works to address these health inequities and improve the care of all LGBT people.