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Novello Inspires Action at 2017 Penn Health Equity Symposium

AUTHOR: Janet Weiner, PhD, MPH and Nastasha Galperin ‘No time for apathy or complacency’

Celebrating Black History Month and Dr. Nathan Mossell

Dr. Francis Nathan Mossell was the first African American to receive a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania

Nathan Francis Mossell, the son of Aaron and Eliza Bowers Mossell, was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on July 27, 1856. Nathan's father, Aaron Mossell, was a grandson of slaves, with a…

A letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From Cristo Rey Student T. Powell

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity is working with the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice to sponsor a student from Cristo Rey High School for the 2016-17 school year. T. Powell, a senior at Cristo Rey, wrote the following letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we celebrate his life and work with our annual Health Equity Symposium.

Dear Dr. King,


2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Equity Symposium

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity would like to thank everyone who was able to attend any of our events yesterday, as we honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s commitments and contributions to Health Equity. We were so happy to be able to bring Dr. Novello to share her experience and guidance, and Dr. Evans' passion for the necessity for equity in the field of oral health was truly inspiring.…

Reflections on World AIDS Day and the Path Forward for our Nation’s Youth - Nadia Dowshen, MD

For people living with HIV/AIDS or those of us who have devoted our careers to ending the HIV epidemic, this one day of the year to draw attention to HIV, a disease that after 30 years still kills thousands of people each day, sometimes seems inconsequential. But in the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, this World AIDS Day has special meaning because of messages of racism, sexism, homophobia…

LGBT Health Program Creates Generational Chains of Mentorship

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Dr. Farzana Rashid Hossain, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Honored with a 2016 Women of Distinction Award

Dr. Farzana Rashid Hossain has been selected for a 2016 Women of Distinction Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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.

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.