Aletha Yvette Akers, MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Pediatrics

Contact information
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Main Building, Ste. 11NW10
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 590-6864
Fax: (215) 590-4708
BA (Dual degrees in Biology and Chemistry)
Bryn Mawr College, 1993.
MD (Medicine)
Johns Hopkins University, 2000.
MPH (Public Health)
University of North Carolina, 2006.
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Selected Publications

Wood S, Schottt W, Marshal M, Akers AY: Disparities in Body Mass Index Trajectories for Sexual Minority Young Women. Journal of Adolescent Health 60(1): S21-S38, December 2017.

Ritchwood TD, Powell TW, Metzger IW, Dave G, Corbie-Smith G, Atujuna M, Vander Schaaf EB, Wynn M, Lin FC, Zhou W, and Akers AY : Understanding the relationship between religiosity and caregiver-adolescent communication about sex within African-American families. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Nirbhay N. Singh, Ph.D. (eds.). 26(11): 2979-2989, November 2017 Notes: First published online June 13, 2017.

Gaurav D, Ritchwood T, Young T, Isler MR, Black A, Akers A, Gizlice Z, Blumenthal C, Atley L, Wynn M, Stith D, Cene C, Ellis E, Corbie-Smith G: Evaluating Teach One Reach One: A Risk Reduction Intervention to Enhance Adult-Youth Communication about Sex and Reduce the Burden of HIV/STI. American Journal of Health Promotion 31(6): 465-475, November 2017.

David Webb, Felipe Garcia-Espana, Jennifer Harding, Elizabeth Miller, and Aletha Akers (presenter): BMI status in young adult women is associated with the perpetration of violence by a romantic partner, Poster Presentation. American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual 2017 Meeting, (Atlanta, GA) November 2017.

Aletha Akers (presenter), Caren Steinway, Laura Repcheck, Jennifer Eder, and Kathleen Noonan.: A pediatric institution’s perspective on providing access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) to adolescents, Poster Presentation. American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual 2017 Meeting, (Atlanta, GA) November 2017.

Aletha Akers: "New Contraception Coverage Exemption Could Harm Adolescents’ Health" CHOP PolicyLab Blog, October 13 2017.

Ranchandani K, Morrison P, Gold MA, Akers AY: Messages about abstinence, delaying sexual debut and sexual decision-making in conversations between mothers and young adolescents. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology online: doi: 10.1016, October 2017 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Aletha Akers and Roopa Seshadri: "Defunding Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Could Undo Decades of Public Health Progress" CHOP PolicyLab blog, October 10 2017.

Anne Hoffman: "Grants helps CHOP connect with teen moms on family-planning options" September 5 2017 Notes: WHYY news interview.

Whitney Schott, Jennifer Harding, Mandy Coles, May Lau, Aletha Akers (presenter): Prevalence of pregnancy testing for young women in pediatric hospitals, Poster Presentation. Academy Health 2017 Annual Research Meeting, June 25, 2017 (New Orleans, LA) June 2017.

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Last updated: 02/14/2018
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