Aletha Yvette Akers, MD, MPH

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Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine)
Faculty Member, The PolicyLab, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Faculty Member, Adolescent Portfolio, The PolicyLab, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Pediatrics

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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Main Building, Ste. 11NW10
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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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

Difiore G, Skolnik A, Kelly M, Timko CA, Akers A.: “What’s a Coach to Do?: Findings from a 6-Month Health Coaching Intervention Designed to Increase Contraceptive Continuation Among Adolescent and Young Adult Women” Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) 2020 Annual Meeting, March 11-14, 2020 (San Diego, CA) Mar 2020.

Escoto K, Akers A, Timko A, Skolnik A, Difiore G, Sands D.: “Determining Contraceptive Continuation at Six Months Using Different Data Sources” Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) 2020 Annual Meeting, March 11-14, 2020 (San Diego, CA) Mar 2020.

Min J, Faerber J, Skolnik A, Akers A.: “Racial and ethnic disparities in STIs/HIV and inter-partner violence: A consideration of girl’s obesity, self-weight perception, parent-child relationship and peer climate in transition from adolescence to young adulthood”, Poster Presentation Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) 2020 Annual Meeting, March 11-14, 2020 (San Diego, CA) 2020.

Hunter TE, Sonalkar S, Schreiber C, Perriera L, Sammel M, Akers AY.: "Anticipated Pain During Intrauterine Device Insertion" J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol October 2019 Notes: [Epub date pending]

Drisana Henry, Sarah Wood, Andrew Steenhoff, Aletha Akers: "Facilitators and Barriers towards the Implementation of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in Gaborone, Botswana" CHOP Global Health conference, “Global Health in Our Own Backyard: Controversies, Initiatives, and Innovations for Our Local Underserved Populations” (October 4-5, 2019) October 2019.

Jones AE, Kaul S, Harding J, Weldon DLM, Akers AY.: Follow-Up Care and 6-month Continuation Rates for Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives in Adolescents and Young Adults: A Retrospective Chart Review. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol September 2019 Notes: [Epub Sep 9, 2019]

Magoon K, Beamish C, Dowshen N, Akers A. : Insurance Plan Adherence to Mandate for Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives in a Large Pediatric Hospital Network. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol August 2019 Notes: [Epub Aug 8, 2019]

Aletha Y. Akers: "Approaches to Pain Management with IUD Insertion" (book chapter) Optimizing IUD Delivery for Adolescents and Young Adults: Counseling, Placement, and Management. Mandy Coles and Aisha Mays (eds.). Springer, New York, NY, August 2019.

O’Flynn O’Brien KL, Akers AY, Perriera LK, Schreiber CA,Garcia-Espana JF, Sonalkar S. : "Intrauterine Device Insertion Procedure Duration in Adolescent and Young Adult Women" Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology 32(2): 312-315, Jun 2019 Notes: published online January 9, 2019.

Hunter T, Sonalkar S, Schreiber CA, Perriera L, Sammel MD, Akers AY. : "Predictors of Anticipated Pain During Intrauterine Device Insertion in Adolescents and Young Women", Poster. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) 2019 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting (Nashville, TN). May 2019.

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