Monthly Archives: October 2013

CPHI Fellows Update

Fellow Baligh Yehia at left

Fellow Baligh Yehia at left

This past September, our new CPHI Fellow Baligh R. Yehia was invited to a White House event designed to help raise awareness of the Affordable Care Act within the LGBT population. At Penn, Dr. Yehia is working to launch a Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health. The vision of the program is to improve the care of LGBT populations by becoming a local and national leader in LGBT patient care, education, research, and advocacy. To meet this vision, the program will focus on five areas: institutional care and visibility, patient care, health education, research, and community outreach. Dr. Yehia was also one of the lead researchers of a study published in the Journal AIDS and Behavior which found that HIV positive patients who received care at multiple HIV clinics—as opposed to only one— were less likely to take their medication and had higher HIV viral loads.

  • Congratulations to CPHI Fellow and MPH alum Dr. Susan Levy, Founder of CHOP’s Regional Autism Center and Medical Director of the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Levy was named one of Main Line Today‘s “21 Power Women” in this month’s issue of the magazine. Candidates were chosen for applying their exceptional passion, intelligence, stamina and ingenuity to make an impact on our region. See the article highlighting Dr. Levy’s contributions to the field of autism treatment here. Dr. Levy was also recently named Acting Chief of the new Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at CHOP.
  • CPHI Fellow Karen Glanz has been elected as a new member of The Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
  • Fellow Carolyn Cannuscio’s article “Using Art to Amplify Youth Voices On Housing Insecurity” has won a 2013 “Paper of the Year” award from the American Journal of Public Health. The award showcases articles that “substantially contribute to our knowledge and understanding of an important public health issue… and have the potential to have a significant public health impact.”

Drawing attention to the plight of Nepalese workers in Qatar

The following update comes from Sandeep Shah, a student at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, who is also taking a class in our MPH program. Sandeep writes:

Qatar-Stadium_2A recent investigative report by The Guardian compared the Nepalese laborers in Qatar to “Modern day Slaves”. It is strange to hear about slavery in a country that boasts an average per capita income of $102,000 and is spending over $150 billion to build new infrastructure for the prestigious World Cup in 2022.

However, the reality is that when Nepali workers arrive in Qatar, their passports are seized. They are made to work in extreme heat without proper safety gear, have very little or no access to food and water, live in small rooms cramped with 10-12 other people in a very unsanitary environment with no medical care, and are not paid. As The Guardian highlighted this summer, Nepalese workers in Qatar die at a rate of almost one per day. Many are young men who have sudden heart attacks. Trade unions are not allowed, and these workers basically have no rights.

It is reported that investigations are underway, but the transparency of the process and the issue of whether these workers will receive justice is still in question. The Guardian’s report suggests that FIFA — Federation Internationale de Football Association — has known about the exploitation of the workers for years and has not taken any action against it. The disturbing fact is that both officials from Qatar and FIFA are acting as if this is an isolated incident and the manipulation of migrant workers has never happened before.

If you’re concerned about the plight of Nepalese workers in Qatar you can read the full investigative report by The Guardian here and contact FIFA with your thoughts.