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.”