Monthly Archives: February 2014

Student Spotlight: Jane Seymour

ReproHealthHeadshotJane Seymour is a second-year full-time MPH student.  Originally from Randolph Center, Vermont, Jane moved to the Philadelphia area to attend Haverford College and has lived in or near the city since.  In college, she studied public health, focusing her research on women’s reproductive health.

After graduation, she began work at the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), a Public Health Management Corporation affiliate, as an AmeriCorps VISTA. At NNCC, Jane worked to connect Federally Qualified Health Centers serving residents of public housing with resources to encourage long-term sustainability. After her AmeriCorps year, Jane was hired to continue this work and quickly found herself wanting to further her public health education to focus on epidemiology and return to her passion for reproductive health research.

While at the University of Pennsylvania, Jane has worked in the Mixed Methods Research Lab, on a project with CPHI Fellow Dr. David Grande assessing how researchers communicate health policy research to policymakers, and as a TA for Introduction to Principles and Methods of Epidemiology where she helped to develop cases for the course. She also volunteers as a handholder and escort at Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania where she is on the Board. For her MPH Capstone project, Jane is using cohort data to understand the relationship between early-life literacy and fertility outcomes through the reproductive lifespan. Jane plans to work in research for a year after graduation while applying to PhD programs in epidemiology. As a PhD candidate Jane hopes to continue work examining social disparities in reproductive health.

Fellow Spotlight: Dr. Baligh Yehia

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– Daniel Calder, MPH; Baligh R. Yehia, MD, MPP, MSHP; and Neil Fishman, MD staff the new Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health

Today CPHI is featuring the work of Dr. Baligh Yehia, an Infectious Disease physician and CPHI Senior Fellow.

Dr. Yehia recently launched the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health. The program has several aims:

  • to nurture a LGBT-inclusive climate and culture at Penn
  • to advance LGBT health education and research
  • to improve LGBT patient care
  • to engage community organizations in the promotion of LGBT health

This interprofessional program is unlike any other LGBT health program in the country, engaging the Perelman School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine, Center for Public Health Initiatives, and affiliated health systems.

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The new program was created to help clinicians be sensitive to the needs of LGBT people.

Why focus on LGBT health specifically? LGBT individuals experience multiple health disparities due to harassment, discrimination, and stigma. These individuals have higher rates of tobacco, alcohol and drug use, depression, suicide, certain cancers, and HIV/STI’s compared to their heterosexual counterparts. In addition, the LGBT community faces many barriers to high quality patient-centered care, including decreased access to healthcare, lack of awareness and insensitivity to their unique health needs, and inequitable health system policies and practices.

How can we help? The Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health is partnering with CPHI and the Leonard Davis Institute to address the health disparities and barriers to care within the LGBT community. On Tuesday April 1st, from 4:00 to 6:00pm, the program will host an educational event in the John Morgan Reunion Auditorium.  The event, entitled “Let’s Talk About Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health: Realizing the unique health needs of the LGBT Community” will feature national and local leaders in LGBT health who will address the Affordable Care Act’s impact on LGBT community, LGBT research and education, and LGBT health and patient care in Philadelphia.

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