Penn Nursing Magazine

Fall 2012

Penn Nursing's semi-annual magazine, UPfront, chronicles the scientific research and leadership of our faculty, students, and alumni.

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c a r e t o c h a n g e t h e wo r l d … AND AT HOME populations. She has changed the paradigm of the forensic sexual assault examination with her finding that skin injury prevalence after rape is higher in women with light as compared to dark skin, regardless of race or ethnicity. This discovery has illuminated new areas of science for elucidating the role of injury in women after sexual assault. Her current work in Greece with Penn Nursing colleague Maureen George, GNu'86, Gr'03, PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN, expands this effort to identify injury and toxic exposure among the country's rural, medically underserved women and children. Finding and strengthening research connections is at the core of the Center for Global Women's Health – the seventh research center at Penn Nursing. CGWH officially launched with the symposium "Empowerment, Safety, and Health: A Global Mandate for Women and Girls" during Alumni Weekend in May. CGWH is Penn Nursing's "home for dynamic research that will change the lives of women, their families, communities, and the world, and will provide a fruitful environment for the next generation of scholars, her opening remarks. Dr. Marilyn Sommers, director of the Center for Global Women's Health, is an expert in injury science. philanthropists have recognized that improving the health, safety, and economics of our world starts with women. " Tonda Hughes, PhD, RN, of the University of Chicago, who spoke on the social determinants of sexual minority women's health, said the Center "is magnifying that focus on [health] differences that exist, " not only between men and women, but among heterosexual and homosexual women. " said Dean Afaf I. Meleis in Women most often are the link to healthcare for their families, yet women themselves remain an underserved and high-risk population. But despite the challenges women face, said Dean Meleis, "the world has seen the incredible power of women to make a difference in their families, their communities, and their world. Across the globe, scientists, healthcare providers, community leaders, politicians, and Penn Nursing has a long history of dedication to global women's health. In the early 1900s Jane Delano, a leader in the HUP School of Nursing, had assumed leadership of the newly created United States Army Nurse Corps, the Red Cross Nursing Service, and the American Nurses Association. "Jane Delano assured vigorous and effective nursing responses across the United States to disasters, epidemics, and emergencies and, by 1914, war, " said nursing historian Patricia D'Antonio, GRN'92, PhD, RN, FAAN, chair of Family and Community Health and the Killebrew-Centis Endowed Term Chair in Undergraduate Education. "When the U.S. entered World War I "This Center gives a shape and structure to Penn Nursing's rich history in global women's health." DR. MARILYN SOMMERS (left) Making global connections: Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International View "Why Focus on Women's Health" (5:07) 5

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