Working Together to Advance Health Equity.
Strategies for addressing disparities in health care are often myopic, or worse, dismissed as a distraction from rigorous health assessment. As health professionals, advocates, policymakers, and patients, we are all situated to directly effect change at a structural level for populations with complex health and social needs. This talk will address the individual and broader systemic issues that impact the social determinants of health and establish that expert care and caring about cultural competency are not mutually exclusive concepts.
Systemic Issues Affecting Health Equity
Helping Patients and Communities
Why Public Health Students Matter
Antonia Villarruel, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, Penn Nursing
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and holds numerous national leadership roles. She is recipient of many awards and honors, including the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award. As a bilingual and bicultural nurse researcher and leader, she brings extensive experience with diverse Latino and Mexican populations, with her research focusing on interventions to reduce sexual risk behaviors among their youth; one such program, ¡Cuídate!, has been disseminated nationally. As Dean, she has increased NIH funding, strengthened academic practice partnerships and diversified the School’s faculty and student body with a focus on improving health equity and access for an increasingly diverse patient population.
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