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Health Workforce Equity Summit

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 13:00 to 17:00


Health Workforce Equity Summit: 
Workforce Challenges to Achieving Reproductive Access & Equity 


Leana Wen, MD, MSc

Leana Wen, MD, MSc, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will be the keynote speaker. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider of sexual and reproductive health care and education. As a national health care organization with over 600 health centers and a presence in all 50 states, Planned Parenthood provides vital community health care to nearly 2.5 million women, men, non-binary people, youth, and families every year. One in five American women have been patients at Planned Parenthood.

Dr. Wen is the first physician to lead Planned Parenthood in nearly 50 years and its first AAPI president. She is an immigrant, a practicing ER doctor, a public health leader, and a passionate advocate for reproductive health and rights. Previously, she served as the Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, where she led the nation’s oldest continuously operating health department to fight the opioid epidemic, treat violence and racism as public health issues, and improve maternal and child health. She served as a GW faculty member in the schools of Public Health and Medicine from 2013-15 where she worked closely with Fitzhugh Mullan on health equity issues relating to education. She is currently on the faculties of the George Washington University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.