On Thursday May 15, Penn Nursing, in partnership with Penn IUR, Penn Alumni, and the Trustee’s Council of Penn Women, hosted “Healthy Cities, Healthy Women: The Global Future,” the fifth installment in the Healthy Cities, Healthy Women Conference series.
The event focused on challenges faced by women living in urban environments, including violence against women, access to services, and poor sanitation. I also addressed the powerful role of women in shaping the lives and health of their children, along with their families and larger communities.
Organized by co-chairs Patty Silverstein and Marie Savard, the May 15 conference included opening remarks from Renee Chenault-Fattah, NBC10 News Anchor; Representative Tom Marino (R-PA); Afaf I. Meleis, Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; a Keynote address from Edward G. Rendell, former Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and remarks from Anne Morrissey, President and CEO, AmeriHealth Caritas.
The conference also included a presentation of the inaugural Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health, which was awarded to Edna Adan Ismail, Founder of the Edna Adan Hospital in Somaliland. Adan has spent much of her life campaigning for afe childbirth and motherhood in developing countries. The Renfield Award raises awareness of global women’s health issues by honoring a demonstrated leader in improving the lives of women and supporting their ongoing efforts with a $100,000 cash prize.