A Message to Our Community
On the implications of the Overturn of Roe v. Wade
The mission of FOCUS is to support the advancement and leadership of women in academic medicine and to promote education and research in women’s health and women's careers.
With the Dobbs decision, the Supreme Court has attacked this mission. The new reality is that people’s decisions about pregnancies, our health, our bodily control, our autonomy, are placed in hands of politicians and determined by zip code. This assault is primarily aimed at women, and the outcomes will be felt by all people who can become pregnant no matter how they identify, and those who love us.
Recent data suggests that a national ban on abortion will increase pregnancy-related mortality overall by 21% and increase pregnancy-related deaths among Black women by a third in the years following a national ban. Restricting abortion access does not eliminate abortion – it only makes it unsafe, increases morbidity and mortality, and perpetuates disparities. We stand with the unified response from scientific and medical organizations including the AAMC, AMA, AAP, NASEM and ACOG.
FOCUS has offered programming to process and prepare for the repercussions of this decision since the leak. Offerings have included a conversation with Dr. Alhambra Frarey, MD, MSHP and Denene Wambach, Esq titled, “Processing the SCOTUS Leak: Health care implications of the dissolution of Roe v Wade,” and a presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, “The US Maternal Healthcare Crisis.” A recording of this year’s Special Juneteenth Lecture by Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley titled, “Reproductive Oppression Yesterday and Today and Why it Matters,” co-sponsored by FOCUS, can be viewed here.
We are planning additional events related to this outcome. Please communicate with us directly at FOCUS so that we know how to support you.
- Fri, Oct 07PhiladelphiaURSponsored Kickoff Event (Note: registration is limited to proteges' and sponsors of the URSponsored Program)We’re so excited about this in-person gathering and look forward to seeing you on Oct. 7th. This is a unique opportunity to convene with Penn leadership along with your colleagues who are protégés’ or sponsors of this program.
- Tue, Oct 18via zoomFOCUS Seminar: The Challenges of Caring for Our Elders: Continuing the Conversation and Developing StrategiesAre you a caregiver of your parents, or an elderly relative or friend? Being a caregiver for an elderly loved one can be a challenge as we navigate meeting their needs. We will be continuing our discussion from earlier this year. Please join us to share challenges, strategies and resources in this
- Multiple DatesTue, Nov 29Online Event, via ZoomMicroaggressions MACROIMPACT: Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions in Our Personal and Professional EnvironmentsThis seminar will define microaggressions, identify the various types of microaggressions, and explore the macro-impact of microaggressions within our personal and professional environments. We will also discuss strategies for addressing microaggressions via a didactic & interactive format
- Thu, Feb 16Online Event, via ZoomTwice as Hard The Stories of Black Women Who Fought to Become Physicians, from the Civil War to the Twenty-First CenturyJasmine will provide some background and discuss her new book, which will then be followed by a facilitated question and answer session.
To support the advancement and leadership of women in academic medicine
To promote education and research in women’s health and women's careers