Top reproductive health experts gathered at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) on June 18 for the inaugural Health Workforce Equity Summit, where they discussed the growing crisis facing reproductive health access in the United States.
The summit is an initiative of the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, which works to strengthen health workforce policies. It was named in April to honor Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan, professor of health policy and management, and pediatrics at Milken Institute SPH and GW’s School of Medicine and Health Services.
Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation’s leading provider of sexual and reproductive health care and education, provided the summit’s keynote speech. She acknowledged Dr. Mullan’s influence in her work as a physician and public health professional, sharing the story of how they’d met at a conference when she was 18 and how he had been a mentor to her throughout her career.
“Dr. Mullan’s work and unmatched legacy have never been as important as they are right now, when the stakes for public health in our country — including reproductive health care — are higher than they have been in decades,” Dr. Wen said. “There has not been a more important time to be in the reproductive health workforce. It is a moment of great challenges — but also one of tremendous opportunity.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on July 05