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PV Presents: Dr. Ala Stanford (V)

Penn’s Village Presents:

Challenging Health Disparities in Communities of Color:

A Social Justice Journey

with Dr. Ala Stanford

founder of the Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity, North Philadelphia


Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 2:00 pm

Via Zoom


A special event brought to you by the Penn’s Village

Inclusiveness and Diversity Committee

This program is free and open to the public.


Dr. Ala Stanford, a native Philadelphian and physician, will share her story of engaging with Philadelphia’s communities of color, particularly those with the lowest life expectancies, to help improve overall health and well-being. She will talk about the importance of understanding the ongoing impact of red-lining on production and perseverance of health disparities in such neighborhoods, where poor educational systems and lack of affordable housing, fresh food, and access to health care and other essentials in Philadelphia abound.



Dr. Stanford grew up in Germantown and graduated from Temple University and its School of Medicine. Later, while a faculty member at Temple, she directed the Center for Mental Health and Health Disparities. During the recent COVID-19 Pandemic, she responded to observed racism in the local distribution of testing and vaccination by founding the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium (with a group of ~200 healthcare providers) and the Center for Health Equity. Her work earned recognition as a ‘national model demonstrating best health practices in the depths of a public health crisis.’ She was subsequently tapped by the White House to serve as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Since returning to Philadelphia, she has expanded the reach of the (now) Ala Stanford Health Equity (ASHE) Center in a major at-risk community, delivering a broad range of services to residents of all ages, regardless of ability to pay. Dr. Stanford has been recognized nationally with awards including the 2021 residents of all ages George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award and Fortune Magazine’s ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2021’ and locally by the City of Philadelphia, which named a street in her honor.

NOTE: There is no charge for attending this program. To register, email or call 215-925-7333 no later than Wednesday, February 21. A volunteer will get back to you to complete the registration.

Thursday, February 22, 2024, 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Videoconference information will be provided in an email once registration is complete.
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Lois K Evans
Registration is required before Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 11:00 AM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Penn’s Village welcomes and actively encourages an inclusive and diverse community of members, staff, Board of Directors and volunteers. Inclusiveness and diversity mean welcoming all and excluding no one because of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social-economic status, physical abilities, religious beliefs or political beliefs.
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