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Ex-Planned Parenthood President Becomes Social Justice Health Care Professor

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Welp, this was predictable. A former Planned Parenthood president who was unexpectedly fired because she wanted the "health care" organization to focus less on abortion and more on health care is now a professor at The George Washington University. 


Kara Zupkus of Young America's Foundation publication, The New Guard, reports that Leana Wen will start her new position this fall. 

"Honored to join exceptional colleagues @GWpublichealth @GW_Workforce to train future generations of public health leaders who are dedicated to achieving health equity and fighting for social justice," Wen tweeted.

According to Zupkus, Wen will "serve as a distinguished fellow in the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Workforce Equity." The Institute focuses on social justice in health care fields. 

Here's what their website says they focus on:

Our goal is to advance health workforce equity by having a health workforce that addresses social justice by:

  • Ensuring specialty distribution;
  • Ensuring geographic distribution, including rural, urban, and underserved;
  • Providing service in decentralized settings, including homes and communities;
  • Being prepared to practice in interdisciplinary teams that focus on the whole person, family, and communities;
  • Coordinating care and aligning resources; and
  • Being diverse and inclusive

Wen will also serve as a professor focusing on health care policy and management.

The GW YAF chapter told The New Guard that they plan on "inviting Leana Wen to our pro-life events, and showing GW that while they can hire the former president of Planned Parenthood, the pro-life movement is a force to be reckoned with on campus." 

The group also said that it wasn't that much an of a surprise that Wen would find herself in this sort of position post-Planned Parenthood. "It’s really on brand for GW to do something like this,” GW YAF President Matthew Mastroberti said.

Indeed, recent reports indicate that liberal professors outnumber conservatives by a margin of 12:1. 

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