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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. 

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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
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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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