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Spelman College Healthcare Summit Speakers

Loren Robinson, C’2003, M.D., MSHP

Loren Robinson
Panelist: The Social Determinants of Black Women’s Health

Loren Robinson is the deputy secretary for health promotion and disease prevention for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Her focus is on preventive health and wellness programs geared toward improving the well-being of all Pennsylvanians. In this position, Robinson focuses on many aspects of health including reducing childhood obesity, teen health, lead poisoning prevention, maternal child health, HIV, hepatitis C and health equity.  

Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Department of Health, she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania where she also served as a fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the Penn Institute for Urban Research. Most recently, Robinson graduated from the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a national program that brings together leaders from across nonprofit, military, public, and private sector fields to learn leadership lessons firsthand from presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. 

Robinson received her medical degree from Duke University and completed the internal medicine and pediatrics residency program at UNC Chapel Hill in North Carolina. As both a practicing internist and pediatrician, she cares for patients of all ages. Robinson’s research focuses on interventions to improve social determinants of health and provide sustainable improvements in health outcomes. 

She has been named to the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health, received the National Medical Association’s Rising Star Award, and was elected to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Robinson was also selected for LinkedIn’s “Next Wave: Game Changers 35 years old and younger in Healthcare.” In May 2017, she was named to Essence magazine’s inaugural #Woke100 list. Robinson was named a “Top Physician Under 40” by the Pennsylvania Medical Society in 2017.  She has received more than 30 awards, including being inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of North Carolina chapter; the UNC School of Medicine Henry C. Fordham Teaching Award; and National Medical Association’s “Top 40 Under 40” award.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Robinson attended Spelman College, where she graduated with a degree in French.  She was recently selected to join the Spelman College board of trustees as the College’s youngest ever alumna trustee. Robinson is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Medical Association, the College of the Physicians of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the National Physicians Alliance. She serves on the boards of The Food Trust, Project HOME, and the Multicultural Leadership Committee of the American Heart Association, Great Rivers Affiliate and the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps. Robinson resides in Philadelphia and enjoys traveling, cooking, mentoring, and running to stay fit in the City of Brotherly Love.