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Eugenia C. South

Eugenia South

Eugenia C. South

Faculty Director, Center for Health Justice
Associate Vice President of Health Justice, Penn Medicine

Eugenia (Gina) South is the faculty director of the Center for Health Justice. She is also the associate vice president of health justice for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Gina’s research and community action agenda is focused on dismantling structural racism and promoting environmental and economic justice. She leads work developing and testing individual and neighborhood-level interventions to improve health and well-being for residents in Black and other minoritized communities. She has a particular interest in urban nature and the relationship between nature and health. She has studied a variety of place-based interventions including vacant lot greening, abandoned house remediation, tree planting, and structural repairs to homes. Gina is excited to launch the Health Justice Transformation portfolio for the health system, which will initially include scaling Lift Every Voice (a program designed to collect and respond to racism in the health care workplace) and determining how the health system can contribute to closing the racial wealth gap.  
Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gina’s work has been published in JAMA, NEJM, PNAS, and AJPH and covered by national and international media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and Time Magazine.

Gina earned her MD from Washington University School of Medicine and her MSHP from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

More about Eugenia C. South

Justice and joy
Transforming vacant lots into clean and green space leads to people living nearby feeling less depressed and people go outside and talk more to their neighbors. Wow!
Cape May, NJ
Play piano
“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.” Luke 12:48
Everything I need, I have
Reading fiction and watching baseball (from my kids in little league to MLB!)