Carol Rogers has been selected as one of the Hepburn Center Fellows for the 2009-10 academic year. Rogers has been a leading health advocate in Philadelphia for more than 25 years. Since 1980, she has worked as a physician assistant and health educator for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. For 18 years, Rogers worked as a clinician in the city’s health center for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. She spearheaded a groundbreaking initiative to promote and distribute the female condom, creating a community-based model that has been widely adopted.
In the late 1980s, as an activist in her union, AFSCME Local 2187, DC 47, Rogers waged a successful campaign to save the City’s eight comprehensive health-care centers, which led to legislation protecting their services. Rogers has served as the language-access coordinator working to make health department services accessible to immigrants and those with limited English proficiency. More recently, Rogers has coordinated efforts to respond to a voter-mandated change to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter directing the health department to develop “a plan for universal health care that permits everyone in the City to obtain decent health care.”
Rogers has been a member of the Philadelphia Women’s Health Collective, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), the Philadelphia Reproductive Rights Organization, Women Against Sterilization Abuse, and has served on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Medical Fund, Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women, AFSCME Local 2187 Executive Board, the Center for AIDS Research Advisory Board, and the Maternity Care Coalition.