Dr Vandana Gopikumar, Co-Founder Director of BANYAN and BALM and Professor of Social Work at the School of Social Work of the Institute has been chosen for the prestigious "The Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women's Health" established in 2012 by the Beatrice Renfield Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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Date: Jan. 25, 2018 - Jan. 26, 2018


PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 22, 2018) - Vandana Gopikumar, PhD, Co-Founder of The Banyan and The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health and Professor of Social Work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences will receive the 2018 Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health for her work in helping women with mental health problems in India. She co-founded both organizations with Vaishnavi Jayakumar. Gopikumar will receive the award - which comes with a $100,000 cash prize – during an event at the University of Pennsylvania on March 21, 2018.

“Dr. Gopikumar embodies the very essence of The Renfield Award, which is given to an individual who demonstrates leadership in improving women’s health,” said Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel, PhD, FAAN. “Over the past 25 years, she and her team have helped more than ten thousand people with mental health issues in India to reintegrate into society. Her devotion to helping this community is steadfast and tireless. We are happy to recognize her and The Banyan with this much-deserved award.”

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