Aletha Akers MD, MPH, FACOG
Aletha Akers is a faculty member at PolicyLab and the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist and medical director of Adolescent Gynecology Consultative Services in the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP. She also serves as the faculty lead for PolicyLab's Adolescent Health and Well-being Portfolio.
Dr. Akers provides clinical care to children, adolescents and young adult women with complex gynecologic care needs. She founded and directs a complex family planning clinic at CHOP that provides comprehensive contraceptive services, including the placement and removal of contraceptive devices, for young women, particularly those with chronic medical problems. Dr. Akers has experience developing and evaluating public health programs and interventions to improve adolescent and young adult health in academic and community settings. Her research focuses on improving reproductive health outcomes among young women by reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates. Ongoing projects include an examination of variations in sexual risk behaviors among adolescents across weight profiles, a clinical trial of a health coaching intervention to improve contraceptive continuation in the U.S. and in the Dominican Republic, assessing attitudes towards long acting contraceptive devices among young women in Botswana, online strategies for improving parental-child communication about sex, and clinical quality improvement initiatives to increase contraceptive use among adolescents using teratogenic medications.
Dr. Akers is widely published in the fields of medicine, public health and the social sciences. In addition, she has worked as a consultant for The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and to the World Health Organization Quality of Care and Technologies Office. She has also served on the Data Safety and Monitoring Board for NIH-funded studies and lectures extensively on adolescent sexual decision-making and family communication about sexual health for community organizations and outreach programs.
Prior to coming to CHOP, Dr. Akers was an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh and assistant investigator at the Magee-Womens Research Institute, Magee-RAND Womens Health Initiative. She received her BA in chemistry and biology from Bryn Mawr College, her MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency at the University of Michigan. While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Akers participated in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.