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Division of Epidemiology-University of Utah-School of Medicine
Global Health, HIV/AIDS
Mr. Al-Dulaimi is a biostatistician in the division of Epidemiology and the Department of Surgery/School of Medicine - University of Utah. He holds a medical degree from Baghdad College of Medicine in Iraq where he worked in Orthopedics and trauma surgery for 2 years. Subsequently, he completed his MPH from the City University of New York – Hunter College (2013) and his MSc in surgical sciences from the University of Edinburgh (2014). Prior to joining the University of Utah, He worked in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and Hunter College. His public health activities and interest involved communicable diseases, HIV, and health disparities. His expertise includes quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Master in Public Health, Maternal & Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Global Health, Maternal and Child Health, Women's Health
Saja Al-Falahi is a medical doctor from Iraq, a Fulbright grantee, and a master student at Gillings School of Global Public Health. Saja sees the future of the world in the eyes of each whose life she touches, and advocates for health equity. In 2013, she left her family in Baghdad and moved to the south of Iraq to provide medical care to women and children in rural areas. After three years, she left her family again—and, for the first time, her country—to continue her education and to share her stories and experiences with the world.
Director, African-American Resource Center
Social Determinants of Health, Violence/Injury Prevention
In 2007, Philadelphia had an increase in homicides. A murder count was tracked on every news outlet in the city. I became concerned, as I raised 2 young children, about how to support children, in particular adolescents, through this period of marked change while they deal with the added pressures of an increasingly violent society. My research examines programs and strategies for helping adolescents to navigate community violence.I currently do programming, writing and speaking about this topic as well as community work around understanding and avoiding police violence. I am a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) DSW Program. My dissertation entitled Educational-Entertainment as an Intervention for Adolescents Exposed to Community Violence is published at ProQuest and Scholarly Commons. I have also co-written articles on the same topic for the multiple peer reviewed journals.I have presented for the Association of Black Social Workers on healing from trauma; and the Horizons Youth Services Counseling Conference on case management. I am included in a book entitled “Police and the Unarmed Black Male Crisis: Advancing effective prevention strategies” (Routledge, 2017) ISBN: 978-1-138-09532-8 (Planned Publication: 30/09/2017).
Lecturer, Schools of Nursing and Medicine
Epidemiology, Law, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse
Evan Anderson is a public health law researcher. He was formerly the Senior Legal Fellow at the National Program Office for Public Health Law Research (PHLR), an RWJF-funded academic center based at Temple University Beasley School of Law. At PHLR, his work focused on empirical evaluations of the effect of law on population health. Anderson was previously a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Senior Fellow at the Centers for Law and the Public's Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. At Hopkins, his projects explored the balance between government authority in promoting health and individual rights in contexts including emergency preparedness and infectious disease. He currently lectures in health policy and public health law in the School of Nursing and in the MPH Program.
Thomas Jefferson University, School of Population Health
Environmental Health, Nutrition
Dr. Aryan is currently work on his MPH capstone regarding organic foods. He has developed a survey to measure different determinants of organic food consumption based on ToPB.
Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine/Psychiatry
HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, Tobacco
I am a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. My research focuses on identifying risk factors for smoking relapse and evaluating novel treatments to help more people quit smoking. I utilize tools from the fields of neuropharmacology and cognitive neuroscience to understand the mechanisms of efficacy of nicotine dependence treatments. I have two NIDA-funded grants to evaluate repurposed medications as novel treatments for smoking cessation. My research also focuses on developing targeted treatments for smokers with comorbid disorders (e.g., HIV/AIDS) and I have a NIDA-funded R01 that will examine the intersection of smoking, HIV, and cognition.
Associate Professor; Director of Research on Pediatric Education
Dr. Balmer serves as Director of Research on Pediatric Education at The Children’s Hospital Philadelphia and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania. In this role, she supports faculty and trainees in their pursuit of educational scholarship. She frequently consults on qualitative research methodology in health-related research and medical education. Dr. Balmer’s current research agenda focuses on identity construction in health professions education. She leads large-scale program evaluation efforts for organizations (e.g. Association of American Medical Colleges’ Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum) and grants (e.g. Columbia University Medical Center’s NIH-funded work, Behavioral and Social Sciences in Clinical Setting: Team-Based Patient Care.)
Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health/PSOM
Global Health, Environmental Health
I am a medical anthropologist. I am currently looking at community concerns related to asbestos exposure, contextual factors affecting the uptake of mental health services, and implementation science.
Healthy Food Procurement Coordinator, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Policy, Nutrition, Food Access
Catherine Bartoli works with City departments and Philadelphia-based hospitals to integrate comprehensive procurement and nutrition standards into food service operations and contracts, and collaborates with multiple community partners to provide training, technical assistance, and resources to sites throughout Philadelphia.
Penn Presidential Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing
LGBTQ, Social Determinants of Health, HIV/AIDS, Community Engagement
My work focuses on examining the social, community, interpersonal and biological factors that increase vulnerability to HIV among young minority populations. Using interdisciplinary research methods, I develop and test sexual health promotion programs to optimize health outcomes in vulnerable adolescents and young adults.
Assistant Professor, SOM/Psychiatry
Mental Health, Global Health, Policy, Violence/Injury Prevention, Community Engagement, Health Services Research, Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health, Mixed Methods Research
Dr. Beidas’s research group focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for youth psychiatric disorders in community settings. Dr. Beidas is an established expert in implementation science; a recent social network analysis conducted by Norton and colleagues identified her as among the top 10 implementation science experts nationally. Dr. Beidas has published approximately 80 articles and is the co-editor of the only book published on EBPs in youth, Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in child and adolescent mental health. Dr. Beidas’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health continuously since 2012. Dr. Beidas is deeply committed to partnering with community stakeholders to understand the best way to implement evidence-based practices and improve children’s mental health services across a variety of settings including community mental health, pediatric primary care, and schools. Dr. Beidas holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Colgate University and a doctorate of philosophy in psychology from Temple University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beidas is a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute. She is also an alumnus fellow of the NIH funded Training Institute in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH), Implementation Research Institute (IRI), and the Child Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Fellowship. She is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the ABCT President’s New Researcher Award in 2015 and the American Psychological Foundation Diane J. Willis Early Career Award.
Professor, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health
Social Determinants of Health, Biostatistics
Dr. Bellamy's research interests include evaluating intervention efficacy of longitudinal behavioral modification trails, including cluster- and group-randomized trials. She is particularly interested in applying this methodology to trials addressing health disparities for a variety of clinical and behavioral outcomes. Currently, her collaborative projects include behavioral and clinical studies in HIV/AIDS, incentive-based behavioral modification interventions to improve cardiovascular health and outcomes to increase health-promoting behaviors. She is co-PI of the Data Coordinating Center for the Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program (PROP) whose long-term goal is to improve respiratory outcomes during the first year of life after preterm birth in a cohort of extremely pre-term infants and is the PI of an NIGMS-funded workshop grant entitled “Fostering Diversity in Biostatistics” at ENAR. Dr. Bellamy serves as a statistical collaborator for the Philadelphia Veteran Affairs Medical Center’s, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the 2017 President of the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometrics Society.
Director Pharmacoepidemiology, Takeda Pharmaceutical
Policy, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease, Chronic Medical Conditions
I am a physician with 18 years of international comprehensive experience in the healthcare industry (Biopharmaceuticals and Public Health). Specifically, I have experience to generate real world evidence by conducting high-quality clinical trials and pharmacoepidemiologic studies worldwide in international and emerging markets to inform public health, drug development strategies, optimize clinical development, pharmacovigilance and regulatory submission programs across different Franchises, internal stakeholders including Global Clinical Safety and Pharmacovigilance (GCSP), Medical Affairs, Clinical Development, Regulatory, Health Outcomes, Marketing/Payers, and Legal stakeholders. I began my independent career as a physician-scientist at the New Jersey State Department of Health. I moved back to Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in 2002 to work as the Associate Director of Epidemiology, Worldwide Epidemiology Group for GlaxoSmithKline and then Director Epidemiology at GSK. My primary responsibility included the leadership for the strategic and business development of global epidemiology programs and evidence generation for Oncology and Haematology/Supportive Care products, Cardiovascular and Infectious Diseases compound across the pipeline, from early development through to marketed products. Additional activities included presentation of epidemiological studies at various congresses and meetings. I am currently the Director of Pharmacoepidemiology for Takeda Pharmaceutical where my primary responsibility include the leadership for development, data management, data interpretation, and dissemination of Real World Evidence from observational studies including PASS, DUS to fulfill post-marketing commitments using ENCePP methodological guidelines for CVD/Metabolic TA. Additional responsibilities include input into benefit-risk assessment for CVD and metabolic diseases, development of benefit-risk plans for clinical and post approval studies, support safety signal medical evaluation, interpretation and management for the Takeda CVD and Metabolic clinical development and post marketing portfolio.
Professor, Childhood Studies - Rutgers
Global Health, Adolescents, Qualitative Methods
PhD in Childhood Studies; Qualitative methods specialists including visual, participatory and digital methods; Playground design specialist
Assistant Professor, Director of Medical Student Education
Health Services Research, Health Equity
As the Director for Medical Student Education in my department I oversee and implement all medical student educational and curricular elements. In addition, I am currently collaborating as a researcher on a HRSA grant to study best practices in integrated behavioral health.
Program Manager, Family Medicine and Community Health
Global Health, Qualitative Methods, Health Services Research
Andrea currently serves as the Program Manager of the National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, overseeing all research activities. Andrea also manages the Mixed Methods Research Lab within DFMCH, a research center specializing in qualitative and mixed methods research methodologies with a focus on integrating key stakeholder perspectives and goals into research designs. Prior to joining the DFMCH team, Andrea was the manager of a research lab at Temple University focusing on the community inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Her own work focused on reentry barriers to community inclusion among individuals with mental health conditions leaving jails and prisons.
Biomedical Scientist/Consultant, MQ: Transforming Mental Health
Mental Health, Global Health, Policy
Independent Research Mental Health Advocacy Systematic Reviews
Senior Research Scientist, Annenberg Public Policy Center
Adolescents, Health Communication, Media and Health
Amy Bleakley's research investigates the intersection of youth, media, and health, particularly how media affect various health risk behaviors and cognitions. Additionally, she conducts research using behavioral theory to develop and test health oriented media communications. Specific content areas of interest within mostly adolescent populations include sexual behavior, tobacco use, STD/HIV prevention, and obesity-related behaviors, as well as youth media use and exposure to specific media content. Bleakley has methodological and statistical expertise in survey research, structural equation modeling, and theory testing. Her research has been published in numerous academic journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, JAMA Pediatrics (formerly Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine), Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Health Communication, Health Education and Behavior, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Media Psychology. She received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.
Assistant Professor, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Department of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health and a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health at Drexel University
The focus of Dr. Bloch's career has been to promote optimal health for mothers, children and their families. Since obtaining her PhD in 2001, with Dr. Pinto-Martin as her chair, Dr. Bloch has been involved in public health research. The focus of her current work is on the observed racial and ethnic perinatal disparities related to preterm births. Dr. Bloch has a full-time faculty appointment at Drexel in Nursing with a secondary appointment in Epidemiology and Statistics. Informing her teaching and research is her practice as a Nurse practitioner in a public funded prenatal care center.
Surveillance Coordinator, Birth Defects and Congenital Zika Infections, City of Philadelphia/Dept. of Public Health
Global Health, Women's Health
Currently I serve as the Congenital Zika and Birth Defects Surveillance Coordinator for the City of Philadelphia. I bring with me several years of experience working at CDC, most recently on Zika surveillance in Puerto Rico, as well as vast experiences working both globally and domestically.
Associate Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Mental Health, Adherence, Chronic Medical Conditions
I am the Principal Investigator on a funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project to fill gaps in the understanding of health care disparities as experienced by adults with disabilities and how differences in the quality of care received might be impacting their wellbeing. I am working nationally with groups dedicated to improving the health and well being of persons with disabilities.
Doctoral Student, School of Nursing
Social Determinants of Health, Community/Population Health
I am currently a doctoral student at the School of Nursing. My research interests include studying the determinants of timely access to community-based pediatric palliative care utilizing an ecologic approach.
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Family and Community Health
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, HIV/AIDS, Community Engagement, Adolescents, Community/Population Health, Health Equity, Urban Planning, Built Environment, Mixed Methods Research
Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, APRN is a nurse researcher examining individual, social and structural drivers of health inequities. She is passionate about urban women's physical and mental health, and takes a community engaged approach to science. Her current randomized controlled trial is testing the effect of a targeted psycho-educational intervention on HIV/STI risk reduction among Black adolescents with mental illness.
Chief Communications Officer, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Health Communication, Digital Health
I am the Chief Communications Officer for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco's public safety net hospital and only trauma center. We are devoted to improving the health of people in this city, a very challenging and diverse population. I lead all communications, marketing, advertising, internal, online and digital communications and community affairs. A chief challenge is communicating effectively and comprehensively with audiences who are unfamiliar with our argot, tools, underlying science, and so forth. I am well-served in this role by personal experience in so many substantive policy areas - from health to energy, telecommunications to software.
Health Services Research Assistant at the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Hospital of the Unviersity of Pennsylvania
Health Services Research
My overarching goal in public health has been to better understand patients’ health and healthcare experience as they intersect with other aspects of their lived experience, rather than as isolated incidents. By understanding individuals’ expectations, experiences, and environment outside of the healthcare system, we can better meet their needs within the system and aim to provide more patient-centered care. Through my various roles as a Leonard Davis Institute Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Scholar, a research assistant in the Anesthesiology and Critical Care Department, and Fulbright Scholar, I am involved in a host of research experiences relevant to the field of public health and health services.
Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Policy, Family and Community Health (Nursing) and Health Policy (Perelman School of Medicine)
Mental Health, Global Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease
Dr. Alison Buttenheim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health at the School of Nursing. Her research addresses persistent behavior change challenges in public and global. Using the techniques and frameworks of behavioral economics, Alison designs, trials, and scales innovative interventions in the areas of vaccine acceptance, smoking cessation, reproductive health, cancer prevention, and vector control. A recognized evaluation expert, Alison has consulted on several impact evaluation studies in international settings, including village midwife and microfinance programs in Indonesia, school feeding schemes in Laos, and improved sanitation in urban Bangladesh. She earned a PhD in Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health, and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Executive Director, MindCORE, School of Arts & Sciences
Global Health, Community Engagement, Health Communication
Heather Calvert is the executive director of the Mind Center for Outreach Research and Education (MindCORE), an SAS center launched in 2018 as the hub for the integrative study of the mind at Penn. Heather was formerly the managing director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, the Perelman School of Medicine’s global health program in Botswana focused on HIV/AIDS clinical treatment, education, and research during the time when the program grew from four to 250 employees (2008-2017). Prior to that Heather was the associate director for the S. S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education housed within the Wharton School.
CPHI Director of Research and Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement
Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD is the Director of Research for CPHI and an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health. She is committed to improving the health of populations, especially disadvantaged urban populations, through her scholarship and public health practice. This work is strengthened by collaborations with vibrant interdisciplinary teams and dedicated community partners. Dr. Cannuscio completed her training at Brown University and the Harvard School of Public Health with leaders in social and chronic disease epidemiology. She first came to Penn as a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar and then became a member of the faculty, where she has worked to address the critical social problems driving health disparities, with a focus on population health dynamics in Philadelphia—the poorest of the United States’ 10 largest cities. She is committed to strengthening cross-sectoral partnerships with organizations that have been largely untapped as agents for promoting population health, such as public libraries (notably the Free Library of Philadelphia) and arts institutions (including the City of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program). Dr. Cannuscio is also involved in a range of projects to advance evidence-based practices for the prevention/management of important public health concerns (e.g., the opioid epidemic, food insecurity/(un)healthy food access, and food allergies). She is dedicated to using her skills, experience, partnerships, and position at Penn to answer the Institute of Medicine’s call to “eliminate health inequities and improve health for all.”
Postdoctoral Investigator, University of Pennsylvania and Universidad Peruana
Global Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease
Currently, I am researcher working on neglected tropical disease in Peru. I am involved in developing epidemiological surveillance systems for early detection of neglected zoonotic diseases in South America. I also work on transmission models to better understand dynamics of infectious diseases in complex systems.
Family and Community Medicine
Social Determinants of Health, HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, Homelessness
Serving on the board of Prevention Point Philadelphia for the last five years, I witnessed firsthand the mounting devastation of the overdose epidemic. Subsequently serving on the Mayor's Taskforce to Combat the Opioid Epidemic and within the Philadelphia Opiate Harm Reduction Collective, I continue working to stop the deaths while simultaneously trying to strike the roots of the epidemic.
Fagin Term Associate Professor of Nursing and Multicultural Diversity
Epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease
Dr. Coleman is an Associate Professor in the Center for Health Equity Research at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Walla Walla University in 1986 and a Master of Science degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in Family and Child Psychiatric Nursing in 1991. Dr. Coleman received his PhD with a minor in education from the University of California, San Francisco in 1996, and completed a Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, 1998, where his area of concentration focused on the quantitative measurement of health related quality of life in persons living with AIDS. Dr. Coleman was selected as a NIH/NIA Fellow, 1998 and an NINR Summer Institute Fellow 2002. Additionally, he earned an MPH, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 2004 where he focused on the epidemiology of infectious diseases. In 2007 Dr. Coleman was elected to the American Academy of Nursing, for his outstanding scientific contributions. Dr. Coleman has published research articles, book chapters and has received federal funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and intramural funding for HIV/AIDS and completed a study in Botswana Africa. Dr. Coleman completed a pilot randomized controlled trial designed to reduce inconsistent condom use among seropositive African American men 50 years and older. Additionally, he recently completed a quality of life study for employed seropositive individuals, and is currently enrolling seropositive heterosexual African American men into a cross-sectional study focused on sexual diversity and high-risk sexual behavior. Dr. Coleman is also co-author of the book "Dangerous Intimacy: Ten African American Men With HIV" published July, 2009. Dr. Coleman holds memberships in numerous organizations such as the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and the American Public Health Association. Additionally, he serves on multiple editorial boards, is a peer reviewer for a number of referred journals. Dr. Coleman is a Mayoral Appointee to the Ryan White Title-I Planning Council for the City of Philadelphia, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the National Association on HIV Over Fifty. Additionally, he serves as a Community Advisory Board Member at the Center for AIDS Research, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, and is President of the Board of Directors for HAVEN Youth Center Inc. He has made both television and radio appearances discussing HIV/AIDS in the Black community. Dr. Coleman's research focuses on Health Disparities particularly on understanding the numerous factors that influence health-promoting behaviors of HIV infected middle-aged African American men and HIV & STD risk factors among vulnerable populations who may be incarcerated, homeless, or mentally ill, and has a particular interest in the role of spirituality and religion in HIV symptom management among ethnic minorities.
Clinical Professor, Penn Dental/Comm Oral Hlth
Environmental Health, Health Services Research, Community/Population Health, Oral Health
From 2006 to the present, Dr. Robert J. “Skip” Collins has been a faculty member in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, serving as Director, Division of Community Oral Health from 2006-2013. From 1995-2006, Dr. Robert J. “Skip” Collins was Deputy Executive Director of the International and American Associations for Dental Research, nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting oral health of the public through oral health research and its application to clinical and public health practice. He also served as Interim Executive Director for the Associations from June 2002 to April 2003. From 1991-95, he served as Chief Dental Officer for the U. S. Public Health Service, appointed by former Surgeon General Antonia C. Novello to the PHS rank of Assistant Surgeon General (equivalent to the U. S. Navy rank of Rear Admiral Upper Half) on September 1, 1991. He retired from the PHS Commissioned Corps in July, 1995. During his PHS career, Dr. Collins served in a variety of clinical and administrative assignments in New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana, Arizona, California, and Maryland over his twenty-four year in the Commissioned Corps and received numerous awards. From 1985 to 1995 he served as Chief of the Indian Health Service dental program. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Anselm College in 1967: his dental degree in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University in 1980. Dr. Collins is a member of several professional organizations: a former member of the Board of Directors of the Commissioned Officers Association and a founding Director and Past-President of the USPHS Commissioned Officers Association Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health; a Past-President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry; and Past-President of the Public Health Section of the Federation Dentaire Internationale. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and a Past President of the examining board of the American Board of Dental Public Health.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Social Determinants of Health, Qualitative Methods, Health Equity, Maternal and Child Health
I completed an MPH/MS from Columbia University, a PhD from NYU, and a postdoctoral fellowship in the International Center for Vulnerable Women, Children, and Families/Center for Health Disparities at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. My clinical and research experiences relate to health promotion and disease prevention in maternal child health. I have used ethnographic approaches to examine breastfeeding disparities in vulnerable populations in the community, WIC clinic, hospital and NICU settings. I teach ethnographic classes to doctoral students and have served on the Qualitative Research Infrastructural Development Task Force in the School of Nursing. I have worked in partnership with Department of Health State of New Jersey, WIC Services to disseminate breastfeeding research findings among WIC employees and have been active in the Essex County Breastfeeding Coalition. I have also collaborated with the March of Dimes “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” research project to prevent preterm birth among African American Women in Newark, N.J.
Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
Mental Health, LGBTQ, Epidemiology, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Violence/Injury Prevention, Community Engagement, Qualitative Methods, Health Services Research, Community/Population Health, Health Behavior, Health Communication, Health Equity, Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health, Behavioral Health, Evaluation, Women's Health,
Peter Cronholm, MD, MSCE, FAAFP is an Associate Professor, Director of Community Programs, and Associate Program Director, in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests have focused on health services regarding: 1) integration of trauma-informed care and primary prevention strategies into systems of primary care; and 2) developing novel mixed methodologies and patient-centered outcomes into research paradigms. He is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Graduate Program in Public Health Studies, a Senior Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives, a Senior Scholar at the Leonard Davis Center for Healthcare Economics, an Associate of the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn, an Associate of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center, and an Affiliate of the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner-Unity Program in Family Violence at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. Dr. Cronholm is the Co-Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Mixed Methods Research Lab and has content expertise in program evaluation of health services using mixed methodologies and Community-Based Participatory Research techniques. The goal of the MMRL is to foster the use of qualitative and mixed methods research methodologies with a focus on integrating key stakeholder perspectives and goals into research designs. The MMRL is a University of Pennsylvania Service Center that supports investigators in the development of conceptual and methodological approaches for community-based and clinical research questions. Qualitative, mixed methods and action research are uniquely suited to capture the contextual, socio-cultural, and experiential factors that contribute to health disparities. Dr. Cronholm has served as Co-Chair of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Group on Violence Education and Prevention and is a member of the Board of Directors and past-Chair of the Education, Research and Scientific Programs Committee for the Academy of Violence and Abuse whose mission is to advance health education and research on the prevention, recognition, treatment and health effects of violence and abuse. He is actively involved in community programs addressing family violence, having served as a Clinical Consultant, Director of the Men's Council on Family Violence, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Safe Families (ISF has worked to prevent family violence and to offer an alternative vision for wholeness, healing, family health, and personal empowerment). He has served on the Board of Directors for the Men’s Resource Center (founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1979 to provide counseling services for men going through transitions - including relational, anger management and domestic violence issues) and Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR - founded in 1971 and incorporated in 1973 WOAR is America’s first rape crisis center. WOAR is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania whose mission is to eliminate all forms of sexual violence through specialized treatment services, comprehensive prevention education programs, and advocacy for the rights of victims of sexual assault.).
Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy, School of Social Policy & Practice
Mental Health, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness
Dennis Culhane is the Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy at the School of Social Policy and Practice at The University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Research for the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Culhane directs the Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) initiative, a MacArthur-funded project to promote the development and use of integrated data systems by state and local governments for policy analysis and systems reform. His homelessness work has positioned him as an early innovator in the use of administrative data for program evaluation and policy analysis, particularly for populations which are difficult to assess and track. Culhane’s work has resulted in federal legislation requiring all cities and states to develop administrative data systems for tracking homeless services in order to receive HUD funding. Since the system’s implementation, Culhane has provided technical assistance to jurisdictions around the U.S. on using administrative data to inform the local policy-making process. As part of his work with AISP, Culhane recently organized several expert panels to address the challenges and identify innovative solutions related to developing and using integrated data systems.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Senior Scientist and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, CHOP Center for Injury Research and Prevention; Master of Public Health Faculty and Senior
Epidemiology, Violence/Injury Prevention, Adolescents, Pediatrics
Allison E. Curry, PhD is a Senior Scientist and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is also a faculty member at the school's Master of Public Health Program. Dr. Curry's program of research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of motor vehicle crashes in children and adolescents. She currently leads Developing the New Jersey Traffic Safety Outcomes Data Warehouse, a line of research at CIRP that aims to advance traffic safety research and associated epidemiologic methods through novel linkages of state-level administrative data sources.
Clinical Research Coordinator, Department of Biostatistics Epidemiology and Informatics
Social Determinants of Health, Violence/Injury Prevention, Community/Population Health, Health Equity, Mixed Methods Research
I am currently a full-time clinical research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Penn Injury Science Center. I completed my MPH at Penn in 2017 and have worked for several years in research, prior to this in the Center for Public Health Initiatives. I currently manage multiple federally funded studies centered around issues of injury, violence, geography, and health. Much of my work involves the collection and integration of data that are derived from multiple sources at different temporal and spatial scales. I also coordinate research activities, lead analyses and manage the Big Ten Ivy League Epidemiology of Concussions study of the Big Ten Ivy League Concussion Consortium.
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity
As a social epidemiologist, I research how individual- and neighborhood-level social and economic factors contribute to health disparities and health outcomes for those managing chronic disease. Methodologically my focus is on using multi-level modeling, GIS, and propensity scores to explore how healthcare system distrust, residential segregation, social capital, and other macro-level contextual factors influence health disparities and individual survivorship outcomes for those with chronic disease. I have been PI on a Ruth Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NIH F31) to explore the relative contribution of contextual- and individual-level determinants of breast, prostate, and cervical cancer screening for African-Americans, PI on a Fulbright Grant to explore women’s perceptions of self-breast exams in Venezuela, and am currently PI on a K01 observational study exploring social and economic disparities in breast cancer survivorship outcomes for over 300 breast cancer survivors.
Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Qualitative Methods, Community/Population Health, Pediatrics
Focusing on potentially vulnerable populations who are at risk for health care disparities, Dr. Deatrick provides leadership regarding children with chronic conditions and cancer, family management styles, health-related decisions, advanced practice pediatric nursing, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Deatrick’s research encompasses a unique blend of substantive, theoretical, and methodological contributions. Her efforts to explicate children and family’s involvement in health-related decisions and her careful observations of family management of childhood illness provide invaluable information to clinicians. Simultaneously, Dr. Deatrick’s more theory-based efforts provide direction for pediatric nursing and research. She is also well respected for her methodological expertise in qualitative, mixed methods, and family research. Her present research focuses on caregivers and adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood brain tumors who are living at home with their parents. This research extends family management into oncology populations and provides a family context to caregiving research.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania
Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity
I have a strong interest in public health education and prevention. I was born in Peru and participated in community activities since young. I am currently involved with CHOP global health program and have recently visited the Dominican Republic. During this visit I trained health promoters and participated in community health fairs. I will continue participating in global health activities through community education and health prevention.
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health, Perelman School of Medicine and Research Health Scientist, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health, and a Research Health Scientist at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Her research primarily focuses on women’s experiences with intimate partner violence (IPV) and intersections with the healthcare, social service, and criminal legal systems. She is currently investigating IPV experiences among women veterans and developing a model for IPV assessment and response within the VA healthcare system. Melissa earned her PhD in Social Welfare and Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Child Development from Tufts University.
Global Health, Social Determinants of Health, Infectious Disease, Community/Population Health
Current nursing coordinator at Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc., Current HRSA Nurse Corps Scholar
Epidemiology, Health Services Research
Dr. Doubeni is board-certified in both family physician and general preventive medicine. He is a clinical epidemiologist/health services researcher. His goal is to provide exceptional care irrespective of a patient's background. He is particularly interested in disease prevention by identifying and mitigating individual risk of chronic illnesses including cancer. "My clinical work and research are inextricably interconnected. My clinical experiences inform my research, which in turn informs my clinical and teaching activities."
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Saint Joseph's University
Dr. Dowdall has been involved in public and mental health administration, research, and teaching over most of his professional career. His fulltime work at Indiana, Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Buffalo State, and St. Joseph's (where he was appointed professor emeritus) and adjunct or visiting appointments at UCLA, Penn, Brown, and Harvard School of Public Health have usually had significant public health responsibilities and publications. He is currently working on papers about youth alcohol use in the US and EU; undergraduate drinking as a social problem in the US and UK; and alcohol-related crime and violence on US college campuses. His book about college drinking as a social and public health problem was just published in an expanded revised edition. Dr. Dowdall serves on an advisory committee of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and on the board of Security on Campus, Inc.
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Global Health, Epidemiology, Environmental Health
Research Program Manager, Center for Public Health Initiatives
Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Health Behavior
Roxanne Dupuis, MSPH, is a Research Program Manager for Dr. Carolyn Cannuscio at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Public Health Initiatives. She works on community-engaged research projects that focus on urban health, the social determinants of health, food environments, and food allergies. In this role, she works on all aspects of study design, planning, and implementation. Roxanne also has expertise in program planning and evaluation. She works closely with community partners locally and nationally, including the Free Library of Philadelphia on the Healthy Library Initiative. Roxanne obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from McGill University and her Master of Science in Public Health in Health Education and Health Communication from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her public health interests include the social determinants of health, community-based research, health promotion, and health behavior change.
Mental Health, Law, Social Determinants of Health, Aging, Evaluation, Immigration
My primary interest is in the role of mental health practitioners in mitigating the effects of torture and other human rights abuses. I conduct psychological evaluations and provide expert testimony for torture survivors seeking political asylum in the U.S. I provide training and supervision for Penn Psychology graduate students and others interested in documenting refugee trauma. I am also working with local professional groups and immigration agencies to make trauma-informed psychotherapy affordable and accessible to immigrants suffering from traumatic stress.
Project Manager at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's PolicyLab
Community/Population Health, Health Equity
Magrielle Eisen is a project manager with PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Ms. Eisen manages CHOP’s participation in an initiative with the Children’s Hospital Association under the auspices of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. This initiative seeks to improve care quality for children with medical complexities across 10 pediatric hospital systems and achieve payment reform for this population. Prior to joining PolicyLab, Ms. Eisen developed a medical-legal partnership in collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, first as a Stoneleigh Foundation Emerging Leader Fellow with the Health Federation of Philadelphia and then as program director with Philadelphia Legal Assistance. Ms. Eisen continues to participate in several community-based public health initiatives outside of her work at CHOP, including guest lectures in inter-disciplinary courses; the Access to Care Workgroup, implementing priorities with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in its accreditation process; and the Philadelphia Adverse Childhood Experiences Task Force, developing policies, practices & research to mitigate effects of toxic stress on children.
Professor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine
Health Equity, Chronic Medical Conditions
I am writing a book examining nutritional factors and environmental toxins in the development of dementia, autism, dysautonomia and related disorders as well as giving talks on the topics. I am also working in collaborative efforts to improve patient participation in medical decision making and quality of care improvement
Associate Director, Alice Paul Center
Policy, HIV/AIDS, Women's Health
My professional experience and research focus on gender, sexual health, social inequality, and health promotion. My recently published book, Modernizing Sexuality, follows U.S. HIV-prevention policy in Sub-Saharan Africa as its broad directives are translated into prevention interventions and integrated into the lives of individuals. I am currently working on two projects: 1) a working group with the aim of developing research on and informing policy relating to LGBTQ youth and their families and 2) a study of the national death movement (e.g., home funerals, green burial) with a focus on the corpse.
Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine; Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Violence/Injury Prevention, Adolescents
Joel Fein is the Co-Director of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Violence Prevention Initiative. He is also the Co-chair of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force and the Director of Advocacy and Health Policy at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Emergency Department.
Professor of Law; Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Law, HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse
Eric Feldman’s expertise is in Japanese law, comparative public health law, torts, and law and society. His books and articles explore the comparative dimensions of rights, dispute resolution, and legal culture, often in the context of urgent policy issues including the regulation of smoking, HIV/AIDS, and natural and nuclear disasters. Feldman has twice been a Fulbright Scholar in Japan and has received grants and fellowships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Bar Association, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, among others. He is the author or editor of books published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Harvard University Press, and his articles have appeared in journals including the California Law Review, Law in Japan, American Journal of Comparative Law, Los Angeles Times, Social and Legal Studies, Hastings Center Report, Lancet, Law and Society Review, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
Epidemiology, Community Engagement
Harold I. Feldman, MD, MSCE is the Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics (DBEI), the George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, a Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine (Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension Division), and the Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB). Dr. Feldman earned his MD in 1982 from Boston University before completing a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He subsequently completed his fellowship training in nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania where he also trained in Clinical Epidemiology. His work has also been recognized through membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Epidemiological Society. He is Past-President of the American College of Epidemiology. Dr. Feldman is also currently the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases after serving as past inaugural Deputy Editor of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and past Associate Editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Among his numerous national leadership roles, Dr. Feldman leads NIH’s Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study (CRIC), the major national research effort making fundamental insights into the epidemiology, management, and outcomes of chronic kidney disease. Under his leadership, the CRIC Study has discovered numerous findings with great promise to advance the development of novel therapies to reduce morbidity in this population worldwide. Dr. Feldman also leads NIDDK’s Coordinating Center of its Chronic Kidney Disease Biomarkers Consortium. He is also the director of multiple NIH-funded institutional training grants in the clinical epidemiology of kidney disease, cancer, and neurological disorders. Dr. Feldman’s published scholarship of more than 200 research publications has appeared in many leading biomedical journals.
Senior Scientist, Children's Hospital of Philadephia, Research Institute, Center for Injury
Health Communication, Health Equity
I have extensive experience in health communications, designing and leading both regional and national level programs and research projects addressing patients’ information and decision making needs as well as building partnerships with organizations addressing a broad array of public health issues. As Project Director and Principal Investigator for the NCI’s Cancer Information Service for over 17 years our region served over 1/2 million consumers. Building on this program, I developed a portfolio of pragmatic research focused on designing and implementing multi-media educational interventions through this service. I also founded Fox Chase Cancer Center's Patient Resource Education Center in 2000, which is one of the first multi-media patient education programs at a comprehensive cancer center, serving over 30,000 people to date. The REC includes a LiveHelp online program for patients and consumers to ask questions with trained health educators and listings of recommended websites that are evaluated using a scientifically developed tool. I have had extensive experience in developing and implementing surveys with health professionals and patients, as well as developed and conducted formative research (e.g. focus groups, interviews, usability testing). My work has required building networks and partnerships with diverse audiences, including health care organizations, software developers, patients, and community leaders, including a tri-state health disparities network under the NCI’s Cancer Information Service and the current Cancer Health Disparities Network serving 19 states under my adjunct position at Fox Chase. I have recently joined the faculty at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention, and am leveraging my extensive background in health communications, digital health and partnerships to lead a digital health initiative focused on translating our knowledge of evaluation and evidence to health app developers, distributors and consumers to ensure that the explosion of mobile health tools are evidence-based and their impact on health improvement are validated.
Senior Research Analyst, Dept. of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Behavioral Health
I currently work as a Senior Research Analyst of Health Promotion at the Dept. of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). Behavioral health is an area of public health that is too often neglected. DBHIDS has recently transformed to take a population health based approach to behavioral healthcare in Philadelphia, but the department has historically been focused heavily on clinical treatment. To me, this transformation represents the disconnect between public health and behavioral health, and I strive to bridge this gap throughout my career.
Quality Assurance Specialist (Diversified Community Services) and Doctoral Student at Liberty University
Community/Population Health, Health Behavior, Health Communication, Education
Mark Anthony Fraser is the Co-Founder and CEO of TouchMark Enterprises, LLC. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Administration with graduation honors [Cum Laude] from Gwynedd-Mercy University and his Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Mark will also be starting the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership program at Liberty University in Spring 2018 with research interest in how education can influence health behavior in underrepresented urban populations. Mr. Fraser additionally has completed graduate-level coursework within the Master of Education in Adult and Organizational Development program at Temple University in Training Design and Delivery with the supported interest in how we can design educational training in the context of health education and promotion to support better health behaviors through the strategic meaningful delivery of information as it relates to health. Mark Fraser has also completed a fellowship at Teachers College | Columbia University in which he had been chosen as one of the elite few selected to participate in the fully-funded inaugural course at Teachers College | Columbia University as a Cowin Fellow. Mark brings over 8 years of community leadership experience working directly with urban youth, students, as well as adults in mentorship, developing programs, facilitating educational initiatives, and overseeing various outreach efforts. Professionally, Mr. Fraser, brings over 7 years of organizational leadership experience in administration and management, event planning, program design, technology usage and integration, customer service, and networking to name a few. Mark also is an entrepreneur. Currently Mark sits on the Board of Directors for the non-profit, Blessings, Inc. Youth Programs as Board Secretary in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also Full-Member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Philadelphia FIGHT and a Macy Mentor for the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows program at Drexel University. In addition, Mark Fraser works and serves as the Quality Assurance Specialist for the non-profit, Diversified Community Services. He holds memberships with professional organizations such as the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP), American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) along with Six Sigma certifications as well as a nationally recognized teacher certification in personal finance from Working in Support of Education (W!SE). Furthermore, Mark A. Fraser is a member of Alpha Nu Omega Fraternity, Inc. where in 2007 he served as president of the fraternity’s Eta chapter at the Pennsylvania State University.
Director, Master of Public Health Program, Thomas Jefferson College of Population Health
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Qualitative Methods, Community/Population Health, Health Equity
Rosemary Frasso is a public health researcher and the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at the Thomas Jefferson College of Population Health. Dr. Frasso earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice, as well as two Master’s Degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her current research focuses on health disparities, housing insecurity, health literacy, and the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in projects designed to improve healthcare quality and access to physical and mental health services for vulnerable populations. Previously, Dr. Frasso worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on projects related to improving access to healthcare for people with disabilities. In addition to her research, Dr. Frasso provides consultation and oversight on qualitative projects for faculty and students across the university as well as for outside clients including the VA Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Her expertise in qualitative methods includes traditional and alternative data collection approaches, including, but not limited to, walking interviews, photo-elicitation interviews, free-listing, and consensus-deriving group approaches. Additionally, she has worked on several cross disciplinary projects. Dr. Frasso recently collaborated with Dallas Artist, Willie Baronet, who has been buying and collecting signs from people on the streets since 1993 for art exhibits designed to raise awareness about homelessness. Together, with members from the CPHI, they conducted a qualitative content analysis of the messages on almost 300 signs. Results from this study and rationale for cross-disciplinary collaboration will be published this fall in the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Frasso is dedicated to training the next generation of public health professionals through teaching and mentorship. She has taught multiple courses including Introduction to Public Health, Social Science Research, Qualitative Methods, and a Public Health Capstone Course. Each year, Dr. Frasso directs CPHI’s 4-day Qualitative Winter Institute for researchers, students, and community organizations across the US interested in mixed-methods.
Lecturer, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney
Epidemiology, Chronic Medical Conditions
Dr Jane Frawley is a lecturer in public health. Her research program applies rigorous public health and health services research methods to the areas of maternal and child health. Dr Frawley is currently working on a government funded project, in partnership with the Sax Institute Up study, investigating women’s use of non-formal healthcare for five chronic health conditions (depression, diabetes, asthma, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis). Dr Frawley is also working on a variety of other projects including investigating parent’s decision-making and attitudes in relation to healthcare services for their children; parental attitudes to vaccination; and complementary medicine practitioner attitudes to vaccination.
Policy Associate, PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Law, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Community/Population Health, Health Equity, Pediatrics
Jennifer Gable is an instructor in the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Pennsylvania and policy associate with PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Ms. Gable supports the development and implementation of PolicyLab's policy agenda, and works to ensure that the center's research is well-positioned to influence policy decisions affecting the health and well-being of children and families at the local, state and federal level. Ms. Gable completed her Master of Public Administration and Master of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carter Professor of Child Development and Professor of Education
Social Determinants of Health, Adolescents, Community/Population Health
Over the course of my academic career, I have focused on issues that have implications for public health, whether addressing learning among low-income adults, parents, and communities or examining the needs of young children. My background in education and psychology contributes to my interests. However, my interests are equally located in the growing problems faced by disproportionate numbers of children and families with whom I have worked and whom I study. These issues relate to the social determinants of health; the intersections of race, class, gender, nativity, sexuality, and disability; and the intricate relationships among education and schooling, homelessness, joblessness, and prevention and resilience. I chair the NAS Committee on Supporting Parents of Young Children, direct a project on intergenerational health, and am beginning a project on young children and families across the life-course. I also teach a graduate course on health and education disparities and plan to introduce a course on social determinants in Summer 2017.
George A. Weiss University Professor, Perelman School of Medicine and School of Nursing
Epidemiology, Community/Population Health, Health Behavior, Built Environment
Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, and Director of the UPenn Prevention Research Center, at the University of Pennsylvania. A globally influential public health scholar whose work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition and other disciplines, her research in community and healthcare settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; reducing health disparities; and health communication technologies. Her research, funded for over $40 million over the past 25 years, focuses on cancer prevention and control, theories of health behavior, obesity and the built environment, social and health policy, and new health communication technologies. Her research and publications about understanding, measuring and improving healthy food environments, beginning in the 1980’s, has been widely recognized and replicated. She is a member of the NHLBI Advisory Council and served on the US Task Force on Community Preventive Services for 10 years. Dr. Glanz was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences [now the National Academy of Medicine] in 2013. She was designated a Highly Cited Author by ISIHighlyCited.com, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period, and was named a Highly Cited Author from 2007 to 2017 and was designated as one of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 by Thomson Reuters.
Associate Dean and Interim Division Chief, School of Dental Medicine, Community Oral Health
Social Determinants of Health, Community/Population Health, Oral Health
At Penn Dental Medicine, Dr. Joan Gluch serves as Associate Dean for Academic Policies, and Chief of the Division of Community Oral Health. She directs the academically based community service learning courses and leads the three PDM clinical outreach programs: Penn Smiles, the mobile children’s dental care program; the dental program at LIFE for low income elderly; and the dental program at Sayre Health Center, for low income children and adults. Dr. Gluch also coordinates the community health honors program, and the dual degree DMD/MPH program for pre-doctoral dental students at Penn. Dr. Gluch’s research interests focus on expanding access to oral health promotion and clinical care in community based settings. She is the principal investigator for the training grant to expand pediatric and community based training for pre-doctoral dental students, received from the Health Resources and Services Administration, 2017-2022. Dr. Gluch also serves as dental school coordinator and program faculty for the Penn community health inter-professional education program, Bridging the Gaps.
Research Project Manager, University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing
LGBTQ, Qualitative Methods, Health Communication, Health Equity
Jesse hopes to engage research participants as collaborators to identify and investigate topics of significance to the community. Additionally, Jesse's aim is to work with study collaborators to make research results accessible and meaningful to the public.
Get Healthy Philly Research & Evaluation Associate
Community/Population Health, Nutrition, Evaluation
I am a graduate of Penn's MPH program and current member of Get Healthy Philly's evaluation team at PDPH. My current work focuses on Good Food Healthy Hospitals, Sodium Reduction Community Program, and various policy initiatives for the city.
Clinical Research Coordinator III at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s PolicyLab and Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic
LGBTQ, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Violence/Injury Prevention, Adolescents, Community/Population Health, Evaluation, Women's Health
Siobhan currently services as the research coordinator for Policylab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), is the research manager for the CHOP Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic, overseeing and leading all research activities. Her current work is aimed at improving the health outcomes of HIV positive, LGBTQ, and homeless youth, as well as working to reduce disparities for children with asthma. Prior to her work at PolicyLab, Siobhan was a research coordinator at the CHOP Center for Injury Research and Prevention where she managed all research projects in the New Jersey Traffic Safety and Outcomes (NJ-TSO) Program. The program uses administrative data linkages to advance traffic safety research and epidemiologic methods to inform policy focused on preventing motor vehicle crashes for adolescents. Ms. Gruschow was also a Maternal and Child Health Research Fellow at Boston University's School of Public Health, where she studied the impact of exposure to sexually explicit materials on sexual behavior in young adults. Ms. Gruschow earned her MEd from Arizona State University and her MPH in Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health from Boston University's School of Public Health.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Research
My research and public health interest has been improving public health by increasing cancer screening rates, particularly in vulnerable populations such as racial ethnic minorities, low SES, and patients with traditionally low cancer screening adherence rates. To address disparities in cancer screening, I have created the first cancer screening navigation programs at UPHS (for colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening) and conducted studies to evaluate their effectiveness cost-effectiveness.
Professor of Pediatrics & Epidemiology, PSOM/Pediatrics
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Adolescents
I am a Professor of Pediatrics & Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and an attending physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I have research and clinical interests at the intersection of early childhood development and behavior and health disparities. I have been the principal investigator on a number of foundation- and federally-funded research grants in the field of early childhood: 1) a PCORI award to test the comparative effectiveness of a care manager vs a patient portal for children with ADHD, 2) an R18 Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of the American Academy of Pediatrics policy on developmental screening using a validated tool in urban primary care settings, and 3) foundation awards to test the effectiveness of early literacy promotion and digital literacy promotion among newborns. Many of these awards involve working with poor disenfranchised populations that suffer from health inequities and partnering with community-based organizations.
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, The Frannie E. Rippel Foundation
Global Health, HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health
A primary care physician, Anu Gupta believes in philanthropy’s potential to galvanize partnerships and catalyze out-of-the-box solutions to long-standing societal challenges. Until recently, Dr. Gupta was Executive Director for Strategic Alliances and Grantmaking in the Worldwide Corporate Contributions group at Johnson & Johnson where she led diverse funding portfolios. Under her leadership, Johnson & Johnson granted over $35 million towards the elimination of pediatric AIDS. Dr. Gupta was recognized by Grantmakers In Health as an emerging leader in health philanthropy through its Terrance Keenan Institute. Dr. Gupta is now the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for The Frannie E. Rippel Foundation. Also, she guest lectures on philanthropy and global health and blogs on the Huffington Post.
MD-PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Global Health, Epidemiology, Behavioral Health, Digital Health
Independent research Volunteer, Unity Clinic Campus Liaison, American Public Health Association-Student Assembly
Clinical Research Program Manager, CHOP
Community Engagement, Community/Population Health, Aging, Education
Tigist Hailu has been in the public health field since her undergraduate career. After college, she worked for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging as a Care Manager and then worked for the Penn Memory Center as Director of Diversity in Research and Education while pursuing her MPH. At Penn Memory Center, she led a number of public health projects such as Dance for Health (Active Body, Active Mind), Bridges to Wealth and “Typical Day” (www.mytypicalday.org) website and traveling exhibit aimed at raising awareness about cognitive impairment. She currently works at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Radiology department as a Clinical Research Program Manager. At CHOP, she oversees and supervises the clinical research infrastructure and supports non-imaging research projects including educational and development of a pediatric radiology qualitative research program. Hailu also volunteers with the Ethiopian-Philly Young Adults Association (EPYAA) leading community health initiatives and is a Steering Committee Member of the Public Health Young Leaders Association (PHYLA).
Director, Campus Health
Epidemiology, Policy, Data Analysis, Education
Ashlee Halbritter is the Director of Campus Health where she serves as the lead staff person for Penn’s public health office. She oversees various health policy efforts, health education and promotion in nine different topic areas, and disease surveillance and response efforts. Prior to coming to Penn, Ashlee spent several years of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she worked in built environment, health communication, sexually transmitted disease prevention, and food-borne disease outbreaks.
Clinical Research Coordinator at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research Prevention
Violence/Injury Prevention, Pediatrics, Evaluation
I am a trained public health professional and health educator with over three years of experience in managing and coordinating large-scale research studies, specifically focused in pediatric behavioral science, healthcare innovation, implementation science, and program evaluation. I am the Digital Health Initiative Clinical Research Coordinator at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP). In this role, I act as the lead project manager of Digital Health Initiative research activities, which focus on identifying evidence-based strategies to effectively develop, evaluate, and disseminate health information in the digital age. I have supported several projects, including a National Science Foundation Phase I technology transfer grant to develop and commercialize a web-based platform for mobile health app evaluation; two pilot studies focused on the implementation of digital health tools in pediatric practice and understanding market needs for evaluation of mHealth; and a recently funded CHOP Chair's Initiative award to develop a best-practice hospital-wide governance process for the integration of mHealth technologies into clinical care. I have demonstrated expertise in program planning & evaluation, implementation science, e-Health/mHealth, and quantitative & qualitative research methods. I hold a Master of Public Health degree from Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health and a Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut, and am currently pursuing a Certificate in Healthcare Innovation Management from the Temple Fox School of Business.
Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania
I am interested in developing and tailoring clinical trial methods and designs and statistical methods for clinical epidemiology research. My collaborative work is primarily in cardiovascular and critical care epidemiology. I am especially interested in cardiovascular disease and epidemiologic transitions in low and middle income countries.
Senior Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Policy, Health Equity
I have been fortunate in my career to have worked in diverse public health settings. My professional public health nursing practice has allowed me to use knowledge and skills gained in undergraduate and graduate studies in nursing and public health to build an understanding of vulnerable populations and how social systems can impact the health of communities locally and in Botswana. I have incorporated my professional and educational experiences into my teaching and would like to build on these experiences as an Associate Fellow of CPHI.
Youth Program Manager, West Park Cultural Center
Behavioral Health, Urban Planning
As the founder of the Alternative Leaning Institute's Family Development Center and Vice President of Community Affairs for the Southwest Philadelphia District Services, I am engaging in strengthening the availability of Family Preservation Resources by publishing an extensive handbook. I am also working towards Neighborhood Beautification, Community Gardening, Youth Aggression and Criminality Reduction.
Professor of Medical Informatics in Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine/Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics
Social Determinants of Health, Environmental Health
My own research interests are focused on several areas in medical informatics, specifically evolutionary computation and machine learning approaches to knowledge discovery (data and text mining) in biomedical and other databases and interoperable information systems infrastructures for epidemiologic surveillance. I was the principal investigator on an NLM-funded project to develop an ontology-based text mining on tool to analyze social media for evidence of self-reported natural supplement-associated adverse events and interactions. I currently lead the evaluation of two PCORnet obesity projects, and serve as the Principal Investigator of the Penn Center of Excellence in Health Disparities. I am the evaluator for the PCORNet Obesity Initiative studies, responsible for developing and implementing the evaluation plan and metrics for the initiative. I am currently a co-investigator on a project funded by the Cardiovascular Medical Research and Education Fund (CMREF), leading the effort to harmonize 30 clinical trials in pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Policy Advisor, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Infectious Disease, Homelessness, Food Access
Jeffrey Hom is a policy advisor in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, where he provides guidance to the Health Commissioner on programs and policies related to the wellbeing of all Philadelphians. His present focus is on substance use, in particular issues around access to treatment and overdose prevention. He is also a board-certified internist and cares for patients at the Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. Jeff has contributed to health care and public health efforts in San Francisco, Boston, and Shiprock, New Mexico, as well as internationally in Lesotho and Cambodia, all of which have deepened his desire to improve community well-being, pursue health equity and advance social justice. For his efforts he was selected as a Zuckerman Fellow at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership and received a 2016 Presidential Scholarship for AcademyHealth's Institute on Advocacy and Public Policy. A native San Franciscan, Jeff completed his undergraduate education with a degree in Art History at Bowdoin College. He received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and his MD from Harvard Medical School prior to completing his residency in internal medicineprimary care at the University of California, San Francisco. Jeff was most recently a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his Masters of Science in Health Policy Research.
Wilbur Schramm Professor of Communication and Health Policy, Annenberg School for Communication
Health Communication, Media and Health, Tobacco
Robert C. Hornik (Ph.D., Stanford University) is the Wilbur Schramm Professor of Communication and Health Policy at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. He now co-directs Penn’s Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science funded by FDA/NCI. His major current research project under that grant examines the effects of mass and social media diffused information about tobacco products on youth and young adult decisions about tobacco use. Between 2003-2014 he directed Penn’s National Cancer Institute-funded Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research. That program involved major population studies of the ways information seeking and scanning influenced decision-making throughout the cancer spectrum from prevention through screening, treatment and post-diagnosis survival. He has led the evaluation of more than 20 public health communication campaigns including those focused on child survival, HIV prevention and tobacco use throughout the world as well as the evaluation of the US National Youth Antidrug Media Campaign. He is the author of Development Communication, edited Public Health Communication: Evidence for Behavior Change and co-edited Prediction and Change of Health Behavior as well as more than 135 refereed articles and papers. He has served on five US National Academy of Sciences Committees, is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and received the Derryberry Award from the American Public Health Association and the Lindback award for distinguished teaching at Penn.
Director , Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC), Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
Environmental Health, Community Engagement, Health Communication
Dr. Marilyn Howarth’s career in Public Health began when she was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers of Disease Control in Atlanta. While an EIS officer she worked with communities and government agencies to investigate and tackle occupational and environmental problems. After leaving the CDC, Dr. Howarth worked with Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ re-shaping their Occupational Health efforts by reaching out to employers to provide medical services to their workers. In 1995 she joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as the Director of Consultation Services for the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In that role she published papers, taught courses, performed worksite evaluations and helped patients and communities with the effects of environmental exposures. Dr. Howarth has extensive experience evaluating and treating patients with exposure to heavy metals, solvents, mold, respiratory allergens and irritants, and musculoskeletal trauma. Dr. Howarth has participated with CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the National Institutes of Health and the Camden County Technical Advisory Board to work on topics as diverse as latex allergy, the health effects of air pollution, and lead and radiological contamination. She is a past president of the Pennsylvania Occupational and Environmental Medical Society and a former member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is currently a member of the PHILAPOSH Technical Advisory Board, which helps unions with concerns about exposures on the job. She is a founding professor of the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Public Health Environmental and Occupational Health course and provides educational programs on Environmental Health topics to community and employee groups.
Global Health, Environmental Health, Community/Population Health
Anastasia Hudgins is a sociocultural anthropologist with broad experience in qualitative research. Much of her work focuses on the relationships between health, human rights and social policy, and her methods prioritize the voices of those who experience a particular social problem in recognition that they are the experts on their lives. Most recently she has led research projects for UNICEF in collaboration with government ministries in Southeast Asia. In Viet Nam she developed an analysis of the relationship between Vietnamese drug laws and policies and their impact on minors, and in Cambodia she developed a handbook to guide healthcare providers in international best practices as they treat children who have been sexually or physically abused. She has also worked locally on projects related to patient-centered care in urban emergency rooms; perceptions of risk held by rural Pennsylvanians who live adjacent to hydraulic fracturing well sites; and efforts to acquaint Philadelphia youth with the watershed. Her academic research focused on debt-bonded sex workers in Cambodia and the NGOs that aimed to help them, as well as on the structure of the Cambodian health system. She recently co-founded Ethnologica, a consultancy firm that uses participatory and ethnographic research to provide insights about health and community. She has held full-time faculty appointments at Rutgers, Temple University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she taught courses in medical anthropology, visual anthropology and ethnographic research methods, among others. Anastasia has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and a Women's Studies Certificate. She speaks French, Khmer and Spanish.
Assistant Professor & Faculty Fellow, New York University Silver School of Social Work
LGBTQ, Qualitative Methods, Community/Population Health
With a background in social work, I am dedicating to advancing health and well-being in urban communities impacted institutional oppression. I currently partner with a community health center in Brooklyn that offers services in an inclusive and respectful space. Supported by NYU and the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, we are collaborating on a research and evaluation study examining patients' ideas of health, focusing specifically on LGBT health and queer health politics. I use critical feminist and critical race frameworks in my research, and integrate them into my approach to teaching future social and health services practitioners.
Associate Professor, PSOM/Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
Environmental Health, Biostatistics
Dr. Hwang is interested in statistical methods needed for clinical and translational research in cancer, and psychosocial research. Currently, she is the Director of the Biostatistics Research Support Core for Penn's P42 Superfund Research (SRP) Center, which studies the adverse health effects of asbestos, the distribution of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, and the social impacts of asbestos exposures in Ambler, PA.
Mary T. Champagne Professor of Nursing, Duke University School of Nursing
Health Equity, Women's Health
My educational background is directly linked to public health, especially ethnic minority women's health. Probably because of my educational background, my research including a current R01 study on midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity has been directly linked to public health. Also, I have been a member of national and international organizations related to public health including APHA and a member of the NIH study sections related to pubic health (especially health disparities).
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing/Department of Family and Community Health
Global Health, Social Determinants of Health, Violence/Injury Prevention, Health Equity
Sara Jacoby, PhD, MPH, MSN is a nursing and public health scholar focused on underserved injured people in the US and globally. The goal of her scholarship is to build greater health equity and inform policies and population health programs that enhance injury prevention and recovery. Her recent mixed-methods research addresses key individual, health system, and structural drivers of injury risk and outcome disparities. She also studies the community impact of intersections between trauma care and law enforcement in urban environments. Dr. Jacoby is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is Center Investigator at the Penn Injury Science Center where she was an interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellow. She received her BA from Rutgers College, MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and BSN, MSN, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lecturer, Sciences, School of Nursing
Epidemiology, Chronic Medical Conditions
Jill Johnson, PhD, MPH is a Lecturer in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a member of the Core Teaching Faculty for the MPH program. Dr. Johnson is a cancer epidemiologist whose research on prostate and colorectal cancers has examined genetic and epigenetic factors associated with cancer incidence and hormones as etiologic agents of cancer. She has also conducted research on colorectal cancer screening adherence and ways through which rates of screening can be improved. In addition, Dr. Johnson has a strong interest and research background in effectiveness investigations of integrative medicine therapies for oncology and other hospitalized patient populations.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Executive Director Penn Center for Community Health Workers
Social Determinants of Health, Community/Population Health, Health Equity
Dr. Shreya Kangovi is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and the Executive Director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers. She led a multi-stakeholder team that designed a community health worker intervention (IMPaCT). This intervention has been tested in two randomized controlled and shown to improve chronic disease control, primary care access, mental health and quality of care while reducing hospital admissions. Dr. Kangovi has authored numerous scientific publications in publications such as NEJM, JAMA and Health Affairs and received many grants, including support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to conduct a multi-center trial of IMPaCT across Veterans Affairs, federally qualified health center, and academic sites. Dr. Kangovi founded the Penn Center for CHWs to support further research, development and implementation of evidence-based CHW models of care. PCCHW, fully supported by Penn Medicine, has delivered IMPaCT over 5,000 high-risk patients and has provided tools and training to over 1,000 organizations across the country.
Director, Nutrition and Active Living
Community/Population Health, Health Behavior, Nutrition, Food Access
Vanesa Karamanian, MD, MPH is the Director of Nutrition and Active Living at Health Promotion Council. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the provision of nutrition education, technical assistance and capacity building to individuals and organizations to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. Dr. Karamanian is the director for several evidence-based chronic disease prevention and management programs including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education (SNAP-ed), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Philadelphia Comprehensive Food Standards (Get Healthy Philly) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) services. Her professional background includes more than 15 years of combined experience in medical care, biomedical research and public health work in the areas of chronic disease, maternal and child health, food insecurity & nutrition, pulmonary hypertension and HIV/AIDS and syphilis in Latin America. In these capacities, she has worked with international and national healthcare systems, academic institutions and non-profit organizations. Dr. Karamanian received her Medical Degree from Universidad Favaloro in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a Master in Public Health with Global Health focus from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds adjunct faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University and is an Adjunct Fellow for the Center for Public Health Initiatives at The University of Pennsylvania.
Professor, School of Medicine
Ethics, Aging, Chronic Medical Conditions
Jason Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of Penn’s Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program; co-Director of the Penn Memory Center; the Director of the Alzheimers Disease Center’s Outreach and Recruitment Core; and director of a CDC funded Healthy Brain Initiative Center. His clinical practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of persons with Alzheimers disease and related disorders. Dr. Karlawish’s research focuses on ethical and policy issues encountered in research and care that engages older adults with late-life cognitive disorders such as Alzheimers Disease and Parkinsons Disease, and cognitive aging. His current research includes understanding and addressing the ethical, psychological and legal impacts of applying precision medicine to the brain; developing assessment tools for adult protective service investigators to assess client capacity to manage an immanent risk; and developing the concept of “whealthcare” which describes how a public health approach can promote both cognitive and financial well-being.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences
Global Health, Social Determinants of Health, HIV/AIDS
In September 2014, I commenced a position as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy where I am involved in teaching, research, and patient care. I am passionate about providing care to underserved populations, and my interests are centered upon addressing barriers to access for vulnerable populations both locally and globally. I provide clinical pharmacy services to uninsured residents of Camden, NJ at the Cooper Rowan Clinic. Additionally, I am involved in creating opportunities such as advanced pharmacy practice experiences in Central America for pharmacists and students in global health.
Mumford Fellow & Senior Policy Analyst, Political Science & Health Global Access Project at the Univeresity of Pennsylvania
Global Health, Law, HIV/AIDS
Matthew Kavanagh works, writes, and studies at the intersection of politics, international law, and global health. He serves as senior policy advisor for the Health Global Access Project and is currently a Benjamin Franklin Doctoral Fellow working on a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He spent a decade leading transnational policy work for NGOs in the U.S. and working in Southern Africa around access to HIV treatment, international trade, and water rights. During that time he drafted legislation that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives; presented before the U.N. Special Rapporteur for the Right to Health, members of the House Ways and Means Committee, and the U.S. Trade Representative; and led a successful campaign to secure HIV treatment for over two million people. Matthew's writing has appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus, Health Affairs, the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, The Huffington Post, and other venues and he has been interviewed in outlets ranging from the New York Times and Washington Post to the BBC and Al Jazeera. Matthew received his BA in political science from Vassar College and a Masters in community organizing and education from Harvard University.
Associate Professor of Health Science, College of Health, Ball State University
Global Health, Epidemiology, Violence/Injury Prevention, Health Equity
I have worked on projects funded by state and national governmental and non-governmental agencies resulting in more than 50 peer reviewed articles in more than two dozen prestigious scientific journals in the past 5 years related to public health and epidemiology. Currently, I serve as an Associate Editor and Editorial Board member for 9 different scientific journals in the field of public health and medicine. More recently, my research has also been highlighted by popular media outlets like Fox News, US News and World Report, CNBC, Yahoo News, Huffington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. I am a full time tenured faculty member in Ball State University and have a primary responsibility for conducting research in community and public health, mentoring undergraduate and graduate public health and nutrition students.
Associate Director, Center for Community & Population Health; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Mental Health, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse, Community Engagement, Health Services Research, Community/Population Health, Health Equity, Behavioral Health
Heather Klusaritz, PhD, MSW is the Associate Director of the Center for Community and Population Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Klusaritz is also the Director of Community Engagement for UPenn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, core faculty in the MPH program, and a Lecturer at the School of Social Policy and Practice. Dr. Klusaritz is trained clinically as a medical social worker and been engaged in care delivery at University of Pennsylvania Health System for over 15 years. Dr. Klusaritz’s research focus is at the intersection between healthcare and policy, specifically access to health care for marginalized populations and the design of health systems to eliminate disparities in health access and outcomes. Currently, she co-directs the National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health, a HRSA-funded cooperative agreement which aims to advance training in integrated models of care to improve the quality, accessibility, and effectiveness of behavioral health and substance use disorders in primary care. Dr. Klusaritz has significant teaching experience with MSW, MPH, and medical students as well as resident physician trainees in the areas of health disparities, social determinants of health inequities, health policy, and social welfare policy. Dr. Klusaritz works collaboratively with multiple community partners throughout West Philadelphia to improve the health of underserved communities and is the co-founder of a program that connects patients to critical social welfare benefits, helps navigate health system access, and engages in medical-legal advocacy.
Associate Professor, School of Nursing/Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Adolescents, Pediatrics, Nutrition, Chronic Medical Conditions
The overarching goal of my NIH-funded research is to study the cognitive, sensory, and nutritional controls of appetite and eating in children and adults. I use a unique intersection of behavioral genetic, behavioral economic, and experimental research methods to study human ingestive behavior and its implications for obesity. One of my current research projects (R01DK101480) aims to study multiple eating traits concurrently under states of hunger and satiety. It examines the impact of short-term appetite and intake regulation on longer-term energy intake control and weight development in a cohort of ethnically diverse children who are normal-weight or have overweight/obesity and different familial predispositions to obesity. Another project (R21HD091330) aims to develop and test an interactive mobile health (mHealth) nutrition intervention, which incorporates core behavior change strategies that have been empirically tested in family-based nutrition research and behavioral interventions with children with ASD. The feasibility and efficacy of this mHealth intervention to improve dietary outcomes in children with ASD will be tested in a proof-of-concept randomized controlled trial.
Director of The Bryson Institute at The Attic Youth Center
Adolescents, Gender and Sexuality, Education
Kelly Kroehle is the Director of The Bryson Institute of The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ youth center. She studied Gender Studies and LGBTQ studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before earning her Masters of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. As Director of The Bryson Institute of The Attic Youth Center, she works with and on behalf LGBTQ youth to facilitate workshops that develop cultures of respect and support for the LGBTQ community, reaching over 12,000 teachers, social workers, health care practitioners, juvenile justice and domestic violence workers. Kelly is also a regular Contributing Writer for Everyday Feminism.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health and Health Equity Professor
Policy, Community/Population Health, Health Equity
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA is a world-renowned expert in health policy and geriatric medicine. She has served since 2003 as president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and, for 15 years before that, as a distinguished professor and administrator at Penn. She will be the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health and Health Equity Professor with joint faculty appointments in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine, the Department of Health Care Management in the Wharton School and the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing.
President of IndigoJLD Green Health
Social Determinants of Health, Environmental Health, Built Environment, Chronic Medical Conditions
Joyce Lee, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is president of IndigoJLD providing green health, design and planning services on exemplary projects. The YMCA Greater Grand Rapids is one such project supporting healthy living. She is among a group of 250 LEED Fellows worldwide. She has been an Architect Fellow at the National Leadership Academy for Public Health and one of the first LEED accredited professionals in New York City. Joyce served under Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, as Chief Architect at the New York City OMB. The Active Design Guidelines, a publication she co-authored, had won recognition from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as well as the Sustainable Building Industry Council. After New York City, one of her green health programs enjoyed the support of two Great Lakes state governors in Michigan and Illinois as well as in Maryland. In her current role, Joyce continues to assist cities to establish 2030 Districts and reach sustainability goals. Joyce is the recipient of numerous awards including the Platinum Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, the President's Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York State, and the Aga Khan Award from Harvard/MIT. Recognizing her career achievement, the AIA New York honored Joyce with the Public Architect Award.
Associate Professor, Medicine/DBEI
Global Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease
I work at the interface of epidemiology, ecology and statistics to understand and control vector-borne and other infectious diseases. For the past 12 years I have focused my research on the control of urban Chagas disease transmission in Peru. My research team in Peru conducts epidemiological studies on Chagas disease as well as entomological and ecological research on disease vectors and reservoirs. In addition, my team uses quantitative and qualitative methods to elucidate the factors that have led to the urbanization of a disease traditionally associated with rural poverty. In Philly I work on a parallel problem: bed bugs.
Pediatrics/ CHOP/ UPENN
Health Behavior, Pediatrics
Susan E Levy, MD, MPH is board certified in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), a member of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP), the Institutional Review Board of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) at UPENN. Her clinical activities include attending physician in outpatient clinics in DBP and Founder and Director of the Regional Autism Clinic at CHOP. Dr. Levy is active in policy and advocacy on a local, regional and national level. She is chair of the Autism Subcommittee for the Council on Children with Disabilities of the AAP. She is active in research activities as a member of the Center for Autism Research (CAR) of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research interests include early identification of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), epidemiology of ASD and Complementary and Alternative Medical treatments of ASD.
Manager of Research Projects (Beidas Lab), Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Community/Population Health, Behavioral Health, Mixed Methods Research, Immigration
Adina Lieberman has been managing the implementation science lab of Dr. Rinad Beidas since 2016. Adina received her Bachelor of English degree from Boston University in 2000 and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. She has worked for Penn since 2004 and has expertise in project management, implementation science, and regulatory oversight and compliance. She has also been active in the Latinx community of Philadelphia since 2012 and has directed a variety of programs through Puentes de Salud that target social determinants of health.
Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, School of Nursing
Epidemiology, Community Engagement, Community/Population Health, Pediatrics
Dr. Terri Lipman is the Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition and Professor of Nursing of Children at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Senior Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives and a Distinguished Fellow of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Dr. Lipman developed and maintains the Philadelphia Pediatric Diabetes Registry, the only such ongoing registry in the country. Her research is currently focused on disparities in the care and outcomes of children with diabetes and gender disparities in the evaluation of linear growth. She is funded by the NIH to study an Academic/ Community Partnership to Increase Activity in Youth and their Families, and by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to integrate community health workers into care of underserved children with chronic disorders. Dr. Lipman has collaborated with the Netter Center since 2005. She directs or co-directs three Academically Based Community Service courses and developed the Dance for Health Program- an intergenerational program to increase activity in the community. The program is presently in five sites in West Philadelphia and has resulted in multiple awards and national scientific presentations by Penn pediatric nurse practitioner students and Philadelphia high school students.
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Violence/Injury Prevention, Environmental Health, Tobacco
My research directly involves public health concerns using population based epidemiology approaches to address children and adolescents mental health and behavioral outcomes.A particular area of work I focus on is understanding of how environmental toxicants’ exposure affects children’s and adolescents’ neurocognition and behavior. I’m currently a PI of the NIEHS funded (R01) China Jintan Cohort Study. I’m currently a member of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology. I teach Environmental Toxicology: Risk Assessment and Health Effects at the School of Nursing.
Senior Medical Director, US Medical Affairs, Cardiovascular Team
Mental Health, Epidemiology, Community/Population Health
For over 25 years, Dr. Liu has done clinical and epidemiological research in China, Japan, and the US. He is a pioneer of sleep and behavior epidemiology in Chinese children and adolescents. He has more than 200 papers published in peer-reviewed journals. He has served as Advisory Board of SLEEP AND BIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS and a reviewer for more than 32 medical journals.
Public Health Law Consultant, Widener University School of Law
Law, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Behavioral Health
Currently, I am a Public Health Law Consultant providing leadership in the areas of program planning, evaluation, sustainability, and systemic policy advocacy for Health, Education and Legal Assistance Project: A Medical-Legal Partnership (HELP: MLP). I assisted in creating HELP: MLP, a cross-sector collaboration that integrates civil legal aid attorneys into maternal and child health programs in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties. Additionally, I am a Senior Advisor for the National Council for Behavioral Health where I oversee a bimonthly publication focused on behavioral healthcare compliance issues. Additionally, I provide leadership and consultation on a range of projects and topics including medication-assisted treatment, trauma-informed care, health justice, health equity, and health policy topics.
Professor and Director, Center for Mental Health
Mental Health, Health Services Research
David S. Mandell, ScD, professor and vice-chair for research in Psychiatry, directs the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research and is the Associate Director of the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The goal of his research is to improve the quality of care individuals with psychiatric and developmental disabilities receive in their communities. This research is of two types. The first examines, at the state and national level, the effects of different strategies to organize, finance and deliver services on service use patterns and outcomes. The second consists of experimental studies designed to determine the best strategies to implement proven-efficacious practices in community settings. He has received continuous federal funding for 15 years and has published more than 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts in pursuit of these goals. Dr. Mandell holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Columbia University and a doctorate of science from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Director of Evaluation and Community Impact, Thomas Scattergood Behavoral Health Foundation
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Community/Population Health, Evaluation
As a clinical community psychologist, I am committed to how contextual factors contribute to our health and the interventions we can do to improve the health status of communities. Our department is increasingly taking a public health approach to behavioral health. My role is in the conceptual development of this work to drive system change as well as overseeing large-scale public health initiatives, including our work with the Mural Arts Program and the implementation of Mental Health First Aid and behavioral health screenings. I am also a member of the City food access collaborative and the youth violence prevention collaborative.
Research Scientist, PolicyLab Research Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Maternal and Child Health, Chronic Medical Conditions
Meredith Matone is the Deputy Director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at SOM. Her research interests include child maltreatment prevention and maternal health. She is experienced in large-scale program evaluation and use of administrative data for observational study designs in areas of child and family health. Recent work includes a statewide evaluation of federally funded home visitation programs for families of young children in Pennsylvania and an assessment of the health service needs of adolescent mothers with involvement in the child welfare system in Philadelphia. Meredith received her Doctor of Public Health, specializing in child and adolescent health and development, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While a doctoral student, Meredith held a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being. Currently, Meredith is a Stoneleigh Fellow pursuing research and policy efforts to reduce intergenerational involvement in the child welfare system.
Instructor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
Adolescents, Health Services Research, Health Equity
Vulnerable populations and improving health disparities motivate my current efforts. While I see patients at the family medicine office for Jefferson, my research activities include exploring drivers of health care utilization. Current projects include a variety of quantitative and mixed-methods investigations of psychosocial predictors of high levels of hospital-based health care utilization. Our population-based approach to intervention development is data driven, working in collaboration with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Dr. Jeffrey Brenner to identify high-risk patients and build interventions that can address their needs.
School of Nursing
Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Pediatrics, Education
Ms. McCabe is currently an NIH T32 Predoctoral Fellow for Research on Vulnerable Women, Children, and Families at the University Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In addition to her Fellowship, Ms. McCabe is involved with school nursing organizations in both New York City and Pennsylvania. Her current research focuses on school nursing and asthma management and she is mentored by Dr. Terri Lipman and Dr. Catherine McDonald.
Assistant Professor, College of Health Sciences, Arcadia University
Global Health, Epidemiology, Health Behavior
Heather F. McClintock is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Arcadia University. She earned her Master of Science in Public Health from the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. de Vries McClintock received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on health behavior and promotion. Her research broadly focuses on the prevention, treatment, and management of chronic disease and disability. Current areas of research include: (1) compliance with clinical guidelines and disease severity at diagnosis; (2) measurement and assessment of key determinants of compliance such as health literacy; (3) intervention strategies to improve compliance behaviors; and (4) the experiences and perceptions of healthcare quality and access for persons with chronic illness and disability. Recent research has taken a global focus with the aim of understanding and improving health literacy and the provision of care for persons in Sub-Saharan Africa and Guatemala. Prior to completing her doctorate she served as a Program Officer at the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and a Senior Project Manager in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania. At the University of Pennsylvania she led several research initiatives that involved improving patient compliance and access to quality healthcare services including the Spectrum of Depression in Later Life and Integrating Management for Depression and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Studies.
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Violence/Injury Prevention, Adolescents, Community/Population Health
I am an assistant professor at the PENN School of Nursing. My clinical background in pediatric nursing has served as a foundation for my research trajectory in adolescent health promotion and injury prevention. My research expertise has focused on intentional (community violence) and unintentional (vehicular crashes) injury in youth, identification of risk and protective factors that contribute to health outcomes, and the development of effective interventions to promote health in youth. I have published over 20 peer-reviewed publications and have begun to establish my area of expertise in adolescent injury prevention in a national forum of injury science.
Assistant Professor & Director of Pediatric Mental Health Ethics, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Medical Ethics, NYU School of Medicine
Mental Health, Global Health, Adolescents, Health Behavior, Ethics
I am currently directing the pediatric mental health efforts at NYU as well as directing data science initiatives within mental health. These efforts entail a great deal of global mental health screening and intervention research, mHealth development, and epidemiological work for hidden and hard to reach populations. I work with a team of epidemiologists and global health experts to find ways to understand and ultimately intervene within diverse and vulnerable populations world wide. These new initiatives are just beginning and we have already had a great deal of success in getting funding and having manuscripts accepted.
Nurse Practitioner, Student Health Service
Infectious Disease, Maternal and Child Health
Joyce McNeill is part of the ACHA Emerging Public Health Threats and Emergency Response Coalition and works closely with Campus Health (outreach, messaging information).
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine; Director Center for Emergency Care Policy Research; Patient Safety Officer, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Director, Policy and Dissemination Core, NIDA Center of Excellence for Health Economics of Substance Use Disorder, HCV and HIV
Substance Abuse, Health Services Research, Health Communication
Zachary F. Meisel, MD MPH MSHP is director of the Center for Emergency Care Policy Research and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Meisel is associate editor at Academic Emergency Medicine, the official journal for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He serves as the Patient Safety Officer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the primary hospital of Penn Medicine. Dr. Meisel’s research interests cover prescription drug overdose, guideline adherence, opioid use disorder, patient safety, emergency medical services, and patient centered comparative effectiveness research. He has a specific focus on using and testing persuasive narratives to promote evidence translation. Dr. Meisel studies ways to improve the translation of research evidence, particularly around prescription opioids. As part of this work, he directs the Policy and Dissemination core (based at LDI) for the NIDA-funded Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV. He is also the principal investigator and co-PI on multiyear grants from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the WT Grant Foundation, focused on the translation of evidence to providers and patients. He is also member of the executive committee for the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC). Dr. Meisel is also a medical journalist with expertise in dissemination translation of health services research results for audiences such as patients and policy makers.
Research Assistant, Drexel University College of Medicine
Social Determinants of Health, Community/Population Health
I co-facilitates and assist in the management of the Philadelphia UjimaTM Coalition program in the Office of Urban Health Equity, Education and Research, Drexel University College of Medicine. My current role involves health promotion for diverse populations and communities, program evaluation and planning, data analysis, as well as organizational policy development to assist with the program’s sustainability. Since 2014, I have been actively involved in research projects promoting social justice, non-violence, reentry for former prisoners and their effect on trauma. I work closely with US Attorney’s Office and MING Film Company, developing, promoting, & presenting documentaries on these issues, nationally.
Associate Director, Vaccine Policy & Government Relations, Merck & Co.
Dorothy Miller currently works as Associate Director for Vaccine Policy and Government Relations for Merck & Co., Inc. She works to strengthen state vaccine-related policies and practices from Maine to Virginia. Previously, Dorothy was a Research Scientist at PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and an Adjunct Instructor in the Master of Public Health Program at The University of Pennsylvania. While at PolicyLab, her research focused on state variation in overseeing psychotropic medications for children in foster care and health care reform. She also served in 2012-2013 on the Pennsylvania Psychotropic Medications Working Group. Prior to joining PolicyLab, Dorothy worked on health reform and health literacy initiatives through the Wisconsin Health Information Organization's Partnership for Healthcare Payment Reform, health IT and meaningful use policy work, a range of health law related research projects and developing the Ethiopian pediatric emergency medicine system. Dorothy holds a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Law and a M.P.H. from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and is the author of a number of publications
Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Department of Family and Community Health
Adolescents, Infectious Disease, Qualitative Methods, Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health
Salini Mohanty is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing. Her research focuses on vaccine acceptance—specifically around childhood and adolescent immunizations. Her previous research experience includes evaluating community-based interventions to improve vaccine uptake, and examining the impact of vaccine hesitancy in pediatric healthcare settings. Dr. Mohanty received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry (BS) from the University of Pittsburgh, her master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from Thomas Jefferson University and earned her doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.
Chief, Division of Emergency Medicine, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Adolescents, Qualitative Methods, Health Behavior
Dr. Mollen serves as the Chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital Philadelphia (CHOP), Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania, and an investigator at PolicyLab, a Research Institute at CHOP. Her research has focused on adolescent improving the care for adolescents around reproductive and sexual health issues in settings such as the emergency department, and she frequently utilizes and consults on qualitative research methodology in health-related research. Dr. Mollen's current research agenda focuses on specific efforts to increase contraceptive and sexually transmitted infection treatment services in the emergency department setting, as well as on the policy level. She is also collaborating on multiple projects utilizing qualitative methods covering a variety of pediatric health topics.
Executive Program Director at LifeLong Medical Care
Mental Health, Policy, Substance Abuse, Community/Population Health, Behavioral Health
Erica Morse is the Executive Program Director at LifeLong Medical Care, a community healthcare center in the Bay Area. She is the program coordinator for LifeLong's MAT (medication-assisted treatment) program and has helped design and implement MAT services across four primary care clinics to offer buprenorphine as a treatment option for people addicted to opioids. Erica has a passion for integrating behavioral and mental health services into primary care treatment and works to weave harm reduction interventions into her projects as often as possible.
Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Social Determinants of Health, Violence/Injury Prevention, Health Services Research, Maternal and Child Health
Ashlee Lynn Murray, MD, MPH is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She co-directs the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Taskforce at CHOP in collaboration with community partner’s, Lutheran Settlement House, to educate the CHOP community about IPV and its effects, to implement universal screening and documentation practices for patients and caregivers, and to provide a safe place for families and employees to discuss their IPV concerns. She is also doing research looking at the association between caregiver ACEs and pediatric ED utilization, as well as temporal trends in pediatric assault victimization.
Research Associate, Children's Environment Research Group (CERG)
Policy, Urban Planning, Built Environment
I am a recent PhD graduate from the City University of New York, where I specialized in the impact of the environment on children’s overall growth and development. I have extensive hands-on experience working with families and children in urban poor communities in India, and in collaborating with local and international agencies that support and empower them. I have also worked closely with public institutions in New York City to address children’s play in public parks and schools. Through these experiences, I have engaged with leading international agencies including the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Save the Children, UNICEF and local NGOs. My experience spans the health, child development, education, and environment sectors; my skills include environmental design programming, participatory action and research, and developing universal child-friendly community indicators.
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Community Health
Health Services Research
I spend the majority of my time making family physicians for West Philadelphia. This includes serving as Chief of the Division of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, where I work with colleagues to run our busy clinical services, residency program, and education and research work that occurs in our clinical settings. I also collaborate with university and community colleagues outside my department in furtherance of mutual goals. I continue to work with the ACGME in residency accreditation activities and have worked closely with the FDA's non-prescription drugs division.
Co-Director, MPH Program; Director of Education, CPHI; Assoc. Prof. Biochemistry & Biophysics
Policy, Community/Population Health
Hillary CM Nelson, PhD MPH is a public health practitioner and the Interim Director of Education for the University of Pennsylvania's Center of Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) and the Co-Director of MPH program in the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Nelson came to public health as a second career. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ran an NIH-funded research lab, and is also an Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics in the Perelman School of Medicine. In 2011, she earned her MPH from Penn, with fieldwork on the Affordable Care Act and capstone policy work on Antibiotic Use in Food-producing Animals. In 2014, as an MPH faculty member, she helped to run an EPBH-initiative to teach MPH students about the opioid epidemic. Dr. Nelson is very interested in the intersection between biomedical science and public health. She co-directs the Public Health Certificate Program (PHCP) for biomedical research PhD students with a strong interest in public health. Dr. Nelson is the Chair of the Health Advisory Council for Lower Merion Township. In that capacity, she has worked on local, county, and state issues including: residential water wells, swimming pool safety, tattoo establishments, and medical marijuana dispensaries.
Executive Director, Student Health Service
LGBTQ, Community Engagement, Adolescents, Health Services Research, Health Equity
Dr. Nguyen leads the Student Health Service at the University of Pennsylvania, which includes Campus Health (the public health arm of SHS). His team monitors the public health of the campus community, performs epidemiologic surveillance, implements health and wellness promotion programs, and conducts public health research with a focus on health equity and quality improvement in the college health setting.
Patient Navigator - Program Manager, Penn Medicine Breast Health Initiative
Health Services Research
Andrea Nicholson, MPH, is the program manager and patient navigator for the Penn Medicine Breast Health Initiative that offers free mammograms and breast cancer diagnostic services at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center to un- and underinsured women in the Philadelphia area. In this role, she works directly to eliminate barriers to breast cancer screening and builds community partnerships to support women accessing care. Under her leadership, the initiative has grown to serve over 600 low-income women and has provided over 850 free mammograms and other breast services since 2014. Nicholson has extensive experience in program management and research in cancer-related health disparities. Previously, as project manager at Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Office of Health Communications and Health Disparities she worked to increase diversity in cancer clinical trials through community-based research. Her family’s journey with breast cancer helped to focus her passion and career on eliminating breast cancer disparities. Nicholson lives in Philadelphia, PA and earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan in Health Behavior and Health Education.
School of Medicine, Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala
Global Health, Community Engagement
I became interested in community-health and preventive medicine as a medical student in Guatemala. For this reason, I applied and obtained a Fogarty International Training grant, which provided total funding for my MPH studies at the University of Pennsylvania (2015-2016). After returning to Guatemala (2017) I became the Director of the Community Health Program run by Universidad Francisco Marroquin in San Juan Sacatepequez, a rural area of Guatemala. My responsibilities will include designing and implementing a community-oriented primary care, building academic partnerships with Guatemalan and international universities, as well as mentoring medical and other healthcare students, from Guatemala and other countries.
Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, Fellow, Leonard David Institute of Health Economics
Mental Health, Policy, Health Equity
Isabel Perera is a doctoral candidate in political science studying health, labor, and social policy in comparative perspective. In her dissertation, she examines the comparative political economy of psychiatric service provision in France and the United States, drawing conclusions for processes of deinstitutionalization around the world. Her academic research has appeared in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, and her policy analyses in media outlets such as National Journal, Congressional Quarterly, and The Huffington Post. Prior to graduate school, Isabel was a health policy analyst in Washington, D.C., first at the Center for American Progress, and then at the Center for Studying Health System Change. She earned a bachelor's degree in Public Health and Romance Languages from the Johns Hopkins University.
Mental Health, Adolescents, Health Behavior, Pediatrics
Dr. Pettit is a clinical psychologist and a research and program development consultant who focuses on efforts to evaluate and improve health and mental health services. She specializes in making health and wellness information more accessible to broad audiences and exploring the real-world implications of research findings. Recent work has focused on the development of programs to improve patient engagement and facilitate self-management; understanding how financial costs and other barriers affect medication adherence and treatment outcomes; facilitating patient-provider communication; and promoting resilience and well-being in children and teens. She is particularly passionate about efforts to promote patient-centered care, reduce stigma, and disseminate evidence-based care and best practices.
Assistant Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
Global Health, Women's Health
Dr. Lucille B. Pilling’s passion is access to health care, particularly for women. She has over 30 years of global public health experience managing complex, multi-organizational initiatives. Pilling was vice president of International Programs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, senior program officer for a Bill & Melinda Gates initiative, managed primary health care programs in Africa and Latin America and provided short-term technical assistance around the world. Dr. Pilling teaches at Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health. She works with the Non-communicable Disease Roundtable and the Reproductive Health Access Project and volunteers at Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA and Christ Church. Pilling graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in nursing and from Columbia University with an MPH and EdD.
Executive Director, Center for Public Health Initiatives; Viola MacInnes/ Independence Professor, School of Nursing; Professor of Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine; Director, Master of Public Health Program; Director, Pennsylvania Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology
Epidemiology, Community/Population Health, Pediatrics
Jennifer Pinto-Martin PhD, MPH, is the Executive Director for CPHI and oversees all education, research and action initiatives. She is also the Director of the recently-funded Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE). The University of Pennsylvania Center is one of five such Centers funded by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work collaboratively to understand the causes of autism and the reasons for its recent increase in prevalence nationwide. The CADDRE is also engaged in research on early screening and identification of ASD, nursing care for families with children newly diagnosed with ASD, sleep disorders in children with ASD, and the psychological health of siblings of children with ASD. Dr. Pinto-Martin served as the President of the Society for Pediatric Epidemiologic Research and is currently on the Editorial Board for the journal Pediatric and Perinatal Research. She served as a special consultant to the National Institutes of Health on their research initiative on autism during 2001. Dr. Pinto-Martin teaches undergraduate "Statistics" with a focus on the real world application of statistical knowledge. In addition, she teaches an "Introduction to the Principles" and " Methods of Epidemiology," a course that is very popular with researchers who want to learn about the techniques of epidemiologic research.
Adjunct Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, School of Population Health; Founder and CEO of Thrive
Policy, Community Engagement, Qualitative Methods, Homelessness, Community/Population Health, Education, Built Environment
Colin Plover’s work focuses on better understanding and improving health systems. Some of his research focuses on the organization and delivery of care in inpatient clinical settings. This research inspired funded innovation endeavors to develop evidence-based algorithms to guide the organization of patient-care delivery. Colin’s work also involves his community service oriented residential community in West Philadelphia. This organization brings people together in living environments who are invested in integrating community service into how they live their lives. Colin also teaches in nursing and public health programs including policy and the organization and delivery of healthcare in the United States.
Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, College of Nursing
Epidemiology, Infectious Disease
I am Assistant Professor in the Jefferson College of Nursing where my research focuses on improving patient safety and quality of care, specifically focusing on prevention of healthcare-associated infections across different healthcare settings. I am currently involved in several studies examining infection prevention and control activities and staffing in nursing homes and primary care settings. Another area that I am working in is infection preventionist and nurse engagement in antibiotic stewardship activities in acute care hospitals.
Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine
Daniel Polsky, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (PennLDI). PennLDI is the world’s leading university institute dedicated to data driven, policy focused research to improving health and health care. Founded in 1967 to unite Penn’s schools of business and medicine, today LDI connects 230 Penn faculty representing a breadth of academic disciplines from all 12 of Penn’s schools. Dr. Polsky is a Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine and the Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in May 1996 and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 1989. His research areas include access to health care, economics of the physician workforce, and economic evaluation of medical and behavioral health interventions. His research was awarded AcademyHealth’s Article of the Year in 2014. He serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers. He sits on the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Health and Medicine Committee as well as its Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. He is an associate editor at Health Economics and serves on the editorial board of several journals including Health Services Research and Medical Care Research and Review. He was the Senior Economist on health issues at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 2007-08. He is a coauthor of the book “Economic Evaluation in Clinical Trials” recently published by Oxford University Press.
Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy; Associate Dean for Global Studies; Faculty Chair at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP)
Global Health, Policy, Health Equity
Dr. Ruger is a leading scholar of global and domestic health policy and public health. She conducts theoretical and empirical studies of health equity to reduce global and national health inequities with a focus on the most impoverished populations worldwide, especially women and children. Dr. Ruger draws on her training in political economy, health policy, international relations, comparative social research and law to cross disciplines and reexamine the principles and values that underlie health policy and public health and apply these principles empirically. She created the health capability paradigm, challenging existing approaches and illuminating optimal health policies and she has developed an empirical approach to evaluate public health programs and health policies as they measure up to that paradigm. Dr. Ruger’s scholarship has critically scrutinized the existing global health architecture in order to identify more effective global health policy responses linking public policy and law to global health theory at the global and national levels. Dr. Ruger studies critical health policy and public health problems such as the equity and efficiency of health system access, financing, resource allocation, policy reform and the social determinants of health. Her scholarship includes areas such as global health justice; global health governance; health and social justice; and shared health governance. Her research is conducted internationally and nationally, including work in Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, South Korea, South Africa, the United States and Vietnam.
Director of Community Health Engagement, Christiana Care Health System
Policy, Community Engagement, Health Equity
I have more than a decade of experience implementing, evaluating, and advocating for equitable health within a Health in All Policies framework. My professional priorities include the structural determinants of health and the socio-political forces that shape health outcomes. I place an advocacy emphasis on civic engagement for healthy public policy. A proven leader in strategic community engagement within complex adaptive systems, I have experience in dynamic modeling, health promotion program design and implementation, policy and network analysis, fifth-generation evaluation and participatory action research. This interdisciplinary work is oriented toward evidence-informed, community-guided solutions to root causes of health inequities. I am past Chair and current board member at the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living (DE HEAL), a nonprofit statewide collaborative. I am a member of the Healthy Neighborhoods committee at the Delaware Center for Health Innovation, a State Innovation Model Initiative, and a member of the policy and evaluation working group for the Governor’s Council on Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Delaware. My professional memberships include the American Evaluation Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, American Public Health Association, Delaware Public Health Association, Society for Participatory Medicine, and Academy Health’s Public Health Systems Research Group.
Assessment Specialist, Counseling & Psychological Services
I have a Ph.D in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University (specializing in public health and medical anthropology), and I am a licensed clinical social worker. My research experience includes projects involving traditional healing, stigma, trauma, migration, stress, provider-patient communication, and genetic testing. I approach health and prevention in an integrated way, and understand illness and healing in a cultural context. In my current position, I monitor and evaluate outreach and prevention programs designed to promote mental wellness on campus.
Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing; Associate Dean for Research & Innovation; Professor of Nursing in Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine
Dr. Richmond is passionate about using nursing science to prevent injury and violence and improve outcomes, particularly in patients from vulnerable urban populations worldwide – those who live on the margins of society, have limited resources, or live in pervasively violent communities. An early clinical position in a Washington, DC, trauma ICU and resuscitation unit sparked Dr. Richmond’s interest in preventing injuries, and her curiosity about survivors’ quality of life. This experience led to specialization in nursing care for victims of injury and violence, including co-founding the Firearm & Injury Center at Penn two decades ago and which now is a vibrant interdisciplinary research center: the Penn Injury Science Center.
Assistant Professor, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, University of South Florida
Mental Health, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, Community Engagement, Qualitative Methods, Health Services Research, Behavioral Health, Mixed Methods Research
Khary Rigg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy in the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at University of South Florida. He received his PhD in medical sociology from University of Miami and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and University of Pennsylvania. His research intersects the fields of behavioral health, medicine, and public health, and focuses on improving interventions to prevent and treat substance use disorders. His work also has implications for how best to provide services to drug involved patients. Dr. Rigg’s research focuses on a variety of vulnerable populations including adolescents, military veterans, treatment populations, and racial/ethnic minorities. His substantive foci fall into 3 main areas: 1) drug prevention, treatment, and harm reduction, 2) HIV prevention, and 3) social determinants of health. Dr. Rigg’s recent studies have examined the causes and consequences of the opioid epidemic, and explored club drug use within the nightlife/club scene.
Research Manager, Perelman School of Medicine, Univeresity of Pennsylvania
Global Health, Health Services Research, Chronic Medical Conditions
Scott Ritter, MS, CCRP, PE is a program leader focused on building effective teams, facilitating interdisciplinary work, enhancing communication, and developing and implementing strategy to achieve public health goals. At Penn, Scott has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and editorials related to public health in diabetes, obesity, heart failure, and engineering. He is an editor for the Journal of Clinical Trials; and an advisor for E-MED. In 2015 he was awarded an innovation grant by Penn I-Corps.
Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Policy, Nutrition, Chronic Medical Conditions
Christina A. Roberto, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a psychologist and epidemiologist whose research aims to identify and understand factors that promote unhealthy eating behaviors and design interventions to improve eating habits. Christina is principal investigator of the Psychology of Eating And Consumer Health (PEACH
Public Policy Attorney, Penn MPH Adjunct; Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health
Law, Policy, Chronic Medical Conditions
I work for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, where I provide policy and legal advice and develop ordinances and regulations related to chronic disease prevention, environmental health, surveillance, and other topics. I also serve as the Department's Confidentiality Officer. Before joining the Health Department, I worked as a litigator and regulatory attorney in Philadelphia and Washington.
Core Faculty in the MPH Program, Founder & CEO of BonVie Health and Nutrition Consulting
Health Behavior, Health Communication, Pediatrics
As a public health professional who specializes in health communication, Dr. Ruggieri designs messages for improved health engagement and decision making, tailoring them for diverse cultural and low-literacy populations. She believes that tailored health messages are an important first step toward improved understanding and decision making about health behaviors. Her research and consulting work have been applied to numerous health areas, such as type 2 diabetes, smoking cessation, colorectal cancer, risk communication, and pediatric obesity. While she enjoys working in all areas of health, her greatest passion is in designing messages to educate individuals about obesity, nutrition, and exercise. Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Ruggieri taught various public health courses for Temple University and Saint Joseph's University. Her university teaching has primarily focused on stress management; counseling techniques; pediatric health; and obesity, nutrition, and exercise. Dr. Ruggieri is well known for her “consumer and user friendly” approach to assist people in understanding sometimes complex dietary issues. Her greatest passion in research and practice centers on parental perceptions of BMI report cards and lifestyle factors affecting healthy eating and weight management for children and adults.
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Dayton
Health Communication, Media and Health
Angeline (LeeAnn) Sangalang (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Dayton. Dr. Sangalang's research explores the intersection of health communication, mass media, and persuasion. Her work investigates how the media environment contributes to health behavior and the potential for using narrative messages in health campaigns to minimize message resistance and promote health outcomes.
Associate Professor, Medicine/Psychiatry
Social Determinants of Health, Tobacco
Dr. Schnoll is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, co-leader of the Tobacco and Environmental Carcinogenesis Program at the Abramson Cancer Center, Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and Program Leader for the Center for Interdiscplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Schnoll directs an independent and collaborative research program designed to evaluate methods for improving treatments for tobacco dependence. After receiving his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 1998, Dr. Schnoll completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control at Fox Chase Cancer Center and remained there as a faculty member in the Division of Population Science until September, 2005, when he moved to his current position at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Schnoll’s research focuses on the study of new methods for treating tobacco dependence, the examination of novel ways to use existing treatments for tobacco dependence to improve their efficacy, and the study methods to improve the use of approved treatments for nicotine dependence. Dr. Schnoll has conducted behavioral, physician-based, and pharmacological clinical trials for smoking cessation and tobacco control research in developing countries. Dr. Schnoll has published over 95 peer-reviewed papers, received 13 NIH grants as PI, and has served on numerous NIH grant review and advisory committees.
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Nursing
Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Chronic Medical Conditions
I am currently an NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellow for Research on Vulnerable Women, Children, and Families at University Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In addition to my Fellowship training, my current public health-related activities include collaborating on my mentor’s (Dr. Terri Lipman) research to develop an intergenerational physical activity intervention for families in West Philadelphia. I am also conducting a study, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to examine the impact of neighborhood poverty on BMI percentile trajectory using a novel sample (10 years of data on 1,000,000 New York City children) and new measure of “neighborhood” (New York City’s recently developed Neighborhood Tabulation Areas).
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, UPENN/Otorhinolaryngology
Community Engagement, Health Services Research
Fellowship in Accreditation of the Local Health Department-Wichita Falls Local Health Department, Wichita Falls, TX Accreditation Fellowship-Assist through the Accreditation Process (Policy Revision and Review Documents). Cultural and Linguistic Competency Policy Amendment. Cultural and Linguistic Competency Training to all the health department staff. Research Analysis with Family Planning Resident Texas Public Health Association, active member from 5 years Red Cross Member
Lecturer at the Penn Graduate School of Education; Neuropsychologist at MossRehab Hospital; Co-Founder and Clinical Advisor at MossRehab Concussion Center
Health Services Research
Dr. Shmidheiser is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist under the auspices of the American Board of Professional Psychology, as well as a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist. As a clinical neuropsychologist, he supervises graduate students in neuropsychology, and works with inpatient and outpatient populations with acquired brain injuries at MossRehab Hospital, Drucker Brain Injury Center. He also provides neuropsychological consultation and assessments for the MossRehab Concussion Center, which he co-founded over seven years ago. As a seminar leader and lecturer in the Masters in Counseling program at the University of Pennsylvania, he teaches courses on ethics and assessment. He serves as chair for MossRehab for the Brain Safety Fair Committee for the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, where he facilitates the planning and organization of public events promoting brain injury prevention and awareness. He is currently completing a certificate in Clinical Ethics Mediation at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His current interests relate to advocacy and ethical considerations for the intersection between mental health and technology, especially regarding applications for tele-behavioral health.
Assistant Professor, La Salle University/Dept. of Urban Health and Nutrition
Global Health, Violence/Injury Prevention, Women's Health
She earned her B.S. from Temple University in Biology and Environmental Science, a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from Temple University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Health at La Salle University, where she specializes in teaching and research related to gender-based violence, immigration, and environmental health in marginalized communities. Sara has expertise in mixed-methods research and evaluation and has performed program evaluations for several organizations, including Depaul USA (Philadelphia), Innovations for Poverty Action (Yale University), the Population Council (Mexico City), and the International Rescue Committee (New York City) and worked on projects across the United States and Latin America and in Sub-Sahara Africa and India. She is bi-lingual (English/Spanish) and interested in research and evaluation that seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable populations locally and globally. She is the Director of Promotoras at Puentes de Salud, an organization that provides direct medical, educational, and other social services to unauthorized Spanish-speaking immigrants in Philadelphia and an Advisory Board member of the Parent-Child Home Project in Philadelphia.
Assistant Professor, Medical Ethics & Health Policy
Policy, Health Behavior, Ethics
Dominic Sisti, PhD is director of the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care and assistant professor in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds secondary appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, where he directs the ethics curriculum in the residency program, and in the Department of Philosophy. Dr. Sisti's research examines the ethics of mental health care services and policies, including long-term psychiatric care for individuals with serious mental illness and ethical challenges in correctional mental health care. He also studies how mental disorders are defined and categorized with a focus on personality disorders. Dr. Sisti's writings have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as JAMA, Psychiatric Services, and the Journal of Medical Ethics, and in popular media outlets such as the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Slate. He is editor of three books: Health, Disease, and Illness: Concepts in Medicine (with Arthur Caplan & James McCartney, Georgetown University Press, 2004), The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics at the End of Life (with Arthur Caplan & James McCartney, Prometheus Books, 2006), and Applied Ethics in Mental Healthcare (with Arthur Caplan & Hila Rimon-Greenspan, The MIT Press, 2013). Dominic received his bachelor's degree in biology from Villanova University, a master of bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and his doctorate in philosophy from Michigan State University. Dr. Sisti was an Edmund Pellegrino Fellow at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University. His research has been funded by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Leonard Davis Institute, and the Dana Foundation. Dr. Sisti teaches a graduate seminar on ethics in behavioral health care and, for the past six years, he has organized the ethics track for the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting.
Global Health, Policy, Health Equity, Education
Over the past decade, I have dedicated my professional career to the advancement of health care laws and policies. Working as an attorney and policy advisor with the Israeli Medical Association (IMA), Office of the Secretary General’s, I was charged with designing the organization’s public, strategic and legislative agenda. In this role, I also served as a liaison between the medical community and the Israeli Parliament. In addition, I had close familiarity with all relevant stakeholders including the legislature, Israeli State officials, executive branch, media, professional guilds, and the courts. I was an integral part of numerous legislative and policy drafting initiatives, high profile Supreme Court litigations, and regulatory task-forces. I also led a comprehensive strategic review of the Israeli healthcare system, which was presented to the Ministry of Health and proposed a fundamental national reform in the medical treatment provided in hospitals and clinics. My passion and dedication towards public health has led me to pursue a Masters in Law degree (L.L.M), at Penn Law, specializing in health care law and policy, where I graduated with honors. During my studies, I was a member of the Health Law and Policy group (HeLPP), and was part of the student research team for PolicyLab at CHOP. I was also a board member and head of Pro Bono Projects of the International Lawyers Organization for Human Rights (ILOHR).
Senior Policy Advisor, Ipas
Global Health, Law, Women's Health
Patty Skuster improves global reproductive health by leading the legal work of Ipas, an NGO that promotes access to safe abortion in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Patty helps ensure laws and policies on abortion comply with international human rights standards. T hrough training and publications, Patty works to reduce legal barriers to safe abortion access. She has furthered the right to abortion through advocacy with the United Nations Human Rights system and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Patty has published on abortion in U.S. foreign policy, parental consent, conscientious objection, fetal rights, and interpretation of abortion laws.
Environmental Communications Consultant, UCLA
Environmental Health, Built Environment
My work aims to advance the connection between climate change, drought, and their potential impacts on human health through Health Impact Assessment (HIA). HIA is a method to factor human health issues into the policy making process, and contributes to the notion that opportunities for advancing and improving the public’s health lie beyond the purview of traditional health care systems. Through this HIA work, I developed relationships and collaborated with key policymakers and stakeholders in water and public health communities. This interdisciplinary collaboration is essential for ensuring that recommendations resulting from HIA are appropriate and feasible, and to aid the potential for an understanding of health impacts to be integrated policymaking process.
Professor, Kenneth L. Pray Chair Professor in Social Policy & Practice and Associate Dean for Research, School of Social Policy & Practice
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity
Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D. is Professor of Social Work, Kenneth L. Pray Chair in Social Policy & Practice and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Policy & Practice, Professor of Social Work in Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine, and Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been conducting research and evaluations of services and service intervention for persons with severe mental illness and their families as well as studying public mental health service delivery systems and their interactions with other public service systems, e.g., criminal justice and child welfare for over 40 years. Her work has also focused on peer provided services and written on this topic and the process of recovery extensively. She is the recipient of a number of awards from a variety of organizations, including NASW, Society of social Work & Research (SSWR), Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Association of Community Psychiatrists and the doctoral student mentoring award from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and a fellow of SSWR. In 2015 she delivered the Annual Sidney Ball memorial Lecture at Oxford University. She has been awarded a number of grants from such agencies as NIMH, SAMHSA, and foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson. She has published 6 co-authored books, 36 book chapters, and 182 peer reviewed journal articles and 7 invited articles.
Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice; Executive Director of the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships
Epidemiology, Policy, Violence/Injury Prevention
Professor Susan B. Sorenson is a Professor of Social Policy, Professor of Health & Societies, and Executive Director of the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships. She has a unique interdisciplinary background in epidemiology, sociology, and psychology. She moved to Penn in 2006 after more than 20 years at the UCLA School of Public Health. Since 1986, she has taught a graduate course in family and sexual violence – the first violence prevention course in a school of public health in the nation. She teaches three public health courses that she developed. With nearly 150 publications to her credit, Professor Sorenson has published widely in the epidemiology and prevention of violence, including the areas of homicide, suicide, sexual assault, child abuse, battering, and firearms. She helped establish violence against women as a public health issue and furthered the study of firearms as a consumer product. A primary focus of her work is the social context in which violence occurs, specifically, the norms that shape whether and how violence is tolerated. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Sorenson has served on the board of directors and advisory boards of local community-based organizations, state government agencies, and university injury prevention centers. In 1991, she co-founded the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, a broad coalition of agencies and individuals which continues to this day. She has provided invited testimony on violence prevention at the local, state, and federal levels. Professor Sorenson has served in multiple advisory roles. She was a member of the National Academy of Science’s Panel on Research on Violence Against Women, a consultant to President Clinton’s National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women, a consultant to UNICEF’s May 2000 report on Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls, a member of the advisory panel for the 2001 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Youth Violence, author of a 2008 WHO report on health indicators of violence against children in low- and middle-income countries, and a member of the 2013 Institute of Medicine committee on Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-related Violence. She currently is serving a second term on the Committee on Law and Justice for the National Academy of Sciences. She also serves on the advisory board for the Biden Foundation in their efforts to end violence against women.
Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Department of Family and Community Health
HIV/AIDS, Adolescents, Community/Population Health, Health Communication, Health Equity
Robin Stevens, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Director of the Health Equity & Media Lab. Dr. Stevens' research integrates nursing science, public health and communication science to influence the individual, social and structural determinants that drive health inequity. Her current studies examine the role of new and social media on adolescent sexual risk and substance use behavior. She received her AB from Harvard College, MPH from University of Michigan School of Public Health, and PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Research at the University of California San Francisco.
Associate Director, Financial Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Mental Health, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Health
As a lender with a national Community Development Financial Institution, my work focuses on providing capital to nonprofit agencies that operate primarily in the health and human services sectors. These agencies provide primary and behavioral health care, HIV/AIDS services, and case management for medically underserved populations, among other things. I work with the management teams of these community-based organizations to understand their business models, competitive pressures, policy and funding environments, etc. I also make investments in Pay for Success projects that seek to address public health issues in targeted populations. Examples include homelessness, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy.
Director of Evaluation, Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Policy, Community/Population Health, Health Equity, Nutrition
As Director of Evaluation, I embrace a mixed-method and collaborative approach to evaluation informed by anthropology and place-based participatory research. Our community and school partnerships at the Netter Center demand a systems-based approach to evaluation and research that improve multiple institutions, programs and policies simultaneously around human health, environmental health, education, economics, and civic engagement. In particular, ongoing evaluative research of our Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative will contribute to scholarly and practitioner discussions to develop more effective partnerships and interventions that can successfully reduce adverse health outcomes through rigorous and locally-defined evaluations with an integration of local and scientific knowledge.
Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Ultrasound Research Lab
Global Health, Epidemiology, Nutrition
I received Doctor of Medicine degree from Al-Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. After graduation I worked as an intern physician for two years at Al-Kadhimya hospital in Baghdad in which I gained experience in the major medical fields through rotating in internal medicine, surgery, pediatric, Gyn. and Obstetric departments. I currently work as a research fellow and an investigator in University of Pennsylvania/ Ultrasound Research Lab ( Dr. Sandy Sehgal's lab). Also I am a part time/online MPH student at Johns Hopkins University-Bloomberg School of Public Health from which expect to graduate in 2017. I have developed a unique and insightful understanding of the need to integrate basic research with clinical application and to have a close grasp of the future research which could have a great impact on public health. Such understanding came as result of combining my clinical background as resident physician along my current work as a researcher in the University of Pennsylvania. However, my greatest achievements lied in the improvement of experiment skills and research potential. I worked on multiple research projects at the University of Pennsylvania, ultrasound research laboratory with Professor Chandra Sehgal Ph.D. There, my ability to perform independent research was significantly enhanced. My research achievements so far include the publication of multiple papers in clinical applications of ultrasound imaging in significant health issues including breast and thyroid cancer, cardiovascular diseases and fatty liver changes related to diet. My public health interests would be generally in epidemiology with special interests in cancer epidemiology, infectious diseases and pharmcoepidemiology. I also have a large passion for global health problem especially involving post conflict areas and refugee health problems.
Senior Policy Analyst, Family Medicine and Community Health
Mental Health, Policy, Social Determinants of Health
Courtney currently serves as a policy analyst in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, focusing on development and implementation of education, research and clinical programs focused on improving access to care, including UPHS' Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan. Prior to joining DFMCH, Courtney served as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Association of American Medical Colleges where she focused on Medicare, Medicaid, and post-ACA health reform policies.
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Policy, Health Equity
Jonathan M. Tan, MD MPH is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist and Certified in Medical Quality by the American College of Medical Quality. Dr. Tan received his MPH from the Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health, where he focused on health policy and administration. In addition, he recently completed a research fellowship in Pediatric Surgical Innovation at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at the Children’s National Medical Center. He is currently enrolled in a Master’s in Biomedical Informatics program at the Oregon Health and Science University. He also currently serves on the Board of Clinical Advisors for SurMD, a secure technology platform for sharing medical documents, and is a Clinical Fellow with Doximity, the largest social network for physicians. Dr. Tan’s research interest is at the intersection of health economics, decision-making models and informatics. He has focused on leveraging the electronic health records to evaluate the economics of new health care technologies in the perioperative setting through decision-making models and cost-effectiveness analysis. His previous work was supported by a grant from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research. Dr. Tan has an academic focus on improving the access and efficiency of pediatric perioperative care through the use of traditional decision making science and leveraging informatics and real time decision support. He wants to change the way we care for at risk pediatric surgical populations by improving their experience, access and thereby reducing the costs to the health care system.
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
HIV/AIDS, Women's Health
My research focuses on developing and evaluating theory-based, contextually-tailored interventions that address health disparities among a variety of populations. I also seek to understand the context of risk and resilience to inform intervention development. My recent NIH- and foundation-funded intervention research has been aimed at promoting low-income women’s adherence to cervical cancer prevention behaviors using technology-enhanced approaches; and using counselor/navigators and text messaging to support HIV prevention medication uptake and adherence among high risk adults with co-morbidities such as substance use, trauma histories and mental health issues as well as food insecurity and unstable housing.
Communications Outreach Coordinator, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Health Communication, Emergency Preparedness
• Oversee emergency response planning partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia. • Plan and facilitate city and regional preparedness exercises and trainings involving Federal, state and local public health, emergency management and service provider agencies. • Develop and update PDPH Community Engagement Plan (CEP) for Preparedness, Response and Recovery • Assist Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) with the development of their Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan to meet Joint Commission requirements. • Edit, publish, translate and disseminate Everybody Ready preparedness handbook and PDPH Health Bulletin. • Serve as PDPH liaison within local, regional and state public health and emergency preparedness planning groups and community advisory groups. • Co-facilitate Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force Functional Needs Subcommittee. • Serve as alternate PDPH point contact for North Philadelphia Emergency Healthcare Support Zone • Manage and disseminate information through listserv of over 1,100 community-based contacts. • Supervise Library Project Coordinator and graduate interns. • Assist Program team with preparedness exercises and real-life emergency response duties. • Revised and streamlined PDPH Closed Points of Dispensing guide and template for partner agencies. • Coordinated regional planning group of public information officers for full-scale exercise, From Philly, with Plague: Challenging Regional Emergency Responders in a Public Health Emergency. • Obtained award from new funding source (National Network of Libraries of Medicine) to hire new position. • Supervised regional outreach workers and managed Pandemic Influenza Project to completion.
Preparedness Field Assignee
Policy, Infectious Disease, Health Equity
I’m a Public Health Advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I have worked on efforts to strengthen our public health system, both domestically and internationally. I have supported CDC’s efforts against the Ebola and Zika virus, and managed public health programs at a state level. My journey in Public Health started by conducting a study on obesity of Latinos in the Bronx, and has taken me to the U.S. – Mexican border to research the deaths of undocumented border crossers. I hope to use my experience and passion for Public Health to support the mission of CPHI.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Pennsylvania Peleman School of Medicine
Policy, Health Equity, Tobacco
Doctor Walter Tsou is a nationally known consultant on public health and health care reform. Currently, he is on the adjunct faculty in the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. He was President of the American Public Health Association in 2005. He served as Health Commissioner of Philadelphia from April 2000 to February 2002. Prior to his appointment, he was the founding Deputy Director for Personal Health Services and Medical Director of the Montgomery County (PA) Health Department from 1991-2000. Before 1991, he was the Clinical Director in the Division of Ambulatory Health Services for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. He has extensive experience in public health and has lectured widely on public health and health disparities. He is a National Board Advisor for Physicians for a National Health Program and was a founding board member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He is Secretary of the Asian American and Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Locally he is on the boards of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, Health Care for All Pennsylvania, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Edna Kynett Foundation.
Senior Research Associate at Creative Research and Evaluation
Policy, Violence/Injury Prevention, Community Engagement, Gender and Sexuality
I am a medical anthropologist and artist with a deep commitment to community engagement. Past research projects include analyses of gendered health disparities as they result from neoliberal reform policies in Belize, the impact of social welfare policies on women and children who have survived violence and who live in transitional housing, and transnational indigenous women’s human rights activism to address structural, environmental, and intimate violence. As a Senior Research Associate with Creative Research and Evaluation in Philadelphia, I conduct participatory and collaborative evaluations with organizations that have health, gender, and educational programming. I am also a practicing artist with interest in visual and arts-based methods. Recently, I was ethnographer for a social practice art collaboration between the Mural Arts Program and Cohabitation Strategies investigating housing insecurity, community wellness, and neighborhood relationships in South Philadelphia. I have held full time faculty positions at American University and Bryn Mawr College where I designed undergraduate and graduate courses and directed student research.
Ursinus College, Health and Exercise Physiology
Global Health, HIV/AIDS, Community/Population Health
Dr van de Ruit’s research interests include public health in Southern Africa and clinical settings including surgical and emergency medicine the United States and South Africa. She is interested in understanding how frontline care-workers interpret and perform health guidelines.
Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology Division
Environmental Health, Pediatrics, Tobacco
As a practicing pediatric cardiologist, I have treated thousands of individual children with heart disease. After considering ways to prevent the most severe manifestations of these conditions, it became clear that one-on-one interactions, though effective and rewarding, would not help to solve the larger problem for the population of children who had silent but potentially life threatening heart conditions or who will develop such as adults. My research began to focus on community-based interventions to increase awareness of the impact of obesity and hypertension in children and youth on adult heart disease, and to identify children at risk for cardiac conditions associated with sudden cardiac death in childhood. To this end, I completed a Master in Public Health degree and a Master of Science in Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. My research has focused on populations of children to understand the best practices for childhood interventions to prevent the development of cardiac disease and sudden cardiac death in children and adults.
Associate Professor, Department of City & Regional Planning, UPenn School of Design
Policy, Environmental Health
Domenic Vitiello is an urban historian and planner whose public health-related research focuses on urban agriculture's roles and impacts in community food systems. Since 2008, with support from CPHI, USDA, and other funders, he has documented food production and distribution from community gardens and urban farms in Philadelphia, Camden, Trenton, Chicago, and other U.S. cities with students and colleagues including CPHI fellow Jeane Ann (JA) Grisso. Domenic and JA led a national study of food banks' involvement in local agriculture, and have helped cities and civic organizations develop food and urban agriculture policy and support systems. With Penn Planning and Veterinary Medicine student Catherine Brinkley, Domenic has documented the long history of public health and urban planning practitioners' relationships with urban agriculture. Domenic's current research in this area compares urban agriculture in the global North and South and examines urban agriculture's influence on harm reduction and on the mental and physical health of immigrant, refugee, and aging communities. He teaches City Planning 621: Metropolitan Food Systems. Faculty page: https://www.design.upenn.edu/city-regional-planning/graduate/people/domenic-vitiello
Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ursinus College
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Chronic Medical Conditions
Dr. Vanessa Volpe is a developmental health psychologist who examines consequences of and mechanisms that contribute to mental and physical health disparities. She researches the health impact of race-related experiences of individuals of color across the lifespan and protective processes that may reduce health disparities. Dr. Volpe teaches courses on minority health and health disparities, health psychology, psychological experience of illness, health behavior and behavior change, and lifespan development. She also maintains consulting and collaborative appointments with schools, communities, and organizations which seek to enhance the holistic well-being of youth of color. Dr. Volpe received her Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Senior Practice Manager, Occupational Medicine, Penn Medicine
Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Research, Health Equity
Andrew Wang's interest in public health grew from initial interest in biological lab work and initial time spent in clinical research. His work has been with large scale research studies at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary as well as Tufts Medical Center. His interests in health services research had brought me to be a part of the Center for Health Equities Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, with a focus on access to care. Currently, he is the Senior Practice Manager for Occupational Medicine, with interest in population health management. Andrew Wang received a Bachelors of Arts in Molecular Cell Biology and Minor in Law and Society from Cornell University as well as a Masters of Public Health and Certification in Public Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Chief Epidemiologist, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health
Raynard Washington is the Chief Epidemiologist at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Director of School & Community Engagement and Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Education
Mental Health, Pediatrics
Dr. Caroline Watts is the Director of School and Community Engagement at Penn GSE. As a psychologist, program administrator, practicing child therapist and university educator, she has devoted her career to developing healthy educational environments for children and youth. Dr. Watts’ work centers on building capacity in mental health and educational systems to serve the complex needs of urban children, youth, and families through creating innovative institutional partnerships. Dr. Watts is also Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology and Human Development and coordinates the internship program in the Professional Counseling Program at Penn GSE.Before coming to Penn GSE in 2008, Dr. Watts was the founding director of the Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program (CHNP) at Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Watts was also a lecturer on education in the Risk and Prevention Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a licensed practitioner of psychology in the states of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Dr. Watts has served as clinical director of the Devereux-Deerhaven Residential Treatment Center for Girls in Chester, New Jersey and consultant to Devereux’s Center for Effective Schools.Dr. Watts’s research interests focus on the process of developing effective institutional partnerships to support the emotional and developmental growth of all children. She is a co-author of the School Mental Health Capacity Instrument (2010), a survey and planning tool to help schools assess and build their capacity to promote positive school climate and proactive responses to student needs. Her current projects involve mapping and assessing the effectiveness of university partnerships in improving academic and behavioral outcomes for students.
Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives - Project HOME
Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Homelessness, Behavioral Health
As a member of Project HOME’s Executive Team, I help direct strategies for eliminating chronic street homelessness in Philadelphia. Current projects include a $250 million, multi-year strategy to address three specific areas: street homelessness among a targeted list of the most vulnerable individuals; homelessness among young adults age 18-25; and employment and housing to alleviate homelessness among individuals with substance use disorders. Through partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, we provide housing, integrated healthcare, education, and employment opportunities to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Managing Director, The Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies
Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Women's Health
Eve Weiss, MS is the Managing Director for the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies. She manages the CChIPS portfolio of activities including communicating with the Industry Advisory Board and CChIPS researchers, facilitating the grant-making process, documenting the work conducted by investigators, promoting the visibility of the Center's achievements, and continuously developing the functioning of the Center to maintain its state of the art research activities. Prior to joining CChIPS, Eve worked for two decades in community-based research, the philanthropic sector, and non-profit evaluation. She has run a range of large-scale health policy and outcomes studies and most recently conducted qualitative research as part of a collaborative team at the Mixed Methods Research Center in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focused on explaining ways that human behavior affects health and wellbeing, how structural barriers get in the way of health among vulnerable populations, and helping clients evaluate and understand if and how their programs are meeting their goals and impacting their target audiences. Eve hopes to bring these skills together in her work for the Center. Eve earned her BA in anthropology from UC Berkeley and her MS in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Professor, Perelman School of Medicine / Epidemiology
Epidemiology, Violence/Injury Prevention, Data Analysis
Dr. Wiebe is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He leads studies of how places, polices, and the locations where people spend time affect injury risks and health. His research has been funded by the NIAAA, NIEHS, AHRQ, and NIJ and an Independent Scientist Award from the NIH. Dr. Wiebe is the Director of the CDC-funded Penn Injury Science Center. He also directs a training program funded by the Fogarty International Center at the NIH to build capacity for injury and trauma epidemiology in Botswana. He has received numerous Departmental and School teaching and achievement awards and he recently received the 2017 Kenneth Rothman Prize from the journal Epidemiology.
Director, EPIC: Pediatric Obesity Prevention Program; Director: EPIC: PA Immunization Education Program
Mental Health, Pediatrics, Nutrition
I have more than 25 years of experience in public health and nonprofit settings including 15 years in management. I have been recognized for outstanding leadership, detecting emerging trends, incorporating new research and best practices, working collaboratively and fostering teamwork, utilizing communication modalities best suited to audience needs, and managing resources efficiently and creatively. I have worked in both an urban, large-city (Philadelphia) health department and as Director of several statewide child health programs incorporating research, application of best-practices to real-world settings, and advocacy.
Adjunct Faculty, Worcester State University/ Department of Nursing
Social Determinants of Health
I started the Central Mass Health Literacy Project to promote interest in health literacy and collaboration among health care providers across continuum of care
Clinical Research Coordinator, CHOP Policy Lab
Mental Health, LGBTQ, Community/Population Health, Health Equity
Diana Worsley is a Clinical Research Coordinator at PolicyLab and the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Ms. Worsley works with Dr. Joanne Wood and Dr. Stephanie Doupnik on research projects in child abuse and maltreatment and mental health of hospitalized children and their families. She received her bachelors degree from SUNY Cortland in Community Health and then went on to receive her Master of Public Health from Drexel University in Community Health and Prevention. While at Drexel University, Ms. Worsley worked at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute evaluating the effectiveness of parent support groups and developed policy briefs related to the Autism Spectrum Disorder population in Pennsylvania.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
I'm currently involved in a couple of grant-funded projects under TCORS focusing on regulatory research of tobacco-related products. For instance, I'm working with Dr. Joseph Cappella on an uncertainty communication project, to investigate the strategies of effectively and ethically communicating uncertainties about electronic cigarettes without hurting the audience's self-efficacy. I'm also working on a large-scale content analysis and survey with Dr. Robert Hornik to explore the influence of media exposure on teens and young adults' attitude, perception and intention of using tobacco and electronic cigarettes using big data.
Social Determinants of Health, Community/Population Health, Maternal and Child Health, Women's Health
Carrie Zimmerman is a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is a Co-Clinic Coordinator at Puentes de Salud, a nonprofit organization that promotes the health and wellness of South Philadelphia's Latinx population. She serves on the Perelman Program of Diversity and Inclusion Community Outreach Advisory Committee and as the Community Outreach Chair of Perelman's Latino Medical Student Association. Zimmerman is also currently involved in research related to patterns of abortion referrals in Pennsylvania. Before coming to medical school, Zimmerman worked as a Research Assistant at NYU Medical Centers Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions, striving to improve stroke and hypertension related outcomes for Black and Hispanic stroke survivors in the New York area. She has international experience studying perceptions of infertility within the Chilean Mapuche Tribe and four years of experience on the undergraduate board of a Tufts School of Medicine community health clinic serving the immigrant population of the Greater Boston Area.
Program Officer, Stoneleigh Foundation
Policy, Adolescents, Health Equity, Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health, Behavioral Health
Sarah joined the Stoneleigh Foundation as a program officer in 2015. Before coming to Stoneleigh, Sarah spent seven years at the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was a founding member and on PolicyLab’s leadership team. At PolicyLab, Sarah worked to build its "evidence to action" impact strategy and oversee the center's behavioral health and child welfare portfolios. She has led policy and strategy projects in Philadelphia and nationally, with her most recent work focusing on cross-system efforts to improve education and mental health care for children in the child welfare system. During her time at PolicyLab, Sarah also served as the public health advisor to the Federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities and taught in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's Master of Science in Health Policy program. She holds an MSW and an MS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a BA from Swarthmore College.
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