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The Public Health Record
Spring 2014 | Issue 7.1
Jennifer Pinto-Martin
Director's Message
Jennifer Pinto-Martin

CPHI is pleased to bring this new electronic edition of our tri-annual newsletter! The new version will continue to feature the work of CPHI fellows, MPH faculty and students, highlight upcoming events and opportunities, and engage our community around important public health topics. With an electronic format, we now offer more searchable and sharable content, including posts from our new CPHI blog. We plan to continue to expand our communications portfolio so we can increase the public health visibility and dialogue in and outside of Penn.


As always, CPHI welcomes new voices and representation from various sectors related to health. We invite Penn Faculty and Public Health Professionals to learn more about becoming a CPHI fellow. For more information, you may reach out directly to myself at pinto@nursing.upenn.edu or Sara Solomon at sarasol@exchange.upenn.edu.

Fellows Spotlight
Dr. Baligh Yehia

Dr. Yehia, an Infectious Disease physician and CPHI Senior Fellow, recently launched the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health. The Program is collaborating with CPHI and LDI to plan a special event this April.  

Fellows in the News

Senior Fellow JA Grisso is featured in the NIH's
Women in Science newsletter

Senior Fellow Phyllis Solomon has received the Distinguished Career Achievement Award presented by the Society for Social Work Research

Senior Fellow and MPH alum Joel Fein is on a team that's been nominated as a finalist for a Scattergood Mental Health Innovation Grant. Vote for his program to help bring attention to youth suicide prevention.

CPHI's blog features more updates on the work of Fellows Amy Bleakley, Susan Sorenson, and Dennis Culhane   

 Dr. Grisso's research and her leadership will leave a lasting impression not just at Penn, but also on the successes of women in science going forward.


  Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 25, 12:00-1:30pm

Special Event: Firearms Violence Research  |  RSVP 

Featuring Dr. Alan Leshner, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Executive Publisher, Science
and Dr. Susan Sorenson, Professor of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania; Director, Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center; Director, PhD program in Social Welfare 


Tuesday, April 1, 4:00-6:00pm 
Co-Sponsored with the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health and the Leonard David Institute of Health Economics

Save the Date:

Tuesday, April 22, 4:00-6:00pm 

CPHI Fellows Meet & Greet
A chance for CPHI Fellows to network and learn about their research.


June 4-6

Summer Institute on GIS and Public Health
More details coming soon!

Public Health Around Campus

If you saw someone collapse, stop breathing and not have a pulse, you would call 911 and probably start CPR. But would you know where to look for an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)? AEDs are the only publicly accessible devices that can shock the heart back to life. Each device provides clear visual guides and audible instructions to the user. In spite of this, AEDs are rarely used in an emergency.

Right now, Penn is running a Defibrillator Design Challenge to draw attention to AEDs and their use. Anyone can participate by uploading a design or voting for your favorite. CPHI has an entry, too: you can vote for us here!

Public Health Hot Topics
Smoking Cessation

CVS Caremark recently announced that it would stop selling tobacco products, a move that Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, called "an unprecedented step in the retail industry." Here in Philadelphia, the decision could result in a 22% decrease in the number of pharmacies selling tobacco products in the city.

This map from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health illustrates the potential change. Take a look at CPHI's statement in support of a smoke-free campus on our website

Student Spotlight
Jane Seymour

Jane is a second-year full-time MPH student who has spent time as an AmeriCorps VISTA, a teaching assistant, a researcher with the Mixed Methods Research Lab, and more! Read about her experience at Penn and beyond.

MPH Program News


This year, over 20 students have submitted abstracts to the American Public Health Association's annual meeting, held this year in November in New Orleans. This year's conference theme is Healthography: How where you live affects your health and well-being.


Two Penn MPH students are on one of the final five teams in the Fels 2014 Public Policy Challenge. Read about their idea and come out to watch the next round of competition on March 2nd.


The Penn Public Health Society is partnering with public health students and faculty across Philadelphia to train for the New Jersey Marathon on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Their team is fundraising for Puentes de Salud, a Philadelphia based non-profit organization that promotes the health and wellness of the Latino immigrant population. They would love to have more Penn MPH students and CPHI fellows join the team. You can also support them by buying a T-Shirt. There will be a fundraising dinner in West Philadelphia on Friday, March 21st, 2014. Please mark your calendar for that evening -- details will follow.


The Penn MPH program is also hosting the College of Physicians of Philadelphia's Section on Public Health's Steering Committee. They will be visiting Penn on Monday, April 14th from 8:00 to 9:30am for an informal meet and greet. A light breakfast will be served. We'd love for MPH students and faculty members to attend and meet the committee. Please let us know if you can come by RSVPing here.


Lastly, Spring Capstone presentation times are being finalized for the 24 students who will present their work this semester. As always, you can come for a full day or drop by for part. Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

May 5: 4-8pm

May 6: 9am-1pm

May 7: 1-4pm, 4-8pm

May 8: 4-8pm 

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