The CPHI Digest
August 25, 2016
This Summer at CPHI! 

 Greetings from CPHI. We hope everyone had a nice summer. We've certainly been keeping busy... graduating 10 more Master of Public Health (MPH) students as they presented their final capstone projects; planning our amazing seminar series for this upcoming academic year; welcoming Carolyn Canuscio as our Director of Research, and onboarding our newest staff member Graceann Palmarella, our Program and Communications Specialist. With so many exciting activities planned, we look forward to the academic year ahead. Be sure to stay tuned for all of our events, seminars, and opportunities to engage.
Welcome José Arturo Bauermeister, Penn's tenth Presidential Professor and CPHI's Newest Senior Fellow 

Jose Bauermeister, PhD, MPH is the new Presidential Associate Professor of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing, effective July 1, 2016.  He is an expert in the prevention and care of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. His research focuses on advancing innovative, multi-level HIV/STI prevention and care strategies, especially for high-risk adolescent and young adult men. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bauermeister. 
Congratulations to Senior Fellow David Rubin, MD 

Dr. Rubin was recently appointed to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Military Family  Readiness Council (MFRC). Dr. Rubin is the current director of PolicyLab, where his team  has been conducting research for the DoD's Defense Health Program (DHP) since 2011.  More information on Dr. Rubin and this appointment can be found in this article

CPHI Fellows in the News

Senior Fellow Susan Levy, MD, MPH on Shared Decision Making (SDM) between doctors and parents of young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to improve satisfaction, adherence, and health outcomes. More can be found here

Recent publication by Senior Fellow and primary author  David S. Mandell demonstrates that Autism Spectrum Disorder Insurance Mandates results in increases in the number of children diagnosed with ASD. Read the publication  here

Senior Fellow Dr. Judith Green McKenzie, along with medical student Amelia Breyre published a recent report describing development of lead poisoning as a result of  Ayurvedic herbal medicines. The article can be found here

A recent study by Senior Fellow and primary author Robin Stevens, PhD, MPH, in collaboration with Senior Fellow  Bridgette M Brawner, PhD, APRN describes the "digital hood" and the implications this has on youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Publication here

Senior Fellow Scarlett L. Bellamy, ScD was recently involved in a study that looked at competition among peers and financial incentives to increase team exercise. The study found that comparing performance to average peers (50th percentile), and offering financial incentives was the most effective method for increasing physical activity among teams of employees. More information here

Want to become a CPHI Fellow?
CPHI welcomes new voices and representations from various sectors related to health. 
To become a Fellow, please visit our website and apply!

CPHI Events

Global Health Talks with Ellis Owusu-Dabo, MD, MPH
Thursday, September 1 11:30am
In partnership with the PSOM Center for Global Health 
BRB Seminar Room 252 
Dr. Ellis Owusu-Dabo joined KNUST's department of Community Health in October 2002 and is currently the Scientific Director for the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical medicine (KCCR).  His academic interests include: Biomarkers for Tuberculosis, Pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Population genomics of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Health System Research. His first talk, "The Role of Social Media in Conducting Pulmonary TB in Drug Resistance Survey", will begin our seminar series "Media and Health". 
Register here. 

Save the Date! CPHI Seminar Series Kickoff 
Tuesday, September 13th 5pm-8pm
We Are All Homeless: Seminar and Art Exhibit with Willie Baronet 
Harnwell College House Rooftop Lounge, 3820 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Willie Baronet has been buying and collecting signs from people on the streets since 1993. What began as a way to deal with discomfort and fear around seeing and connecting with people on the streets, turned into the realization that "there is no us and them. There's just us." Baronet now uses the signs in art installations in hopes to raise awareness and compassion, and to start conversations about the many causes of homelessness. 
Stay tuned for our other  exciting seminars this Fall! 
Other Public Health Events

Start Talking Science (STS) 
September 27th 6-8pm at the Chemical Heritage Foundation 
Start Talking Science is a free, public event geared toward students and the general public to increase the awareness of, and interest in, cutting-edge, local STEM research. In addition, STS aims to provide a forum for researchers and scientists to create partnerships and foster insightful conversations across disciplines and institutions right here in Philadelphia. Penn Medicine CAREs is a sponsor of the event again this year, along with Drexel University & Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

College of Physicians Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine 2016-2017 Events 
September 26, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm: When the Smoke Clears: Why the Tobacco Pandemic Endures.  Speaker: Alan Blum, MD, Director, Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, University of Alabama. Co-sponsored with the Section on Medicine & the Arts. Register   here . Free for Section members.

October 13, 2016, 11:30am-1:30pm: Public Health Leadership Luncheon  for active members of the Section, small fee charged

Philadelphia Public Health Grand Rounds
October 19, 2016, 5:30-8:00pm: Tobacco, Retail Stores and the Marketing of Disease
Speakers: Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH, Philadelphia Department of Public Health; Frank Leone, MD, MS, University of Pennsylvania; Jennifer Ibrahim, PhD, MA, MPH, Temple University College of Public Health. Register  here .

February 15, 2017, 5:30-8:00pm: Housing as Factor in Asthma in Philadelphia Children

May 24, 2017, 5:30-8:00pm: Poverty as a Public Health Issue

Annual Events
January 9-13, 2017: Teen Health Week
Educating teens about good health habits
April 3, 2017, 8:30am-12pm: Public Health Day
Public health professionals present their work
May 9, 2017, 4:00-7:30pm: Student Poster Session
Public health students present their work
Innovations & Resources in the Field
The City of Philadelphia's Department of Public Health and the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation created a Community Health Explorer to provide easy-to-use, responsive and accessible visualization tools for viewing the vast amount of data collected annually for the Community Health Assessment. The tool can be found here. 
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia created several maps of bike lanes in Philadelphia, including one that shows all bus stops located within a quarter mile of the region's circuit trails.

Although generally useful at any time, the Bike Coalition offers tips on how to commute by bike during SEPTA's frustrating Contingency Plan. More info here. 
Public Health Job & Fellowship Opportunities

Research Coordinator
John Hopkins University 
The Research Program Coordinator position involves working closely with the PI on a project gathering pregnancy statistics from prison and jail administrators across the country and on building further research and policy recommendations. The position involves assisting with recruitment of jail and prison administrators; completing prisons' and jails' regulatory requirements for participation; communicating on a regular basis with participants; using software to manage, track and report flow of subjects through protocols; checking for accuracy and ensuring proper storage of data; ensure timely data entry; recording and maintaining the integrity of the research data, including entering data into databases, properly formatting and electronically storing data, etc.

Potential applicants can contact Katrina Thaler at

Rutgers School of Public Health 
Rutgers School of Public Health, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health, Vaccine Preventable Disease Program (VPDP) is hiring an Instructor/Coordinator with the necessary education, training, and experience to assess, identify, plan, develop, and evaluate the activities of the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS). This person will serve as the NJIIS Coordinator. This position is located in Trenton, New Jersey.

For more information and to apply, click here

Be sure to check out the ASPPH Friday Letter for News, Events, and Opportunities. Click here to sign up to receive the letter.