CPHI Fall Seminar Series kickoff with Dr. Benoit Dubé 

The Center for Public Health Initiatives launched its 2018-2019 Seminar Series, themed "The Year of Why," with Penn's first Chief Wellness Officer, Dr. Beniot Dubé. A room of about 170 students, staff, and faculty were eager to hear Dr. Dubé's plans on promoting wellness on Penn's campus. Dr. Dubé organized the seminar into a conversation around three key areas: the meaning of wellness, the current state of wellness at Penn and the future of wellness at Penn. Dr. Dubé highlighted established resources readily available such as CAPS and Student Health Service, as well as successful initiatives of students, schools, and faculty. He also explored opportunities to improve wellness at Penn, explaining that he wants to give Penn a "F
acelift". He acknowledged the de-centralized nature of these services as a challenge and hopes to lead efforts to more effectively integrate wellness initiatives (Wellness at Penn) andestablish resources to increase access and better serve all the Penn community. While Dr. Dubé began his talk by asking the audience to start a conversation, he concluded his talk by asking the room to join him in starting a "Wellness Revolution!".

Public Health Pipeline Plus Interns present at FPAC

Four Public Health Pipeline Plus students presented their healthy food advocacy plan to the Food Policy Advisory Council on Wednesday, October 3rd. Public Health Pipeline Plus is a summer internship program, drawing high school students from West and Southwest Philadelphia, and facilitated in partnership with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Over the summer, these PH Pipeline Plus interns conducted a healthy food accessibility audit at corner stores in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia, as a part of a city-wide study with Get Healthy Philly. Seeing the lack of healthy food options in North Philadelphia and reflecting on their own experiences inspired the PH Pipeline Plus students to create a healthy food advocacy toolkit for youth, by youth. In this toolkit, the interns define the problem using data and provide tools to amplify youth voice around food access, with a social media plan, example content, scripts to guide advocacy calls to City government officials, and more. At the FPAC meeting, these four incredible teens shared how the issue of food access affects them personally and how they hope to inspire more youth to advocate for healthier options. We are so proud of these young leaders and are honored to have the privilege to work with them towards their public health advocacy vision.

Public Health Pipeline Plus interns and their facilitators
CPHI Events

Public Health vs. The Viruses: A Matchup for the Century

October 25th at 3:00pm-4:30pm

Smilow, Rubenstein Auditorium (3400 Civic Center Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19104)

Speaker: Anne Schuchat MD (RADM, USPHS, RET), 
Principal Deputy Director, 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Schuchat will talk about the public health threats from emerging and reemerging viruses in the 21st century. She will draw from the recent responses to SARS, Ebola, and Zika, identifying lessons to inform the needs of assuring global health security and domestic preparation. She will then highlight the perpetual threat posed by influenza, as seasonal, avian, and pandemic flu outbreaks show that old foes continue to acquire new tricks. Public health has had success against many of these disease threats, but our work continues and provides a blueprint for future action.

Climate Change & Health: The Hidden Threat

November 15th at 12:00pm-1:30pm

Amado Recital Hall at Irvine Auditorium (3401 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19104)

Speaker: Judge Alice C Hill (Ret), Former Senior Director for Resilience - National Security Council 

How is climate changing affecting us today and how will it impact our future? This talk will focus on the wide-range of public health threats posed by climate change, including the rapid spread of vector-borne diseases, the threat to human life from  'wet bulb temperatures', increased exposure to water-borne diseases and toxins, and added stress to mental health. Ms. Hill will offer policy perspectives on what should be done to address the growing threats both internationally and nationally, as well as describe promising practices and solutions to the most immediate challenges.

CPHI Winter Institute on Qualitative Methods

The CPHI Winter Institute on Qualitative Methods will be January 8th-10th, 2019. Registration will be live in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Wellness Walks for Penn Employees 

Friday's from 12:00-1:00 beginning at College Green 

October 26 
November 16 
December 14

We meet at the Ben Franklin statue in front of College Hall at 12 noon. The walk begins with stretching, followed by a 2 mile walk around campus and beyond. This is a great opportunity to get away from your desk and walk with others. Plus- you'll receive points for Penn HR's "Be In the Know Campaign" if you are a Penn employee. 
Visit the HR website to sign up.

CPHI Senior and Associate Fellow Highlights and Publications 

Trauma-Informed Care Training in Family Medicine Residency Programs Results From a CERA Survey.

CPHI Senior Fellows Melissa DichterAnne Teitelman, Heather Klusaritz, Peter Cronholm  along with colleagues, evaluated the current state of trauma-informed care training in family residency pro grams in order to identify opportunities for and barriers to trauma-informed care training.  Read more here  
Association Between the Experimental Kickoff Rule and Concussion Rates in Ivy League Football

The role and impact of community health workers in childhood obesity interventions: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Penn Dental Medicine Awarded $1M Scholarship Grant from Delta Dental Community Care Foundation.

CPHI Senior Fellow Dr. Joan Gluch was awarded a $1 million dollar Scholarship Grant for Penn Dental Medicine students with a passion for serving vulnerable patients. Dr. Gluch expressed how this fills a need for the growing number of students interested in developing extensive experience in the community. Read More here

Factors Associated with Cell Phone Use While Driving: A Survey of Parents and Caregivers of Children Ages 4-10 Years

This study, led by CPHI Senior Fellow Catherine McDonald, exposes the shocking statistics of distracted driving by parents and caretakers for children. This study used a national cross-sectional online survey to explore the characteristics associated with cellphones-use while driving by parents and caretakers. Read More here

NowIKnow Mobile App to Promote Completion of HPV Vaccine Series Among Young Adult Women

CPHI Senior Fellow Anne Teitelman sought to identify salient beliefs about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine completion among young adult women in low-income urban communities with the goal of integrating those beliefs into the development of a mobile health application promoting vaccine completion. Read M ore here

Novel Smartphone-Based Measures of Cell Phone Use While Driving in a Sample of Newly Licensed Adolescent Drivers

CPHI Senior Fellows Catherine McDonald, Doug Wiebe, Penn MPH alum Kristen Ward, and colleagues collaborated on a study measuring cell phone use while driving in a sample of newly licensed adolescent drivers. An innovative smartphone-based application was used to collect continuous data on cell phone use while driving, a strategy that can be used to better understand driving behavior among this population. Read More Here.


Penn Futures Project appoints Terri Lipman as one of its faculty leaders

CPHI Senior Fellow Terri Lipman was selected as one of the first faculty leaders for the Penn Futures Project, which serves children and families in Philadelphia through an interdisciplinary approach between the School of Nursing, School of Social Policy and Practice, and Graduate School of Education. Read More here

CPHI Senior Fellow Robert Schnoll appointed as Associate Director for Population Science

CPHI Senior Fellow Robert Schnoll was recently appointed Associate Director for Population Science at the Abrahamson Cancer Center.  Dr. Schnoll is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, a Senior Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and the Program Leader and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction. Dr. Schnoll has been the Co-Leader for the Tobacco and Environmental Carcinogenesis Program at the ACC since 2013, and he will remain in this role as he assumes the new Associate Director role. Dr. Schnoll's lab, continuously funded by NIH since 2000, is devoted to collaborative and independent research on treatments for nicotine dependence, including the evaluation of tobacco use treatments in clinical populations and the evaluation of novel methods to improve the effectiveness of tobacco use treatments.

Other Public Health Events

College of Physicians Public Health Grand Rounds
College of Physicians at 19 S. 22nd St
Wednesday November 28 2018 @5:30pm-7:30pm
STDS and HIV in Philadelphia: At-Risk Populations and Prevention

Please send us news and events to include in this digest: cphi.upenn@gmail.com