The CPHI Digest
March 1,  2016
CPHI Events

Innovative Practices to Address the Opioid Epidemic
Jordan Medical Education Center, Law Auditorium (Directions)
3400 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Maiken Scott, host of WHYY's The Pulse
Don Sapatkin, health reporter and deputy health and science editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer

Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, 1st Floor
3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, 1st Floor
3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
(space is limited)
CPHI Fellows in the News

Senior Fellow Robin Stevens finds that there may be a "digital hood" - where disadvantaged youth can't get away from negative interactions, whether on the street or online.

Senior Fellow Amy Hillier discusses how maps made by W.E.B. Du Bois serve as a great demonstration of the use of historical geographic information systems (GIS). 

Senior Fellow Therese Richmond, senior author, and Senior Fellow Doug Wiebe, co-author, find that  participants who were assigned housing located in poorer, more violent, and less educated block groups earned college credits at a significantly slower rate than participants assigned housing in more advantaged block groups.

Associate Fellow  Katie Margo  talks about training physicians and non-physician staff about  transgender patient care and communication. 

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!

Other Public Health Events

Tuesday, March 1, 2016; 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Health Horizons: Innovation and the Informal Economy
Location: Kleinman Center for Energy Policy  Forum, Fischer Fine Arts Library, 220 S. 34th Street
Join Next City and Penn IUR for a discussion on how technology, data and new modes of collaboration are transforming healthcare in the world's fastest-growing cities. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016; 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Healthy Communities Task Force Meeting
Location: DVRPC's Main Conference Room, The ACP Building - 8th Floor, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA
DVRPC's Healthy Communities Task Force meets on a regular basis to discuss the intersection of public health and planning. The Task Force also identifies opportunities for partnership and collaboration. RSVP by March 3rd.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016; 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Precision Science, Friend or Foe to Health Disparities Research?
Location: Clair Fagin Hall, Room 112
The overall purpose of this symposium is to engage faculty, staff, and students within the University community in a spirited dialogue about potential health equity/disparities implications for precision science.  We encourage all students, staff, and faculty who are interested to attend. We invite you to submit a "burning question." RSVP

Saturday, April 2, 2016; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
West Philadelphia Health Fair 2016
Location: Harrity William F. School, 5601 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA
This health fair is open to the public and is completely free and a place where people can come to get physical assessments, dental screenings, and vision checks. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Zoobiquity Conference 6
Location: Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, 8574 Paxton St, Hummelstown, PA
Zoobiquity explores how human and non-human animal commonalities can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal patients of all species. Drawing on the latest in medical and veterinary science - as well as evolutionary and molecular biology - Zoobiquity proposes an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to physical and behavioral health. Registration is open and is limited to the first 240 healthcare professionals and 70 veterinary and medical students. Read more.

Monday, April 4, 2016; 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia's 3rd Annual Public Health Day Symposium
Location: College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
The Public Health Day Symposium is designed for public health professionals to present their work. Students are encouraged to attend to learn more about the public health activities occurring in our community. Read more.
Innovations & Resources in the Field

Call for Proposals in Interdisciplinary Public Health & Community-Based Research 
The Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) and the Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) core of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at the University of Pennsylvania are collaborating on a pilot grant program to fund research with public and community health relevance. The mission and goals of each of these entities are aligned and the Calls for Proposals (CFP) are similar, so researchers can apply simultaneously to both programs if they meet the criteria of each entity. 

This call for proposals is open to faculty with significant public and community health-related experience at Penn and is intended to:
  • Foster interdisciplinary research in public health at Penn that will have meaningful results at the community level.
  • Assist in garnering external support for large-scale studies in the field of public health.
  • Encourage additional faculty and staff at Penn to become involved in public health research.
  • Identify innovative methodologies in the field of public health that have the potential of informing local, state and national policy and programming.
  Applications are due May 6, 2016 by 5:00pm.  Awarded grants will be in the range of $2,000 to $20,000.
All applications should be submitted electronically to Sarah Green (  Please see the attached call for proposals for complete details. 
Read more for criteria.
Grantmakers in Aging created a useful toolkit titled, The Guiding Principles for the Sustainability of Age-friendly Efforts. Check it out here!
The Scattergood Foundation is currently seeking nominations for its Fourth Annual Scattergood Innovation AwardIn order to encourage innovation in the field of behavioral health, the Scattergood Innovation Award recognizes programs and individuals working to improve diagnosis, treatment, de-stigmatization, and support for every American with a diagnosable behavioral health condition.  The winner will receive  $25,000  to support their work, as well as assistance in promoting and publicizing their work. Applications accepted until April 1st, 2016 at 5pm. Read more.

Public Health Job & Fellowship Opportunities

Director, Health Systems
Philadelphia, PA
The Reinvestment Fund seeks a candidate to identify, structure, and secure investment opportunities in programs and projects that deliver health outcomes via the integration of community development, social service, and health care strategies.  Read more.

Executive Director
Philadelphia, PA
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) is seeking a dynamic individual to lead this volunteer-driven children's advocacy organization into its second decade. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors of CASA, which is responsible for providing overall organizational direction, developing CASA's mission and strategic goals and ensuring the accountability of this non-profit organization. Read more.

Research Associate - Tobacco
Rockville, MD
Westat has an immediate opening for a tobacco research associate to join the tobacco interest area in our behavioral health group and work with a multidisciplinary team of health behavior researchers focused on tobacco regulatory science and tobacco control. This researcher will contribute to a wide variety of tobacco research and related projects, including work for the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study (PATH). Read more.
3620 Hamilton Walk, Anatomy-Chemistry Rm 148, Philadelphia, PA 19104