The CPHI Digest
January 15th, 2019

CPHI welcomes Courtney Summers as the new Interim Associate Director

We are pleased to announce Courtney Summers, MSW, as the Interim Associate Director of CPHI, effective January 1, 2019. Courtney is a Senior Policy Analyst and Research Program Manager for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH), where she manages several National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants and a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health (NCIBH). Courtney will continue her work with the DFMCH as she assumes this new Interim Associate Director role. Courtney also teaches for MPH program in the course on Public Health Administration and Policy (PUBH505).
Prior to joining Penn, Courtney worked in health policy at the Maryland State Legislature and Association of American Medical Colleges, where she focused on Medicare, Medicaid, and post-ACA reform. Courtney earned her MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) one of the nation's first interdisciplinary professional schools focused on public health, law, and human services.
CPHI & Jefferson College of Population Health collaborate on Winter Institute on Qualitative Methods

CPHI successfully hosted the 11th Winter Institute on Qualitative Methods, in partnership with the Jefferson College of Population Health. Together, we trained 95 attendees across multiple public health disciplines and beyond. We would like to thank Dr. Rosemary Frasso for her leadership as Course Director for the Winter Institute. We would also like to thank all of the instructors who took part in teaching the comprehensive slate of sessions.

Packed room on Day 1 of the Winter Institute
Left to right: Dr. Rosie Frasso, Dr. Amy Leader, and Dr. Dominique Ruggieri during the Interview Workshop
Judge Alice C. Hill at November CPHI Seminar 

Judge Alice C. Hill headlined our most recent CPHI Seminar on November 15th. With the 2018-2019 theme "The Year of Why" in mind, she articulated the urgent  need to address climate change and the p ublic health implications of failure to act. Along with three panelists from Penn Design, Penn Vet, and Wharton, Hill detailed the  growing   threats of climate change both in the United States and globally. 
Community Driven Research Day

On December 4, 2018 CPHI and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia co-hosted the 9th annual Community- Driven Research Day (CDRD), with the theme: Health Equity: Addressing the social determinants of health. CDRD encourages collaborations between researchers and community based organizations (CBOs) and community groups who have research questions that they are interested in answering, specifically in ways that address social determinants of health. Through an interactive poster session, CBOs highlighted their questions to other area non-profits, community groups, public sector partners, and researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University. Throughout the poster session, CBOs, community groups, academic researchers, and students were able to meet and discuss potential, mutually-beneficial collaborations. This year CDRD welcomed Chinenye Anyanwu, PharmD, MPH, Engagement Officer at the  Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), as our keynote speaker.

Below is a list of Community organizations who presented:
Organization Name
Contact Person Name
Kate Fox
Diriba Gonfa
Andrea Ngan
Sonja Dahl
Fatima Jackson
Michaela Jackson 
Latesha Sims
Jonathan Li
Chase Trimmer
Marcella Nyachogo
Sammy Shuster
Julia Quintavalle
Judith Robinson
Susan Shifrin
Chiwishi Joy Abney
Elisa Sarantschin

Community-Driven Research Day 2018
Community-Driven Research Day 2018

We would like to give a special thank you to all of the planning committee members who assisted with this event. This includes: Jefferson  College of Population Health, University of Pennsylvania Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center, CHOP Violence Prevention Initiative, Temple University College of Public Health, Temple University College of Liberal Arts.
CPHI Events
How to Communicate Science to the Public or Die Trying

January 17th at 12:00pm-1:30pm

Houston Hall Bodek Lounge (3417  Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19104)

Keynote Speaker Dr. Paul Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center at CHOP

"We live in a society where scientific illiteracy has devolved to scientific denialism. People simply declare their own truths: vaccines cause autism, climate change is a hoax, or creationism and evolution are equally valid hypotheses. As a consequence, science is losing its place as a source of truth. Now, more than ever before, it is important for scientists, clinicians, academics, and public health officials to stand up for science. We will discuss the challenges to communicating science to the media and to the public." - Dr. Offit

Paul Offit, MD  is a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has been a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Offit is a board member of Every Child by Two and a founding board member of the Autism Science Foundation (ASF).   Dr. Offit is also the author of ten medical narratives, most recently,  
Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information.

Upcoming CPHI Seminars

F ebruary 21st at 12:00pm-1:30pm

Houston Hall Bodek Lounge (3417  Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19104)

Speaker: Dr. Colleen Kraft, MD FAAP, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Topic: The Public Health Impact of the Migrant Crisis and the Family Separation Policy

Research Readiness Day

Are you a community-based organization interested in community-academic partnerships? Please consider registering for Research Readiness Day! 

CPHI Senior and Associate Fellow 
Highlights and Publications 
Karen Glanz named Associate Director and Program Leader at the Abramson Cancer Center

[written on behalf of Robert Vonderheide and Katherine Nathanson]

We are delighted to announce that Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, has been named Associate Director for Community Engaged Research and Leader for the Cancer Control Program, effective December 1st. 

Dr. Glanz is the George A. Weiss University Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, as one of Penn's distinguished Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professors. Dr. Glanz is director of the federally funded UPenn Prevention Research Center. Dr. Glanz is a behavioral scientist with public health expertise. Her basic and translational research in community and healthcare settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; reduction of health disparities; and novel health communication technologies. She has made important and sustained contributions to cancer prevention and control. With more than 480 publications and designation as a Most Highly-Cited Author over the past 20 years (top 0.5% of authors in the highly influential in advancing the science of understanding, predicting, and changing health-related behavior. Dr. Glanz is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, served on the US Task Force on Community Prevention Services for 10 years, and is a current member of the NHLBI Advisory Council. Dr. Glanz has been a valued member of the Cancer Control Program at the ACC since 2009.

Warning labels on fashion images: Short- and longer-term effects on body dissatisfaction, eating disorder symptoms, and eating behaviorInternational Journal of Eating Disorders , 2018, Kwan, M.Y., Haynos, A.F., Blomquist, K.K., 
Roberto, C.A.

Civil society demand for accountability to achieve the 90-90-90 targets: lessons from Eastern and Southern AfricaCurrent Opinion in HIV and AIDS, January 2019, Russell, A., Luba, M., Mwehonge, K., Lusimbo, R., Milanga, M., 
Kavanagh, M.M. 

The Implementation of a Team Training Intervention for School Mental Health: Lessons LearnedPsychotherapy,  2018, Wolk, C.B., Stewart, R.E., Eiraldi, R., 
Cronholm, P. , Salas, E., 
Mandell, D.S.

Closing the gaps in opioid use disorder research, policy and practice: conference proceedings Addiction science & clinical practice, November 2018, Miclette, M.A.,  Left, J.A., Cuan, I., Samet, J.H., Saloner, B., Mendell, G., Bao, Y., Ashburn, M.A., Bachhuber, M.A., Schackman, B.R., Polsky, D.E .,  Meisel, Z.F.

Jacoby, S.F.,  South, E.C.

Trauma-informed care training in family medicine residency programs: Results from a CERA surveyFamily Medicine , September 2018,  Dichter, M.E. Teitelman, A. Klusaritz, H. , Maurer, D.M., 
Cronholm, P.F., Doubeni, C.A.

Experiences with medical exemptions after a change in vaccine exemption policy in California Pediatrics,  November 2018,  Mohanty, S., Buttenheim, A.M. , Joyce, C.M., Iowa, A.C., Salmon, D., Omer, S.B.

Changes in primary care access at community health centers between 2012/2013 and 2016Health Services Research, 2018, Saloner, B.,  Will, A.S., Wissoker, D., Candon, M., Hempstead, K., Rhodes, K.V., Polsky, D.E.,  Kenney, G.M.

Effect of Changes in Hospital Nursing Resources on Improvements in Patient Safety and Quality of CareMedical Care , December 2018, Sloane, D.M., Smith, H.L.,  McHugh, M.D. , Aiken, L.H.

Troxel, A.B., Volpp, K.G., Halpern, S.D.

Using Mobile Technologies to Improve Women's Health,  JOGNN , November 2018,  Teitelman, A.M.

Development of the NowIKnow Mobile Application to Promote Completion of HPV Vaccine Series Among Young Adult Women JOGNN,  November 2018,  Teitelman, A.M., Kim, S.K.,  Waas, R., DeSenna, A., Duncan, R. 

A Review of School Nurses' Self-Efficacy in Asthma Care ,The Journal of School of Nursing, October 2018,  McCabe EM, McDonald C , Connolly C,  Lipman TH.

From Intention to Action: Nurses as Policy Advocates for Asthma Care in Schools NASN School Nurse, September 2018,  McCabe EM , Connolly C.

Other Public Health Events 
Philadelphia Public Health Grand Rounds
College of Physicians at 19 S. 22nd St
Wednesday February 13th, 2019 @5:30pm-7:30pm
Access to Primary Care in Philadelphia: Scope of the Problem, Identifying Solutions

Save the Date for West Philadelphia Women's Day on January 26th

Please join The PEW Charitable Trusts, city officials, medical professionals, and health and human services leaders for discussion on the opioid crisis and promising practices being employed locally and in other cities to increase access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which is widely considered the  most effective intervention for opioid use disorder (OUD).

Expanding Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment in Philadelphia and Other Jurisdictions
Perspectives from public heath officials and care providers 

Friday, January 25th, 2019 |  7:45am - 11:00am 
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 S. 22nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

A light breakfast will be served

The Pew-hosted discussion will include two panels to offer important perspectives on the issue:

How Philadelphia and other cities have expanded access to MAT to address the opioid crisis
  • David T. Jones, Commissioner, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS), City of Philadelphia
  • Timothy Ngram, Health Commissioner, Hamilton County Public Health, State of Ohio
  • Eric Hulsey, Manager, Behavioral Health Analytics, Office of Data Analysis, Research and Evaluation, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
  • Marissa Kaplan-Dobbs, Primary Care Initiatives Manager, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care, and Treatment, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Reducing barriers and increasing access in three Philadelphia care settings

  • Regan Kelly, President and CEO, NorthEast Treatment (NET) Community Care
  • David Barclay, Board Certified Family Physician, Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; Medical Director, Prevention Point
  • Priya Mamden, Director of Public Health Programs and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Sidney Kimmel; Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Beth Connolly, project director of Pew's substance use prevention and treatment initiative, will facilitate both conversations. Time for audience questions will follow each panel.


7:45am Registration and Breakfast

8:20am Program begins


Kindly RSVP by Monday, January 14th, 2019


Please RSVP to Claudia Caponi  by Monday, January 14, 2019

Call for Ideas - Food Justice Projects

Grant Opportunity

We are very excited to announce a new funding opportunity for food justice projects in Philadelphia. Get Healthy Philly just launched an open call for funding food projects. Up to $200,000 is available for projects completed between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.  Applications are due Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Find more details here:
Applications are also available in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Khmer, and French on the web page linked above and also on the google form.

Everyone can and is welcome to apply!  Do you grow food, eat food, sell food or even just like food? Do you believe communities should control how to grow, sell, or eat food and have ideas for how to get there? Then we want to hear from you. Preference will be given to community-based proposals or those from applicants led by people of color. 

There will be an info session tomorrow Wednesday, January 9, from 3-5pm at 1401 JFK Blvd, 16th Floor. The session will also be streamed on Facebook live from @FoodFitPhilly. If you cannot attend but would like more information, contact or 215.685.5252.  We are also happy to set up an info session in your neighborhood if there is interest.  Attending this session is not required for funding.
Request for Speakers, Presenters & Panelists

Faith and Spiritual Affairs/Health Justice Conference

The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services and Philadelphia Department of Public Health are co-hosting the 2019 Faith and Spiritual Affairs/Health Justice Conference on Friday, April 26, 2019! We are seeking speakers, presenters, and panelists who can cast a vision for systemic transformation and explore the possibilities of building a movement toward health justice in Philadelphia.

The conference will bring together community leaders, health professionals, social workers, faith leaders and engaged residents to better understand the impact of historic systemic injustice on community health and identify solutions. We encourage people and organizations with creative ideas for non-traditional presentations, discussions, workshops to apply. Please feel free to share!

For more context, read about last year's Health Justice Summit here

General registration for the conference is not yet open. Please contact or 215.685.5292 with any questions. 
All submissions due by February 8, 2019. To apply, click HERE

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