The Intersection of Community, Academia, and Grantmaking: Community Scholars Pitches 

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 Penn Community Scholars on their successful pitch presentations on April 28. For those who were unable to join us or who had to leave early, we are excited to announce that first place was awarded to ARTZ Philadelphia and second place to theVillage. Congratulations to all our scholars on great final pitches and a successful program! 

If you are interested in contacting a scholar about their program or in getting involved, please contact Graceann Palmarella at and we will connect you. 

Dementia Quality of Life Programs 
ARTZ Philadelphia
Susan Shifrin and Celia Morrison 

Parent Readiness Tool 
Denise Butcher

Metamorphosis Program
Blessings Inc.
Dashaya Kilgore and Heather Haywood 

Cross-Cultural Exchange
Al Bustan Seeds of Culture
Nora Elmarzouky

Healthy Homes
Naida Elena Burgos

Blood Pressure Barriers 
American Heart Association
Jennifer Litchman-Green and Tk Rogers 

Adverse Childhood Experiences APP
Cheryl Burkett
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CPHI Events

Save the Date: CPHI Summer Institute on GIS
Led by Amy Hillier 
Wednesday, June 14- Friday, June 16 
More Information and Registration to be Announced Soon! 

By the end of the 3-day Institute, participants will be able to:
  • Understand a broad range of ways that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be applied to public health research, practice, and public policy
  • Critically analyze maps and research results developed using GIS
  • Learn how to create and analyze thematic maps, geocode addresses, and conduct basic queries
  • Implement a variety of field data collection methods used in GIS such as handheld GPS technology
  • Develop individual research agendas which incorporate GIS methods
CPHI Fellows in the News

Predictors of clinician use of exposure therapy in community mental health settings

"Exposure therapy is recognized as the key component of cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety. However, exposure is the least used evidence-based treatment in community mental health settings and is the most challenging technique for clinicians to adopt within the context of effectiveness and implementation trials. This study by Rinad Beidas and others characterized clinician and organizational predictors of exposure use and relaxation for anxiety. Mixed effects regression analyses indicated that both clinician attitudes and an organization's implementation climate may be important levers for interventions seeking to increase clinician exposure use. " Read the full article here. 

New Research: Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder Do Drive

A study conducted by Allison E. Curry, PhD and her colleagues at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) finds 1 in 3 adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) receive an intermediate driver's license, and the majority does so in their 17th year.

This large-scale study is the first to provide detailed information on the proportion of adolescents with ASD who get licensed and the rate at which they progress through Graduated Driver Licensing. Results published in the journal Autism  suggest that families are making the decision to pursue driving before their teens even get behind the wheel with a learner's permit. Read more. 

Even Republican doctors oppose discrimination against people with preexisting medical conditions

" From December through January, David Grande and Craig Pollack surveyed 1,000 primary-care physicians across the United States to assess their views toward the ACA as it currently exists and potential changes to the law. After excluding physicians who were ineligible (e.g., because of wrong addresses), 45 percent responded.
Physicians - even if they're Republican - want protection for patients with preexisting conditions. " More can be found here. 

Matthew McHugh, PhD, Appointed to Pennsylvania State Agency

"The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) was formed to address rapidly growing health care costs. Its strategy to contain costs is to stimulate competition in the health care market by giving comparative information about the most efficient and effective health care providers to individual consumers and group purchasers of health services; and by giving information to health care providers, they can identify opportunities to contain costs and improve the quality of care they deliver. Matthew McHugh has been appointed by Governor Thomas Wolf for the four year appointment." Read more. 

The Universal Language of Caring

"If I could have a superpower, I'd wish to be able to speak every language in the world. The diversity of the patients I help to navigate, many who speak Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and a variety of other languages, inspires me. " Find out more about Andrea Nicholson's role as a breast cancer screening navigator. 

Nurse fellowship immerses Ph.D. students in nursing care while enhancing scientific inquiry

" Today, fewer than five percent of nurses have PhDs, the education level typically needed to perform independent research, according to data from the National Institute of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health. Coupled with the aging and retirement of the current cadre of nurse researchers, these indicators point to a coming shortage of nurse scientists that could impact current and future contributions to science.
To meet this challenge, the Hillman Program in Nursing Innovation, developed the idea for an integrated BSN to PhD program to accelerate education opportunities for the next generation of nurse researchers." Read more about Therese Richmond's work on this program 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!

Other Public Health Events

Webinar: Intimate Partner Violence in the Pediatric Healthcare Setting
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 12-2pm

CHOP's  Violence Prevention Initiative  (VPI) and  Lutheran Settlement House  will be presenting a free webinar for physicians, nurses, social workers and other healthcare professionals: "Intimate Partner Violence and Pediatrics." Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a critical issue in pediatric healthcare. Each year in the US, 15.5 million children are exposed to adult IPV, leaving them vulnerable to poor health, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress symptoms. More information and registration. 

College of Physicians Public Health Grand Rounds
May 24, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 PM 
Mutter Museum |19 South 22nd Street

Poverty as a Public Health Issue
May 24, 2017 | 5:30-7:00pm

2017 Training Course in MCH Epidemiology
June 12-16, 2017 
Clearwater Beach, FL |  Wyndham Grand Hotel

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and CityMatCH will again offer a Training Course in Statistical MCH Epidemiological Methods as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. The training course is an intensive program that combines lectures, discussion, hands-on exercises, and opportunities for individualized technical assistance. Two webinars prior to the training will set the stage for the onsite course and several post-course webinars will serve to build upon and extend the in-person training. More Information 

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative is hosting its annual Summer Institute at the Dornsife School of Public Health. Registration is open to all and may be of interest to students, researchers, public health and allied health professionals.
Health Impact Assessments and Applied Public Health Research
Introduction to Multilevel Analysis for Urban Health Research
Taught by Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology, and Félice Lê-Scherban, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health

Introduction to Bayesian Analysis for Public and Urban Health
Taught by Harrison Quick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Dornsife School of Public Health

August 14-17, 2017
Bethesda, Maryland 

The program will feature lectures, mock grant review, seminars, and small group discussions on research relevant to minority health and health disparities. It will also include sessions with NIH scientific staff engaged in related health disparities research across the various institutes and centers.
The HDRI program is intended for early stage research investigators. Applications will only be accepted from post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors, or individuals in similar early stage research career positions who are engaged in minority health and health disparities research. Early career researchers from diverse backgrounds interested in the conduct of health research, within academic, community-based, non-profit, and other non-academic settings, are encouraged to apply.
The application process will be opening soon. The due date for application submissions is May 12, 2017, 11:59pm (EST).

Public Health Job & Fellowship Opportunities

Case Western Reserve University Transdisciplinary Fellowship in Primary Care Research

Calling clinicians and non-clinicians (e.g., social scientists, public health professionals, and others with doctoral degrees) to join a dynamic, interdisciplinary cohort of emerging leaders in primary care research. The program welcomes diversity in fellows' backgrounds and interests, and provides flexible training to accommodate this diversity. This prestigious 2-3 year full-time fellowship through Case Western Reserve University is funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). More information. 
Innovations and Resources in the Field

Compiling data on changes in law across states over time for use in outcomes research and policy analysis. For example, tracking: cigarette taxes, opioid prescription regulations, drug/drunk driving laws, medical marijuana, etc.
More info. 

NIH Funding Opportunity for Community Partners: All of Us
From the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

"The National Institutes of Health has announced a new opportunity for organizations interested in helping engage volunteers in the All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. This funding opportunity, open to national and regional organizations, as well as local community groups, will support activities to promote enrollment and retention in the All of Us Research Program across diverse communities.

All of Us is an ambitious effort to gather data over time from 1 million or more people living in the United States, with the ultimate goal of accelerating research and improving health. Unlike research studies that are focused on a specific disease or population, All of Us will serve as a national research resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide variety of health conditions. Researchers will use data from the program to learn more about how individual differences in lifestyle, environment and biological make-up can influence health and disease. By taking part, people will be able to learn more about their own health and contribute to an effort that will advance the health of generations to come."

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A Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) will be opening in Philadelphia in 2017.  It will  be located at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.  An FSRDC provides approved researchers with a secure environment to access restricted-use microdata from the Census Bureau, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Center for Health Statistics, and Bureau of Labor Statistics.  More information about the FSRDC network is available at .

Penn Bike Commuter Reimbursements 
Beginning January 2017, Penn will reimburse all full-time benefits-eligible faculty or staff who bike to work more than half the time. Coverage will be up to $20 per month or $240 per year in reimbursements.This benefit will be on top of salary without being considered taxable income.  Read more. 

For those interested in beginning to bike to work, or switching up their route, 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.  Maps can be found here. 

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