2018 College of Physicians Student Recognition Award

The University of Pennsylvania Master of Public Health program is proud to announce that Elaine Tran won the 2018 College of Physicians Student Recognition Award. The Student Recognition Award is awarded annually to a graduate or professional student who demonstrates distinguished leadership and excellence among peers and who makes a significant contribution to public health promotion in the local community beyond the university setting.

Elaine has been working closely with Dr. Heather Klusaritz, Director of Community Engagement at the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI). Specifically, Elaine designed and launched two programs: CPHI's successful Public Health Pipeline program and one the first national chapters of the Walk with Future Doc program. She is an integral part of CPHI's portfolio of community-engaged work, specifically surrounding health education. Finally, she was in the inaugural class and is now the co-leader of Penn Public Health Service Core Fellows program.  Elaine is treasured and admired both as a colleague by her fellow students in public health and the faculty, who see her as an emerging leader in community engagement.
CPHI Seminar Series: Innovation

We recently wrapped up our 2017-2018 Seminar Series with a seminar that showcased the collaborative research at Penn and the Monell Chemical Senses Center that is working to detect early stage ovarian cancer. Penn Today wrote a post about it that can be found here

Missed any Seminars? Blog posts with video footage of each can be found here

Share your thoughts with us! Please fill out this survey to give us feedback on the series. This will help us to improve future seminars. You can win a gift card for contributing! 
CPHI Events
The Intersection of Community, Academia, and Grantmaking

This Community Scholars symposium offers exposure to developing, pitching, and sustaining innovative project ideas that utilize community-academic partnerships.
Participants will:
  • Gain insights into the approaches of developing and sustaining successful community academic partnerships.
  • Learn from grantmakers, community organizations, and researchers effective strategies to advance ideas.
  • Observe a Shark Tank style pitch session where Community Scholars pitch ideas and receive feedback from a panel of funders and experts.
M ore Information and RSVP 
CPHI Summer Institute on GIS and Mapping

The CPHI Summer Institute on GIS and Mapping is taking place on June 13-June 15 this year. Registration is now live!

Wellness Walks for Penn Employees 

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

May 11 from 12:00-1:00 

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.

Job Opportunity 
CEPH Coordinator Position 

The Master of Public Health ( MPH ) program will be undergoing re-accreditation by the Council on the Education of Public Health ( CEPH ) in spring 2019. Because  CEPH  changed their criteria for accreditation, the program will also be implementing changes to become compliant with these new criteria. Given the process, including assembling an extensive self-study document,  CEPH recommends that programs consider hiring an additional staff member with an  MPH  degree. The  MPH  Project Coordinator will report to the Co-Director and Associate Director of the  MPH  Program. This position will be the point person for maintaining a timeline and workplan for the  CEPH  re-accreditation process. They will work with other  MPH  team members to review historic program information, create new protocols for evaluation and quality, and work collaboratively in curricular review to ensure compliance with new  CEPH  competencies. This position will require extensive outreach to key internal and external stakeholders, including faculty, current students, alumni, community partners, and employers. The  MPH  Project Coordinator will need to have experience with facilitating qualitative interviews and focus groups, as well as developing surveys for a variety of audiences. The Project Coordinator will compile data and generate reports using  CEPH  templates.
 View the full posting. 

CPHI Fellow Highlights and Publications 
All CPHI Fellow Highlights can be found on our website. Please follow this link for more information and full article links. 

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: A Call to Action for School Nurses

CPHI Fellows Krista Schroeder , Ellen McCabe , and Terri Lipman offer guidance for school nurses to fully address the social determinants of health when caring for school-age children. Specifically, their guidance focuses on three common health problems in school-age children: obesity, insufficient sleep, and asthma. The group explains how school nurses are well-positioned for addressing the social determinants of health given their accessibility as well as the long-term relationships they foster with the children. Full article link on our website. 

Accessing Vulnerability to Heat: A Geospatial Analysis for the City of Philadelphia

MPH Alumni Laura Barron and CPHI Fellows  Dominique Ruggieri  and Charles Branas  assessed the prevalence of urban health island effect in Philadelphia, also indicating areas where trees can be planted to reduce the health effects. In addition to these recommendations, the team included findings on Philadelphia's current greening prevalence. For instance, the team found that 54% of neighborhoods vulnerable to the health effects of heat lacked street trees.  Full article link on our website. 

Violence in Rural, Suburban, and Urban Schools in Pennsylvania

CPHI Fellows Catherine McDonald,   Douglas Wiebe , and  Bernadette D'Alonzo  tackle the perception that school violence is only an urban occurrence. The research team explored school violence data in urban, rural, and suburban schools in Pennsylvania to find that violence occurs in all schools, though it varies in degree.  Full article link on our website. 

Opioid Discussion in the Twittersphere

CPHI Fellows Zachary Meisel , Daniel Polsky, and Raina Merchant , among others, examined whether Twitter is an effective resource for gauging geographic prevalence of opioid-related discussion and possible use. The team found that regional differences were reflected in the geographic variation of Twitter comments. Full article link on our website. 

Social Media for Hepatitis B Awareness: Young Adult and Community Leader Perspectives

CPHI Fellows  Amy Bleakley , and Raina Merchant investigated the willingness to use social media as a mechanism to disseminate health information, specifically about hepatitis B among young adults. Following interviews and focus groups with young Chinese and Vietnamese adults, it was apparent that young adults were using social media and were willing to use it for health purposes, including sharing health information and conducting group pages or chats. Full article link on our website. 

Characterizing barriers to CPR training attainment using Twitter

CPHI Fellows Marion Leary and Raina Merchant , along with a team of fellow researchers, sought to better understand the prevalence of low CPR training rates. To do so, the team examined sentiment toward CPR training through Twitter comments. They found that the tweets were predominantly negative, suggesting barriers that prevent individuals from engaging with the training, including time, location, and duration. Full article link on our website. 

Health care access and quality for persons with disability: Patient and provider recommendations

CPHI Senior Fellows Frances K. Barg and Hillary Bogner , alongside a team, sought to gauge the perspectives of patients and providers on how to lessen the disparity in access and quality of care between persons with disabilities and persons without disabilities. Specific areas elicited include: promoting advocacy, increasing awareness, improving communication, addressing assumptions, and creating policy. Full article link on our website. 

Understanding barriers to mental health care for urban black men who experience trauma

CPHI Senior Fellows Therese S. Richmond and Sara Jacoby were recently featured in Eurekalert for her study assessing how black men perceived their psychological symptoms following physical or psychological trauma. Sara Jacoby shares, "By understanding help-seeking in urban black men and others at high-risk for psychological challenges after injury, we are better positioned to create individually-responsive programs that be can seeded within the continuum of trauma care." Full article link on our website. 

The Utility of Measuring Intentions to Use Best Practices: A Longitudinal Study Among Teachers Supporting Students With Autism

CPHI Senior Fellows Rinad Beidas and David Mandell , along with colleagues, assessed public school teachers' intentions to use various evidence-based practices in their instruction, specifically with children with autism. Through observational studies, the team found that intention to use was associated with subsequent use, but the reports of intention to use the specific evidence-based practices varied among teachers. Full article link on our website. 
Community-academic partnerships in implementation research

CPHI Senior Fellows David Mandell and Rinad Beidas offer lessons learned regarding the best mechanisms with which to implement community-academic partnerships. Examples of such mechanisms include: building a coalition, using an advisory board, and auditing and providing feedback.  Full article link on our website. 
The price per prospective consumer of providing therapist training and consultation in seven evidence-based treatments within a large public behavioral health system: An example cost-analysis metric

CPHI Senior Fellows Rinad Beidas and David Mandell , among others, offer a method to calculate the costs associated with evidence-based treatments and related training for behavioral health systems. Such a method, which accounts for prospective recipients, works to give insight for how systems should prioritize costs specifically related to training. Full article link on our website. 

Brief Report: Service Use and Associated Expenditures Among Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder Transitioning to Adulthood

CPHI Senior Fellow David Mandell and colleagues examine the utilization of medical services in groups of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and adolescents with intellectual disability to better gauge the transition to adulthood period. The team found that there were changes between the groups in terms of specifics of utilization, indicating that the needs of the adolescent group changes as they age. Full article link on our website. 

Experiences With Skin and Soft Tissue Infections Among People Who Inject Drugs in Philadelphia: A Qualitative Study

CPHI Fellow Evan Anderson and colleagues sought to better understand the decision-making process of injection drug users with skin and soft tissue infections through in-depth interviews. Skin and soft tissue infections are prevalent among people who inject drugs, as over one-third experience this health issue. Their findings were somewhat mixed, but most individuals with skin and soft tissue infections delayed seeking care, either due to previous healthcare experiences, stigma, withdrawal, and so on. The team calls for promotion of earlier treatment of skin and soft tissue infections among injection drug users. Full article link on our website. 

The discipline of epidemiology: engaging in the full breadth of population health science

CPHI Senior Fellow Harold Feldman delivered an address on epidemiology at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Epidemiology in September. Full article link on our website. 

Advances in Alzheimer's imaging are changing the experience of Alzheimer's disease

CPHI Fellow Jason Karlawish and colleagues explore the implications of advances in Alzheimer's disease imaging. Recent advances have allowed for the possibility of biomarker-based Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, which may allow for alternative interventions. However, the team notes unique challenges that may arise should the transition from clinical to biomarker-based diagnosis occur, including a possible change in the experience of the patients themselves. Full article link on our website. 

Shared Decision Making for Children With Developmental Disorders: Recent Advances

CPHI Fellow Susan Levy and colleague address the lack of research conducted on shared-decision-making among children, specifically in the population with developmental disorders. There is a strong desire in the field for family-centered care to incorporate shared decision making of all members in the family. Full article link on our website. 

Changes in the nutritional quality of fast-food items marketed at restaurants, 2010 v. 2013

CPHI Senior Fellow Christina Roberto and team examined whether the items featured on fast-food menu boards changed in nutritional quality between 2010 and 2013. Four fast-food restaurants were examined: McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, and Taco Bell. Overall, the food pictured on menu boards were below the "healthier" cut-off. Though, the greatest improvements were seen in the items pictured in the kids' sections. Full article link on our website. 

The Role of the Subjective Importance of Smoking (SIMS) in Cessation and Abstinence

CPHI Fellow   Robert Schnoll  and collaborators examine the role that negative feelings associated with smoking as well as the importance of smoking to one's sense of self has on an individual's likelihood to remain abstinent following a quit attempt. Utilizing a subjective importance of smoking survey and a 24-week follow-up period in a sample of 400+ smokers, the team found that negative feelings about being a smoker, also known as disequilibrium, could motivate continued abstinence. Full article link on our website. 

2018 March for Science 

CPHI Senior Fellow Susan Sorenson spoke at the 2018 March for Science in Washington D.C. earlier this month. At the event, Dr. Sorenson spoke about gun violence prevention, being the only speaker to discuss this topic specifically.  Full article link on our website. 

Two-scale dispersal estimation for biological invasions via synthetic likelihood

CPHI Fellow Michael Z. Levy and collaborators utilize the synthetic likelihood framework in exploring biological invasions, offering methods for evaluation of summary statistics. The team applies their methods to a specific case of Chagas disease vectors. Full article link on our website. 

Contamination, association, or social communication: An examination of alternative accounts for contagion effects

CPHI Fellow Paul Rozin and colleague examine the role that association and social communication play into perceptions of the contagion effect regarding negatively-associated objects. They found that individuals "often prefer to interact with an entity that they believe is more associated with a negative resource rather than an entity that is less associated but has made physical contact with the same negative source." Full article link on our website. 

Supporting Latina Breast Health with Community-based Navigation

CPHI Fellow Vanesa Karamanian and colleagues examined the current breast health needs of the Philadelphia Latina population years after the implementation of community-based navigation services, including the Naveguemos con Salud Breast Health Partnership Project, which sought to decrease breast healthcare access barriers. From the team's survey, they found that continued community-based work is critically needed in the Latina breast health space, especially in terms of screening, as 26% of surveyed women over 40 had no mammogram within the previous year. Full article link on our website. 

Examining the Feasibility of Healthy Minimum Stocking Standards for Small Food Stores

CPHI Fellow Allison Karpyn and collaborators surveyed a sample of small stores that accepted SNAP (but not WIC) benefits in an effort to quantify the willingness and feasibility of small stores to stock the healthier foods per the new Healthy Small Store Minimum Stocking Recommendations. The team found that many stores felt that they were meeting the standards, but in reality, not all were. For instance, only 79% supplied one qualifying fruit. The authors suggest the need for technical and infrastructure support to implementing healthier foods in small stores on a wider scale. Full article link on our website. 
Other Public Health Events

College of Physicians Senior Health Forum lectures
College of Physicians at 19 S. 22nd St
Wednesday May 9, 2018 @12PM
Heather Claus-"What's All the Fuss About Vaccinations for Older People?"

Global Health & Innovation Conference: Call for Abstracts 
April 14-15, 2018 | Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
The Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale on April 14-15, 2018, is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,000 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  Register Here. 

Summer Institute in Mental Health Research
May 29-June 8, 2018 | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
Are you a student or working professional interested in expanding your knowledge in the mental health field or interested in methods of public health generally, such as Propensity Score Methods in Non-Experimental Research in Mental Health? Then check out the upcoming registration for our annual Summer Institute. 

Classes are offered both in-person and online, and are taught by some of the foremost experts within the Hopkins Institutes of Public Health. Our courses cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from foundational methods in public health, including the use of mixed methods, linked data and mobile health tools, to overviews on mental health services and evaluation, and evolving hot topics in global public health. View the courses currently being offered:  


May 16, 5:30pm
Reception follows

The epidemiology of obesity in Philadelphia and the role of predatory advertising
Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH,Director, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention -- Get Healthy Philly, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

The Philadelphia sweetened beverage tax
Christina Roberto, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania

Obesity prevention activities at Lankenau Medical Center and how health care personnel can be involved in obesity prevention
Chinwe Onyekere, MPH, Associate Administrator, Lankenau Medical Center and System Administrator of Graduate Medical Education, Main Line Health

Physical activity programs to address obesity among youths and adolescents
Heather McDanel, MPH, Founder, Amethyst Consulting and former Executive Director, Students Run Philly Style

David Sarwer, PhD,Associate Dean for Research and Director, Center for Obesity Research and Education, College of Public Health, Temple University
Please join the Region III Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the National Vaccine Program Office for an immunization meeting focusing on the adult immunization work of the six Region III states (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, and Washington, DC), debunking myths and dispelling vaccine misinformation, and identifying ways to enhance adolescent and adult immunization communication at state and local levels.
This meeting will identify hands-on, practical communication tools to help you better engage with your target audiences and provide insight on combating vaccine hesitancy with input from a panel of immunization specialists.
(Event is free and all are welcome to attend. Registration is highly encouraged.)
Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Devietti  (elizabeth.devietti@hhs.gov).
*Please note: This event had an original meeting date of March 21, 2018, but due to inclement weather, it has been rescheduled for May 24, 2018. If you registered for the March meeting, you do not need to register again. If you have not registered, please do so. We look forward to seeing you there!*

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