CPHI Fellows in the News

Realities of environmental toxicity and their ramifications for community engagement

New research from Frances Barg shifts research on community responses to toxicity away from empiricism, examines diverse experiences of asbestos toxicity in a small American town, finds that a singular, well-known toxin is actually an object with many realities, reveals the limits of the citizen science approach to community engagement, and stresses ability of social science to inspire new modes of community engagement. Full article here.

Gender Policing During Childhood and the Psychological Well-Being of Young Adult Sexual Minority Men in the United States

Jose Bauermeister recently  used data from a national cross-sectional survey of young sexual minority men (N = 1,484; ages 18-24 years) to examine the relationship between parental gender policing during childhood and adolescence and subsequent substance use and psychological distress.  Abstract here.

Concordance Between Administrator and Clinician Ratings of Organizational Culture and Climate

Rinad Beidas recently looked at organizational culture and climate as important determinants of behavioral health service delivery for youth. They investigated the concordance between 73 administrators (i.e., supervisors, clinical directors, and executive directors) and 247 clinicians in 28 child-serving programs in a public behavioral health system. Findings suggest that administrators, compared to clinicians, reported more positive cultures and climates. More here. 

Q & A with Charles Branas 

The Penn Current recently conducted a Q&A with Senior Fellow Charles Branas. He  discusses his body of research, the challenges in pursuing gun violence-related research, and why some people still don't consider gun violence a public health problem. Read the full interview here. 

The Healthy Library Initiative

Carolyn Cannuscio's work with the Free Library,  where she is using library visits as an opportunity to promote health,  has been featured on many different outlets. Features include an LDI blog post , WTOP interview , Newswork/WHYY , Reuters , and BBC World Service- Health Check . Co-authors include Anna U. Morgan, Roxanne Dupuis, Bernadette D'Alonzo, Andria Johnson, Amy Graves, Kiahana L. Brooks, from Penn, as well as Autumn McClintock of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and Heather Klusaritz, Hillary Bogner, Judith A. Long, and David Grande, from Penn.

The Healthy Library Initiative website can be found here

Validating Electronic Health Records for Injury Prevention Research

The use of electronic health records (EHR) in research is growing due to their ability to systematically collect patient and population information in an electronic format. Allison Curry and colleagues colleagues at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) recently published a study in the Journal of Attention Disorders that validated an electronic health record (EHR)-based algorithm to classify the ADHD status of pediatric patients. Find the article here

Stigma Associated with Prostate Cancer 

Karen Glanz, along with Neha Vapiwala from Penn Medicine, are working on an empowering project to increase education and awareness about prostate cancer.  To overcome the stigma and get men to open up more about prostate cancer, they  are working on a project to empower people by providing respected and trusted community and religious leaders with basic information about prostate cancer. Then, if approached, they can provide important facts and knowledge, serving as a bridge to make sure those who need assistance can get it. Full article here. 

New Medicaid Enrollees See Health and Social Benefits in Pennsylvania's Expansion

David Grande recently published an article on a study with an objective to explore the health care experiences and expectations of new Medicaid expansion beneficiaries in the immediate post-enrollment period. Abstract here. 

Screening for Parental Depression in Urban Primary Care Practices: A Mixed Methods Study

James Guevara and collaborators  sought to determine feasibility and acceptability of parental depression screening in urban pediatric practices. They found that electronic alerts improved screening rates from 45 / month to 170 / month. Fifteen clinicians completed interviews and endorsed screening to provide help for families, build stronger ties with parents, and improve outcomes for children. However, insufficient time, need to complete activities with higher priority, lack of mental health availability, few resources for parents with limited English proficiency, and discomfort addressing depression were thought to limit screening. Find the abstract here. 

Parent-teacher communication about children with autism spectrum disorder: an examination of collaborative problem-solving

This study by David Mandell and colleagues  examined the problem-solving behaviors of parents and teachers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Results showed that parents and teachers displayed limited use of the core elements of problem-solving. Teachers displayed more problem-solving behaviors than parents. The findings suggest that teacher and parent training programs should include collaborative approaches to problem-solving. More here. 

Disparities in postop readmission may be reduced by improving nurse-to-patient staffing

A new study from the School of Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) and co-lead by Matthew McHugh shows that older black adults are not only more likely to be readmitted following an elective hip/knee replacement, than otherwise similar white patients - they may also be more adversely affected by insufficient hospital nurse staffing. Read more here. 

Are narrow health care networks better for consumers?

Daniel Polsky was recently featured in a podcast with Knowledge@Wharton. He discussed the pros and cons of narrow-network health care plans and the larger changes underway in the insurance industry on the Knowledge@Wharton show on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM channel 111.

Therese S. Richmond, PhD, FAAN, CRNP, Appointed to Department of Health & Human Services National Health Committee

Richmond joins 12 other nationally recognized subject matter experts in health promotion, disease prevention, epidemiology, health literacy, communication and law to serve on the Committee.Over the next two years, the Committee will examine current scientific evidence and submit recommendations to the HHS Secretary with rationales to inform the development and implementation of the nation's disease prevention and health promotion objectives for Healthy People 2030. More here. 

Phyllis Solomon Becomes Dean of Research at SP2

Dr. Phyllis Solomon, who is internationally known for her research on clinical services and service system issues around adults with severe mental illness, has been named the Associate Dean of Research at the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). More information. 

Guns and Domestic Violence from a Public Health Perspective 

This fall, Susan Sorenson combined two of her long-standing courses, "Guns & Health" and "Violence in Relationships," into one. The new version of the class approaches these topics from a population-based perspective and creates an active learning environment for students. Read more about her work and the course here. 

Interventions for Reducing Parenting Stress in Families With Pediatric Conditions: An Integrative Review

Parenting stress increases in the presence of serious-acute or chronic pediatric health conditions, potentially triggering negative outcomes for families. A systematic literature search by Janet Deatrick and others concluded that future family interventions should target long-term parenting stress, while focusing on specific family needs across pediatric conditions. More can be found here. 

An assessment of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud poverty alleviation program in Rwanda and Uganda

Micheal Harhay evaluated the three-year community-based FXBVillage poverty-alleviation model, which provides extremely poor families with sustained social support and graduated material support for education, healthcare, housing, nutrition, and income-generation. Read more about the study and findings here. 

Pairing Animal Cartoon Characters With Produce Stimulates Selection Among Child Zoo Visitors

To address the trend of underconsumption of fruits and vegetables among children, Allison Karpyn examined the hypothesis that children would be more likely to select fruits (apple slices, bananas, and oranges) and vegetables (baby carrots) when paired with animal cartoon image than when available without the character image. Read about it here. 

HIV Prevention Program for Women

Anne M. Teitelman will co-lead a study that will design an awareness program on the usage of the daily oral medication Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), an FDA-approved drug taken by at-risk women to prevent acquisition of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).  She will identify the obstacles women face in accessing PrEP, healthcare, and ultimately determine the most effective ways to help raise awareness for the current prevention options available. More here. 

Perinatal Nurse Home Visiting Referral Patterns Among Women With Diabetes and Hypertension in Philadelphia

The objective of this study by Joan Bloch was to examine access to perinatal nurse home visiting services for high-risk pregnant women who have diabetes or hypertension. Read more about the research and findings here. 

FitCity PHL 2016

Joyce Lee was an Invited Speaker for the FitCity PHL conference this Fall. Fit City PHL 2 is a day-long symposium designed to explore the concept of active design, and strategies for improving health by promoting physical activity and healthy eating. It brought together architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, developers, and public health professionals to learn about how our built environment can have a positive impact on the negative health trends our communities are facing. Read more about Joyce Lee's work here. 

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CPHI Events

CPHI Seminar  Series: The Intersection of Media and Health 

Thank you to everyone who came to our seminars this semester. We are looking forward to many more great speakers in the Spring, including Lori Dorfman from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Jooyoung Lee from the University of Toronto, Bob Hornik and Holly Auer from Penn, and many more. Stay tuned! 
Public Health Events

College of Physicians Public Health Grand Rounds
February 15, 2017 and May 24, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 PM 
Mutter Museum |19 South 22nd Street

Childhood Asthma: Clinical and Community-based Approaches to Prevention in Philadelphia
February 15, 2017 | 5:30-7:00pm
Register HERE.

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

Innovations and Resources in the Field

Penn receives grant to continue tobacco-free campus initiatives
The American Cancer Society and CVS Health recently announced that Penn is one of 20 colleges to receive a $20,000 grant as part of the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative to accelerate the adoption of tobacco-free campus policies.

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  http://www.census.gov/fsrdc .

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. 

The Wolf Administration announced changes in family planning services in the commonwealth surrounding long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). Beginning December 1, 2016, Pennsylvania's Medicaid fee-for-service program will make payment for LARC devices to incentivize hospitals to stock and store them and eliminate the hurdle of high up-front costs of long-acting contraceptives."This policy change, and the increased accessibility of LARC that will follow, should help to increase usage by six percent and help to prevent unintended pregnancies - saving millions in taxpayer dollars."  Read more here. 

Surgeon General's Report on E-Cigarettes 
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy published a report on an emerging public health threat affecting our country.  E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General  is the 33rd Surgeon General's report in 53 years to address the impact of tobacco on health. It is the first  to focus on e-cigarettes.  
Public Health Job & Fellowship Opportunities

The Hilton Postdoctoral Fellowship
A unique opportunity to receive advanced methods training for state of the art approaches to understanding what works to enhance equal opportunity and improve social conditions at a global scale. This fellowship is a full-time, residential fellowship for 2 years, starting in 2017. Compensation for position will be in accordance with policies set by the UCLA Graduate Division. Applications must be received by  31 December, 2016
Here's the link to the position description:

Now Recruiting Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellows for Fall 2017!
The Stoneleigh Foundation is currently seeking applications for its 2017-2019 Emerging Leader Fellowship opportunities, which provide hands-on experience for early career professionals interested in addressing the needs of Greater Philadelphia's most vulnerable youth through policy analysis, research, or advocacy.  Each Fellowship is full time for two years and provides salary, benefits, and a stipend for professional development.
Hurry! Application deadlines are right around the corner.
For more information about the opportunities and how to apply, please visit: www.stoneleighfoundation.org/content/now-recruiting-2017-2019-emerging-leader-fellows .

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