Introducing the MPH Community Service Fellows
The Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI), the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program and the Penn Public Healthy Society (PPHS) are excited to announce the 2016-2017 Community Service Fellows (CS Fellows). The 18 fellows are dedicated MPH students at the university committed to engaging in public service. Fellows will work diligently to enhance and execute community service activities by participating in short to longer term projects to improve the health and quality of life of Philadelphians. 
Read more about this on our website. 
APHA 2016

Recent graduates and students presented and/or co-authored over 25 posters or talks at the 2016 APHA Conference in Denver. CPHI fellows and staff presented many many more papers! Thank you to everyone who came by to help at out booth and to say hello. 

Visit our Flickr account to see more pictures from APHA. 

Next Wellness Walk for UPenn Employees: Friday, November 18, at 12:00PM 

We meet at the Ben Franklin statue in front of College Hall at 12noon. The walk begins with stretching, followed by a 2 mile walk around campus and beyond.  Last month we had about 40 faculty, staff, and students join. This is a great opportunity to get away from your desk and walk with others. We hope you can make it! 

The dates of the upcoming Wellness Walks, as well as other free activities  for Faculty and Staff, can be found here

CPHI Fellows in the News

Violence in Philadelphia 

Over the past few years, Charles Branas and other researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's  Urban Health Lab  have undertaken a study into the effects of neighborhood blight on rates of violence. A recent article published in the American Journal of Public Health breaks down for the first time the financial ramifications of efforts to eliminate local blight.

  Read the article here. 

Most Newly Licensed Drivers Follow GDL Limits

Allison Curry led a study that found that a vast majority of New Jersey's intermediate licensed teen drivers do follow the state's Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) passenger and nighttime restrictions. The article is published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 

Cardboard Commentary 

Al Golinkoff, Moriah Hall, Carolyn Cannuscio, and Rosemary Frasso collaborated with Dallas artist Willie Baronet to do a qualitative content analysis of signs that he collected over the summer of 2014 in 24 cities across the US.  Thematic analysis revealed a set of themes that underscore the challenges faced by those experiencing poverty and homelessness. The themes can be found in the article. 

Fear, vulnerability and sacrifice: Drivers of emergency department use and implications for policy

International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition in Italy

Allison Karpyn is traveling to Italy for the International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems on December 1 and 2. 

A Common Place: New Student- Led Community Outreach Program in Southwest Philadelphia 

The Common Place Initiative (CPI) was born out of a collaboration with Heather Klusaritz and others to meet the needs that were identified in a health-needs assessment. The primary goal of CPI is to expand the availability of fitness classes and health education to an underserved community in Southwest Philadelphia. The hope is to empower young students to be proactive about their own wellbeing, encourage families to make healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes, and open up a dialogue about health and development between parents and their children. Read more about the process and the new initiative here. 

Emergency Preparedness Using Virtual Reality 

Marion Leary is changing the way we learn CPR with the use of virtual reality. 350,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest annually, and survival is unfortunately only 10% given that only 1/3 receive CPR. Bystander CPR can double a person's chance of survival. Current classroom training does not incorporate the stress and emotion present in real life. This method will change that to make the experience feel real for people as they learn. 

  Read about the virtual reality exhibit at the Franklin Institute 

Special Education Symposium in Dubai
Susan Levy recently traveled to Dubai, where she was one of a few international child development experts invited to a symposium to educate clinical and special education professionals about current best practices in diagnosing and treating ASD and other developmental disorders.

Conference focuses on easing difficulty in providing mental health behind bars

A conference, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania and The Scattergood Foundation, among others, recently looked at concerns of mental health issues among people in prison. Dominic Sistib organized the event to spur more thought about the ethics of mental health care delivery in prisons.Read more about the event 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!

CPHI Events

Getting Americans Health Coverage: Marketing
Friday, December 9, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm 
Claudia Cohen Hall Class of '55 Terrace Room
Chris Koepke, Ph.D. is the Director of the Strategic Marketing Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). He is responsible for all Medicare, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Health Insurance Marketplace communication campaigns, strategic planning, and marketing research. With the goal of insuring every American has health care coverage, the Affordable Care Act created the Health Insurance Marketplace and the online enrollment portal Millions of people enroll and re-enroll each fall during the open enrollment period. For four years CMS implemented full-scale marketing campaigns that meld traditional media, digital outreach, and direct marketing techniques to promote enrollment.  Successes and lessons learned concerning the application of traditional market research (surveys and focus groups), digital optimization (e.g. A/B testing), and econometric modeling on media mix and message development will be discussed. 

Developing eHealth Apps for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: A Tale of Two Cities 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm 
Claudia Cohen Hall Class of '55 Terrace Room
José Bauermeister, PhD, MPH is the Penn Presidential Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. He directs the Program on Sexuality, Technology and Action Research (PSTAR) at the School of Nursing. Nadia Dowshen, MD is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist who serves as Director of Adolescent HIV Services in the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Both Bauermeister and Dowshen have built mHealth apps for MSM and trans populations in Detroit and Philly. They will discuss the development process. 
7th Annual Community Driven Research Day

This Year's Theme: 
Novel Approaches to Community Health Promotion

December 7, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jefferson University, Jefferson Alumni Hall (JAH)
Locust St. between 10th and 11th Streets 

Community Driven Research Day (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 utilize novel approaches to community health promotion. Through an interactive poster session, CBOs and community groups will highlight their questions to CDRD participants, who will include 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 Jefferson University. CBOs, community groups, academic researchers, and students will be able to meet and discuss potential, mutually-beneficial collaborations.



Other Public Health Events

Annual Women in Medicine Luncheon 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 1:00-2:00pm 
Henry A. Jordan, M'62 Medical Education Center | Room 505
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine | South Pavilion
This lunch features  the Recipient of the 2016 Elizabeth Kirk Rose, M'26, INT'30 Women in Medicine Award, Diane K. Jorkasky, M'77, FEL'83, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, and Head of Development, Complexa Inc.  Hear from Dr. Jorkasky about her career, and enjoy lunch with fellow alumni and current  students, including members of the  Elizabeth Blackwell Society

Healthy Rowhouse Project 
Tuesday, November 29, 5:30-7:00pm 
Center for Architecture & Design | 1218 Arch Street
Join Healthy Rowhouse Project and Mayor Kenney, as we discuss a plan for preserving Philadelphia's rowhouses and improving the health of the Philadelphians who live there. Find out how we can put public and private capital to work creating healthy homes. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.  Space is limited so reserve your spot early by contacting .

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 Medicine CARE's Grant 
Apply for a grant to support your work in the Community
Penn Medicine faculty, staff and students throughout the organization donate their time and expertise to provide countless hours of work to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve.  To help with these efforts, the Penn Medicine CAREs Grant program  was established to offer institutional support to these individuals and programs in the form of grants that can be used for the purchase of supplies and other resources needed to perform this important work in the community.
Public Health Job & Fellowship Opportunities

Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship
This is a two-year service learning program for masters and doctorally prepared individuals in public health and allied sciences with p ractical field assignments in community-based governmental, non-profit and health service organizations in Wisconsin. Fellows will c omplete core activities of learning that document Fellows' practice and research experiences.  Click here   to visit our website and find information on application materials 
  • Application Start: October 6th, 2016
  • Application Deadline: December 15th, 2016
  • Term of appointment: June 1, 2017 - June 30th, 2019  
  • Minority candidates and/or those interested in working in rural communities are encouraged to apply 

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