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CPHI Seminars
Opioids in Philadelphia: The Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing a Public Health Crisis
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM | Lunch Provided 
Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall 

Jeffrey Hom, MD, MPH
Policy Advisor, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Drug overdoses killed 907 people in Philadelphia in 2016, three times the number of homicides. Eighty percent of these involved an opioid, including heroin and fentanyl. Thousands of non-fatal overdoses also occurred, burdening the city's first responders and emergency departments. And still thousands more have a substance use disorder or are at risk from their ongoing use. This talk will discuss the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia, focusing on the epidemiology of opioid use and overdose, the recommendations from the Mayor's Task Force, and the public health opportunities to overcome the many challenges in this crisis. 

Jeffrey Hom is a policy advisor in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, where he provides guidance to the Health Commissioner on programs and policies related to the wellbeing of all Philadelphians. His present focus is on substance use, in particular issues around access to treatment and overdose prevention. He is also a board-certified internist and cares for patients at the Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Health Care Within the Walls - and Without
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM | Lunch Provided 
Location TBA

Bruce Herdman, PhD, MBA Chief of Medical Operations Philadelphia Department of Prisons
Each year 30,000 citizens receive state of the art health care while they are incarcerated in the Philadelphia Department of Prisons ["PDP"]. The illness burden that these citizens suffer is described as three times that of the general population, including exceptionally high rates of HIV, STDs, seizure disorders, chronic physical illnesses and drug addiction, most of which are largely untreated prior to arrest. In addition, PDP is in effect the largest psychiatric care provider in the region. 350 full-time health care staff make medical services available to inmates all day, every day. In a year, PDP delivers 300,000 visits of medical care, and a full range of specialty services.

Aspects of PDP's healthcare program have received national recognition as best practices.

What happens when inmates leave prison - or even return - is a different story. Join Dr. Herdman in an eye-opening talk exploring the medical needs, challenges and opportunities for this extremely vulnerable population. In his talk, he will describe the Philadelphia Department of Prisons while outlining the burden of illness of the inmate population. Dr. Herdman will discuss what services are, or aren't, provided, related ethical issues, why jails are an opportunity to radically improve public health, and will explain current efforts to improve the health of inmates both within and beyond the prison system.

Other CPHI Events
Junior Scholars Forums
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM | Lunch Provided 
BRB 1412

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM | Lunch Provided 
BRB 1412 

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM | Lunch Provided 
BRB 601 

The  Junior   Scholars  Forum brings together early career researchers interested in public health and the social sciences. We welcome students and trainees at all levels, as well as research staff and  junior  faculty, to join the conversation.  The Forum will provide opportunities to connect with mentors and collaborators and to build a community of  scholars  with shared interests.
Wellness Walks for Penn Employees 
Friday's from 12:00-1:00 beginning at College Green 

Fall 2017 Dates: 
September 22
October 27
November 17
December 8

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. 

The Association Between Pregnancy Intention and Breastfeeding

CPHI Fellows Shimrit Keddem, Rosemary Frasso, Melissa Dichter, and Alexandra Hanlon  sought to understand how maternal and paternal pregnancy intentions were associated with breastfeeding initiation and duration in a nationally representative sample. Read more. 

Pediatric Emergency Department and Primary Care Provider Attitudes on Assessing Childhood Adversity.

CPHI Fellows Ashlee Murray, Cynthia Mollen, and Joel Fein were collaborators on this study. The purpose of this study was to understand pediatric emergency department (ED) and primary care (PC) health care provider attitudes and beliefs regarding the intersection between childhood adversities and health care. Read more. 

Sociodemographic characteristics and health outcomes among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual U.S. Adults Using Healthy People 2020 leading health indicators

This study published by CPHI Fellows Baligh Yehia and Michael Blank aimed to characterize the sociodemographic characteristics of sexual minority (i.e., gay, lesbian, bisexual) adults and compare sexual minority and heterosexual populations on nine Healthy People 2020 leading health indicators (LHIs). Read more. 

Ensuring Community Participation During Program Planning: Lessons Learned During the Development of a HIV/STI Program for Young Sexual and Gender Minorities

José Bauermeister and collaborators  recognized the importance of community organizing and participatory engagement during the intervention planning process, and describe  the steps taken to engage diverse constituents (e.g., youth and practitioners) during the development of a structural-level HIV/STI prevention and care initiative for young sexual and gender minorities in Southeast Michigan.  The multi-sector coalition (MFierce; Michigan Forward in Enhancing Research and Community Equity) utilized a series of community dialogues to identify, refine, and select programmatic strategies with the greatest potential. Read more. 

A 5% rent increase would push 2,000 Angelenos into homelessness, study warns

This study was conducted by the real estate firm Zillow using census figures and homeless counts for the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Dennis P. Culhane, a professor and homelessness researcher , commented on this report and said the company's rental data was better than that used in earlier analyses of rent hikes' effect on homelessness. Read more. 

Community health workers lead to better health, lower costs for Medicaid patients

Researchers including David Grande showed that patients who received support from community health workers (CHWs) - trained local residents who provide tailored support to high-risk patients- had 30 percent fewer hospital admissions in one year compared to those who did not receive CHW support. Read more. 

Penn's Netter Center Expands Global Impact and Outreach

A university-wide center at the University of Pennsylvania, led by CPHI Fellow Ira Harkavy, is playing a leading role in how higher-education institutions can guide democratic principles and serve as anchors of community-engagement around the world. Read more. 

How virtual reality is changing cardiovascular care

Marion Leary is  studying whether VR can better prepare bystanders to perform CPR in a hectic urban setting. Unwitting participants are given virtual reality headsets and hand devices and suddenly have to deal with a cardiac arrest victim amid a backdrop of wailing sirens and hysterical bystanders. Read more. 
2017 Geek of the Year

"Marion Leary, a professor at Penn, advocate for STEM education and co-organizer of the Philadelphia March For Science, was named the 2017 Geek of the Year, in a category in which the nominee slate was entirely female for the second year in a row." Read more. 

Development of a youth-report measure of DPN symptoms: Conceptualization and Content Validation

Terri Lipman recently published an article with the aim to develop a content valid youth-report measure of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) symptoms.The researchers found that clinician and youth interviews supported a tripartite conceptual framework of youth DPN symptoms: paresthesia, pain, and anesthesia. Read more

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Names Dr. Therese S. Richmond as Its 2017 Episteme Award Recipient

The award, which was established in 1989, is bestowed to a nurse who has contributed significantly to nursing knowledge development, application, or discovery that resulted in a recognizable and sizable benefit to the public. Dr. Richmond is being honored for her work on the psychological effects of violence and injury. Read more. 

Women with in-home technology reject wife beating as a norm

"Susan Sorenson  and Lauren Cardoso  of the School of Social Policy & Practice found that women with access to in-home technology more frequently reject wife beating as an acceptable norm. It is the first study of great magnitude to explore the link between technology and gender norms." Read more

Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar

Vanessa Volpe was accepted as a Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar as part of the NIH's Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities. This competitive selection entailed attendance at a week-long training institute last week at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland and is intended to support early career researchers in the field of health disparities. Read more about the program.

How to Improve Driving Skills of Teens With ADHD

"As reported in U.S. News, a study led by Flaura Winston of the Perelman School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found that teens with ADHD are more likely to be involved in car accidents. But she says it is a "manageable risk" if proper precautions are taken."  Read more
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!

Public Health Events

Academic Coaching and Writing FREE Webinars 
Finding a topic is the first step in your dissertation journey. In this webinar you will learn how to find and focus your topic and identify a gap in the literature.    REGISTER HERE

How do you create peace of mind when working against the tenure clock? Learn strategies to create a tenure plan and rethink your relationship to your tenure process. REGISTER HERE

In this webinar you will learn how to identify essential documents to include in book proposal submissions, understand the purpose of each of the sections of an academic book proposal, select the best press for your work, and communicate with academic editors. REGISTER HERE

Social Innovation within Health and Human Services: The Bucks County Story 
September 26, 2017 | 8:30 am-12:30 pm 
The Social Innovations Journal in partnership with Bucks County Human Services and Woods Services is pleased to host the Fall 2017 edition and launch event that will examine successful and innovative models and partnerships within the Bucks County, PA Region as an example of how health and human services organizations are innovating across the country.
More information and registration. 

Save the Date: 2017 Regional Conference on Aging at PCA
September 27-29

CHOP Pediatric Global Health Conference 
International Migration and Child Health: Progress and Priorities in Immigrant/Refugee Health 
October 6-7, 2017 
This conference will explore the state of immigrant and refugee health from a global, national and local perspective. Attendees will gain clinical, advocacy, public health and research tools to better serve these populations. Cases, discussions and stories will help us better understand the context of those who leave their homes seeking a better life. 

Global Health & Innovation Conference: Call for Abstracts 
April 14-15, 2018 | Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
The 15th annual Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale  is the world's largest and leading global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference Register during August for a highly reduced registration rate (50% lower than the regular rate).

Abstracts are currently being accepted for research presentations, program presentations, and for the social impact pitch presentations, including submissions for the $10,000 and $5,000 GHIC Innovation Prize. The  first abstract deadline is August 31. For those submitting a research or program abstract,  October 15th is the final deadline.

Public Health Job & Fellowship Opportunities

Assistant/Associate Professor of American Indian Public Health
The Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota is conducting a search for an Assistant/Associate Professor of American Indian Public Health.  This is a 9-month tenure track position.  Screening will begin 
October 15, 2017.
Here is the position link, providing additional information regarding minimum and preferred qualifications:

Policy Analyst position at WORLD, UCLA
The WORLD Policy Analysis Center (WORLD) at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH) has built the first ever global population data center of comparative global data on public policies, equity, poverty, labor conditions, and health and well-being outcomes. The Policy Analyst will join this team and contribute to an exciting and unique effort to build and maintain the first global resource to understand what countries are doing to promote human rights and human development. More info:

Coordinator for Multicultural Recruitment and Retention at Penn Memory Center
The Penn Memory Center (PMC) seeks a passionate, collaborative individual to join our team as Coordinator for Multicultural Recruitment and Retention. A core mission of the PMC is diversity in research, education, and training, with a particular focus on Philadelphia's African-American community.
More info:

myStrength  is looking for potential candidates for a part-time position.  myStrength's digital platform targets the most prevalent and costly behavioral health conditions, helping consumers manage and overcome challenges with depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, chronic pain and insomnia. 

They are in search of a doctoral student to handle day-to-day management, assist with data analysis and work with the team to write up/publish results for two randomized controlled trials. Contact Rebecca McIlwaine if interested. 

Lipman Prize Fellows Application Now Open  
The  McNulty Leadership Program is now accepting applications for  Lipman Prize Fellows that will serve during the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications will close on  Monday, September 5th  at 11:59pm (PDT). 
Lipman Prize Fellows do real-world work supporting the Lipman Family Prize including participating in the selection process, network building and learning directly from Prize honorees. Fellows use these experiences to explore their own leadership development and learn about high-quality social sector organizations in a peer learning community.

Bloomberg Master of Public Health Fellows Program
The application for the 2018 class of Bloomberg MPH Fellows is now open. Bloomberg Fellows receive full-tuition scholarships (plus a $10,000 stipend) to obtain a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Fellows can attend full-time over 11 months in Baltimore, or part-time, taking most courses online over a period of two to three years. 

To learn more about the MPH fellows program,   click here , or go directly to the   application page .  The priority application deadline is  November 1, 2017 , with a final deadline of  December 1, 2017 , for all application requirements, including the Bloomberg Fellows application, the SOPHAS application, and all supporting materials.

The Office of the Director of the World Health Organization  seeks an Executive Speechwriter

Livelihoods Advisor for their livelihoods and food security portfolio (7-10 years of experience in food security and livelihoods)
Associate Vice President, Gender Equality and Girls Empowerment

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