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Results from the Healthy Vending Policy Evaluation
With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Glanz and her team were able to evaluate the policies in four cities, regarding their public vending machines.
They were able to identify three key elements to a successful healthy vending policy/initiative.

Read more and download a pdf of the paper here .
As a part of their continued commitment to improving the health of individuals and populations, academic medical centers are conducting research to find solutions for inequities in health and health care.
The 2018 Health Equity Research Snapshot, an initiative of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), highlights seven videos featuring innovative community-partnered research projects within AAMC member medical schools with preventative medicine residency programs, and explores how people and their communities can avoid or counter risks for chronic illnesses.
The effort is a collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Prevention Research Centers, a network of 26 academic research centers across the country. For more information and to view the videos, visit
Although the scenery is beautiful, Dr. Glanz's sabbatical in Hawaii was busy from start to finish. In addition to her contributions at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Dr. Glanz kept the UPenn PRC and all of her projects up-to-date.
In April, she wrote an op-ed on the then-proposed bill to ban sunscreens with certain ingredients. Dr. Glanz and co-author Kevin Cassel called for legislators to support more research before voting on it.

They brought to the forefront concerns about those most at risk for skin cancer not using protection due to the higher price of the products without the banned ingredients.
The article was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and then picked up for multiple interviews with Hawaii News Now. See the features  here .

The “sunscreen ban” bill was passed by the Hawaii State Legislature in early May but doesn’t take effect until 2021, allowing for research on its effects to begin before it starts. Upon her return to Penn in May, Dr. Glanz joined Dan Loney on SiriusXM's Wharton Business Radio to discuss her views on the sunscreen ban. Listen to the conversation here .
Penn is Tobacco Free
The Student Health Service/Campus Health department at the University of Pennsylvania created videos to accompany their tobacco-free campus campaign. Watch their video, supported by the University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center (UPenn PRC), to learn more about their plans to improve health and create a more beautiful and sustainable campus.
Visit  their website for more information on this ongoing project and look for the signage that alerts students and staff that Penn is Tobacco Free. Student Health Services has also provided a  Tobacco Cessation Resources brochure to help students quit smoking.
Through this program, scholars will develop relationships with a community research partner of their choosing, identify research opportunities, and co-develop research projects during a one to two-year tenure with a community partner organization. The goal of this program is to increase the research capacity of scholars in the realm of community engaged research and cancer prevention and control. Details here .

Now Hiring: Postdoctoral Researcher in Health Behavior Research
We are currently recruiting a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to work with Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH at the Center for Health Behavior Research based in the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. The Center, directed by Dr. Karen Glanz, focuses on advancing the development, application, and testing of health behavior measurement and theories. We conduct and collaborate on innovative research on prevention, intervention, and program development for health behaviors.
The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to collaborate on interdisciplinary research, secondary data analyses, and to work on new studies.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in health psychology, behavioral/social epidemiology, health behavior/education, or a related field and have an interest in nutrition/activity/obesity research and/or cancer prevention/control.

There is more information available on the CHBR website .  
Recent & Upcoming Events
Save the date!
Registration opens in September for the Tobacco Control Science Evidence Academy at The Study on November 16, 2018.
The event is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania sites of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) and the Prevention Research Center (PRC) .  

More information here .
View videos of the speakers and learn more about this event here .

On April 10, 2018 the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics and the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics presented Research Day . "The day reflected the DBEI's work across the full spectrum of population-health science: devising and testing preventive strategies, managing chronic illnesses, developing personalized treatments for acute lillnesses; and it showed the CCEB in action, linking clinical epidemiology and biostatistics within the Perelman School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the Penn community.
The UPenn PRC Leadership presented the following abstracts for the poster presentation .

Correlates of Sun Protection Behaviors in Racially and Ethnically Diverse U.S. Adults
Authors: Amy Bleakley, Amy Jordan, DeAnn Lazovich, Karen Glanz

Translating Evidence into Practice: Effect of an Evidence-based Electronic Clinical Decision Support Tool on Provider Ordering for Venous Catheters
Co-Author: Allison Buttenheim

Applying Predictive Analytics on Perioperative Data to Assess Physician Decision Making and Post-Operative Testing for Acute Myocardial Infarction
Authors: Kevin Volpp, John Holmes, Daniel Polsky
The “Intersection of Community, Academia and Grantmaking” symposium presented by  Center for Public Health Initiatives . Community scholars pitched their ideas and received feedback from funders and experts. Read more here .

Presented by the Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative on April 26. Community Advisory Board member Cheryl Bettigole spoke about how Get Healthy Philly at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is conducting a long term evaluation of the sugar/sweetened beverage tax. Details here and watch the video of the keynoter, Eric Klinenberg here .
What's on Twitter?
The #NPHW featured different themes throughout the first week of April. Injury and Violence Prevention was April 5. We featured Doug Wiebe, PhD of the CDC-funded Penn Injury Science Center. He is also the Lead of the UPenn PRC Training Core.
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Welcome to New Staff
Jade Avelis is a senior research coordinator in the CHBR and project director for UPenn Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN). She earned her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University, and her MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, where she researched topics related to gender and family. Jade enjoys cooking, exploring national parks, and spending time with her husband, Alex.
Seraphina Ferraro is the program coordinator for the UPennPRC and Center for Health Behavior Research (CHBR) with over five years’ experience in higher education administration. A lifelong Philadelphian, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in art history at Temple University and her Master’s in the same at Rutgers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and pursues her creative drive through game design and writing.
We recently said goodbye to Brean Flynn Witmer, who moved to Maine. Amber Cohen transferred to Dr. Harv Feldman's office in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Informatics (DBEI) and Jill McDonald accepted a position at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
The Obesity Society (Editor's Choice), August 7, 2018
Brian E. Saelens, PhD, Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, Lawrence D. Frank, PhD, Sarah C. Couch, PhD, RD, Chuan Zhou, PhD, Trina Colburn, PhD, and James F. Sallis, PhD

Sage Journal, Epub ahead of print, July 4, 2018
Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, Amy Jordan, PhD, DeAnn Lazovich, PhD, and Amy Bleakley, PhD, MPH,

Healthy Eating Research, May 2017
Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH; Julie Bromberg, MHS; Yasaman Mirafzali; Sarah Green, MPH,

Medical Care, August 2018 Vol. 56, Issue 8, pg. 719-726.
Merritt Edlind; Nandita Mitra; David Grande; Frances K. Barg; Tamala Carter; Lindsey Turr; Karen Glanz; Judith A. Long; Shreya Kangovi. 

American Journal of Gastroenterology, June 21, 2018.
Shivan J. Mehta MD, MBA, MSHP, Tanya Khan MD, Carmen Guerra MD, MSCE, Catherine Reitz MPH, Timothy McAuliffe BA, Kevin G. Volpp MD, PhD, David A. Asch MD, MBA & Chyke A. Doubeni MD, MPH. 

The American Journal of Gastroenterology, Epub ahead of print. June 25, 2018.
Stites, Shana D., PsyD, MS, MA; Harkins, Kristin, MPH; Rubright, Jonathan D., PhD; Karlawish, Jason, MD.  doi: 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000262

Amy Bleakley, MPH, PhD, Amy Jordan, PhD, Morgan E Ellithorpe, PhD, DeAnn Lazovich, MPH, PhD, Sara Grossman, MPH, Karen Glanz, MPH, PhD.

Is It Dementia? Everyday Signs That Merit a Doctor Visit J. Karlawish AARP: Disrupt Dementia Campaign June 25, 2018