Monthly Archives: June 2013

Carolyn Cannuscio Discusses Photo-Elicitation Study with the CDC

CPHI Senior Fellow Carolyn Cannuscio participated in a twitter chat with the CDC today. They discussed a study in which 48 participants took photographs to document their concerns regarding Philadelphia’s food and tobacco environments.

The CDC asked about one of the study’s interesting findings:

  1. >@CarolynCannu, you found that participants proposed interventions for nutrition 4x’s more often than for tobacco. Why? #CDCpcd
  2. Of the 580 photos submitted, 459 were #nutrition related and there were a number of things we think contributed to this. #CDCpcd
  3. 1st, eating is universal and #smoking is not. Only 3 of the 28 adults interviewed were smokers, but #nutrition affects everyone. #CDCpcd
  4. There has been a lot of social action focused on food in Philly, with efforts of @thefoodtrust and other groups. We talk food here. #CDCpcd
  5. Also, #smoking has been increasingly stigmatized and that may have interfered w/candid conversations w/interviewers. #CDCpcd
  6. Read the full study here:

CPHI Fellows in the News

Here’s what some of our Fellows have been up to recently:

  • Amy Hillier has been named the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award for Standing Faculty in the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2).
  • Charles Branas has written an opinion piece for Penn IUR about transforming vacant lots: “Creating vibrant, livable spaces, particularly in areas suffering from urban decline, requires that city planners, public health experts and engineers work together to create large-scale and sustainable place-based programs.”
  • Dennis Culhane organized an International Homelessness Research Conference hosted by Penn. A writeup of the event can be found on
  • Also on Newsworks, Rosemary Frasso comments on declining teen birth rates.

MPH alum pens article for The Atlantic

Medical literature (and uncritical reporting about it) is replete with other examples that perpetuate the notion of biological race as a key factor in disparate disease outcomes.

MPH alum Merlin Chowkwanyun writes about Heritage Foundation staffer Jason Richwine’s Harvard doctoral dissertation and the larger issues raised by the controversy in his pieces for The Atlantic: Race is not Biology: How unthinking racial essentialism finds its way into scientific research.