Monthly Archives: August 2013

CPHI Fellows in the news

Some updates on the excellent work of our CPHI fellows:

  • Fellow Dennis Culhane along with Tom Byrne, who work with the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, have been instrumental in creating Homelessness Analytics, an interactive Web-based application that provides users with access to national, state and local data about homelessness among veterans and the general population.
  • Therese Richmond, a CPHI Senior Fellow, has received the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award. Created in 2010, this award honors nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves.
  • Anne Teitelman, a CPHI Senior Fellow, working with Damien Leri, an MPH student, created an Web-based program designed to help reduce women’s cancer risk. Their app, Everhealthier Women, is receiving a lot of attention in the press and has been profiled in O, The Oprah Magazine.

MPH Program welcomes new Coordinator Moriah Hall

We are pleased to announce that Moriah Hall, MPH has joined our public health team here at Penn as the new MPH Coordinator!

Moriah-HallMoriah comes to the University of Pennsylvania with a passion for public health. She completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Delaware and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Temple University. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, Moriah served as the Master of Public Health Coordinator, Harrisburg Campus, for the Department of Public Health at Temple University. In this role, she was responsible for academic recruitment, advisement, and teaching graduate public health courses.

Moriah was previously a Project Manager for the Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization, The Food Trust, where she worked with emergency food providers to build community relationships and capacity to increase access to healthy, fresh food. Her public health interests include reproductive health and nutrition education/food policy.

You can contact Moriah at her email address, moriahh@mail.med.upenn.edu. Or swing by room 144 in the Anatomy-Chemistry building to welcome her.

GAPSA Research & Travel Grants

If you’re an MPH student here at Penn and you have a research project you’d like funding to develop, be sure to check out the grants offered by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. MPH Student Ashley Kraybill was recently selected as a recipient of the GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation, which help fund her project “The Church in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala: Perceptions of Need, Support, and Social Capital.” The fellowship exists to “promote original, student-derived initiatives that integrate knowledge across diverse academic disciplines. The fellowship is also meant to support the project-leader/s develop, pursue and complete their proposed interdisciplinary initiatives.” GAPSA also offers funding for travel to professional conferences and pilot research — take a look at the full list of their opportunities.

A reception for Ashley and the other 2013 GAPSA-Provost grant recipients will be held on Wednesday, September 18 from 5 – 6:30pm in the Graduate Student Center. Friends and family are welcome.

Penn Joins Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)

The University of Pennsylvania has signed on as a founding member of the newly formed Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

ASPPH connects public health schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Officially launched August 1, 2013, ASPPH is the successor to the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), which represented the 50 CEPH-accredited public health schools and eight associate members.

“This is a seminal moment in CEPH-accredited public health education,” says Dr. Harrison Spencer, president and CEO of ASPPH. “Representing both accredited schools and programs of public health gives the association and our members an opportunity to strengthen public health education, research, teaching, and practice.”

The move to bring schools and programs under one umbrella has been embraced by both CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health. To date, more than one-third of the 101 CEPH-accredited public health programs have joined as founding members of ASPPH. ASPPH will continue to work to bring in all CEPH-accredited programs of public health.

CEPH is the independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting body for public health schools and programs. Accreditation is a rigorous peer-review process designed to assure quality education and training. The accreditation “seal of approval” means graduates are prepared to meet the demands of the 21st-century workforce.

The decision to create a new association came after a two-year “listening campaign” that included focus groups and in-depth conversations with representatives of both schools and programs. “It is clear they have much in common and will benefit by working closely together,” said Dean John Finnegan, of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and chair of the ASPPH Board of Directors. “With the new membership of both CEPH-accredited schools and programs, we will be better able to deliver on our promise to be trusted advisors to our public health partners.”

For a list of founding members click here.

How does this benefit the Penn MPH?

Joining ASPPH puts our program on par with schools of public health. By working together, we’ll be able to enhance opportunities for our students and amplify our voice as we work to move public health agendas forward.

We’ll also have access to new resources, such as the SOPHAS centralized online application system for students applying to MPH programs, and ASPPH data resources.

Student publishes op-ed in the Delaware County Daily Times

On the heels of Sunday’s op-ed by Seleeke Flingai in the Inquirer, another student currently taking our Media, Advocacy and Public Health class at Penn has published a piece in the Delaware County Daily Times. Writes Brian Werner:

By choosing to end SNAP, the House knowingly sends families who just have enough to eat into a dangerous territory described by public health professionals as “food insecure” – otherwise known as hungry. It is this insecurity that will injure children now and leave them scarred into adulthood.

Brian is a health care marketing manager and a Master of Environmental Studies candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s currently enrolled in PUBH 527 (Media, Advocacy and Public Health), which examines the ways in which the media can be used as a tool to improve health and also provides students the opportunity to practice strategically working with the media to address health problems.

Interested in this course? Take a look at the syllabus here.