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Joan Rosen Bloch

Joan Rosen Bloch


Associate Professor


Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellow for Exchanges with Israeli Universities

Graduate Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice Department
Advanced Practice Nursing

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Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP is a tenured Associate Professor in Nursing with secondary faculty appointments in the School of Public Health and Nutrition Sciences.

Dr. Bloch’s mission in nursing is to promote optimal health for women and their families through practice, teaching and research. As a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner since 1981, she has practiced in a variety of settings: city clinics, HMOs, and private practice. Her current practice in a Philadelphia federally-funded prenatal center informs her teaching and research. At Drexel University, she teaches women’s health and research to BSN, MSN and doctoral nursing students. Her prior teaching experiences include an adjunct faculty position from 1988 - 1997 in the first Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program in the U.S. which was federally funded and taught by Planned Parenthood Federation of America. From 2002 -2005, she was an Assistant Professor of Nursing at The College of New Jersey. 

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Urban women’s health, prenatal care, health disparities research, planning and implementing innovative health care delivery models.

Research Interests:

Using a life course perspective, Dr. Bloch’s program of translational research aims at advancing knowledge needed to promote optimal health outcomes among vulnerable populations of mothers, children and families. She has received funding to investigate caregiver issues related to parenting children with neurodevelopmental disabilities throughout the life cycle. Currently, her funded research seeks to elucidate modifiable individual and neighborhood level factors contributing to preterm birth and subsequent neonatal brain injury among socio-economically disadvantaged populations of mothers burdened by social and health inequities. To address the complex interplay of bio-behavioral, cultural and social factors, she received NIH-funded training in social epidemiology and health service research. Dr. Bloch is involved with internationally renowned perinatal epidemiology research teams, hoping that her perspective as a nurse will provide a useful disciplinary lens in reducing racial and ethnic perinatal health disparities in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.

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Professional Society:

In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Bloch’s service to her profession and community is marked by over twenty-five years of serving on various Boards of Directors of national and local professional and community service organizations. In her community, she completed her term serving on the Board of Directors of the JCRC in South Jersey (2007 – 2012) and the Southern Jersey Perinatal Co-op (2005 -2013). Recognized for her research expertise, she currently serves on the Research Advisory Panel of AWOHNN and Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the Public Health Management Corporation.