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Ramadan Kareem

Blessed Month of Ramadan

Ramadan is being celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It is a time of fasting, abstaining from food and drink throughout the daylight hours, reconnection with God through repentance and worship, prayer, and charity. Please feel free to greet those of Muslim faith with a smile and a cheerful “Ramadan Kareem” which translates to Happy or Blessed Ramadan to send your well wishes for the holy month.

The Board of Directors  for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invites you to read this article to learn about the meanings and principles of Ramadan.

Loretta Jemmotte

Using Technology for Health and Wellbeing

Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD is participating in a discussion titled "Building Healthy Communities: Identification of Successful Community-Based Programs, with a Keen Focus on Prevention and Personal Responsibility" at the 11th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. 

An overview of conference topics

  • Student Research Forum: Training The Next Generation of Leaders
  • How Addressing the Social Determinants of Health – Such as Poverty, Environmental Stressors, Income, Educational Attainment, Housing, Tobacco Use, Water and Air Quality and Others – Will Reduce Health Disparities
  • Prevention and Personal Responsibility: Major Themes in Reducing Health Disparities
  • Climate Change/Catastrophic Weather Events: The Impact on Our Aging and Crumbling Infrastructure, Human Health, Environment and the Economy
  • Translational Research and the Development of Public Policy in Reducing Health Disparities
  • Roundtable Discussion with Congressional, State and Local Officials: Their Individual and Collective Roles in Reducing Health Disparities
  • Human Trafficking as a Public Health issue: Health Challenges and the role of Health Providers
  • Gun Violence as a Major Public Health Issue in the United States
  • The Opioid Crisis: What’s Going On, and Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Building Healthy Communities: Identification of Successful Community-Based Programs, with a keen focus on prevention and personal responsibility

“One thing is certain, to have healthy people, we must have healthy communities to live, work and play.”

Kids taking part of the Inspire the Child to Dream day at Drexel

Inspire a Child to Dream Day

For Inspire a Child to Dream Day, the Department of Nutrtition Sciences put together a nutrition activity for six- and seven-year olds. There were three 45-minute sessions throughout the morning, each with about 12 children. They began each session by introducing the MyPlate food group guide and would ask the kids what they knew about healthy eating (and they knew a lot!). Faculty, students and children then did a nutrition crossword puzzle as a group, read each crossword clue out loud and kids would almost always know the answer. Lastly, they also made yogurt parfaits, vanilla yogurt, cocoa puffs and fresh strawberries, as an example of a healthy snack. By the end of the last session, there was no morsel of food left. Safe to say they enjoyed it!

Lisa Chiarello

CFIS Spring 2018 Speaker Series

Family Intervention Science: Spring 2018 Speaker Series

The Center for Family Intervention Science is excited to bring to the community a speaker series on family engagement and family-centered research and practice.


"Family-Centered Care and Engagement" 

Presenter: Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Associate director, Center for Family Intervention Science
Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences

Thursday, May 24, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Three Parkway, Room 1090, On-Site or Webinar Location

Live seating is extremely limited - REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

This talk will be recorded and therefore ask live attendees to arrive ten minutes early to settle in. We do ask that questions and comments are reserved until the end to maintain the quality of the video.

Graduate College Award Nominees

The College has nominated the following students for Graduate College Awards.

  • Common Good Award – Jerry Nuter, PhD candidate, Nursing
  • Outstanding Mentorship Award – Amanda Costanzo, Physician Assistant
  • Research Excellence (master’s non-continuing) – Abeer Aljahdali, Nutrition Sciences
  • Research Excellence (post-candidacy doctoral student) - Karolina Bryl, PhD candidate, Creative Arts Therapy
  • Outstanding Dissertation – Kim Ward (Wynarczuk), PhD candidate, Rehabilitation Sciences

The decsion on University awards will be made at end of month.

Introducing the Stein Family Fellowship Symposium

“The Rapidly Growing Field of Natural Language Processing (NLP)”

Natural Language Processing (NLP), an exciting and rapidly growing field, focuses on extracting meaning from clinical texts (like discharge notes or scientific literature). The Stein Family Symposium brings researchers and data scientists together to discuss developing approaches and applications of NLP in clinical settings. Speakers plan to discuss the use of NLP with vocabularies grounded in different clinical disciplines.

Join the Symposium facilitator and Stein Family Fellow, Paulina Sockolow, DrPH, MS, MBA, associate professor, health systems and sciences research department, to learn more of this interesting topic and to participate in an exchange of ideas.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
11 a.m. Speakers
Noon Luncheon

Three Parkway, Room 1043

Guest speakers include:

David Gefen, PhD, Provost Distinguished Research Professor, academic director of the doctorate in Business Administration Program, Decision Sciences and MIS, LeBow College of Business

Maxim Topaz, PhD, RN, MA, postdoctoral research fellow, Harvard Medical School

Jake Williams, PhD, assistant professor, Information Science, College of Computing & Informatics

Space is limited. If planning to attend, please respond by clicking here no later than Wednesday, May 23.

Deanna Schaffer

Schaffer to become Wharton Leadership Fellow

Deanna Schaffer, PhD, RN, chair of the BSN co-op programs has been accepted to be a fellow in this year's American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN)/Wharton Executive Nursing Leadership Fellows Program.

Offered by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, this four-day program is taught by Wharton faculty, who present relevant and timely content designed to advance academic administrators to a higher level of leadership. The program will be held at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from August 6 through August 9, 2018.

Congratulations Dr. Schaffer!

Ann McDonough Madden, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA, assistant clinical professor in the Physician Assistant department and Brenda Douglass, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CDE, CTTS, program director in Doctorate of Nursing Practice and assistant clinical professor in Nurse Practitioner MSN and Advanced Practice Nursing

2018 Teaching Excellence Awards

Each year, members of the College of Nursing and Health Professions Teaching Excellence Awards committee review the dossiers of departmental nominees in an effort to select online and on site awardees.

The 2018 awardees are:

CNHP Teaching Excellence (On-site) Award

Ann McDonough Madden, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Assistant Clinical Professor
Physician Assistant Department

CNHP Teaching Excellence (Online) Award

Brenda Douglass, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CDE, CTTS
Program Director, Doctorate of Nursing Practice
Assistant Clinical Professor
Nurse Practitioner MSN and Advanced Practice Nursing

Congratulations Drs. Madden and Douglass!

Drexel clinician writing workshop

Therapeutic Writing for Clinicians

Saturday May 19, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Three Parkway Building, Room 1043

This is an experiential workshop based on the work of Kathleen Adams LPC and Deborah Ross, LCP and introduces participants to the concept of ‘therapeutic” writing and discusses the pitfalls of using “regular” writing for recovery. Participants will learn about the three qualities that make writing therapeutic and will also learn how writing in a certain way can literally shape new neural pathways in our brain.

This modality works well for clients who are battling trauma, sudden changes in life circumstances, anxiety or depression and helps them create a safe, contained space in which to explore their feelings in a completely private and nonjudgmental manner. For information and to register, click here.

Ellen Bass, PhD

ASSURE-X Technology Fair

Ellen Bass, professor and chair of Health Systems and Sciences Research and Fellow, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) presented FAA-sponsored research about the human factors of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018, in Denver, CO, April 30 – May 3, 2018.

CNHP alumnus Jeff Evans, PA-C `00

PA Alumnus to give Keynote at AAPA Conference

Jeff Evans is a mountaineer, a leader, a CNHP alumnus and the AAPA18 general session keynote speaker. Evans has walked the halls of New College Building at Drexel University, spent many hours in Lecture Hall A as a PA student and collected wonderful inspirational experiences as a PA, mountaineer and world-renowned adventurer he wants to share. He began his career as a wilderness EMT in Joshua Tree, California. Evans' love of the Himalaya and continuing desire to pay it forward sent him to Nepal with a mobile medical team following the devastating earthquake in 2015.

The following year, he accepted the role of chief medic for the highest helicopter based search and rescue team to ever operate on the flanks of Mount Everest. In 2017, Evans served as the medical lead for a trauma team on the front lines in the liberation of Mosul, Iraq, from ISIS. He has been featured on ABC’s Expedition Impossible, CNN, The Doctors and The Travel Channel. In addition, Evans will be awarded the P. Jean Drew MD Award at the physician assistant alumni reception at the at the American Academy of Physician Assistants Conference in recognition of an alum who integrates the highest levels of caring and humanitarianism in their clinical practice.

The alumni reception will be on Monday, May 21, 2018, from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at Barcadia 601 Tchoupitoulas Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 Phone: 504.335.1740

Pound Fitness on a Beach

May Pound Fitness Dates

POUND Fitness Workout with Kym Montgomery
Parkway Health and Wellness
3Pkwy – 2nd Floor

Register now. Classes limited to 14!

Tuesday – 5/15 – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday – 5/22 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday – 5/29 – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Your sweat! Bring a water bottle and be ready to sweat!

Download Class Registration and Release here.

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