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Pilot Funding Available for Urban Health Research

The Dornsife School of Public Health Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) is requesting proposals for new pilot funding to promote urban health research at Drexel University. Up to three awards will be made as part of this request for proposals. The maximum budget for each award is $30,000. Drexel University faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, or doctoral students are eligible to submit a proposal. Project teams that are interdisciplinary, include partnerships from across Drexel, or involve external partners are encouraged. Topics addressed should be clearly related to the mission of the UHC with a focus on understanding and improving health in cities. A range of methodologies and approaches are of interest. The deadline to apply is March 3, 2017.

For additional details and to submit a proposal:

In addition, investigators are encouraged to join our upcoming workshop on Research and Teaching with Geographic Data led by the UHC Training Core to explore leveraging Philadelphia focused and national data compiled by the UHC in their proposal.

Urban Health Collaborative Fellowship Program for Doctoral and Master's Students

Prospective and incoming master's and doctoral students are welcome to consider a fellowship with the Urban Health Collaborative. The program will support selected students in conducting urban health research. Please contact Amy Confair with any questions about these programs.

Doctoral Fellowship information

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) Doctoral Fellows Program supports doctoral students at the Dornsife School of Public Health. The mission of the UHC is to improve health in cities by increasing scientific knowledge and public awareness of health and health variation within cities, and by promoting urban policies and partnerships that promote health and reduce health inequalities. UHC aims to (1) describe health variation in cities and conduct research on the drivers of population health and health inequalities in cities, (2) identify and evaluate policies to improve health in cities; (3) engage with communities and policy makers to disseminate information, promote public awareness, and catalyze action to build healthy cities.

The UHC Doctoral Fellows program will support up to four incoming doctoral students with a research focus on understanding and improving health in cities during the 2017-2018 academic year. Fellows will be supported to conduct urban health research under the mentorship of a faculty research sponsor, will receive tuition remission, and and will receive additional support for supplies and travel. Fellows will also participate in ongoing UHC research and training activities. Awards are renewable for a second year with consideration for a third.

Incoming students to the doctoral programs offered at the Dornsife School of Public Health (DrPH in Community Health and Prevention and PhD in Epidemiology) are eligible. Interested candidates should apply through the usual channels for admission and state interest in being considered for the UHC Doctoral Fellows program in the application personal essay.

Dornsife School of Public Health admissions information

Download the UHC Doctoral Fellowship flyer [pdf]

Master's Fellowship information

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) will support 4 master's students interested in urban health research for the 2017-18 academic year. UHC master's fellows will receive an $8,000 stipend ($1,000 monthly) to work 15 hours per week with a faculty mentor/sponsor. Prospective UHC master's fellows will be invited to apply for these positions based upon their exceptional academic promise as evidenced in their application for admission. UHC master's fellows are also eligible to receive the Dornsife School of Public Health's Dean's Scholarships. UHC master's fellows can continue their positions into the second year provided they remain in good academic standing and submit a letter of support from their faculty mentor/sponsor.

2017 Summer Short Courses in Urban Health Topics Announced

Topics for the 2017 Urban Health Collaborative summer short courses have been announced. The UHC is expanding its successful summer course program to include four courses in the upcoming cycle - two courses offered in the morning and two offered in the afternoon. The courses will be held June 26-30, 2017 at the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Past Funding Awardees

In 2016, the Urban Health Collaborative funded six pilot research projects and four student practicum projects. All funded projects are explicitly aligned with the goals of the UHC: conducting research on the drivers of population health and health disparities in cities, identifying and evaluating policies to improve health in cities, and building engagement and public awareness around health in cities. The application period for the 2017 pilot awards is currently open. The next call for student practica will be in Spring 2017.

2016 Funded Pilot Research Projects

  • Reasons for Uninsurance Among ACA Eligible Adults in an Urban Safety Net Setting led by PI Rachel Peters, MPH, DrPH student, Department of Health Management and Policy, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • An investigation of associations between heat and infant mortality, and effect modification by greenness and socioeconomic and demographic characteristics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania led by PI Leah Schinasi, MSPH, PhD, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Dornsife School of Public Health 
  • Using Data Integration to Create a Profile of Violence Needs and Assets to Inform Solutions in the Latino Community of Eastern North Philadelphia led by PI Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH Department of Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Intergenerational Associations between Adult Past Exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Offspring Child Health Outcomes: The Philadelphia Urban ACE Study led by PI Felice Le-Scherban, PhD, MP, Department of Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health and PI Lee Pachter, DO, Department of Pediatrics, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • The Effects of Housing Discrimination Across the Generations: A Proof of Concept led by PI Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH, Center for Hunger-Free Communities and Department of Health Management and Policy, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Using Electronic Health Records for Population-Level Surveillance of Cardiovascular Risk in Patients with Metabolic Disorder: The Heart of Philadelphia Project led by PI Longjian Liu, MD, PhD, MSc, Department of Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health 

2016 Funded Student Practicum Projects

Giselle Babiarz worked with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)’s Office of Communications and Engagement, assisting with multiple projects around the effects of built environment on health, advocating for healthy food environments, and partnership building between public health and urban planning.

Alexandra Skula worked with the Air Quality Division of the Environmental Protection Agency and Air Management Services to make data about air toxins more accessible and understandable to community members affected by them, particularly in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Vaishnavi Vaidya worked with the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity focusing on early childhood learning. She will research best practices and grant opportunities, and conduct outreach and program evaluations to support the A Running Start Philadelphia program.

Samantha Weckesser worked with the Health Federation of Philadelphia’s Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities program to enhance the application of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) science, language, and data in 14 participating communities. She will assess the communities’ policy related activities to inform technical assistance for their efforts.