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Urban Health Summer Institute

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2018 Urban Health Summer Institute 
June 18 - 24, 2018 · Philadelphia, PA

Introduction to Multilevel Analysis for Urban Health Research

Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018

Times: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Instructors: Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, dean of Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health; Felice Le-Scherban, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health; and Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH, postdoctoral research fellow, Drexel Urban Health Collaborative.

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This course will review the fundamental principles of multilevel analysis and discuss how it differs from other analytical approaches. The type of questions for which multilevel analysis is most useful will be discussed. Students will learn how to specify, fit, and interpret multilevel models.

Prior knowledge of linear regression is required. Emphasis will be on conceptual understanding, application and interpretation. Examples from urban health research will be discussed. Conceptual and methodological challenges in using multilevel analysis will be reviewed. This course may be of interest to public health professionals, researchers, and students who conduct or interpret quantitative research and have some familiarity using statistical software to conduct and interpret simple analyses.

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Applied Workshop Series in Using GIS for Urban Health

Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018

Times: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Instructor: Brent Langellier, PhD, MA, assistant professor at Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health.

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This course will provide students with a solid foundation in acquisition, manipulation, and presentation of spatial data using geographic information system (GIS). The course emphasizes hands-on use of data from Philadelphia to gain practical experience using GIS software (ArcGIS for Desktop) to explore spatial patterns in health in cities.

Topics covered in this course include: acquisition of spatial data, data management, geocoding, symbolizing features, coordinate and projection systems, making maps for presentation, and introduction to spatial analyses. Classes will consist of a daily mini-lecture to orient students to key topics. The bulk of each session will then be spent on applied labs and projects.

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Building Bridges: Collaboration Opportunities for Public Health and Health Care Professionals

Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018

Times: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Instructors: James Buehler, MD, clinical professor at Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health and faculty affiliate at the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative; and Dennis Gallagher, MA, MPA, associate teaching professor, at Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health.

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Since 2008, when Berwick et al advanced the concept of “population health” as part of the Triple Aim for improving the value of health care in the United States, healthcare systems have increasingly adopted strategies that take a population-level perspective in monitoring the health of those under their care and in striving to improve the quality of their services.

This trend has been accompanied by a growing recognition that the use and outcome of health care is profoundly shaped by circumstances in patients’ homes and communities, broadly labeled the “social determinants of health.” This trend has been accelerated by federal incentives that promoted the “Meaningful Use” of electronic health records and established essential information infrastructures. Also, the trend is impacted by provisions of the Affordable Care Act that promote “value over volume” through reimbursement innovations in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and by incentives that encourage healthcare providers to pay greater attention to community-based approaches for engaging patients. In sum, these approaches push health care into domains long familiar to public health, align healthcare and public health objectives, and create new opportunities for healthcare and public health collaboration.

This short course will examine those opportunities and provide participants with examples of collaborations that they can emulate in their work in either health care or public health positions.

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Introduction to Bayesian Analysis for Public and Urban Health

Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018

Times: 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Instructor: Harrison Quick, PhD, assistant professor at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health and faculty affiliate with the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative.

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Bayesian methods combine information from various sources and are increasingly used in biomedical and public health settings to accommodate complex data and produce readily interpretable output. This course will introduce students to Bayesian methods, emphasizing the basic methodological framework, real-world applications, and practical computing. Special consideration will be given to methods for spatial data analysis.

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Crisis and Risk Communication in Urban Health

Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018

Times: 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Instructor: Thomas Hipper, MSPH, MA, program manager at the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health.

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The way information is communicated can make the difference between a successful or failed response in a public health disaster. Combining theory and practice, this course places an emphasis on the core principles of crisis and risk communication, examines how various audiences perceive and react to risk, and emphasizes the important role of effective communication before, during, and following a disaster. Through a series of readings, interactive lectures, case studies, and activities, students will learn how to better understand and communicate with communities affected by a crisis.

The five days will focus on:

  1. Overview of public health preparedness, risk communication, and threats facing urban environments;
  2. Audience analysis, formative research, and behavior change;
  3. Developing messages using the Message Mapping technique;
  4. Evaluating messaging using CDC’s Clear Communication Index and
  5. The role of social media and crisis mapping in disasters.

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Introduction to Evaluation in Urban Health

Dates: June 22 - 23, 2018

Times: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Instructors: Alexis Roth PhD, MPH, assistant professor at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health; Megan Reed, DrPH(c), MPH, doctoral candidate at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health; and Brogan Piecara, MPH, CLC, program manager at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health.

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An introductory course for public health professionals and others working in community-based organizations and other settings.

How do we know if our programs are effective? Are they getting us closer to our organizational mission? And how do we show this to our funders? Through a series of readings, collective discussions, and presentations, this 2-day course will orient students to the basic components and steps of program evaluation.

The first day of the course will cover logic models and developing evaluation plans for formative, process, and outcomes evaluations. The second day of the course will provide a foundation for the data needed for these evaluations. The fundamentals of writing and assembling an evaluation plan/report will conclude the course.

Students will gain hands-on experience in developing logic models, crafting surveys and data management through this course.

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Introduction to Community-Based System Dynamics

Dates: June 22 - 24, 2018

Times: Friday: 12:30 - 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jill Kuhlberg, PhD, MSW, researcher at North Carolina State University.

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Community-Based System Dynamics (CBSD) is a participatory method for engaging and working with communities and organizations to address complex issues. Developed from group model building and system dynamics, CBSD is now being used around the world, both in research and practice, to engage diverse communities and organizations to address a variety of complex issues from engaging youth in addressing youth homelessness, identifying effective policies to improve health in urban areas, and coordinating NGO efforts in planning maternal-child health interventions.

This intensive 2.5-day workshop provides an introduction to CBSD, with opportunities for participants to receive feedback on preliminary designs for their own CBSD work. Participants will gain knowledge of basic concepts in CBSD, including systems thinking, skills on identifying and selecting issues appropriate for CBSD, assessing readiness, convening a core modeling team, workshop design and facilitation.

While no prior training or experience in group facilitation, group model building or system dynamics is required, participants currently working with or planning to work with groups (e.g., classrooms, community meetings, focus groups, coalitions, and workgroups) will find the content more relevant.

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About the Urban Health Summer Institute

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative hosted the inaugural Summer Institute in June 2016. The Institute offers short courses in urban health research for students, researchers, public health and allied professionals. Courses provide participants with opportunities and tools to improve and understand health in cities.

Matt Kleinmann, a doctoral student in architecture at the University of Kansas, participated in the 2016 Summer Institute. He produced a short video about the program.