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Monica J. Harmon, MSN, MPH, RN

Harmon Recognized as Outstanding DSPH Alumni to Celebrate 25 Years

In 2021-2022, the Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH) at Drexel University celebrated 25 years of providing education, conducting research and partnering with communities and organizations to improve the health of populations. Their last 25 years have been marked by forward thinking, growth in programs and research and substantive community impact.

To mark this milestone, they named 25 outstanding alumni including Monica Harmon, MSN, MPH '06, executive director at the Community Wellness HUB and assistant clinical professor in Undergraduate Nursing. DSPH featured these individuals who shared their motivation to go into and stay in public health on page 26 of their newest alumni magazine.

June 27

Gina Yacovelli, MAT, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CPB

Yacovelli elected as a NJHIMA Delegate

Gina Yacovelli, MAT, director of the Medical Billing and Coding Program in the Department Health Administration, was recently elected as a delegate, a two-year position for the New Jersey Health Information Management Association (NJHIMA), for 2022-2024. In this role, Yacovelli will host three webinars per year and a face-to-face meeting with the state leaders and the House of Delegates Community. She will also attend and represent NJHIMA at the CSA Leadership Symposium in Chicago, the Advocacy Summit in Washington D.C. as well as the AHIMA National Convention. Other responsibilities include overseeing the Coding Roundtable, Membership, Education, and Student committees within the NJHIMA organization.

June 27

Monica J. Harmon, MSN, MPH, RN

Monica Harmon was named a Top Nurse by AL DÍA

AL DÍA celebrated its fifth annual Top Nurses Award ceremony at the Pyramid Club in downtown Philadelphia June 10. These honors are given to people who have been at the frontlines, making essential contributions to their diverse patients and communities.

Monica Harmon, MSN, MPH '06, executive director at the Community Wellness HUB and clinical assistant professor in Undergraduate Nursing, received recognition in the Research/Educator category.

Congratulations!

June 24

Stack of graduation programs for Drexel University

Graduation Celebration Highlights

An article highlighting CNHP's graduation ceremony and awards is available on our News and Events section of the website.

June 23

A graphic featuring headshots of five females announcing a panel discussion.

Rattigan and Snyder part of panel discussion exploring the evolution of virtual art therapy

Michele Rattigan, MA, associate clinical professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department and DHSc student, and Kathryn Snyder, a Creative Arts Therapies PhD candidate, were invited to discuss their innovative uses of virtual art therapy in clinical spaces, teaching, and research in an online panel discussion as part of the Virtual Art Therapy book tour where both had authored chapters.

June 23

Sharrona Pearl, PhD

Pearl reviews new film

Sharrona Pearl, PhD, associate teaching professor in the Health administration Department, reviewed a new film about the ethical dilemmas surrounding organ transplantation. Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die? An Unethical Ethics Committee Decides appears in The Revealer, an online magazine that explores religion and its many roles in society and people’s lives.

June 20

Photo of Dr. Ebony White in a white dress from the waist up standing in front of a yellow background

White Invited to Speak at Mississippi State University's Social Justice Symposium

Ebony White, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department and Counselors for Social Justice president-elect, was invited to speak at Mississippi State University's Social Justice Symposium.

Counselors for Social Justice at Mississippi State University is a vibrant student chapter working to support advocacy and scholarship among counseling students and faculty, the greater student body, and surrounding communities. The Social Justice Symposium is the chapter’s signature yearly project and is supported by the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations.

June 20

Jennifer Cummings Headshot

Cummings and 2022 Colleagues Successfully Defend DNP Final Projects

Jennifer Cummings, MSN, DNP student, assistant director of Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track and assistant professor, successfully defended her DNP project, Program Evaluation of a Faith-Based Cardiovascular Education Intervention, on June 2, 2022.

Kimberly McClellan, EdD, assistant clinical professor, served as the project mentor. Cummings will graduate with her DNP degree in September 2022 in the company of nine DNP program colleagues who each also successfully defended their work. Each project responded to an identified need to improve health-related outcomes, processes or programs. Cummings and colleagues demonstrated their expertise and project leadership skills via zoom presentations open to the CNHP community and invited guests.

Congratulations to them!

June 16

Deeptha Sukumar

Sukumar and Graduate Students Publish Manuscript

Deeptha Sukumar, PhD, associate professor and assistant director of the PhD Program in Nutrition Sciences, and her students recently published an article in the on the role of combined magnesium and vitamin D supplementation on health outcomes. 

The article, entitled The effect of combined magnesium and vitamin D supplementation on vitamin D status, systemic inflammation, and blood pressure: A randomized double-blinded controlled trial, appeared in Nutrition.

June 16

A female dressed in a dark polo shirt and a male wearing a light yellow sweater are standing in front of a blue canopy tent and table draped with a College of Nursing and Health Professions table cloth.

CNHP Represented at PrideFest Chester County

Veronica Carey, PhD, assistant dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, chair of the board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and associate clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department, and Darius Greene, director of Retention, Recruitment and Alumni Engagement, represented the College of Nursing and Health Professions at PrideFest Chester County on Phoenixville over the weekend.

In the crowd of near 1,000, they met both current and prospective student and talked about the DEI initiatives at the college. The event is the 5th Annual PrideFest in Chester County, but the first since the pandemic started. It was planned by the LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County, on whose board Roberta Perry, associate director of Content Strategy sits.

June 14

Nursing Schools Almanac Rankings Announced

Nursing Schools Almanac announced their 2022 rankings. After collecting data on 3,000 institutions, only 3 percent make their list of the 100 best nursing schools in the nation. Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions is ranked #44 in the United States, #18 among private nursing schools, #11 overall in the Mid-Atlantic region, #5 overall in Pennsylvania and #3 overall in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Congratulations to all who make the college everything it is!

June 6

White male (Antonio Mininno) with short dark hair wearing a dark-colored athletic jacket and a light-colored t-shirt.

It's Macy Monday: Meet Antonio Mininno

Antonio Mininno is a Health Administration student who aspires to make a difference in health care. He has an interest in the financial aspect of the industry and sought out a mentor with experience in the insurance industry, large practices and hospitals.

To read his story and find out more about the program and how you can become a Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow.

June 6

Black female (Metchersa Smith) with long copper-colored braids wearing a multicolored shirt and a surgical mask.

It's Macy Monday: Meet Metchersa Smith

Nursing student Metchersa Smith has seen how the problems with our health care system has been magnified by the pandemic. Through the Macy Program, Smith is improving competencies, sensitivities and literacy which will make her a better nurse and leader.

To read her story and find out more about the program and how you can become a Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow.

June 6

Male professor, Stephen Gambescia, PhD, wearing a sport coat and hat teaching a class.

Gambescia Receives Teaching Excellence Award for Health Policy

The Health Administration Department is happy to announce that Stephen Gambescia, PhD, clinical professor and director of Doctor of Health Science program, was one of only two recipients of Teaching Excellence Award for Health Policy sponsored by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for 2022.

This award is a national-level award organized by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Gambescia is the lead faculty for courses on health policy at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

June 6

Creative Arts Therapies 2022 Colloquia

Creative Arts Therapies graduating students from the Art Therapy and Counseling, Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, Music Therapy and Counseling, and PhD in Creative Arts Therapies programs will present their final culminating projects on Tuesday, June 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To honor Pride Month, please not there are two culminating projects being presented: L Polarine, 2022, MA Art Therapy and Counseling, is presenting Raising Voices: Exploring Collective and Individual Experiences of Transgender and Gender Diverse Adults through Community Artmaking and Brandi Brubaker Simmons, 2022, MA Music Therapy and Counseling, is presenting Supporting Transgender Individuals through Healthcare Experiences using Music Therapy: A Focus on Identity and Well-being.

It is via Live Webcast and by invitation only.

June 3

woman in cap and gown waving amidst a sea of fellow graduates

Celebrate the Class of 2022

We are very pleased to announce that the College of Nursing and Health Professions will celebrate 2022 graduates during an in-person graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. ET at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts at 5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131. All commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed on the commencement website. If you are graduating, you can visit the this page for more information about tickets.

In order to view the live ceremony, you can select the College of Nursing and Health Professions box from this link, which will take you to the page where the event will be live-streamed. You will be able to access the specific College of Nursing and Health Professions page by or before June 3.

The University commencement webpage will also host the individual names and degree recognitions, available via a digital program made for each 2022 graduate who applied by the April 29 deadline. As is traditional for student recognition, we will start with doctoral graduates, followed by master’s graduates and ending with bachelor’s graduates. Dissertation titles and supervising professor information will be included in the Doctoral Celebration being hosted by the Graduate College on Tuesday, June 7 at 5 p.m. ET.

We are so pleased to introduce this year’s graduation keynote speaker, Melanie Cataldi. Melanie Cataldi is a committed leader and collaborator for social justice with over 21 years of experience in a variety of roles at Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s premier anti-hunger organization serving Southeastern PA and NJ.

May 31

White female (Claire Manger) with long strawberry-blond hair wearing glasses, a dark-colored shirt and a surgical mask.

It's Macy Monday: Meet Claire Manger

Nursing student Claire Manger has many goals for herself, among them a master's in public health. Her idea of a well-matched mentor is someone who will help figure out the right path for her. She also looked for someone with which she could have courageous conversations around current events and diversity.

To read her story and find out more about the program and how you can become a Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow.

May 30

Drs. Girija Kaimal in the top left corner of the image and Margaret Finley in the lower right corner.

2021-22 Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Research, Scholarship, Creativity, Teaching and Professional Service

Two CNHP faculty received 2021-22 Drexel Research, Scholarship and Creativity Awards & Provost Awards for Teaching, Scholarship, and Professional Service. 

Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant dean for Special Research Initiatives and interim chair and associate professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, was a recipient of the Freddie Reisman Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Award.

Margaret Finley, PT, PhD, associate professor in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department received a Scholarly Materials and Research Equipment Award for Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty. 

May 26

CATs of Color Open Dialogue on June 1

The Creative Art Therapists of Color (CATs of Color) is holding space on June 1 for open dialogue around being a person of color in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' graduate programs.

CATs of Color is an organization of people within the BIPOC community and international students who to come together to support one another. Their mission is to create a community within a larger community that promotes healing, a voice for change, activism. Additionally, they hold accountability meetings with departmental staff to discuss change.

It is essential for marginalized communities to come together to create a larger community and for our voices to be heard. This will hopefully continue to be an ongoing connection for all the departments in the future. Please reach out to Tasha Kang (She/Her), CATs of Color president 2021-2022, with questions.

Zoom

May 23

An aspiring Chinese American nursing student with glasses and brown hair standing outside in from of green foliage.

It's Macy Monday: Meet Amanda Ma

The mentor nursing student Amanda Ma sought is patient, compassionate and experienced in the healthcare field. She found her Macy mentor and experience to be one that deepened leadership skills and peer connections.

To read her story and find out more about the program and how you can become a Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow.

May 23

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Annual Co-op Awards

Steinbright held its annual Co-op Awards last week, the first in-person since 2019, which highlights Drexel's students and employers in the cooperative education program. As usual, it was an inspiring event that reaffirms that our model of education is truly changing the lives of our students and preparing them for anything the world can throw at them. Steinbright created this video for the event that highlights the winners and of course the benefits of co-op.

Bhakti Marfatia, a Health Sciences major was nominated by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), her co-op employer. Bhakti research at CHOP was to detect differences between distraction events during a driving simulation task. She was also responsible for maintaining standard operating procedures of the driving stimulator for safety events, writing the processes, and providing training for other team members.

Bhakti exceeded expectations by volunteering to train new members and was instrumental in the development of an abstract that was accepted by the Transportation Research Board. She made her study team a warm and welcoming environment, providing strong leadership to the other students working on the project.

May 23

Virtual Art Therapy: Research and Practice book cover

Rattigan, Snyder and Kaimal published in newly released book

Michele Rattigan, MA, associate clinical professor in Creative Arts Therapies and DHSc student, and Kathryn Snyder, MA, Creative Arts Therapies PhD candidate, both published chapters in the edited book, Virtual Art Therapy: Research and Practice. Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant dean for Special Research Initiatives, and interim chair and associate professor in Creative Arts Therapies, was interviewed for a chapter regarding her research and scholarship with virtual reality and art therapy.

May 23

Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions Health Sciences student Nicholas Eltman standing in front of an ivy covered wall.

Eltman Receives National Award

Nick Eltman, a health sciences student has been awarded the 2022 G.I. Jobs Student Veteran Leadership Award.

The 2022 Student Veteran Leadership Awards (SVLAs) honor 33 student veterans who are making a positive difference at their school and in their communities. Eltman, the second Dragon since 2020, is a veteran ambassador at the Masci Family Veterans Lounge, president of Drexel Veterans Association and volunteers at the local VA.

Congratulations Nick!

May 19

Celebrating the Class of 2022

Excitement is building as we near the University Commencement. Here are some of the ceremonies happening around campus to attend.

May 19

Photo of Dr. Ebony White in a white dress from the waist up standing in front of a yellow background

White Invited to Speak at Induction Ceremony at Syracuse University

Ebony White, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department and Counselors for Social Justice President-Elect, was invited to be the keynote speaker at Syracuse University's Sigma Upsilon Chapter Induction Ceremony and Graduation Celebration on May 12.

May 18

Courtney Geis Ercole, MSW, MHS, PA-C

DRAGONS Now Stands For Good Health

What things can we do to control your blood pressure? Courtney Ercole, MSW, MHS, a new clinical instructor in the Physician Assistant Department, created a acronym to help us all easily remember.

DRAGONS

D: Diet/Decrease Sodium

R: Reduce Stress

A: Activity Increase your Activity (walking is great!)

G: Good Sleep

O: Omit Alcohol

N: No Smoking

S: Strive for a Healthy Weight

May 16

Graphic with dark background and multicolored thought bubbles surrounding the words "Courageous Conversations"

Courageous Conversations: Gaining Knowledge without Losing Identity

The Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presents Courageous Conversations: Gaining Knowledge without Losing Identity. These transparent presenters will voice their personal stories of academic inequities and how it shapes their experience at Drexel within CNHP classrooms.

PANELISTS

  • Reginald Howard, College of Nursing and Health Professions undergraduate student
  • Carly Shanken, BSN '21
  • Lana Sommers, MA in Art Therapy and Counseling '22
  • Tasha Kang, MA in Art Therapy and Counseling '22
  • Zainab During, MS in Quality, Safety and Risk Management '22

Goal of the session

This thought-provoking dialogue is intended to provide a safe space for faculty, other students, and professional staff to react and reflect on their individual academic careers. This open conversation will invite participants to address real life scenarios and unpack injustices.

What individuals will get out of the session

After attending this session, individuals will leave with an insight to student experiences deeper than the surface level. Through these stories, audience members will have the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences as a student, faculty, or professional staff in CNHP. Our hope is to create a safe space for participants to share their own stories, taking away a sense of empowerment and knowledge back to their respective classrooms.

REGISTER NOW

May 16

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White Invited to Speak at Momentous Conference Hosted by TEDxDrexelU

Ebony White, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department, was invited to speak at TEDxDrexelU 2022 Annual Conference: Momentous.

  • May 21, 2022
  • 10 a.m. EST
  • Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Center
    3140 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

The journey of life is a compilation of decisions, events, and changes. Whether it is a discovery, a victory, a failure or a eureka moment, some experiences are pivotal and impactful in our lives and are, thus, Momentous. This year we are bringing together the world’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas worth spreading.

May 16

Kelsey Stasko, a student in the nurse practitioner program with Karen Goldschmidt, a clinical professor

Goldschmidt and Nurse Practitioner Student Co-Author Publication

Karen Goldschmidt, PhD, an associate clinical professor of nursing, along with Kelsey Stasko, BSN, RN, a graduate student in the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner program, published an article title The downstream effects of the COVID-19 pandemic: The supply chain failure, a wicked problem in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

The article published on April 1, 2022, ahead of print, presents a case study of a pediatric intensive care nurse and her experience working at a rural children's hospital two years into the pandemic. Central line blood stream infections (CLABSls) are used to highlight the impact of the global supply chain failure on patient morbidity and mortality and healthcare professionals at the point of care. 

May 11

Tuesday Topics

Tuesday Topic: CNHP Reads—Climate Justice in Short Fiction

  • May 17
  • 12–1:00 p.m.
  • Live Webcast

As part of Drexel’s “climate action year,” the Boards of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Global Health Engagement are partnering for 3 college-wide short story reading events. For each meeting, we will discuss a short story that engages both Global Health and DEI as well as the growing global warming crisis. At this meeting, we will be discussing “Seed” by Iliana Vargas.

  • Jesse Ballenger, PhD
    Teaching Professor, Health Administration Department
  • Sharrona Pearl, PhD
    Associate Teaching Professor, Health Administration Department

All are welcome! Students, faculty & professional staff and community providers are encouraged to attend. Presented by the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Veronica Carey, PhD, chair, and Board of Global Healthcare Engagement, Jane Greene Ryan, PhD, chair.

Register

Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here.

May 10

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