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Empowering Women in Africa Helps with Population Growth

Alex Ezeh, PhD, an associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, authored a piece in Conversation about empowering women to control rapid population growth in Africa. Population growth is a controversial topic because, in the not-too-distant past, some countries tried to control population growth with abusive, coercive policies, including forced sterilization. Now, human rights are again at the centre of the discussion about family planning, where they belong. But as part of repairing the wounds created by this history, population was removed from the development vocabulary altogether.

October 19


2018 International Medical Mission

Omolabake Fadeyibi, MSN, an instructor of health assessment and community health, is leading another medical mission through LabakCare. This time they are going to Nigeria”. They will travel to remote areas in Lagos and Ogun State, Nigeria doing activities such as screening and treatment for high blood pressure, diabetes, malaria, worm infestation, malnutrition, administering children's multi-vitamins and more.

Click here to download a flyer with more details.

October 19

Critical Pedagogy in the Arts Therapies Think Tank

The Department of Creative Arts Therapies had two members participate in the second convening of the Critical Pedagogy in the Arts Therapies think tank held in Chicago, IL in September—Yasmine Awais, assistant clinical professor, and Marisol Norris, PhD candidate and assistant professor of music therapy at Lesley University.

The think tank is comprised of creative arts therapies scholars and practitioners who are asking, “How do we contribute to equity and social justice through how we teach, supervise, mentor, write and research in and through the arts therapies across educational contexts? When do we risk reinforcing oppression and, conversely, how can our work increase access and inclusion? Whose voices are missing or ignored from how we understand health, illness and care? How do we move from power over to power with and power within”?

To learn more about the Critical pedagogy in the Arts Therapies project click here.

October 19

Joan Rosen Bloch

Research Published

Joan Bloch, PhD, an associate professor and director of global health initiatives at CNHP, is the lead author of "Beyond bus fare: Deconstructing Prenatal Care Travel among Low-income Urban Mothers through a Mix Methods GIS Study" which was published in the international nursing journal, Contemporary Nurse, (2018: 54 (3), 233-245). Her co-authors are Marcia Gardner, PhD, PNP from Molloy College, Sara Cardivano, MS and Jennifer Barkin, PhD from Merver University.

October 18

Boren Awards for International Study

The Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), fund undergraduate and graduate US citizens to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to U.S. strategic security interests and under-represented in study abroad.

The Boren Awards promote long term cultural and linguistic immersion in countries in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

In exchange for funding, Boren awardees commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. There is a information session on Thursday, October 25, 2018, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. in Disque 109. Please register in advance.

October 18

BSN-Co-op nursing students Katie Hurley and Jenna Kessler

Millenials in the Workforce

At the American Board of Nursing Specialties conference in Chicago, faculty and students presented a panel discussion on millennials in the workforce. It included Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, clinical professor of nursing, Deanna Schaffer, PhD, assistant clinical professor and department chair, and two CNHP undergraduate BSN CO-OP students, Katherine Hurley and Jenna Kessler.

Al Rundio, PhD, associate dean of academic nursing and clinical professor of nursing, served as the panel moderator.

October 18

food and brain study

Food and the Brain Research Study

Research Objective
The purpose of our study is to learn more about how eating influences brain activity.

Who is eligible?
Are you between 18-40 years of age?
Do you have no allergies to dairy, wheat, soy, nuts, tomatoes or corn?
Do you wish to be part of a brain activity study?

What is involved?
For participating in the study, you will be eligible for

Exposure to fNIRS technology
Free food
Study Visits and Compensation

The study consists of a total of two, 1.5-hour visits at Drexel University, each on a separate day.
$30 compensation ($15 each visit)

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact:
Nasser Eating Behavior Laboratory
Phone: (267) 359-6287

For a printable version of the flyer, click here to download.

This research is conducted by a researcher who is a member of Drexel University and is approved by the Drexel University Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and the University's Human Research Protection Program.

October 18

Scholarship Program

Dana Point Rehab Campus is currently offering a $1,500 scholarship to one student applying to or is currently enrolled at universities by November 30, 2018 and by July 30th, 2019

For guidelines and and scholarship information, click here.


October 17

Student Nurse Extern Positions

Christiana Care Health System—a Magnet® designated health care system—is located in the heart of New Castle County, Delaware, just 30 minutes from Philadelphia and an easy drive from New York, Baltimore and Washington. With locations in Wilmington and Newark, DE, it is one of the largest health care providers in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Named one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, we have an excess of 1,100 beds between our two hospitals and are committed to providing the best patient care.

Christiana Care Health System is in search of candidates to fill future casual student nurse extern positions for our hospital. The student nurse extern positions will start on January 14, 2019.

Successful candidates must attend the following classes to participate in this program:

  1. “Day One” on Monday, January 14
  2. Classes on January 23-25
  3. Ten shifts of orientation must be attended between January 26th- March 1, 2019.

The Student Nurse Extern is a casual position and the work schedule is flexible. Most departments within Christiana Care are able to work around students' classes and clinical rotations. Applicants must be available to work 16 hours bi-weekly. Hospital based Student Nurse Applicants must be available to work any shift (Day, Evening, Midnight), along with working weekends and holidays.

Hospital Based Student Nurse Externs provide hygiene, comfort measures and selected direct and indirect patient care activities and ancillary duties for pediatric, adolescent and adult patients under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse.

Please note: The Student Nurse Extern Position is a continuous, year-round position and is not meant as a winter or summer externship only. Please do not apply if you are looking for a winter or summer externship position only.

For requirements and additional information visit our career website and search for the follow requisition numbers to apply: Christiana Health System Nurse Externship or please contact Cathleen Mengel 

All of these positions will be posted through October 26, 2018.

October 17

Be Tips

Thankfully, the days are over whereby students, faculty and staff cannot dialogue about living, learning, working and socializing life events while held in the context of developing the student into a professional and/or for the betterment of working with patients/clients in the future. In other words, these conversations are not for venting or for rhetoric, but instead a chance to become more aware of the impact of outcomes like the recent Supreme Court vote upon our students.

Here are Be tips you may find useful:

  • Be Ready
    This does not mean that you have to be an expert on the topic, but instead it means that a student or colleague may want to discuss a topic and have you given it any thought as well.
  • Be Direct
    The best is to use language indicative of your field of expertise. For example, if a student were to ask: Do you know why the Supreme Court wants someone like “him” as a Supreme Court Judge? Response: “First of all I just want to thank you for feeling comfortable to pose this question in class. Others may want to chime in as well, however, I want to be sure to respond with respect to how the decision of the court can impact health care in the US.” Then you can continue to dialogue about voting, mid-term election purpose, etc. When a person asks for a “What would you do” type question… it means he/she/they do not have enough information for their own “informed decisions”. It is our charge (faculty/professional staff) to encourage the person to learn more about the topic.
  • Be Sincere
    The same question can also offer an opportunity to emote with the student. For example, “It appears the way you posed the question you have some misgivings about the vote 50 vs 48 in favor of Judge Kavanagh? What is most upsetting to you?” I would love to hear from others as well because perhaps there are a few of you with similar or other considerations.”
  • Be Quiet
    Some times a smile and a head nod goes a long way. You do not have to “fix” the situation. The hardest part is holding ourselves back from jumping in to “save” the person from his/her/their feelings or thoughts. The goal is to celebrate you have created an environment in your class where student(s) trust to engage you! The dialogue can be curbed if there is use of profanity or derogatory remarks, otherwise encouraging student voice is so important.
  • Be Tolerant/Patient
    We are living in times of uncertainty and quite honestly fear for many Americans. Again, not trying to “fix” what is deemed to be in correct, the discussion can support the lessening of anxiety for the student(s). You may literally be one of the few persons he/she/they may engage. Please applaud the fact your classroom environment is a welcoming one in which student(s) felt safe!

Go For It! I would love to hear from everyone who may have used any or all of these Be tips. Remember the only real conversation can begin when participants feel calm, secure and can communicate within a level of trust.

Veronica Carey, PhD
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Associate Clinical Professor

October 16

Better Living With Dementia -  Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities and Societies by Laura N. Gitlin and Nancy Hodgson

Better Living With Dementia Panel Event

Save the Date!

Dean Gitlin along with co-author Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, the Anthony Buividas term chair in Gerontology and associate professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will present an overview of their new book, Better Living With Dementia: Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities and Societies and discuss the essential ideas and examples and facilitate a panel with other experts.

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Mitchell Auditorium, The Bossone Research Enterprise Center

Details to follow soon.

October 16

Girija Kaimal, EdD, an assistant professor in PhD program in creative arts therapies

Creative Ars Therapies Research Study Exhibition and Presentation

Girija Kaimal, EdD, an assistant professor in PhD program in creative arts therapies, in collaboration with Penn Medicine Radiation Oncology present an exhibition and presentation from a research study on outcomes of brief art therapy sessions on the health and well being of patients and caregivers.

The exhibition and presentation seek to highlight how facilitated visual expression can result in significant gains in wellness and the management of stress related to medical conditions like cancer. The study was funded with support from a cooperative agreement from the National Endowment for the Arts Research labs program.

Presentation and reception details for those registered:

October 17
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Penn Medicine Cherry Hill 1865 Route 70 East, First Floor Lobby
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Parking lot and garage are free.

October 16

Veronica Carey

Faculty Member Making Global Presentation

Veronica Carey, PhD, assistant dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, is a requested presenter at the second annual MenaConference in Abu Dhabi, UAE October 19-20,2018. This conference was a long time in the making to offer behavioral health education and training in UAE relevant to psychiatric rehabilitation; last year was the first conference after eight years of planning. Carey will present two full-day workshops: Recovery-Oriented Documentation as well as Ethics in Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Break a Leg, Dr. Carey!

October 16

PhD Students Presenting at Scholars Share

Lisa Lanza, a third-year PhD student, and Rose DeLuccia, a second-year PhD student, both in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, were selected to present at the Scholars Share: Conversations on Graduate Student Research Program on October 30, 2018.

Lanza will be presenting on preliminary research and results involving functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) brain activation and food consumption. She will also be discussing her upcoming dissertation proposal on brain activation in response to food and food cues in postpartum non-depressed women, postpartum depressed women and nulligravida women. Lanza’s PhD advisor is Jennifer Nasser, PhD.

DeLuccia will be discussing the effect of vitamin D and magnesium supplementation on cardiometabolic health outcomes, such as cardiovascular diseases, glycemic control and systemic inflammation. She will also review her upcoming dissertation proposal on vitamin D and magnesium supplementation on glycemic control in healthy individuals who are overweight or obese. DeLuccia’s PhD advisor is Deeptha Sukumar, PhD.

October 16

Marsh Scholarship Students

The following MS in Nutrition students were awarded Marsh Scholarships for the 2018 Academic Year: Julia Rovera, Maria Terry, Krissi Thomopoulos, and Khushboo Jain.

This fund was set up by Kathryn M. Marsh who passed away on September 11, 1987; she believed in the work of nutrition professionals and bequeathed a generous portion of her estate to set up an endowed fund for Drexel nutrition students.

Congratulations and best wishes with your continued studies!

October 15

Dragon Drive in Full Swing

The Drexel Dragon Drive campaign is currently underway, running through Wednesday, October 31st. In the next few weeks we will have the opportunity to reach beyond our job assignments and show our commitment to the communities in which we live and work.

This important, once-a-year campaign is a great way for Drexel faculty and professional staff members to support the charities that you are most passionate about. Your donation will go to causes that matter to you.

Last year with your generous donations we raised more than $115,000. Let’s set an even higher goal this year! Our local community needs our support.

To make a donation, go to the Dragon Drive website and click on the link that says “Donate”.

Please note there is no minimum contribution for the spotlight organizations: AIDS Fund, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Bread & Roses Fund, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, EarthShare Pennsylvania or Women's Way. However, there is a $24 minimum contribution per agency for organizations under United Way. If a contribution is less than $24, the designation will be directed to United Way’s Impact Fund.

Individuals who make a contribution to the Dragon Drive by 5 p.m. Friday, October 19th will be entered in a raffle drawing to win one of the prizes below.

  • Drexel Swag Gift Bag (Compliments of Lebow & Lindy Center)
  • Folding Stadium Chair (Compliments of Health Advocate)
  • $25 Dragon Dollars Gift Card (Compliments of Campus Services)
  • $50 Co-Op Restaurant Gift Card (Compliments of The Study)
  • Steinbright Gift Bag

For campaign updates, a list of raffle prize winners and other information, click here. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

October 15

PhD in Rehabilitations Sciences Alumna Zehra Habib Hasan, PhD

Pediatric PT Program Opens in Pakistan

Zehra Habib Hasan, PT, PhD, who got her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at Drexel has successfully developed and advocated for the very first pediatric physical therapy training and residency program in Pakistan.

Following graduation, Habib Hasan received an appointment at Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, where she conducts research and teaches interdisciplinary coursework to students in physical therapy, medical and other health professions programs. Her role as a lecturer, researcher, and therapist in the medical center and in community programs has given her a comprehensive landscape to design this pediatric residency program, the first of its kind in her home country.

Please join us in congratulating Habib Hasan, along with her advisor and colleagues, Margaret O'Neil, PT, PhD, MPH and Maria Benedetto, PT, DPT, PCS, FCPP, for this remarkable achievement!

October 15

Ann Madden

Bias in Healthcare: A Review of the Evidence

Assistant clinical professor Annie Madden MHS,PA-C, DFAAPA will present a lecture on bias in healthcare at the 43rd Annual PSPA CME Conference at the Kalahari resort in the Poconos on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Provider bias as a possible cause of disparity in the delivery of healthcare in the U.S. is an emerging field of research. The aim of this lecture is to inform attendees about the most recent research as well as to discuss best practices for recognition of provider bias. Health equity for all patients is a core value of the Drexel physician assistant program.

October 15

Nyree Dardarian

Women in Sports

Nyree Dardarian, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND, LDN, assistant clinical professor and director, Center for Nutrition and Performance, Department of Nutrition Sciences, took part on a panel at the 5th Anniversary of Women in Sports Day at Daskalakis Athletic Center on October 10.

October 12

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, distinguished University professor and dean

Center's Fall Speakers

The Center for Family Intervention Science is excited to kick off its second annual speaker series with two lectures this fall. The mission of our Center and these lectures is to promote family-centered healthcare approaches across all disciplines and domains of research, education and practice. This year, the Center will host a simulcast room where students, staff and faculty can come, hang out and watch the lecture. We will then host the videos on our YouTube channel and website for later viewing.

Family Caregiving in the Context of an Aging Society and a Changing Healthcare Landscape

Speaker: Laura N. Gitlin, PhD
Distinguished University Professor and Dean

  • October 25, 2018
  • Noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • RSVP


Late Fall Event

Lifecourse Health Development for Individuals with Neuodevelopmental Conditions: Visualizing a Preferred Future

Speaker: Robert Palisano, PT, ScD
Associate Dean and Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences

  • November 15, 2018
  • Noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • RSVP

For additional information, click here.

October 11

Nominate an Outstanding Dragon

The Alumni Board of Governors is accepting nominations for its 2019 Alumni Association Awards.

Each year, the Board recognizes graduates and students for exceptional achievements and service in their profession, the community and within the University through its awards process.

Do you know an outstanding Drexel graduate who deserves recognition?

The award criteria and an online nomination form are available here. In submitting your nominations, please complete the form with as much information as you have available. You can also provide additional information including but not limited to, a résumé or a nomination letter. Nominations must be received by Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, and you will be notified once the award recipients are selected.

Please save the date for the Alumni Awards Ceremony which will take place as part of Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. 

*All alumni awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend with the exception of the Golden and Silver Dragon Society Awards, which will be presented during Alumni Weekend (May 16 - 18, 2019), and the A.J. Drexel Paul Award, which will be presented in the fall of 2019.

Please direct questions to Lauren R. Villanueva ’04, ’09 at 215.571.3644.

Click here to meet the 2018 alumni and student award recipients.

October 11

IBC and CVS Scholarships Awarded

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation's Nurses for Tomorrow program granted $34,087 for undergraduate nursing scholarships, and $165,913 for MSN scholarships for the 2018 academic year. The initiative of this generous fund is to advance the education and professional development of nurses and nurse leaders, and to help prepare them to transform the future of health care delivery. Congratulations to those students selected for this award!

The CVS Health Foundation awarded $5000 to the Physician Assistant program for the 2018 academic year. The goal of this scholarship program is to support the most promising physician assistants of tomorrow. Selected PA students must have demonstrated volunteerism in underserved communities, and have distinguished academic performance in the PA program. Congratulations to those students selected for this distinguished award!

October 11

Table loaded with fresh fruits and veggies

Earn Wellness Points

It’s Time for a Nutrition Tune-UP Where You Can Earn 15 Wellness Incentive Points Per Session

To learn more or to schedule your initial session, please call us (215) 553-7012 or email.

Drexel University registered dietitian (RD) will serve as your advocate for living a more energized and healthy life. You will learn research-based approaches that will provide you with the necessary tools for sustainable diet and lifestyle changes that best support your health and well-being and how to improve your eating habits, plan meals, select snacks, for overall health, to enhance athletic performance or manage diseases through therapeutic diets for better health and healing.

Six sessions with an RD are recommended because lifestyle changes take time to incorporate. Drexel employees may be entitled to six one-hour nutrition counseling sessions per year at no cost through their Independence Blue Cross insurance plan. Please call your insurance provider to verify your benefits or contact Parkway Health and Wellness to inquire about your coverage.

To further incentivize participants, you will earn 15 wellness points for each session attended, with a maximum of 90 wellness points available per calendar year. Click here for information about Drexel's wellness incentive program.

October 10

Celebrate Physician Assistants Week

PA Week

October 6-12 marks National Physican Assistants (PA) week in the U.S. To celebrate, PA students are participating in a number of community outreach activities this week including vision screening at the Care Clinic of the Public Health Management Corporation at 13th and Callowhill Streets on Wednesday and blood pressure screenings at Hub of Hope on the concourse of Suburban Station on Thursday. Finally, many students prepared casseroles for the clients at St. John's Hospice on Race St.

Promoting the physician assistants profession and community outreach are core values of the PA program.

October 10

Women in Technology Networking Event

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania invites all female college students in IT or a related field to come network with us at a special event on October 18: College to Careers – Find IT Here!

With more women entering technology-related careers now than ever before, it’s important for students in STEM fields to connect with and hear from successful female industry leaders. Networking, understanding career opportunities and pursuing a well-rounded university curriculum can all help you achieve success in your career and beyond.

At this event, you’ll hear from eight female leaders in IT and other related fields and learn about the challenges they women faced on the road to becoming effective leaders, network with more than 50 inspiring female leaders in technology careers and enjoy refreshments. There are even door prizes – including a Bose Bluetooth speaker, earbuds with mic and remote, Amazon gift cards and an Apple Watch (the grand prize!).

Register for free today to join us! Stay up to date with event information and connect with other participants: #PAWomen4Tech.

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
  • 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Creese Student Center, Behrakis Grand Hall North
  • 3210 Chestnut Street

Register now

October 9

Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board of CNHP would like to acknowledge Indigenous Peoples Day, held on the 2nd Monday of every October.

Indigenous Peoples Day recognizes that the Americas were not “discovered” but colonized. While the United Nations declared August 9th as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, individual states and cities in the United States have been replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

We invite the CNHP community to reflect on the land that we currently occupy, originally home to members of the Lenape tribe.

October 9

National Physical Therapy Month

Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month. It’s a month that recognizes the contributions that the profession of physical therapy has made in promoting a healthier society through movement. Keep an eye out for exciting stories about the work and research that is being done by our faculty, students and alumni in Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions.

October 9

Drexel Flu Shot Clinic

The Office of Health Insurance and Immunizations will be hosting a University-wide Flu Vaccine Clinic in Behrakis Grand Hall, located in the Creese Student Center, on Wednesday, October 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This clinic will be open to all Drexel students, faculty, and staff; the cost to receive the flu vaccine is $25, but most health insurances will be accepted as payment. Be sure to bring your insurance card or a physical copy of the front and back of your card.

October 9

Mead Johnson Practice Group Awards Student Pilot Grant Award

Lisa Lanza, a PhD student from the Department of Nutrition Sciences (working with Jennifer Nasser, PhD), received the Mead Johnson Nutrition/Research Dietetics Practice Group Student Pilot Grant Award. This award is given by the Research Dietetics Practice Group and awards committee of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to students with projects that are nutrition or dietetics related and that will advance our knowledge of nutrition.

Lanza’s research is entitled, “Regional Prefrontal Cortex activation to potentially rewarding activities in postpartum women with and without depression compared to nulligravida women.” She will compare prefrontal cortex activation in response to food pictures, as well as pictures of mothers’ infants, other human infants and animal infants in different groups of women. This is part of her dissertation research.

October 8

An Education Got a New Name

The EAT.RIGHT.NOW. nutrition education program has gotten a new name!

It is now called “EAT RIGHT PHILLY” and is part of the official nutrition education program of the School District of Philadelphia.

To provide some background on either program, Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It is within the Department of Nutrition Sciences with Stella Volpe, PhD as the principal investigator and Judy Ensslin, MS, RDN, as its program director. With this grant, the PA SNAP-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY team of professional staff and students provides nutrition education in 70 schools and six community sites in Philadelphia. The grant employs 16 full-time staff and ten nutrition students, who work hand-in-hand with the nutrition educators, gaining valuable teaching experience in the schools.

October 8

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