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Your double mask questions from the All-College meeting answered

Here's the answer for the questions about double masking from yesterday's All-College Meeting.

According to new guidance from the CDC, yes you should double mask to provide increased protection for COVID 19. The guidance is based on a lab study, published in MMWR, which used masked and unmasked dummies that released aerosol particles from a mouthpiece when they were simulated to cough or breathe. The study found that wearing a multilayered cloth mask over a surgical mask or wearing a tightly fitted surgical mask substantially increased the level of protection for both the mask wearer and others.

When double masking, the CDC recommends wearing a snug cloth mask over a surgical mask. Surgical masks provide better filtration, but tend to fit loosely. Cloth masks close any gaps and provide another layer of protection. Surgical masks are sometimes called medical masks or medical procedure masks.

April 22

Stephanie Ewing

Ewing Quoted in Inquirer Article

A Feb. 25 Philadelphia Inquirer article quoting Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing, PhD, an assistant professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department, about children’s mental health and development during the pandemic was republished March 3 by the Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington).

April 22

Quinlan mentioned in Women's World

Jennifer Quinlan, PhD, professor and interim chair of Nutrition Sciences, was mentioned in the March 8 issue of Women's World in a story about how to sanitize sponges.

April 22

Tran Minh

It's Macy Monday: Meet Trang Minh Tran

Trang Minh Tran, an international student from Vietnam, developed a passion for healthcare thanks to the early exposure from her father’s career. She looked for a Healthcare Administrator as a Macy to gain insight and to expand her professional network beyond this class.

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

April 19

Tuesday Topics

Tuesday Topic: CNHP Reads The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  • April 20
  • 4–5:00 p.m.

Join students, faculty, and staff of CNHP to discuss this powerful, important, and deeply engaging bestselling novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This event will be a group discuss as part of the “Tuesday Topics” series, facilitated by students, faculty, and staff at CNHP.

Book description: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does--or does not--say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


  • Jesse Ballenger, PhD, associate teaching professor, Health Administration
  • Sharrona Pearl, PhD, associate teaching professor, Health Administration

All are welcome! Students, faculty, professional staff and community providers are encouraged to attend. Presented by CNHP Board of Global Healthcare Engagement.


Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here.

April 19

CLASS Online Spring Workshop: Putting Off Procrastination

Most of us procrastinate at least occasionally.

  • April 21 and April 27
  • 5 - 6 p.m. (online)

Join the Peer Academic Coaches from the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services for a live online workshop designed to help you learn more about why you procrastinate and develop strategies for breaking your procrastination habit. Please RSVP in advance. Workshop will take place in BlackBoard Collaborate. Students who RSVP will receive a link via e-mail on the day of the workshop.

April 19

Rosemary Trout, DHSc, MS, BS

Trout was Keynote Presenter at IFT SA Global Conference

Rosemary Trout, DHSc, assistant professor and program director of Culinary Arts & Food Science, was the invited keynote presenter at the Institution of Food Technologists Student Association Global Conference.

April 19

Kim McClellan

McClellan is the Featured Speaker at the Global Education Colloquium

Global Education Colloquium (GEC) Brown Bag Lunch Series

  • Wednesday, APRIL 21, 2021
  • 12–1:00 p.m.
  • Via Zoom. Login information will be sent to those who register.

Kimberly McClellan, EdD, MSN, CRNP, the featured speaker, will present The Promise-Keepers: Group Mediated Education by and for African-Born Women Seeking HIV Care in Philadelphia.

African-born, HIV-positive women living in the U.S. continue to experience care disparity in access to and control over their treatment when receiving professional health care services. In an effort to find ways to redress this injustice, this study uses the case of “The Promise Keepers” to explore the role of community-mediated education on community and individual health. Through in-depth life history interviews, a group interview, and extensive participant-observation, this research illuminates the relevance and positive effects of education in the restoration of self-efficacy among community of practice members.

For more information, call 215-895-0900, email


April 19

Graphic for Drexel University's Urban Health Inequities event hosted by Deans Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, and Ana Diez Roux, MD

Gitlin Speaking at Urban Health Inequities Event

Join us for our Drexel Deans Series on Urban Health Inequities: Tackling Big Problems for Big Cities.

Hosted by Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN, and Dean Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dornsife School of Public Health, this virtual event will explore the complex topic of health inequities in cities, with a focus on the community Drexel calls home — Philadelphia. These respected experts will be joined by a panel of esteemed faculty and current students for a lively discussion focusing on how the COVID-19 pandemic has shown a spotlight on health inequities in urban areas and how the University is helping to combat increased disparities. The conversation will touch on the panelists' work related to access to care, community outreach, and education and how Drexel's dynamic academic programs prepare future leaders within the public health and health care fields.

If inviting someone outside of the Drexel community, use this link for them to register.

April 19

Study Abroad Opportunities for CNHP

Learn about study abroad programs in the UK, Costa Rica, Singapore & more!

Tuesday, April 20

12:00 p.m.

This session is presented to you by the Office of Global Engagement and the CNHP Board of Global Engagement.


For More Information

April 15

Health Administration Faculty Present at the Drexel University Climate Year Global Research Symposium

Two faculty from the Health Administration Department will make presentations at Drexel’s Climate Year: Global Research Symposium on Thursday, April 15.

Jesse F. Ballenger, PhD, associate teaching professor, will present "Aging and Generational Relations in the Age of Climate Catastrophe: A Perspective from the Humanities." Leon F. Vinci, DHA, an adjunct faculty member, will present "COVID-19 Impact to Public Health--Boots on the Ground."

April 14

Sharrona Pearl, PhD

Pearl reviews Amazon Prime's Flack for Lilith Magazine

Sharrona Pearl, PhD, associate teaching professor in Health Administration, wrote My Pandemic Bad-Good TV Pick: “Flack” for Lilith Magazine.

April 14

Nahian Ehtesham

It's Macy Monday: Meet Nahian Ehtesham

Nahian Ehtesham, a public health sophomore who wants to become a reconstructive surgeon working in Doctors Without Borders, has a life's motto: “Get comfortable being uncomfortable."

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

April 12

Tuesday Topics

Tuesday Topic: Got Funding? Students and Post Docs Share Their Experience with Funding

  • April 13
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

This panel of students and current and former postdoctoral researchers will address what helped them successfully receive funding.


  • Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, associate dean for Interprofessional Research and Development


  • Karolina Bryl, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow
  • Olivia Ngo, MS, NIH NRSA fellow
  • Brigette Schneible, MA, Creative Arts Therapies PhD candidate
  • Justine Sefcik, PHD, RN, Graduate Nursing faculty

All are welcome! This session is ideal for current PhD Students, research faculty and those who are looking to learn from others about how to advance their research. Presented by CNHP Doctoral Education.


Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here

April 12

Community Wellness HUB Virtual Health and Wellness Chat graphic

Community Wellness HUB hosting Cancer & The African American Community: Confronting Disparities & Finding Solutions

  • Thursday, April 15th
  • 5 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Via Zoom

The path to cancer care is rarely straight-forward. But for Black men and women in particular, it is cluttered with obstacles arising from policies, procedures, and practices that contribute to inequalities in care – or that completely block access to critical services. Black Americans constitute nearly 42% of the population of Philadelphia, and a large proportion of this population experiences inequalities in health care.

Health disparities cannot be eliminated overnight, but through consistent collaborations with our community and clinical partners, we can advance towards better health for all Black Americans.

Join us as we explore and discuss the state of cancer among the Black community, with special guests:

  • Annette B. Gadegbeku, MD, associate professor and assistant dean of Community Health at Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Katie Livengood, MPH, assistant director, Drexel Urban Health Collaborative
  • Joe E. Nock, PhD, DMin, pastor, Second Antioch Baptist Church

Click to Join

  • Meeting ID: 891 6671 2035
  • Password: 578872
  • Dial-In: +1 (267) 831-0333

April 12

Barbara Osborne, DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC

PSARC Director Barbara Osborne profiled

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a campaign to build public awareness of sexual violence and educate communities on strategies for prevention. Within Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center serves survivors of sexual assault every month of the year. Offering free services and open 24 hours a day, the Center is the only one of its kind in Philadelphia. Barbara Osborne MSN ’11, DNP ’15, associate chair of the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing, is the Center’s director and a featured alumna.

April 12

Jenn Knect

It's Macy Monday: Meet Jennifer Knecht

Jennifer Knecht, who serves as vice president of the Drexel American Red Cross and is an active member of the University Board of Conduct, is looking for a mentor to help her grow and give her real feedback.

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

April 5

Department of Nutrition Sciences for Monthly Seminar Series

“The Athletic Energy Conundrum: Feed the Burn”


Patrick Davitt, PhD
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Program Director, Health Sciences
Samson College of Health Science, University of the Sciences

Zoom Link

April 5

Tuesday Topics

Tuesday Topic: Resisting Through Our Bodies

  • April 6
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

This discussion will help participants understanding how microaggressions are lived and felt embodied experiences.

Keynote speaker

  • Rae Johnson, PhD

In conversation with Guests

  • Blair Chase, LPC, ATR-BC, adjunct professor, Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Jahnieka Griffin, DMT student, Treasurer, Creative Arts Therapists of Color
  • Hanna Lee, AT student, President, Creative Arts Therapists of Color
  • Farhana Ferdous, AT student, Secretary, Creative Arts Therapists of Color

Moderated by

  • Tonibelle Che, DMT studen, member of DEI Board, member of Creative Arts Therapists of Color

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.


Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here

April 5

Sharrona Pearl, PhD

Pearl pens article for the Takeout

Sharrona Pearl, PhD, associate teaching professor in the Health Administration Department, wrote Passover, season of deprivation, is the ideal time for kosher Jell-O forThe TAKEOUT.

March 31

Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Health Services' Roberta Waite, EdD, executive director, and Lidyvez Sawyer, MPH, director of Community Health Wellness & Strategic Partnerships

Article publication by Lidyvez Sawyer and Roberta Waite

Lidyvez Sawyer, MPH, director of Community Health Wellness & Strategic Partnerships at Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Health Services, and Roberta Waite, EdD, professor, associate dean of Community-Centered Health & Wellness and Academic Integration and executive director of Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Health Services published Racial and ethnic diversity in higher education: White privileged resistance and implications for leadership in Education Policy Analysis Archives.

This article is part of the special issue, Striving for Social Justice and Equity in Higher Education.

March 31

Ishika Sacheva

It's Macy Monday: Meet Ishika Sachdeva

Ishika Sachdeva wanted a mentor who is an enthusiastic, passionate lifelong learner experienced in law, healthcare and psychology and can offer encouragement and practical advice in the face of adversity.

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

March 29

Tuesday Topics

Tuesday Topic: Beyond And/Or: Tips & Tricks for Precision Searching

  • March 30
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

During this webinar with Drexel’s expert librarians, you will learn tips and tricks for getting the most out of your searching.


  • Jen Lege-Matsuura
    Health Sciences Librarian
    Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions

All are welcome! This session is ideal for researchers, faculty and students. Presented by Drexel University Libraries, Health Sciences. If you are interested in this event, Drexel University Libraries (DUL) presents Wednesdays@Noon, a new, regularly scheduled series of 30-minute webinars that connect Drexel researchers, faculty, staff and students with the Libraries’ expertise, tools, resources and services. To learn more about for other Wednesdays@Noon events, click here.


Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here

March 29

Department of Nutrition Sciences for the Thesis Proposal Defense of Christopher Vatral

The title of Vatral's thesis is Evaluation of Consumers Behavior, Knowledge, and Attitudes Around the Recommendation Not to Wash Raw Poultry."

  • April 6, 2021
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Zoom, Password: 406323

Committee Members: Jennifer Quinlan, PhD, (Chair) professor and interim chair, Nutrition Sciences, Jennifer Nasser, PhD, associate professor, Nutrition Sciences and  Stella Volpe, PhD, professor and department head, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Meeting ID: 812 7087 5318
  • Password: 406323

March 24

Chau Nguyen

It's Macy Monday: Meet Chau Nguyen

Chau Nguyen is a nursing student hopes to be a nurse who not only  protects and advocates for her patients but also improves the health-care system.

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

March 22

Headshot of Joke Bradt, PhD

Bradt serves on NIH panel on Music and Health Research for Brain Disorders of Aging

What do models of music-based interventions look like? What are the best metrics to track outcomes? These are some of the questions the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hopes to answer in a series of three virtual meetings continuing our interest in music and health research through the development of evidence-based music therapies for brain disorders of aging.

Joke Bradt, PhD, a professor in the Creative Arts Therapies department, is serving on the panel whose first of these meetings, Laying the Foundation: Defining the Building Blocks of Music-Based Interventions, will take place on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, from 1 to 5 p.m. ET. Held in collaboration with the Foundation for the NIH and the Renée Fleming Foundation, the meeting will feature a presentation by Dr. Shai Silberberg, director of research quality at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, on scientific rigor, reproducibility, and the predictive value of preclinical research. Roundtable discussions will follow to gather input on the creation of a toolkit for research on music and health across the lifespan.

March 22

Group of BSN co-op students doing an exam review in the park.

Review in the Park

Maureen Gonzales, MSN, assistant clinical professor in Undergraduate Nursing, held an exam review in Drexel Park for undergraduate co-op students in N326 Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan.

Nearly 50 students attended the session on March 12 and all said, "it's just nice to be together in real life."

March 17

Michele Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC, Associate Clinical Professor, Creative Arts Therapies

Rattigan delivered another presentation for DU Graduate College

On March 12, 2021 at Drexel's Graduate College's Wellness Wednesday, Michele Rattigan, MA, an clinical associate professor and DHSc student, delivered a presentation for students, professional staff and faculty called "Loving Yourself Isn't Selfish: An Introduction to Self-Compassion."

March 17

Gaberielle Boiskin

It's Macy Monday: Meet Gabrielle Boiskin

Gabrielle Boiskin is a nursing student who sought guidance with her academic, professional and personal leadership journey. Her Macy mentor is helping her become the best nurse she can be.

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

March 15

Sharrona Pearl, PhD

Pearl reviews Making Sweet Tea documentary

Sharrona Pearl, PhD, associate teaching professor in the Health Administration department and member of CNHP's board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, published a review of the documentary "Making Sweet Tea." Her piece, Just the Right Amount of Sugar, focusing on the film about Southern gay Black men directed by University of Pennsylvania’s Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication John L. Jackson, appears in The Revealer.

March 15

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