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  • Let's Celebrate

    CCNE College-wide Celebration

    Please join us in a college-wide celebration to recognize the incredible outcomes of our recent Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education evaluation site visit back in February.

    It took the extraordinary teamwork of faculty, staff and administrators to meet all standards and elements of the CCNE review process with no recommendations!

    Wednesday, May 9
    3-5 p.m.
    Three Parkway, Room 1043

    RSVP by May 3

    April 30

  • BAYADA Award winners Alexander Y. Sheng, MD and Hope Bussenius, DNP, FNP-BC

    BAYADA Award Winners Announced

    Alexander Y. Sheng, MD, from Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine, wins the 2018 BAYADA Award for Technological Innovation in Health Care Education. He developed Learning Moment (LM), a web-based platform, to support experiential learning for medical students. LM positively impacts student learning through reflection and improved retention.

    Hope Bussenius, DNP, FNP-BC, assistant clinical professor at Emory University, wins the 2018 BAYADA Award for Innovation in Health Care Practice for developing and launching an innovative app, Pedia BP® to monitor pediatric blood pressure in low-resource clinics in Atlanta, Moultrie, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

    Congratulations to Drs. Sheng and Bussenius!

    April 30

  • Franklin Institute Science Festival on the Ben Franklin Parkway

    Faculty present at Science Festival

    CNHP's Stella Volpe, PhD and Food and Hospitality Management's Jasreen Sekhan, PhD participated in the Franklin Institute's Science Festival. Their presentation, The Future of Food, was at the Bistro on Monday. Drexel is a sponsor of the Science Carnival and will be on the Parkway on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    April 30

  • Dean Gloria Donnelly

    Nominations for Mentoring Award Deadline is Friday

    Nominations for faculty members who positively impacted you and your education in the spirit of Gloria F. Donnelly, PhD, professor and dean emerita, are due on May 4, 2018.

    Anthony A. (MSN ’11/DNP ’16) and Rita K. Adeniran (DrNP ’11), assistant clinical professor in the advanced role MSN department, established the award in Donnelly's name because of what she was to them—an exceptional leader and a deeply-committed and supportive educator and mentor—and to honor the contributions she's made to the College.

    To nominate your candidate and advise of your interest in serving on the selection committee:

    1. Click here to complete the nomination form.
    2. Provide sufficient detail as to why you believe your faculty member should receive the award.
    3. Submit your nomination no later than Friday, May 4.

    Students and faculty committee members will be appointed by Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, distinguished University professor and dean who will meet to review nominations and make a decision. The winner will be announced at the College commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 14, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

    April 29

  • Drexel’s EAT.RIGHT.NOW. Program Partnering with Philly Community Schools

    Assistant Director, Jessica Cullison and Program Manager, Melissa Matsumura attended the city of Philadelphia Cohort II Meeting to support the established community school priorities in Samuel Gompers Elementary, George Washington High School and Alain Locke School. The Drexel EAT.RIGHT.NOW. program currently works in six of the 12 designated community school sites in Philadelphia, in which a school is identified as a neighborhood center to improve access to pressing community needs. Partners of the community school program, along with community school coordinators, Mayor Jim Kenney and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell were all in attendance.

    Melissa Matsumura, in addition to Nutrition Educator Alyssa Kalter, were recognized in the priorities brochure published by the Mayor's Office of Philadelphia for being an active part in producing the plans for George Washington High School and Alain Locke Elementary. Congrats team!

    April 26

  • Grad student wins Award

    Amanda Templeton, a graduate student in the clinical nurse leader program is the recipient of the 2018 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Cameos of Caring® award at Indiana Regional Medical Center. Cameos of Caring® recipients are recognized as nurses who demonstrate excellence in their nursing practice, serve as role models and mentors, advocate for patients and families, and are committed to continual professional growth.

    Each facility selects their 2018 award recipient through peer nominations. The Cameos of Caring® award recognizes nurses at the bedside as well as five other categories, including the advanced practice, case manager, donate life and quality and safety. These honorees represent the very best at a variety of health systems/hospitals and schools of nursing. They also span a great number of specialty areas including: anesthesia, oncology, education, intensive care and emergency nursing.

    Congratulations Amanda!

    April 23

  • BHC students' booth at the inaugural Fresh Check Day

    BHC students participate in inaugural event

    Students from the BACS 234, Introduction to Addictive Disorders class have worked in tandem with Paul Furtaw, PsyD and Rudner Devera of the Drexel Counseling Center and Angela Colistra, PhD and Chalice Jenkins, PhD faculty in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy to create the Know Your Limits and At What Cost booth. This effort was a part of the Inaugural Fresh Check event on Drexel’s Main Campus.

    Students chose the topic "At What Cost" and focused their booth on the effects of alcohol and Adderall. "Costs" refer to the costs that abuse of alcohol and Adderall have, not only on a person’s body, but also their entire lives. With games, questions, candy giveaways and an informative presentation, the booth offered insight and further knowledge of the dangers that follow the most commonly used substances on college campuses. Their goal was to enable students of all ages to fully grasp the reality and costs of their choices while living on their own.

    April 23

  • Student and Faculty Posters

    Joan Bloch, PhD, CRNP, associate professor and director of global health initiatives, and Yosefa Birati, MSN, BSN (PhD nursing doctoral student) presented two research presentations at the Eastern Nursing Research Society’s scientific meeting.

    Co-authors included community-based partners and along  scientists of the Translational Perinatal Health Disparities Research Group. Bloch, J. R., Birati, Y., Zupan, S., McKeever, A., Barkin, J. Hyperglycemia Episodes among Pregnant Women with Diabetes Receiving Perinatal Nurse Home Visiting in Philadelphia. 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), Newark, NJ, April 13, 2018. Birati, Y., Bloch, J.R. Zupan, S. Case Analyses of Persistent Hyperglycemia Challenges among Urban Pregnant Women Referred to Perinatal Nurse Home Visiting Because of Their Diabetes. 30th Annual Meeting of Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), Newark, NJ, March 11, 2018.

    April 23

  • PhD in Nursing Dissertation Defense - Jerry John Nutor

    Please join the Department of PhD in Nursing for a Dissertation Defense by Jerry John Nutor

    Dissertation Title: Impact of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation on Medication Adherence Intention among HIV Positive Women Enrolled in Option B+ Treatment Regimen in Zambia Picture of student attached

    Thursday, May 17, 2018
    2-3:00 pm
    Three Parkway, Room 1043

    Committee Members:
    Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH, Committee Chair
    Shannon Marquez, PhD, MENG
    Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Rose Ann DiMaria, PhD, RN, CNSC, FASPEN, FAAN
    Florence Momplaisir, MD, MSHP

    April 23

  • Jasreen Sekhon, PhD, assistant professor, culinary arts and food science

    Career Development Award Given

    Jasreen Sekhon, PhD, an assistant professor in culinary arts and food sciences, received Drexel University Career Development Award for the proposal “Recycling food waste: the route of functional component recovery.” The overarching goal of Sekhon’s research is to discover sustainable methods for the recovery of functional components and complete utilization of co-products, generated during food manufacturing.

    This award will allow her to establish mentorship with two food science faculty at Penn State and Cornell Universities; and host sessions at international and regional conferences to understand the current status of the functional foods industry. The sessions would address feasibility of industrial scale recovery of functional components from food waste, challenges in scaling lab-scale methods to the industrial scale, and multidisciplinary team approach to solve the food waste problem. These sessions will also allow her to identify research/industry partnerships.

    April 23

  • Adrian Banning

    PA Faculty Publication

    Adrian S. Banning, PA-C, assistant clinical professor and research coordinator recently published an article in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education on teaching PA students evidence-based medicine. Co-authors are Dawn White, DHSc, PA-C, PA, clinical assistant professor at Clarkson University and Allen Shaughnessy, PharmD, fellowship director in the family medicine department at Tufts University and co-developer of the concept of Information Mastery.

    The article emphasizes important evidence-based medicine concepts to teach as standard curricular components and suggests several paired active-teaching methods for conveying the concepts to students.

    April 23

  • CNHP NP Faculty Practice at Parkway Health & Wellness

    Available convenient care and women’s health services:

    • Minor sprains & strains
    • Allergies, sinusitis, cold and flu
    • Cholesterol, blood sugar and anemia screenings
    • Minor GYN Issues, annual exams, contraception and STI screening & counseling

    Other services available onsite include physical therapy, nutrition counseling and creative arts therapies.

    Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Walk-in sick or scheduled appointments
    215-553-7012 or Email:
    Most major insurances accepted

    Three Parkway, 2nd Floor

    April 23

  • PA Department Partners with CLASS

    The PA program and CLASS partnered in 2016 to develop and implement a peer-to-peer group facilitation resource. Spearheaded by Patrick Auth, PhD, PA-C, Daniela Livingston, MD, PA-C and Allison Rusgo, MPH, PA-C from the PA Department and Rebecca Signore, MA, Valerie Damon-Leduc, MA and Lindsay Matias, MA from CLASS, this initiative provides first-year students with a structured peer-led framework to foster keen clinical reasoning and group collaboration skills.

    The program was first geared to prepare students for an internal didactic comprehensive exam (DCE); now it supports students throughout their coursework. In this model, a cohort of first-year students are selected by PA program faculty as facilitators and receive specific training from CLASS. The PA-student facilitators are paired with non-PA graduate student tutors from CLASS to lead voluntary small group case-based learning for their peers based on course material.

    This model was found to increase interest in group-work and confidence in ability to perform well on the DCE. In addition, participants felt that the program improved overall group focus and accountability for the course material. Currently, the peer-to-peer program is underway for the Winter 2018 quarter with more than 75% of didactic students participating.

    April 23

  • Poyss appointed to advisory board

    Alice Poyss PhD, CNL, APRN-BC, associate clinical professor, has been appointed to the Clinical Nurse Leader International Advisory Board. The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) International Advisory Board has been established to identify and develop global exchange groups to create curriculum and support health care providers around the world to implement the CNL role.

    The Advisory Board is supported by American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC), an autonomous arm of AACN. The Board will have representation from the Clinical Nurse Leader Association, (CNLA), Association of Nurse Executives (AONE), working CNLs and CNL faculty. The board’s inaugural assembly will be in June 2018. The Board will assist in establishing a CNL curriculum to establish the CNL role in Health Systems in Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Uganda and elsewhere with a single purpose to improve quality and health outcomes.

    April 23

  • 7th Annual Sports Nutrition Conference

    7th Annual Sports Nutrition Conference


    The 7th Annual Sports Nutrition Conference is an event that you don’t want to miss! This conference brings together nationally renowned, highly accomplished professionals from nutrition, sports performance, and fitness fields to share their findings, expertise, and experience to aspiring individuals in the world of sports nutrition, athletics, and wellness.

    Thursday, May 17, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    The Wells Fargo Center Hall of Fame, room 3601
    South Broad Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148

    For details and list of speakers, click here.

    To register, click here then select the Sports Nutrition Conference tab.

    April 20

  • Interprofessional Practice, Education & Research

    Research Committee’s Research Events Series

    All College faculty are welcome to join your colleagues Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing, PhD, MPH, Jaime C. Slaugther-Acey, PhD, MPH and Jessica Chou, PhD as they share their experience in "Building an Interprofessional Scholarship Team" at the CNHP Research Committee’s Research Events Series.

    Thursday, April 26
    Noon – 1:30 p.m.
    Three Parkway, 6th Floor, Room 603

    Please feel free to bring your lunch. Come hear from your colleagues and share your research interests too!

    RSVP by April 24

    April 20

  • Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, associate clinical professor, with graduating DPT students Jason Drott, Rebecca Fillipo, Alyssa Findlay, Amanda Genung, Jessica Heiden

    New faculty article published

    Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, OCS, associate clinical professor and Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC, associate professor, along with Jason Drott, Rebecca Fillipo, Alyssa Findlay, Amanda Genung, Jessica Heiden, (five DPT students who just graduated) published an article on reducing opioid use for chronic pain.

    "Reducing Opioid Use for Patients With Chronic Pain: An Evidence-Based Perspective" appears in the May 2018 issue of Physical Therapy.

    April 19

  • Dean Laura Gitlin

    Dean gives first public talk

    Deadline to Register is FRIDAY, April 20! 

    Many people have had an opportunity to talk with Laura N. Gitlin, PhD since her arrival in February. Many of us have also had the opportunity to hear her speak about CNHP as a whole, but none of us have had a chance to see her speak about her life's work—living a good life with dementia for patients and their care givers.

    On April 24, Gitlin will be hosting the BAYADA Awards for Technological Innovation in Health Care Education and Practice followed by her first official talk as dean and researcher. While the event is available via live webcast, we would hope you will join us in person to show support for our BAYADA partnership, the winners of the 2018 awards and our dean.

    Registration begins at 6 p.m. and lecture at 6:30 p.m.

    New College Building, Geary B
    Live and via Live Webcast

    Register Now

    April 18

  • World-renown chef Massimo Bottura giving a talk at the Center for Food and Hospitality Management

    Food for Soul at CFHM

    Both the Drexel University and the local foodie communities came together on April 10 to eat, drink, laugh and reflect with world-renowned Italian chef Massimo Bottura at an event hosted by Drexel’s Center for Food and Hospitality Management and the Philly Chef Conference.

    He spoke at length about his nonprofit organization, Food For Soul, which he founded alongside his wife Gilmore and which aims to empower communities to fight food waste through social inclusion.

    April 16

  • Lisa Aiello Laws

    New PhD among us

    Lisa Aiello recently successfully completed her defense of her dissertation at Villanova University. It is entitled Assessment of Genomic Knowledge among Nurses in an Online RN to BSN Completion Program.

    Congratulations Dr. Aiello!

    April 16

  • Professor Jonathan Deutsch from Center for Food and Hospitality Management

    Upcycled Food?

    Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, a professor in the Center for Food and Hospitality Management was quoted in an April 12 Civil Eats article that featured the Drexel Food Lab and The Center for Food and Hospitality Management’s work with culinary innovators who aim to turn food waste—or “upcycled” food, into consumer products.

    April 16

  • Sandra Friedman, CNM, MSN featured in Online Learning Video

    Sandra Friedman, CNM, MSN, assistant clinical professor in graduate nursing, was featured in a Drexel University Online video focused on online learning. In the video, Friedman discusses the use of technology to teach skills oriented courses online. 

    Click here to watch the video. 

    April 16

  • International Research Showcase

    3rd Annual International Research Showcase

    May 7, 2018
    4 – 6 p.m.
    Gerri C. LeBow Hall 220

    With over 100 partnerships around the world, Drexel research is happening on every continent and is enhancing our global impact. We invite the Drexel community to join us as we showcase and celebrate faculty and graduate student international research.

    Faculty and graduate students who are involved in international research (research on an international topic or with international collaborators) are invited to present their work to the campus community. Faculty interested in doing a flash presentation and graduate students interested in presenting a poster can submit applications (and abstracts) here. Applications to present are due by April 20 at 5 p.m.

    4 - 4:30 p.m.: Registration and Graduate Poster Presentations
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Faculty Flash Presentations
    5:30 – 6 p.m.: Reception and Graduate Poster Presentations

    Click here to RSVP
    Questions? Email Sandra Petri at

    April 16

  • Physician assistant students Ashley Tejeda, Brittany Dingler and Alexandra Podesny collecting items for Hub of Hope

    PA Students Help Hub of Hope

    Physician assistant student Ashley Tejeda wasn't able to let go of an announcement made by Ann Madden, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA, a clinical assistant professor, in one of her labs. She went online and read all about Hub of Hope and decided, along with Brittany Dingler and Alexandra Podesny, to collect travel sized toiletries, laundry detergent, towels and washcloths for the residents of Hub of Hope.

    Hub of Hope is a service center for Philadelphia’s homeless population in Suburban Station. Hub for Hope is not a homeless shelter; rather, the center assists homeless visitors in applying for jobs and housing as well as offer a health clinic including psychiatric exams. There is also space for showering and laundry, and free meals are served on the weekend.

    April 16

  • CFHM Seminar: Flavors

    Please join the Center for Food and Hospitality Management for their seminar series and discussion. The May 8 topic is “Everything You Wanted to Know About the GC-MS of Flavors, but Were Afraid to Ask” and is presented by Neil C. Da Costa, PhD, a senior research fellow and flavor and fragrance groups manager at International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc.

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    4:30 – 5:00 p.m.   Light dinner buffet
    5:00 – 5:45 p.m.   Presentation

    Academic Bistro, 6th Floor, Academic Building

    Please RSVP to Gianna Shikitino,

    All are welcome! 

    April 16

  • Advanced Practice Nursing news

    Kymberlee Montgomery, DNP, associate clinical professor and department chair, and Owen Montgomery, MD facilitated a two-day Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Women’s Health Summit for Tower Health at Reading Hospital entitled: “Not So Secret Secrets” to Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice: A Catalyst for Change on March 29-30, 2018.

    Alis Panzera, DrNP, assistant clinical professor and clinical education coordinator of NP programs, participated in Intercession at Drexel University College of Medicine on March 28, 2018 teaching second year medical student’s proper technique of the women’s health examination.

    Brenda Douglass, DNP, assistant clinical professor and program director, has been accepted to Sigma Theta Tau International’s 2018-2019 Emerging Educational Administrator Institute (EEAI) and attended her first meeting.

    April 16

  • MSN Student Wins Excellence Award

    Congratulations to Amber Amick, MSN student in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. Amick was selected to receive the Ralston Center’s Award for Excellence in Gerontology Nursing. This award recognizes and rewards superior performance by a graduate student who specializes in geriatric nursing. To qualify for this award, the student must be currently enrolled in a graduate nursing program in Gerontology and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Along with a monetary award, Amick’s achievement will be recognized during an award reception in Philadelphia this May. She is scheduled to graduate in September of this year.

    April 16

  • IPER logo

    Ethical Case Rounds: Interprofessional Clinicians Working Together

    On Wednesday, April 18th, the Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Committee will present Ethical Case Rounds: Interprofessional Clinicians Working Together. The case is based on interprofessional collaboration, an ethics consult regarding whether to start artificial nutrition and hydration or allow the patient to die. Faculty members will role-play the scenario, after which students will participate in a round-table discussion to form a recommendation. Ethical Case Rounds are open to all students!

    Wedneday, April 18th
    Three Parkway, Room 603
    5:30-6:00pm - Refreshments
    6:00-7:00pm - Case Rounds

    April 16

  • Register now for APA Convention!

    Join Chalice Jenkins, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department, at the American Psychological Association's 126th Convention this August 9-12th in San Francisco, CA. Jenkins will present her sexual assertiveness research in light of founder Tarana Burke's MeToo movement. 

    Registration is now open!


    April 16


    There is good news for students looking for careers in marriage and family therapy and great news for CNHP. US News and World Reports just named marriage and family therapists (MFTs) #4 in Best Social Service Jobs and the US Bureau and Statistics states that the employment of MFTs is projected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

    As MFTs in Pennsylvania we need to be prepared as our industry grows, and PAMFT is committed to supporting all of you.

    April 16

  • A group of local high school students in celebration of National Biomechanics Day (NBD)

    PTRS and Nat'l Biomechanics Day 2018

    On April 11th, the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences hosted a group of local high school students in celebration of National Biomechanics Day (NBD). NBD (#NBD2018 on social media) is a nationwide initiative to ‘expand the influence and impact of biomechanics on society’. Biomechanics is the study of human movement and contributes to medicine and healthcare, biomedical engineering, robotics, and related human biology fields.

    Faculty members Clare Milner, PhD and David Ebaugh, PT, PhD, worked alongside doctoral students in rehabilitation sciences to host NBD at Drexel in the rehabilitation sciences research facility. Kevin Aubol MS, Liz Euiler MS, Jillian Hawkins MS, Christen Mendonca MS, Jason Mohring MS, and Travis Pollen MS developed and delivered interactive laboratory demonstrations to introduce high school students to the science of biomechanics. A group of high school students in the Karabots Junior Fellows Program, an initiative of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, with an interest in careers in healthcare attended. These future healthcare professionals participated in interactive laboratory demonstrations and learned that biomechanics is “Where science meets fun!”

    April 16

  • AACN Logo

    AACN Call for Nominations

    The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has a long tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the nursing profession. They are now accepting nominations for the following awards:

    • Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award
    • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award
    • Novice Faculty Teaching Award
    • Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Awards
    • Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Awards
    • Sr. Bernadette Arminger Award
    • New Era for Academic Nursing Award
    • Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Award

    Please consider nominating yourself or a deserving colleague for one of these prestigious honors! Most will be awarded at the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in October 2018. For details on the awards and their respective deadlines, please click here.

    April 16

  • PTRS Guest Lecture Series with Visiting Professor Richard Shields, PhD

    Please join us for our Guest Lecture Series with visiting professor Richard K. Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA, who will be sharing his expertise on rehabilitation with a special focus on spinal cord injury. Please note that registration is required for this event due to limited space. You can attend this lecture in person or via webcast. One hour of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available to physical therapists who specify CEUs at time of registration.

    Event Agenda:
    4:00 - 5:00 PM: Event sign-in, Bossone Research Center Lobby
    5:00 - 6:00 PM: Shields' presentation, Mitchell Auditorium
    6:00 - 7:00 PM: Reception with light refreshments, Bossone Research Center Lobby

    Lecture Description: The boundaries of rehabilitation are expanding. Scientists, clinicians and educators are rapidly advancing knowledge in content areas beyond our traditional corpus. Even more importantly, we are weaving the strands of disparate topic areas into a comprehensive, integrated system of knowledge. In its modern iteration, the rehabilitation professions believe that if it pertains to movement, we own it. Concepts that formulate the basis for how we manage people with limited capacity to move will be presented with a special emphasis on people with spinal cord injury. Shields will close with some comments on “pillars to academic success” in the future.

    Click here to register.

    April 12

  • Assistant clinical professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies Dawn Morningstar, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC

    Adolescent boys and dance therapy

    Dance/movement therapist and assistant clinical professor Dawn Morningstar, MA, BC_DMT, NCC, LPC talked about her experience working with a group of adolescent boys in special education in a TED-style talk for American Dance Therapy Association. Imagine a group of young teens negotiating relationships, expressing feelings, building social skills and confidence and sharing success through the creativity of dance/movement. Watch now.

    April 12

  • Art therapy student working on a painting

    Creative Arts therapists on anxiety

    Natalie Carlton, PhD, an associate clinical professor in the creative arts therapies department, was quoted in an April 9 Notebook story about the growing presence of creative arts therapy in schools. Lindsay Edwards, director of creative arts therapy department in Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services and Scott Horowitz, clinical instructor in the creative arts therapies department, were both also quoted in the story.

    April 11

  • Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake speaking at the Macy Fellows year-end celebration

    CNHP and FHM Commencement News

    Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, MGA, FAAN, vice president of community affairs at Independence Blue Cross and president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation is the honorary degree recipient and speaker at the 2018 commencement exercises for the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

    Marshall-Blake is an expert in corporate management, public relations and communications. She's helped define the IBC Foundation’s mission of leading solutions for healthier communities when it was launched in 2011. Marshall-Blake exhibits a strong commitment to the community and to CNHP. She and colleagues have served as mentors in the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program and under her leadership, the Foundation has provided generous financial support to undergraduate and graduate students and the expansion of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Services.

    Thursday, June 14

    Ceremony for The College of Nursing and Health Professions including our affiliate, the Center for Food and Hospitality Management

    5 p.m. at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
    5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

    This ceremony will be live-streamed on the Commencement website where you can also find all important details and contact information.

    April 11

  • Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake speaking at the Macy Fellows year-end celebration

    Faculty presenting at DUO Opioid forum

    Here are the highlight CNHP presentations at Drexel Online's premier opioid event.

    8:30am - How did we get here? The Opioid Epidemic: Facts & Figures
    William J. Lorman, JD, PhD, clinicial assistant professor

    9:00am - Assessment and Treatment of Clients with Opioid Use Disorder
    Al Rundio, PhD, DNP, associate dean, chief academic nursing officer and clinical professor
    Angela Colistra, PhD, LPC, program director and clinical assistant Professor

    11:00am - Integrative Addiction Therapy: An Emerging Paradigm in Substance Use Disorders
    Stephanie Maxine Ross, MHD, MS Founding Director, Department of Complementary and Integrative Health and Clinical Assistant Professor of Integrative Health, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University

    Panel Discussion Facilitated by: Angela Colistra, Ph.D., LPC, CAADC, CCS Program Director, Online Education in Behavioral Health and Addiction Counseling Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University Panel Participant: Mark Mattingly, MSN, CRNA, Drexel University DNP Student

    April 11

  • Tools of the Trade logo

    Tools of the Trade: Technology in Education

    A monthly virtual 'brown bag' consisting of an informal topic presentation on a topic of interested followed by sharing and discussion. The topic will change monthly and is driven by the group.

    This month's topic is Breaking the Textbook Tradition: E-books and Open Source Materials.

    April 19, 2018
    10-11 a.m.
    Available via live webcast:
    Or by phone: 1.646.876.9923 Meeting ID: 131 149 412

    April 10

  • Drexel Spring Career Fair

    Spring Career Fair

    The Spring Career Fair is open to all Drexel students who are looking to network with prospective employers for future co-op and full-time employment opportunities.

    Wednesday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC)

    Click here to register
    Further details available on Steinbright website.

    April 10

  • Welcome, new Advanced Practice Nursing faculty members!

    Please help us welcome two new faculty members to the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing!

    Kelley McCoy, DNP, APN-BC joins the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner track. McCoy has been a clinical adjunct faculty member with the Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner track since 2016.

    Lori Ruskin, MS, FNP-C joins the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track. She has previously served in the role as a member of the Clinical Adjunct Faculty for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care track for Drexel.

    April 10

  • Navy Medicine logo

    Student Nursing Career Opportunity

    Freshman, sophomore and 24-month ACE nursing students, Lt. Samuel “Justin” Sours of the Navy Officer Recruiting Station in Philadelphia will be at CNHP on April 16 to share how to earn $34K while in school and guarantee a job after graduation through the Nurse Candidate Program.

    The Nurse Candidate Program is a financial assistance program for students enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing program. Upon completion of degree requirements, the student must accept a commission as a Nurse Corps officer.

    Doesn't hurt to hear what's involved. Register now.

    April 10

  • Leland "Rocky" Rockstraw, PhD working with faculty in India in a global classroom.

    Global Classroom for Freshman Nursing

    Leland "Rocky" Rockstraw, PhD, RN, a clinical professor in advanced role MSN program, has been awarded $1,000 by the Office of International Programs at Drexel University, in support of his continued work with Eternal University’s Akal College of Nursing (CON). Rockstraw has teamed up with Professor Libin Joseph, a psychiatric nursing instructor at Akal, to pilot a global classroom of freshman nursing students in Contemporary Health Care this spring.

    Drexel and Akal students will explore crucial nursing concepts in professionalism, cultural competency, communication and critical thinking. Libin stated the project will help their students understand a global perspective and help in conceptualizing the diverse healthcare approaches in the USA and in India.

    This idea began as a conversation with Jane Greene-Ryan, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the RN-BSN program who connected Rockstraw with Drexel's Adam Zahn, associate director of global engagement. He provided insight and encouraged Rockstraw to apply.

    Rockstraw’s previous work with Akal includes providing a four-day healthcare simulation conference and a week of side-by-side teaching with Akal nursing faculty.

    April 10

  • Exercise as an Adjunct Therapy for Opioid Addiction

    Please join the College of Nursing and Health Professions' Department of Nutrition Sciences for their Monthly Seminar Series: "Exercise as an Adjunct Therapy for Opioid Addiction" presented by John J. Guers, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Exercise Science at Stockton University.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    12:00 p.m.
    Three Parkway, Room 603A

    April 10

  • Angela Colistra

    Crisis in Pain Panel

    Angela Colsitra, PhD, assistant clinical professor and opioid researcher, will be participating in a panel discussion on April 18 presented by APHA - ASP titled "A Crisis in Pain: Fighting the Opioid Epidemic." Colistra is joined by Angela Kapalko, PA-C (Philadelphia Fight Community Health Centers), Peggy Compton, PhD (Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Nursing), Roshni S. Patel, PharmD (Jefferson College of Pharmacy), Barbara Keller, DPT (UScience Samson College of Health Sciences), Jeff Hom, MD (Philadelphia Department of Public Health) and Elizabeth Speakman, EdD, RN, (associate provost of Interprofessional Education at USciences).

    The event is at the University of the Sciences from 6 p.m. in STC 145.

    April 9

  • Drexel Areas of Research Excellence

    Pain Symposium Scheduled for May

    Drexel University will be hosting the Philadelphia Pain Symposium on May 24-25, 2018. The event is co-organized by Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC, an associate professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies and John Bethea, PhD, chair of the biology department and is sponsored by Drexel Areas of Research Excellence (DARE).

    This pain symposium brings together basic and applied researchers and clinicians to share innovation in perception, mechanisms and management of acute and chronic pain. Bradt will also be featured in the panel session "Music, the Brain and Chronic Pain." Please see the attached flier for details about all panel sessions during the symposium. The conference is free to attend but registration is required.

    April 9

  • ENA President Jeff Solheim at CNHP poster

    Nursing students posters presented

    Even Winter Storm Skylar could not stop our students!

    Students from two nursing programs, Dionisia Echevarria (RN-BSN) and Marc Summy (NACE) presented posters at the New Jersey Emergency Nurses' Association's 40th Annual Emergency Care Conference on March 21, 2018 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Echevarria's poster was titled "Secondary Traumatic Stress and Emergency Nursing​"and Summy's poster was titled "Analyzing Patient Handoff from Emergency Medical Services to Emergency Department Personnel to Ensure Efficient, Accurate, and Optimal Care." Both posters were well received by conference attendees and each author was asked to present their work in other nursing venues.

    Dana Kemery, EdD, MSN said she was honored to have co-authored the posters with our amazing students.

    Thanks to Karen Goldschmidt, PhD and Donna Trinkaus, PhD for sponsoring the poster printing for our students.

    April 9

  • Nutrition sciences octoral student Dan Dychtwald in NJ State House

    PhD student advocates for nutrition bills

    Nutrition Sciences PhD student Dan Dychtwald went to the New Jersey statehouse where he, and others, advocated for the licensure of dietitians in the State of New Jersey. They met with several key committees who affect the practice of dietetics and the well being of their clients. This includes the agricultural committee, general counsel, licensed professions and health and human services.

    Dychtwald and the others spoke with committee members about offering testimony on a variety of bills including those affecting supplemental nutrition programs, the food supply, food waste and others.

    April 9

  • unplug logo


    CNHP's Free Self-Care Class
    A time of mindfulness practice

    When: Wednesdays 8-8:50 a.m. Follows the term schedule all year.
    Who: All faculty, staff, students - beginner to advanced yogis.
    What: 10 minute meditation / body scan, then 40 minutes of yoga. Bring water!
    Where: Parkway Health and Wellness, 2nd floor yoga studio. Maximum 50 attendees.
    Format: Drop-in as able, no sign ups, no class during Drexel University breaks.
    Equipment: Mats and blocks are available. Wear layers.
    Rules: Silence cell phones! No devices. Practice self-care.
    Schedule: Studio door shuts at 8:05 a.m. Thank you for your understanding.

    Please email Annette with any questions.

    April 9

  • Annual Convention and Regional Conference Presentation

    Chalice Jenkins, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy will present "Trauma, Addiction, and Motivational Interviewing" at the Licensed Professional Counselor's Association's 30th Annual Convention and Regional Conference in Atlanta, GA. Jenkins will educate participants on adverse childhood experiences and its relationship with addiction. Participants will learn how to use trauma-informed care principles and motivational interviewing to support their clients in practice during the event from May 9 through 12, 2018. 

    April 6

  • Social media illustrations

    Social Media Follow Friday

    We've been building our social media following by posting valuable content like what's happening in the College, spotlighting the movers and shakers, sharing upcoming events and trends in healthcare.

    Are you following us?

    We would love for you to follow and engage with CNHP—find us here: Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, You Tube and Instagram. It would be great if you would retweet us when when we post something retweetable, share, comment, like us, tag us and use our hastags when they appear. If this is all confusing, check out the University's best practices and social media policy.

    Here are a few others to follow on Twitter: @DeanDrexelCNHP, @DrexelNutrition, @DrexelUniv and @DrexelMag.

    Happy Follow Friday.

    April 6

  • Physician Asst. Program partners with Barnes

    In a first-of-its kind collaboration, CNHP's physician assistant (PA) program and the Barnes Foundation have partnered to strengthen PA students’ skills using creative works. PA department faculty Diana Smith, MHS, PA-C, Julie Kinzel, MEd, PA-C and Adrian Banning, MMS, PA-C and Barnes Foundation Director of Adult Education, William Perthes worked together to create a unique curriculum.

    The curriculum was used within the Barnes Foundation galleries and presented first-year PA students with art viewing techniques, specifically "close looking." By viewing, critically thinking and then communicating about the fine art in the Barnes Foundation’s collection and being led through activities and conversation by an interprofessional medical and art educator team, PA students were provided with an opportunity to improve their observational, critical thinking and communication skills. Activities like this might even increase capacity for empathy.

    The interprofessional educator team hopes to continue the collaboration and to research the possible learning effects in subsequent student cohorts. The collaboration is funded generously by the Barnes Foundation’s Dr. Sheldon D. Weintraub Fund–the mission of which is to bring art experiences to professionals in the medical, healthand civil servant fields as well as social service communities.

    The Drexel PA program would like to thank the Barnes Foundation, the Dr. Sheldon D. Weintraub Fund and the Barnes Foundation Director of Adult Education Mr. William Perthes for sharing their vast and valuable resources for the betterment of medical education.

    April 6

  • Abstract art of pill bottle

    Power over Pain group forming for new program

    Healing and health equity are a large part of what we teach at CNHP. Our students and faculty are out in the world caring for others, addressing public health issues—like the opioid crisis—and helping to improve quality of life for those in their care. Our experts are tackling these complex problems using interprofessional approaches like the Power over Pain program for managing chronic pain.

    Power over Pain is recruiting participants for the psychoeducational program starting on April 16. The goal is for participants to learn about pain and how to manage it in the safety of a supportive environment. Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, OCS, Path Auth, PhD, MS, PA-C, Scott Horowitz, MA, MT-BC, LPC, Christian Jordal, PhD, LMFT or Annette Willgens, PT, EdD will introduce a curriculum topic each week and guide discussion toward applying what is learned in everyday life.

    Click here for topics, dates and registration information.

    April 5

  • Dean Laura Gitlin

    Newly Published Paper Co-Authored by Laura Gitlin, PhD

    College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Dean and Distinguished University Professor Laura N Gitlin, PhD co-authored a paper titled “African-American caregivers’ perspectives on aggressive behaviors in dementia.”

    The purpose of the research was to determine why African-American dementia caregivers report less upset and more confidence managing aggressive behaviors. After interviewing 13 African-American family caregivers, the researchers determined it was due to two common themes: “It’s the disease, not the person,” and “You’ve got to pick your battles.”

    To read the entire text, click here. [PDF]

    April 2

  • Donuts and Coffee with Jeff Gordinier and Massimo Bottura

    The Center for Food and Hospitality Management along with the Philly Chef Conference presents a conversation between Jeff Gordinier (Esquire) and Chef Massimo Bottura, world renowned chef of Osteria Francescana in a discussion of his latest book, Bread is Gold, and his revolutionary refettorio food project. Donuts and Coffee provided by Federal Donuts and La Colombe.

    Tuesday, April 10 - 10am-12:30pm - Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Center - 3140 Market Street

    For more information or to register, click here.

    April 2

  • Social Determinants of Infant Mortality

    CNHP Partnership with Annual Maternal Child Health Symposium

    Please join us for Drexel University’s annual Maternal and Child Health Symposium, "Social Determinants of Infant Mortality: Partnerships, Innovations and Community Engagement for Solutions."

    On April 13, 2018, the symposium will begin with a discussion of infant mortality and racial/ethnic disparities at the national level. It will then narrow down on Philadelphia data and the community’s multi-faceted response. The symposium will conclude with a multidisciplinary panel discussion with community professionals on the ground moving solutions forward. Following the symposium, there will be a networking reception and resource fair to facilitate building the community capacity needed to reduce infant mortality and related disparities within Philadelphia. The symposium is sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Program at Drexel University and is funded through the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Public Health Catalyst grant.

    The event is organized in partnership with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, The Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Child’s World America, and Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions.

    Learn more and register at

    April 2

  • TeamSTEPPS Training for CNHP and DUCOM Faculty and Staff

    The College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of Medicine will be holding a joint TeamSTEPPS training session for Faculty and Staff on July 17, 2018. TeamSTEPPS provides Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety. It is an evidence-based teamwork system to improve communication and teamwork skills among healthcare professionals.

    For more information about TeamSTEPPS, click here.
    To register for the training session, click here.

    April 2

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