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  • Jennifer Quinlan

    International travel award given

    Jennifer Quinlan, PhD, associate professor in nutrition sciences, was selected to receive an international travel award. Quinlan will use this award to help defray the costs for her to attend and present at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) European Symposium on Food Safety in Stockholm, Sweden in April 2018. The session in which she will participate is entitled: Teaching Food Safety to Dietitians: Towards an International Network and her presentation is "Engaging Dietitians to Promote Safe Food Handling MessagesOpportunities in the Curriculum." This will allow her to be at the forefront of international efforts to develop consistent food safety messages and collaborations with dietitians and educators.

    Congratulations to Dr. Quinlan!

    February 26

  • Nursing students giving back

    Phi Sigma Sigma nursing students adopted the daughter of assistant clinical professor Erin Johnson, MPH, MSN as their Valentine. On May 26 at nine months of age, Johnson's daughter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and KMT2A (MLL) Gene Rearrangement. Since her diagnosis, Johnson has spent the majority of this past year with her daughter while she was an inpatient at CHOP.

    The week of Valentine's Day the nursing student's met Johnson and her daughter for the first time in the outpatient oncology clinic at CHOP. They brought the toddler a basket full of toys and stickersher favorite—and handmade Valentine cards. They also collected coins from sorority sisters and donated $450 to a Go-Fund-Me account. On  February 16 the students provided breakfast for the caregivers on the oncology units were Johnson's daughter had spent most of her time.They received donations from Dunkin Donuts, Saxby's Drexel, and baked treats themselves. In April the students are holding a blood drive in honor of Johnson's daughter. Since May 2017, the toddler has received over 40 blood/platelet transfusions. When the students asked Johnson what more they could do, she requested organizing a blood drive. She feels compelled to give back to the people who donated blood when her daughter needed it. While less intensive treatment will continue through October of 2019, these students would like to by generate at least 40 blood donations during their blood drive.

    We have truly amazing students at Drexel!

    February 26

  • Author and food historian Michael Twitty

    Center for Food and Hospitality Management Presents

    The Philly Chef Conference presents an evening with African American Culinary Historian Michael Twitty

    The Cooking Gene: Tracing My African American Story Through Food for African American culinary historian Michael W. Twitty there was a giant hole in the story of American cooking as big as the one in the story of most African American families. Putting the microscope on himself, Michael decided to fully trace out his family history through the story of Southern and American food. Using genetic research, historic interpretation, nature study, heirloom gardening and interviews with contemporary voices in food, his journey led him back to his family’s origins in West and Central Africa and a front ring seat in the debate over race and food in American life.

    Monday, February 26 at 6 p.m.

    Academic Building, 6th Floor
    101 N. 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    For more information and tickets click here.

    February 26

  • Nancy Gerber

    International presentation given

    Nancy Gerber, PhD presented at the European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Leuven, Belgium. Her presentation is entitled "Mixed Methods Research and Arts-Based Research: A Creative Synthesis." The presentation represents a collaboration between Gerber and University of Adelaide's Mandy Archibald, PhD, who co-authored a forthcoming article entitled "Arts and Mixed Methods Research: An Innovative Methodological Merger."

    February 26

  • Best CRNA Schools emblem

    CRNA Ranked at the top in the country

    The College of Nursing and Health Professions received a top ranking from Community for Accredited Online Schools for 2017. Coming in at number 2 in the country, our CRNA program scored a 99.07 out of 100—mere tenths of points from first-ranked University of Iowa. It was noted that among the benefits CNHP offers are high student-teacher ratio and credit for experience.

    Congratulations on your accomplishment.

    February 26

  • ACE graduate Ricardo Batista, BSN

    ACE grad is the conductor of DAISY Train

    By the looks of the pins on his lanyard, Ricardo Batista knows a thing or two about outstanding and consistent care. It may seem like a really small guesture, but everyone at CHOP knows what it means to adorn one of these DAISY pins. It's an extra layer of comfort for people who are going through a really scary time with their children. It reassure patients and their parents that they are in capable and caring hands. Batista, an ACE nursing program graduate, recognizes how important relationships are in providing care and if the presence of this pin puts people at ease, allowing them to be more comfortable with him, that's a good thing.

    Read more about Batista and the award here.

    February 26

  • Sex and Gender Research Forum logo

    CNHP Sponsors Annual Sex and Gender Research Forum

    The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership invites all members of the Drexel community to a university-wide Sex and Gender Research Forum. This interactive program, held on International Women’s Day, will highlight Drexel’s interdisciplinary research focused on sex and gender in a local, national and global context. In addition to the three prominent keynote speakers who will address current sex and gender issues, many CNHP faculty and students will be giving presentations, flash talks and virtual posters throughout the day. The event is sponsored in part by the College of Nursing and Health Professions and DABDEI.

    Thursday, March 8, 2018
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Gerri C. LeBow Hall Room 220

    Registration is free and will include a light breakfast and lunch.

    February 23

  • Tools of the Trade photo

    Tools of the Trade: Technology in Education

    What: “Tools of the Trade” Topics

    When: Third Thursday of each month, 10 am to 11 am (Changed for February due to conflict with a CE offering)

    Who: All CNHP faculty

    Format: Informal topic presentation followed by sharing and discussion.

    The topic will change monthly and is driven by the group.

    Current Schedule:

    • February 22: Text Messaging and Social Media in the Classroom
    • March 15: Learning with Voice Thread & Other Video Interactions
    • April 19: Breaking the Textbook Tradition: Ebooks and Open source materials

    Zoom Link:
    Topic: “Tools of the Trade” Topics

    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

    Or iPhone one-tap:
    US: +16468769923,,131149412# or +16699006833,,131149412#

    Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968
    Meeting ID: 131 149 412

    February 19

  • Vitamin D tablets

    Study participants needed

    Deeptha Sukumar, PhD is conducting a clinical study titled "Effects of magnesium and vitamin D supplementation on bone and cardiovascular health" and is still enrolling participants.

    Sukumar is looking for obese or overweight people who may have been told by their doctor that they have a vitamin D deficiency. This study will assess whether magnesium supplementation together with vitamin D supplementation improves vitamin D status and its effect on health outcomes.

    For details about the study, click here.

    February 19

  • Aging adults working with healthcare providers

    Journal of the American Geriatrics Society publishes article

    An article by Laura Gitlin, PhD and others titled "Targeting Behavioral Symptoms and Functional Decline in Dementia: A Randomized Clinical Trial" was recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The goal was to determine whether a home-based activity program (Tailored Activity Program; TAP-VA) would reduce behavioral symptoms and functional dependence of veterans with dementia and caregiver burden.

    February 19

  • Dean’s Conversation with Administrative Staff

    Don't Forget!

    Wednesday, February 21

    1 p.m.

    Three Parkway, Room 612  (NEW LOCATION)

    An Ice Cream Party follows:

    3 p.m.

    Three Parkway, Room 903

    February 19

  • DABDEI logo

    The Diversity Dilemma

    What Constitutes Diversity in the 21st Century?

    The significance of diversity has been expressed through the think pieces and research lamenting the lack of representation of various marginalized groups in media and positions of power. But what do we mean by diversity? What is the difference between representation and tokenism? How do we talk about diversity in a more meaningful way, beyond categorization and statistics? This panel seeks to address the significance of diversity, the discourse surrounding diversity, and the ways in which we can address issues of diversity in our respective fields and institutions.

    Watch our Video Invitation!

    Thursday, March 1, 2018 • 3:30 – 5 p.m.
    Sky View Room, 6th Floor, MacAlister Hall

    Free food!


    February 19

  • Kym Montgomery, DNP with her fitness class

    POUND Fitness Dates

    Parkway POUND Fitness Workout with Kym Montgomery

    March Dates

    • Thursday, March 1, 12:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, March 6, 4:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 8, 4:00 p.m. – MEN ONLY!!!
    • Tuesday, March 13, 4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, March 20, 12:00 p.m.


    Parkway Health and Wellness
    Three Parkway, 2nd Floor

    *This class is for faculty and staff.

    RSVP here

    February 19

  • 2017 BAYADA Award winners

    BAYADA Awards Application Deadline Approaching

    The application deadline is fast approaching for the BAYADA Awards for Technological Innovation in Healthcare Education and Practice. Healthcare educators and providers are invited to share the ways in which their innovative use of technology has led to better student or patient outcomes for an opportunity to win one of two $10,000 cash awards. Applications are due March 1, 2018.

    February 16

  • Loretta Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN, in exam room at the Community Wellness HUB

    CFIS Spring Speaker Series

    Family Intervention Science: Spring 2018 Speaker Series

    The Center for Family Intervention Science is excited to bring to the community a speaker series on family engagement and family-centered research and practice.


    “We’re Here Because We Care: Building Healthy Communities Together”
    Listening to the Voices of the Community and Responding…

    Presenter: Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Vice President, Health and Health Equity; Professor, CNHP, Drexel University

    Thursday, February 22, 2018 • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Room 1090
    Sign-in at 11:50 • Live and Via Live Webinar

    Registration Required

    February 16

  • Creative Arts Therapy faculty featured in Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association Symposium

    Members of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies faculty will be on hand at the "Trauma: A Paradigm Shift" Symposium on Saturday, February 17 from 9-4:30 pm at Philadelphia University, Downs Hall, 4201 Henry Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144. Counseling Core Curriculum Coordinator Abby Dougherty, MS, NCC, LPC, PhD, will host the event, co-sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association and the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. Director of Music Therapy Flossie Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC, Director of Field Education Scott Horowitz, MA, MT-BC, LPC, and Assistant Clinical Professor Dawn Morningstar, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, will appear as presenters. The symposium will cover a number of trauma-related topics including mindfulness and self-care for the therapist, cultural trauma and the experiences of counselors of color, intergenerational trauma, domestic violence, and the uses of the creative arts in trauma stewardship and self-care. For more information, visit

    February 16

  • Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions

    From the Dean

    Dear Colleagues—Students, Faculty and Staff:

    I, as all of you, are once again profoundly stunned by the events of Wednesday in Parkland, Florida in which 17 died due to a mass shooting. I refuse to accept the climbing number of mass shootings around our country—30 overall in 2018, 18 of them in schools and a total of 346 in 2017—as a new “normal” or events that cannot be addressed.  

    I am deeply saddened that this is the first note I need to send to our community—a community that cherishes health equity and social justice. I am struck by the fact that each of the professions represented in CNHP have an important role in either prevention, as first responders or in the aftermath of such tragedies—and how critical each of our contributions are to the many families affected. 

    I am sure you join me in sending heartfelt thoughts to survivors and the victims’ families and in expressing a deep sadness for this needless loss of individual lives, needless loss to families and needless loss to all of us. Regardless of your position on gun control, there is clear evidence that the right gun laws along with other preventive actions (aka mental health care) can thwart such shootings. Gun violence has become an epidemic in our country and epidemics can be eradicated.

    I look forward to working with all of you to address critical public health challenges and am confident that we can make a difference.

    Dean Laura Gitlin, PhD

    February 16

  • Moving Memories Cover Image

    CAT Continuing Ed: Moving Memories 

    This workshop will explore how sensory stimulation techniques both within and outside of the Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) session function as a catalyst for promoting wellness, improved cognition, and quality of life for individuals with a dementia diagnosis. During the interactive portion, participants will be guided through some movement sequences, as well as introduced to sensory items that may be used therapeutically with cognitively impaired elders. Various applications for this work as a complementary practice for this population, within both healthcare and community settings, will be discussed and explored. The hope is that this non-pharmacologic approach to dementia care may also yield new opportunities for collaboration among creative arts in therapy modalities and other holistic practices.

    More information and registration is available.

    February 15

  • Research workgroup

    Dean's Workgroup forming

    Laura Gitlin, PhD would like to form a working group of faculty interested in research on innovative clinical practice for individuals with dementia and their caregivers and/or clinical trials research. A meeting is scheduled for:

    Tuesday, February 27 at 4 p.m.
    Dean’s Conference Room
    Three Parkway, 10th floor, room 1090

    The meeting will initially focus on review of the following high-priority calls for proposals by the National Institute on Aging: 

    Improving the Health, Well-Being, and Independence of Adults as They Age
    Disparities in Quality and Access to Dementia Care
    Improving the Lives of Persons with Dementia (PWD): Impacts on PWD, Families and Communities

    Please RSVP to Jim Bergey by February 23 to confirm your attendance.

    February 13

  • Where mothers' lives matter

    Joan Bloch, PhD extended her GIS perinatal health disparities research from Philadelphia to across the river into Camden. Studying maternal morbidity, birth outcomes and neighborhood characteristics, they linked together multiple datasets, including five years of birth records. Creating data-driven neighborhood maps of the health and well-being of where mothers care for themselves, their children and families are powerful tools for community engagement for healthier communities. Patricia Suplee, PhD, former assistant dean in nursing at CNHP, is the lead author of the publication, "Using GIS to Visualize Relationships Between Perinatal Outcomes and Neighborhood Characteristics When Planning Community Interventions" published this month in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing

    February 13

  • Lab flask with apple inside

    Nutrition Sciences Monthly Seminar Series

    Department of Nutrition Sciences Seminar:

    The challenge of selling good nutrition to consumers who don’t buy science

    Guest: Christine Pelkman, PhD

    Nutrition Program Manager
    Campbell Soup Company

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:00 p.m.

    Three Parkway, Room 608A

    February 12

  • Assistant Professor Jaime Slaughter

    Russell Sage Foundation Awards Grant

    Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH, principal investigator and assistant professor in the Departments of Health Systems and Sciences Research and Graduate Nursing has been awarded a research grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to investigate the inter-relationship between race and skin color on the pregnancy outcomes of black women. In the U.S. racial disparities in birth outcomes are persistent; black women are at an increased risk of having an adverse birth outcome even after taking into consideration socioeconomic status and traditional risk factors. While researchers have broadened their lens to look beyond behavioral and biomedical determinants of health and consider racism as a fundamental determinant of health, the majority of biomedical research remains focused on inter-group (Black vs. White) comparisons and overlooks the multidimensional nature of race and skin color. The two-year funded project, “Shades of Color: The Impact of Skin Tone on African American Women and Their Birth Outcomes” will investigate skin tone inequalities in relation to the birth outcomes preterm delivery and low birthweight. The study will use data from the Life-course Influences of Fetal Environments Study, which included 1,410 black women who gave birth to an infant between 2009-2011 and reside in Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan. This study provides a unique opportunity to consider how the historical, cultural, social and political context of race, skin color and class in the U.S. shape the birth outcomes of African American women, since the majority of extant large studies do not capture data on both skin tone and birth outcomes. Collaborators include Vern M. Keith, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at University of Alabama, Birmingham.

    February 12

  • Stephen Gambescia, PhD making a presentation

    Society for Public Health Education Distinguished Fellow and former president gives presentation in Washington DC

    Stephen F. Gambescia, PhD, professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, was a presenter for delegation of health education and government professionals representing 12 of China’s provinces who came to the US for two weeks at the end of January to learn about the US health promotion and disease prevention programs and strategies. Gambescia’s presentation “Health Education Specialists as Keystones to the Health Enhancement Team” showed how to plan, organize and implement mass public health screening programs. Examples presented included some historical initiatives in Philadelphia such as colorectal health check; skin cancer, stroke, and hepatitis C screening; and vaccinating thousands of people during the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak. CNHP health administration student Caichen Zhong, also from China, attended the conference given her interest in public health work. "Mostly an observer, Zhong helped add translation to my slides and served as an example of a students from China studying healthcare in the US."

    February 12

  • Nursing student giving injection

    July/August 2018 Nurse Residency Opportunities: Postings Closing Soon

    Applications for positions at Christiana Care Health System, a Nationally Recognized Magnet institution, will be accepted through Friday, February 23, 2018. 

    Please go to our careers webpage: and click the “search” hyper link under the drop down boxes on the site and search the following requisition numbers:

    Emergency Department: 43703 or click
    Operating Room: 43695 or click
    Labor & Delivery: 43690 or click
    NICU: 43689 or click
    Medical/Surgical: 43687 or click
    Critical Care: 43686 or click
    Progressive Care: 43685 or click
    Float Pool: 43684 or click

    Please note:  When applying to the residencies, please make sure you have a customized individual letter for each residency for which you apply!

    • You will be required to meet deadlines of completion for a video interview and clinical references. 
    • The video interview will need to be completed within 72 hours of receipt of the invitation. 
    • The clinical references will need to be completed no later than March 6. 

    Please send your questions to Cathleen S. Mengel. It is important that you provide yourself enough time to complete your application in time to meet our deadlines.

    February 12

  • Journal of Child and Family Studies cover

    Journal of Child and Family Studies publish research paper

    Research by Layla Booshehri, PhD, assistant research professor, and collaborator Jerome Dugan, PhD, assistant professor, both of health systems and sciences research department, has been published. The paper, in collaboration with Sandy Bloom, MD, associate professor, and Mariana Chilton, PhD from Dornsife School of Public Health, appeared in the Journal of Child and Family Studies—Booshehri is the first author and Dugan, the second. 

    Additionally, their recent publication was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and it has also been picked up by Reuters Health in a featured article (forthcoming).

    February 12

  • Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD

    Grant Awarded from Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center to Support Cancer Caregivers

    Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Professions and principal investigator, has been awarded a grant to develop nutrition-related programming for cancer caregivers and survivors by the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University. The project, entitled Optimizing Healthful Nutrition of Cancer Caregivers and Survivors, will identify nutrition-related beliefs and behaviors, and post-treatment nutrition-related challenges, from the perspectives of cancer caregivers and survivors, a critical first step in development of nutrition interventions. The long-term goal is to determine how to optimize healthful nutrition of caregivers of cancer survivors and consequently reduce their risk of developing weight-related cancers and enhance their sense of preparedness to provide high-quality care. Co-investigators are Ann C. Klassen, PhD, professor, Dornsife School of Public Health, and Andrea Barsevick, PhD, RN, professor, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University. This research was funded as part of the Transdisciplinary Integrated Population Science Pilot Project Grants program.

    February 6

  • DABDEI logo

    DABDEI Open Forum Dates

    In November the first focus group was held to examine the climate of CNHP based on the climate survey conducted by DABDEI. The forum was facilitated by Lauren Howard, Clinical Compliance Contract Coordinator and Pam McGee, Assistant Clinical Professor.  An open discussion took place concerning ageism, incivility and the impact of the national climate on Drexel's cultural climate. 

    It is the goal to offer these open forums each month and the next one is scheduled for February 5th, from noon to 1 p.m. in Parkway 1043. Participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about how to accelerate a positive cultural climate at CNHP.  Feel free to bring a bag lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

    The following dates are for upcoming forums meetings in Parkway 1043, so mark your calendars.

    • Friday, March 9 • noon – 1 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 12 • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Monday, May 7 • noon – 1 p.m.
    • Monday, June 11 • noon – 1 p.m.

    It is our hope that CNHP will celebrate diversity, equity, and strive for equality for all and sustain an inclusive environment; so we need your voice. Together we can make this happen.

    February 5

  • Recyclemania 2018

    Recyclemania is under way

    From Feb. 4 through March 31, Drexel will track the amount of paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass, plastic, cell phones and computer equipment* recycled on our campuses so we can be benchmarked against the other participating institutions. During RecycleMania, Drexel Green will publish tips and resources via DrexelNow and the Drexel Green website to help you better understand the University’s recycling program, why it’s important, and what you can do. We’ll also host collection events for recyclables on all three Philadelphia campuses.

    Center City Collection

    Where: New College Building, Geary Lobby
    When: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

    February 5

  • The 2018 Pilot Funding Request for Proposal is Now Open!

    The Urban Health Collaborative is requesting proposals for pilot funding to promote urban health research at Drexel University. Awards will be made to pilot projects with a focus on understanding and improving health in cities as part of this request for proposals. The maximum budget for each award is $30,000.

    The UHC encourages project teams that partner with local or global community groups (outside of academia). Topics addressed should be clearly related to the mission of the UHC with a focus on health in cities and dissemination of findings to community stakeholders to promote action and policy change. A range of approaches and research methodologies are of interest.

    Drexel University faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, or doctoral students are eligible to submit a proposal. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.

    For additional details, visit the UHC website to download the Pilot Funding RFP or submit a proposal in InfoReady

    February 5

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