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  • Richard Fortinsky, PhD Professor, UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

    Testing Dementia Care Intervention

    Tuesday Topic

    Testing a Dementia Care Intervention for Widespread Adoption: Nursing and Health Professions Perspectives

    • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    • Three Parkway Building, Room 639
    • Open to Live and In-Person Attendees


    • Richard Fortinsky, PhD, professor, UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

    Care of Persons with Dementia in their Environments (COPE) is an evidence-based, in-home intervention designed to optimize function in persons with dementia by teaching family caregivers problem-solving skills for managing dementia-related symptoms and their own stress, and by assessing persons with dementia for underlying medical conditions affecting function and behavior. This presentation will provide an overview of the COPE-CT study, which is testing the effectiveness and implementation of COPE within Connecticut’s Medicaid and state-funded home care program for older adults. Emerging findings from the COPE-CT study will be presented, along with implications of emerging findings for nurses, other health professions, and efforts to translate evidence-based dementia care programs into existing service and reimbursement systems. 


    November 30

  • Graduate nursing faculty Joanne Farley Serembus, EdD, RN, CCRN, CNE and Jackie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPN, CNE

    Faculty Present at the Online Learning Consortium Accelerate Conference

    Graduate nursing's Joanne Farley Serembus, EdD, associate clinical professor, and Jackie Murphy, MSN, assistant clinical professor, presented "Creating an Engaging Online Environment Through Video Discussions" at the Online Learning Consortium Accelerate Conference in Orlando, Florida.

    This annual conference is devoted to driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world. They instituted the use of video discussions in lieu of text discussion boards in their online classes for nurse educators a year ago. The success has been overwhelming. Serembus and Murphy have conducted a pilot study on the use of video discussions versus text and will be expanding this to a full research study.

    November 29

  • Nursing Workplace Bullying Expert Guest on Radio

    Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, a clinical professor from graduate nursing, was recently a guest speaker on a nationally broadcasted radio show “Once a Nurse: Always a Nurse.” This regular broadcast forum intends to inspire conversation for nurses regarding contemporary trends and issues in nursing and healthcare-at-large.

    Clements spoke on the ongoing issues of “Workplace Bullying: Not acceptable / Not Tolerated.” At a time when we need each and every nurse available and by 2030 will need 90 million more worldwide, we cannot afford to allow this situation to continue.

    What is bullying? How do we stop it? Listen to the archive of this November 26th presentation here.

    November 29

  • Kusuma Schofield, MSEd, MPH, Administrative Coordinator for Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (PA SNAP-Ed)

    EAT RIGHT PHILLY Poster presented at APHA

    Kusuma Schofield, MSEd, MPH, administrative coordinator for Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (PA SNAP-Ed), presented Department of Nutrition Sciences research on behalf of the PA-SNAP Ed/Eat Right Philly Program at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting.

    The conference, which took place in San Diego, California in early November, had a theme of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now. The poster presentation was entitled, “The Drexel University Pennsylvania SNAP-Ed / EAT.RIGHT.NOW. Nutrition Education Program: Building the Framework for Cross-Collaborative Approaches to Create Policy, System and Environmental Changes.” Co-authors of the poster were: Jessica Cullison, MS, RDN, LDN, assistant director of PA SNAP-ED/EAT RIGHT PHILLY, Judy Ensslin, MS, RDN, LDN, program director of PA SNAP-ED/EAT RIGHT PHILLY, and Stella L. Volpe, PhD, principal investigator of PA SNAP-ED/EAT RIGHT PHILLY. It was accepted under the APHA Food & Nutrition Section. PA SNAP-Ed is a grand funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    November 29

  • Participants at Tuesday Topics: Cultural Minds

    Tuesday Topic Recap

    Well, the title may have been misleading, but the dialogue was amazing. Students of CNHP shared what it is like to be a student in class, on campus, in the minority, in the majority, first generation, as well as saving face for the family. Whew!

    We expect so much of young minds and the last thing we as an academic community should do is layer cultural or ethnic disparity issues. Consider:

    • Microaggressions (this seat is taken)
    • Macroaggressions (not being asked to join study meetings
    • Emotional moments (no one seems to want to engage me)
    • Familial responsibilities (wearing the weight of the world on my shoulders)
    • Ignorance (I had no idea)

    All was discussed as the audience was charged with determining the cognitive depression elements in each story based on the brief tutorial led by Veronica Carey, PhD, assistant dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and associate clinical professor in Behavioral Health Counseling. Carey thinks a round-two Tuesday Topic is in order. How about "What Do We Do as an Institution to Stop Students Having These Occurrences…Hmmmm!"

    Appearing in the photo in the following order are:

    • Linh Pham (BSN student)
    • Alyssa Abraham (Behavioral Health Counseling student)
    • Veronica Carey, PhD
    • Ashley Caldaro (Art Therapy and Counseling graduate student)
    • Shekeilia Yates (BSN student)

    November 28

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

    Webcast Link for Tonight's Better Living with Dementia Talks

    Can't be there in person tonight? Please join us via webcast.

    Meet the Authors of Better Living with Dementia: Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities, and Societies (Academic Press)

    • Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    • 5:30 – 7 p.m. Formal program

    Please click here to view the webcast.

    Setting the Stage for Improving Dementia Care in Philadelphia

    • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, distinguished University professor and dean of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, the Anthony Buividas Term Chair in Gerontology and associate professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
    • Jason Karlawish, MD, contributing author, professor of medicine, medical ethics and health policy and neurology, at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine as well as co-director of the Penn Memory Center

    Panel Discussion: Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals as Ambassadors for Change Caregiver

    • Yvonne Latty, director of the reporting New York and reporting the National programs at New York University’s Carter Journalism Institute
    • Dance/Movement Therapist: Natasha Goldstein-Levitas, MA, BC-DMT ’02, board certified dance/movement therapist and senior and dementia care advisor
    • Physician: G. Peter Gliebus, MD, interim chair of the department of Neurology, director of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Center, Drexel Neurosciences Institute, as well as director of the Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program

    November 28

  • Students meditating

    GRAND Meet and Greet

    The Department of Nutrition Sciences’ Graduate Resource Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (GRAND) is hosting a meet and greet to get to know everyone from various programs on the Center City Campus.

    • November 28
    • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Three Parkway, Room 603A

    Students can stop by at any time throughout the event to enjoy FREE freshly ground coffee and light, healthy treats followed by a 30-minute refreshing yoga flow and meditation led by our very own Master of Science in Human Nutrition student and certified yoga instructor, Maria Terry.

    Mats will be provided or students can participate from their chair! Please note this event is open to CNHP graduate and undergraduate students from all departments.

    November 28

  • Group at a potluck dinner

    PostDoc Pot Luck

    You are invited to our potluck party!

    We would like to know more about your home country and favorite meal! Bring your favorite casserole dish to share with other postdocs.

    WHEN: November 29, 2018 from 1-2 p.m.

    WHERE: New College Building, 245 N. 15th Street.

    Shuttle routes and schedule: -Dragon Route Queenlane Route

    Register Now

    For those who find themselves culinarily challenged, please feel free to purchase food or soft beverages to share with the group.

    November 27

  • Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, associate professor, director of global health initiatives

    Research Presented at Association Meeting

    Joan Bloch and her research colleagues presented their research at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 146th Annual Meeting in San Diego.

    The title of the first presentation was “Home sweet home: Urban pregnant women with diabetes receiving perinatal nurse home visits," by Bloch, JR., Barkin, J, McKeever, A, Birati, Y, Zupan, S, Maldonado, L, Devido, J, Geller, P. The title of the second presentation was “Measurement of Postpartum Maternal Functioning: Working Towards a Clinical Threshold” by Barkin JL, Bloch J, Serati M, Buoli M, Chapman M, Erickson A, Sikes, C.

    November 27

  • Green bean casserole image

    Who Doesn't Love Green Bean Casserole

    The green bean casserole is a hit of many holiday menus, and knowing that a Drexel alumna created the recipe in 1955 might make it even more tasty.

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? While it's impossible to improve on what Dorcas Reilly ’47 created, she probably wouldn't mind that two Drexel culinary arts faculty offered an Asian and Italian spin on her dish.


    November 26

  • Illustration of hats, gloves and scarves

    Looking for Donations

    The cold weather is here. And with it brings the need for warm, winter clothes and food for those in our community who need a little assistance.

    There will be boxes on the sixth and tenth floor where you can drop off canned goods for the Camp Out for Hunger and hats, gloves and scarves for CNHP's 11th St. and the HUB.

    Drexel University Department of Public Safety will be joining Philabundance, The Preston & Steve Show and 93.3 WMMR for the Philadelphia Camp Out For Hunger 2018. This year, Public Safety is focusing on items that help support the good health of our neighbors.

    Last year, three cars were filled by Drexel donations. Let's help them exceed that!

    We will be accepting the following through Thursday, November 29, 2018.

    • Canned goods
    • Breakfast cereal, oatmeal
    • Peanut butter
    • Jelly
    • Whole grain pasta
    • 100% juice
    • Rice
    • Cash donations to purchase food items

    Food donation boxes will be set up in Three Parkway on the sixth and tenth floors, 3201 Arch Street, Ste. 350 and Police Headquarters, 3219 Arch Street. To make a cash donation or if you have any questions for Camp Out for Hunger, please contact Linda Moran or Officer Logan Wells.

    CNHP would like to provide new, warm hats, gloves and scarves to the community we serve at the HUB and Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services. Boxes on the sixth and tenth floors will be available for donations you would like to make. Whatever is collected by December 14 will be split between both practices.

    November 25

  • Group of young adults doing exercise planks in a gym.

    Exercise Science Researcher Needs Participants


    Participants needed to develop and test a new “Exergame”!

    Purpose: Examine effects of an exercise video game on exercise behavior.

    Men and women, ages 18 to 35, who are healthy enough for physical activity can participate.

    You may not participate if you have any visual impairments that would prevent you from clearly seeing a computer or projected image screen or arm, shoulder, back, or neck physical impairment that would prevent you from completing an abdominal plank exercise.

    Participants will hold a plank exercise for as long as they feel comfortable (no experience necessary!), wear a heart rate monitor chest strap, have height & weight measured and complete a survey about their experience. The session will last about one hour.

    You will receive $10 after you complete the research session.

    The research session will take place at Drexel University’s Academic Building on 33rd St. (Main Campus).

    For more information, contact the investigator.

    Click here to schedule your "Plank Exergame" online. Please be sure to choose Main Campus Lab.

    November 25

  • Interprofessional Practice, Education & Research logo

    CNHP IPER Collaborative Present at IPE Conference

    A team of faculty and students from the CNHP IPER collaborative presented three presentations and two posters at the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education 2018 Conference titled: Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century.

    Scott Horowitz, MA, MT-BC, clinical instructor and director of field education and Pat Auth, PhD, clinical professor and physician assistant department chair, presented a session titled: “If You Build It, Will They Come?” Maryann Godshall, PhD, assistant clinical professor, and Maura Nitka, MSN, assistant clinical professor, presented a session titled “IPE Pediatric Palliative Care Simulation.” Catherine Nowak, MA, PA-C, associate clinical professor, Christian Jordal, PhD, associate clinical professor, nutrition sciences PhD student Lisa Lanza, MPH, and Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, associate clinical professor, presented a workshop titled “Interprofessional education: Using case rounds discussions to educate students and improve patient care.” Wenger and Horowitz also presented two posters titled “Collaborative Approach to Addressing Risk Factors for Development of Persistent Pain: A Case Study” and “A Qualitative Inquiry into the impact of ‘power over pain’: a psycho-educational Group for persistent pain management."

    November 25

  • What gets you up in the morning

    What Gets You Up Everyday

    As we approach the frenetic pace of the holiday season, it's good to slow down and consider what get's us up in the morning. What is our purpose?

    As many know, Dean Gitlin has launched a project to spotlight peoples' purpose. This article, orignally published in 2017 by the dean, quite succinctly illuminates her definition of purpose and all the benefits it has, no matter how simple. It's a good read, especially on this Thanksgiving Eve, to reaquaint ourselves with what moves us to do what we do.

    Happy Thanksgiving from CNHP!

    November 21

  • Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community-A Field Guide

    Caregiving for LGTBQ Older Adults

    All dementias aren't the same. All patients aren't the same. Caregiving has to be more in tune with the situation and needs of all those affected by this disease. This is especially poingnant within the LGTBQ community where much must be done to understand and properly respond to the challenges older LGTBQ adults face.

    The Joint Commission, whose vision is "All people always experience the safest, highest quality, best-value health care across all settings," published a field guide on best practices with LGBTQ clients and families. AARP published survey data entitled "Maintaining Dignity," which has a lot of great material on caregiving for LGBTQ older adults.

    November 20

  • Nurse nesthesia Students Serving at Sunday Breakfast Mission during CRNA

    Nurse Anesthesia Students Out in the Community

    Second-year nurse anesthesia students wanted to give back and show their support to those less fortunate. Rachel Delmar, Meagan Barnes, Rachel Dubitsky, Roland Werner and Emily Barnett went to the Sunday Breakfast Mission to serve lunch to people in the area. During the first month of the program, they really enjoyed serving lunch as a class during CRNA Week, so they were happy to do it again as they are getting closer to graduating in June.

    November 19

  • CCNE Logo

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Accreditation

    We received official notice that all of the nursing programs have been granted re-accreditation status with no recommendations. This re-accreditation status is effective for 10 years until 2028. This is a result of our CCNE (Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education) evaluation visit conducted on February 26 through February 28, 2018. Thanks to everyone for your dedication and commitment to our nursing programs. Such a wonderful outcome would not have resulted without everyone's hard work. Congratulations to everyone!

    November 19

  • Board of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion thumbprint graphic

    Transgender Day of Remembrance

    This Tuesday is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. This year, we saw widespread violence against transgender people, particularly transgender women of color, and lost a number of people to this epidemic. The Philadelphia community was particularly affected by the murder of Shantee Tucker, a transgender woman of color lost to violence inour own community in September.

    In honor of Shantee and all transgender people lost to violence year after year, CNHP asks students, staff and faculty to take a moment on Tuesday, reflect and review these Best Practices for Frontline Healthcare with Transgender People (see attached PDF). As a community of health professionals, we have a responsibility to address our own implicit biases in a commitment to health equity and social justice.

    If you are on the University City Campus on Tuesday, please join others at the Paul Peck Alumni Center at 9 a.m. for a light breakfast and ceremony to honor those who have been victims of hate crimes against the transgender community. The Office of Equality and Diversity will be raising the transgender flag on all three Drexel campuses.

    Lastly, consider joining us on March 5 Tuesday Topics from noon - 1 p.m. for “LGBTQ&A: Pronouns, Policy and Practice,” a panel discussion on transgender health policy and affirmative practices for working with transgender coworkers and patients.

    Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    November 19

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

    Meet the Authors

    Meet the Authors

    Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FAAN, and Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, celebrate the publication of their new book, Better Living with Dementia: Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities, and Societies (Academic Press)

    • Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    • 5 – 5:30 p.m. Networking reception
    • 5:30 – 7 p.m. Formal program
    • 7 – 8 p.m. Dessert and coffee service
    • The Bossone Research Enterprise Center, Mitchell Auditorium

    Setting the Stage for Improving Dementia Care in Philadelphia

    Following a 5 – 5:30 p.m. networking reception, authors Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, and Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, and contributing author Jason Karlawish, MD will present on changing dementia care in Philadelphia, moderated by Marie Savard, MD, former ABC News medical contributor. 

    Panel Discussion: Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals as Ambassadors for Change

    • Caregiver: Yvonne Latty, director of Reporting New York and Reporting the Nation programs at New York University’s Carter Journalism Institute
    • Dance/Movement Therapist: Natasha Goldstein-Levitas, MA, BC-DMT ’02, board certified dance/movement therapist and senior and dementia care advisor
    • Physician: G. Peter Gliebus, MD, interim chair of the department of Neurology, director of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Center, Drexel Neurosciences Institute, as well as director of the Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship


    For more information about the event, contact Rachel Barnett at 267.359.5936.

    November 18

  • Caregiving graphic

    A Caregiver's Story

    The following reflection comes from shared stories of caregivers of a family member or spouse with dementia. It also includes my recent personal experience with my 93-year-old mother-in-law who died at home with heart failure and COPD.

    Caregiving is……

    Frightening. It is the moment when you recognize frailty and your worries become reality. It is about coming home after work and smelling smoke, finding dad outside in the snow without shoes, removing the car keys. You worry about their personal safety, are they eating, taking their medications, remembering who I am or who they are, and you are terrified of what will come next.

    Comforting. It is experiencing calm after a painful experience or behavioral outburst, when the schedule works, finding that you have patience, your personal satisfaction when you are given the “thumbs up” sign. It is about seeing the recognition in your loved one’s eyes of peace and gratitude realizing your presence alone is enough at this time.

    Lonely. It is feeling you can’t ask for help, or feeling that you should be able to manage this all by yourself. It is about being alone with your loved one, re-living a past event that you’ve heard many, many times before, having limited social contacts and wondering how long can this go on.

    Frustrating. When you do not know what is going, can’t do anything to help or you feel no one is listening to you. It is physically and emotionally exhausting. It is about lost family relationships when families disagree on the diagnosis or the way care is being managed. It is the guilt you feel about letting others down. It is about learning that you do what you can, and realizing there is no help for the disease that you just have to listen objectively and not get totally worn out.

    Teamwork. It is about bonding with other family members or staff, working towards a shared goal. Using the computer, Facebook or the telephone to give updates and draw strength from other family members. Learning that you can lean on others and a feeling of joy or triumph in a “job well done.”

    Hanging on and holding on. To a lifetime of positive and negative memories, it is about personal exhaustion, sitting by the bedside, wishing for peace. Letting go.

    Finally, caregiving is about letting go and saying good-bye knowing that you have done your very best and being at peace with all that you were able to accomplish.

    Kathleen Fisher, PhD, CRNP, professor in graduate nursing

    November 15

  • Sheetal Bahirat, a student in the Center for Food and Hospitality Management

    Entrepreneurship Expo

    Sheetal Bahirat, a culinary arts and science graduate student, participated in the Entrepreneurship Expo on behalf of the Center for Food and Hospitality Management for her Av Oh product. The Av Oh product is producing tea from avocado pits, an incentive toward decreasing food waste and promoting sustainability. Bahirat won $5,000 for the environmental and nutrition prize.

    Congratulations Sheetal!

    November 14

  • Pies for Saint John's Hospice

    Please join the Drexel Nutrition Association (DNA) and Center for Food and Hospitality Management for Pie Making! Pies will be donated to Saint John's Hospice.

    Monday, November 19
    2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

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

    Please contact Rosemary Trout or Drexel Nutrition Association (through DragonLink) with any questions.

    November 14

  • Fall Prevention Webinar and Toolkit

    CNHP is honored to partner with the National Council on Aging on a series of resources for family caregivers of older adults.

    Many caregivers may not realize that one in four adults over the age of 65 falls every year, injuring themselves and often exacerbating other conditions of aging. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans; they are costly—in dollars and in quality of life. Family caregivers and those at-risk for a fall can be partners and participants in falls prevention.

    The good news is that falling is not a normal part of aging. This month, we’re releasing a toolkit for caregivers of older adults about how to prevent falls and how to have a conversation with those you care for about prevention. The toolkit and other resources for family caregivers will be shared on Tuesday, November 28 at 4:00 p.m. in a national webinar.

    Learn more and register here.

    November 13

  • Beth Leonberg, MS, MA, is a nassistant clinical professor, director of the didactic program in dietetics and director of the human lactation certificate program

    Fullbright Scholar Returns

    Beth Leonberg, MS, MA, is the assistant clinical professor, director of the didactic program in dietetics and director of the human lactation certificate Program. Leonberg completed five months as a Fulbright Scholar at Tashkent Pediatric Medical Institute, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from February to June this year.

    She taught infant and pediatric nutrition to medical students, nursing students and medical residents, and gave talks to groups of medical professionals around the country. Some of these lectures included “Breastfeeding Basics” to bachelor’s and master’s students, “Pediatric Nutrition in Primary Care - Nutrition Assessment” and “Nutrition Interventions for GI Diseases of Children.”

    November 13

  •  2017 alumna Julia Minoia, DrNP, RN, WHNP, and Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, CNM, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

    DrNP Graduate Wins Best Poster

    Julia Minoia, DrNP, RN, WHNP, who graduated in 2017, and her project chair Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, CNM, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, won second place for best poster at the 21st Annual Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference October 10-13, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas with 700 attendees.

    The poster was titled "Sexual Health Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Among Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives Who Work with Adolescents in Non-Acute Care Settings."

    November 13

  • Veteran's Lunch

    The Center for Food and Hospitality Management along with the Office of Veteran Student Services held a lunch to kick off Veteran Appreciation Month.

    Thank you to our students and staff for putting together a wonderful luncheon!

    November 13

  • 45th Annual AlumniTurkey Project

    45th Alumni Turkey Project

    Holidays bring loved ones together around the dinner table for plenty of food, laughter and moments of thanks. You can help many local Philadelphia families enjoy the time-honored tradition of gathering for a holiday meal when you donate to the Alumni Turkey Project.

    Please consider making a gift to the Turkey Project. A gift of $25 provides a holiday meal for one local family. Now in its 45th year, our goal is to distribute 1,800 meals and we need volunteers like you. Join alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends to witness the firsthand impact of the Alumni Turkey Project and distribute holiday meals to our community partners.

    • Thursday, December 13
    • Drexel Armory, 3205 Lancaster Avenue, University City Campus

    Volunteers are needed from 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

    Click here to register.

    November 13

  • NEW Guidebook on Enteral Medication Administration

    Joseph Boullata, PharmD, a clinical professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, served as editor of a recently published book entitled Guidebook on Enteral Medication Administration.

    November 13

  • Family Caregiver Lecture Available Now

    Just in time for National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, Dean Gitlin’s lecture, titled, “A New Normal: Family Caregiving in the Context of an Aging Society,” is now open access on the Center for Family Intervention Science’s YouTube channel.

    Open access for the Center's lectures from last year are also available.

    “Mother Baby Connections”
    Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, associate professor in graduate nursing

    Family Centered Care and Engagement
    Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD, professor in physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences, associate director of Center for Family Intervention Science, director of the PhD and DHSc programs in Rehabilitation Sciences 

    Family Engagement for Youth Suicide
    Guy Diamond, PhD, associate professor in counseling and family therapy and director of the Center for Family Intervention Science

    Intersectionality and Perinatal Health
    Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, assistant professor in graduate nursing

    Building Healthy Communities Together
    Loretta Sweet-Jemmott, PhD, vice president for health and health equity and professor in graduate nursing

    The next Speaker Series lecture is on November 15. Bob Palisano, PT, ScD, distinguised professor in physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences,
    will give a lecture titled, “Lifecourse Health Development for Individuals with Neuodevelopmental Conditions: Visualizing a Preferred Future.”

    RSVP is available here.

    November 12

  • Lisa Aiello-Laws, PhD with 2018 SGI class

    NINR Scientific Training

    Lisa Aiello-Laws, PhD, and Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD attended the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) training recently. The NINR Summer Genetics Institute (SGI), which Lisa Aiello-Laws, PhD, went to, is a tuition-free, one-month research training program that provides a foundation in molecular genetics appropriate for use in research and clinical practice. The SGI featured lectures and intensive hands-on laboratory training. The 25 participants of the class of 2018 joined over 400 graduates that are making a difference in communities across the country by building programs of nursing research in genetics, disseminating the results of genetics-related research in scientific publications and at scientific conferences, and integrating genetics content in nursing school curricula and practice.

    Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD participated in the NINR’s Methodologies Boot Camp, a one-week, intensive research training course designed to increase the research capability of graduate students, faculty and clinicians. This year, 175 participants attended the course. The “Precision Health: Smart Technologies, Smart Health” Boot Camp addressed digital health data and technologies that enable “smart health” and improved patient outcomes. For the first time, a symposium and poster session on the first day of Boot Camp was open to the broader NIH and local research communities.

    The symposium highlighted the contributions of nursing science in promoting precision and digital health. Watch the videocast from the symposium.the summer genetics institute and I attended the bootcamp

    November 12

  • Tuesday Topic graphic

    Check Out This Week's Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topics 

    On Tuesday, November 13, you are invited to two events, a panel discussion and a presentation.

    Cultural Minds: Navigating Family, Peers and Academics

    • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    • Three Parkway, Room 601A

    Scientific Approaches to Athlete Care: Methods of The Ultimate Fighting Championship Performance Institute

    • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    • Three Parkway Building, Room 1043

    Click links above for more info and to register.

    November 12

  • Illustration of cap and diploma

    Commencement Speaker Nominations Due by Friday

    Who would you like to address our graduates in June?

    All students, faculty and staff are eligible to submit recommendations for individuals to serve as the College’s Commencement Speaker and University Honorary Degree recipient.


    We are now accepting nominations for our June 2019 commencement ceremony. Speaker candidates, distinguished by extraordinary achievements in scholarship, engagement, public service or philanthropy, may also be involved in activities that reflect our core values: Health Disparities; Social Justice; and Civic Engagement. Please consider individuals who are engaging and interesting with broad appeal to our diverse audience of nursing and health professions undergraduates, graduates and doctoral graduates.

    Send your nomination to Laura Valenti at no later than Friday, November 16. Include rationale for extending this honor and be sure to include the candidate’s contact information including: name, credentials, title, organization, address, phone and email. If you have additional documentation you wish to include, please attach it to your email message.

    Please keep nominations confidential and do not share nominations with nominees. Once President Fry confirms the selection, Dean Gitlin extends a formal invitation and once accepted, the College community receives notification.

    November 12

  • Learn about Leveraging Your International Research

    Faculty and staff are invited to join the Office of Global Engagement along with guests from the Offices of Undergraduate Research, Faculty Affairs, and Steinbright Career Development Center as we explore ways in which faculty can leverage their international research for student opportunities abroad and on campus.

    Faculty members who have taken advantage of some of these opportunities will be present to share how their international research has impacted their development. We will also highlight current funding programs to support faculty, staff, and students.

    • November 13
    • 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    • SkyView Room (MacAlister Hall, 6th Floor)

    Light breakfast will be provided. Click here for more information.

    November 8

  • New Book Published for Those Looking to be Successful in Nursing

    So you want to be a nurse? An Innovative Approach to Success is a new book by Amira Clemens, MSN, RN, an assistant clinical professor in the BSN-Accelerated Nursing program.

    It's a collection of tips for aspiring nursing students who want to successfully get through nursing school. It's Clemens' personal story, designed as a workbook, and includes things she learned that aren't necessarily taught int he classroom.


    November 7

  • Newly inducted Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing Bobbie Posmontier PhD, CNM, PMHNP-BC, a associate professor in graduate nursing with Kymberlee Montgomery, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FAAN, chair of the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing, and Laura N. Gitlin, dean and distinguished University professor

    FAAN Induction Ceremony

    At a ceremony in Washington D.C., Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, CNM, PMHNP-BC, an associate professor in graduate nursing and co-founer of Mother-Baby Connections, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing Class of 2018. The Academy selected 195 highly distinguished nurse leaders, a distinction considered one of nursing’s highest honors.

    An individual must demonstrate sustained work in an area of nursing that has a profound effect on research, education, practice and policy nationally and internationally. Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS, ANEF, FAAN, a professor, assistant dean of Academic and Community Integration and director of the Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Health Services, sponsored Posmontier for this honor. Posmontier's work, especially with Mother-Baby Connections, has impacted many people from new generations of nurse leaders to the mothers and babies served in her outpatient clinic.

    Congratulations Dr. Posmontier!

    November 7

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    I am Here: Creative and Therapeutic Support for the Dementia Caregiver

    November is National Family Caregivers month, and in keeping with providing health and support for caregivers and clinicians, a team from our Creative Arts Therapies department held a special training.

    Scott Horowitz, MA, MT-BC, LPC, ACS `07, director of field education in the Creative Arts Therapies department, coordinated a continuing education program, "I am Here: Creative and Therapeutic Support for the Dementia Caregiver," on Saturday, November 3.

    This lecture and interactive workshop provided caregivers and clinicians with creative, therapeutic techniques and resources to help navigate their everyday challenges and support the dementia caregiving role. A Drexel University trained creative arts therapy team including: Scott M. Reid, MA `11, art therapist; Seth Laucks, MA, MT-BC, LPC `15, music therapist; and Natasha Goldstein-Levitas, MA, BC-DMT `02, dance/movement therapist, all well versed in senior and dementia care and the effects of caregiver stress on overall quality of life, presented an overview of their complementary disciplines and the benefits of employing specific therapeutic interventions to foster engagement and sense of self.

    Presenters shared practical tools and creative techniques for caregivers to use right away, to help promote overall wellness, resiliency, and connection within the dementia-caregiver relationship. Over 30 participants had the opportunity to explore resource stations and to speak with local aging and dementia professionals at the event’s end.

    November 7

  • Joseph Stanzione from the Department of Nutrition Sciences presented his abstract entitled “Analysis of Body Composition Changes in Professional Male Ice Hockey Players”

    PhD student Represents at Sports Medicine Conference

    Joseph Stanzione, a PhD student in the Department of Nutrition Sciences represented Drexel in exemplary fashion and presented his abstract entitled “Analysis of Body Composition Changes in Professional Male Ice Hockey Players” along with his major academic advisor, Stella Volpe, PhD and Nyree Dardarian, MS, RD.

    Congratulations Joseph! 


    November 6

  • Michael Bruneau, PhD, Stella Volpe, PhD and Jordan Eutsey, Katy Vieira, James Pagliaccetti and Kaleigh Debows, all form the Department of Health Sciences

    College Bowl Winners

    At the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (MARC-ACSM) Conference was a College Bowl event for students. The general format is that teams of three from participating students in the region compete for points as the regional chapter winner. Last year was the first year Drexel had a team in the Bowl. Jordan Eutsey, Katy Vieira, James Pagliaccetti and Kaleigh Debows, all from the Department of Health Sciences, with Michael Bruneau, PhD, assistant teaching professor in health sciences, as their coach, WON the College Bowl and will be competing in the national competition in Orlando, FL in May 2019 against other regional chapter winners.

    Congratulations Team CNHP! Way to make us proud!

    November 6

  • Jennifer Nasser, PhD, Department of Nutrition Sciences

    Faculty Present at Sports Medicine Conference

    Michael Bruneau Jr., PhD, assistant teaching professor, Stella Volpe, PhD, professor and department chair, Jennifer Nasser, PhD, associate professor and director of PhD programs, and other faculty within CNHP attended and presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (MARC-ACSM) Conference. Their talk was entitled “Lifestyle Therapies for the Suppression of Hunger an Appetite.” The titles of their individual presentations were "The Biology of Hunger and Appetite" by Nasser, "The Role of Physical Activity and Exercise in the Suppression of Hunger and Appetite" by Bruneau and "Dietary Approaches to the Suppression of Hunger and Appetite" by Volpe.

    November 6

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

    New Journal Publication

    Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, dean and distiguished University professor, and associates, Pradeep Y. Ramulu, MD, Aleksandra Mihailovic, MS,  Sheila K. West, PhD, and David S. Friedman MD,  all from from Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University,  published an article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

    Entitled "What Is a Falls Risk Factor? Factors Associated with Falls per Time or per Step in Individuals with Glaucoma" is a study to determine whether visual field (VF) damage or other factors confer a similar risk of falling when falls are ascertained as a rate over time (falls/year) as when ascertained over activity (falls/step).

    November 6

  • Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, associate professor, director of global health initiatives

    Faculty Receives Torch of Learning Award

    Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, associate professor, director of global health initiatives, received the Torch of Learning Award from Ben Gurion University for her commitment to building bridges between Drexel University, Ben Gurion University and Israel, at a Tribute Brunch held at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Sunday, November 4.

    November 6

  • Beth Chiatti

    Induction Ceremony in Pakistan

    Beth Desaretz Chiatti, PhD, RN, an assistant clinical professor in undergraduate nursing, was invited by Professor Salima Farooq, a senior instructor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, to attend (via Zoom) the Delta Rho Induction of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Chiatti extended greetings from the Nu Eta Chapter at Drexel.

    November 6

  • Erica Wilkens

    Invitation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

    Erica Wilkins, PhD, is the director of the Doctorate of Couple and Family Therapy program in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy and an assistant clinical professor. She was recently invited to join 27 scholars and practitioners in an international symposium entitled, "Healing the Wounds of Slave Trade and Slavery: Towards Mutual Recovery," organized by UNESCO and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

    The aim of this symposium was to address the transgenerational wounds and trauma of the transatlantic slave trade and to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars from different regions of the world. This symposium was held at Georgetown University on October 18 and 19.

    November 6

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    Tuesday Topic Today at Twelve

    Global Classrooms, Global Health, Global Opportunities

    • Tuesday, November 6, 2018
    • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Three Parkway, Room 1043


    • Jane Greene Ryan, PhD, CNM, assistant clinical professor, RN-BSN Completion department and visiting professor, Akal College of Nursing Eternal University, Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh, India
    • Karen Goldschmidt, PhD, RN, assistant clinical professor and department chair, RN-BSN Completion department

    The purpose of this brown bag lunch is to describe a ten-year collaborative relationship between CHNP and Akal College of Nursing, Eternal University, situated in the mid-range of the Himalayas. Our relationship was originally developed by Drs. Derstine and McHugh at the invitation of the Eternal University leadership who were interested in professional development for their nursing faculty. Our collaboration has since grown to include Drexel faculty teaching CNHP undergraduate and graduate students, joint oversight with the Akal faculty of their graduate student nursing research, Global Classrooms joining Drexel and Akal nursing students and faculty in live (zoom) sessions, and the early stages of community-based research. In conjunction with the Office of International Programs we will be offering a two-week intensive course abroad for CNHP students beginning in the fall 2019.

    Hosted by IPER Collaborative

    November 6

  • photograph of Robert Palisano

    Reminder: Second CFIS Fall Speaker on November 15

    Don't forget.

    The second lecture in the Center for Family Intervention Science second annual speaker series is on November 15. The mission of our Center and these lectures is to promote family-centered healthcare approaches across all disciplines and domains of research, education and practice. This year, the Center will host a simulcast room where students, staff and faculty can come, hang out and watch the lecture. We will then host the videos on our YouTube channel and website for later viewing.

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

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

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

    For additional information, click here.

    November 6

  • November POUND Dates

    Parkway POUND Fitness Workout with Kym Montgomery - Sign up for November classes now!

    Tuesday, November 6 - 4 p.m.
    Tuesday, Novembe 13 - 4 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 20 - 4 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 27 - 4 p.m.

    Cost: Your sweat!
    Bring a water bottle and be ready to sweat!

    Click here to register.

    What is POUND? Check it out!

    November 5

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    Register for Farnese Symposium on Aging in Place

    Casa Farnese, Inc. in partnership with Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions present The Farnese Symposium on Aging in Place: The Challenges of Cognitive Change.

    • November 13, 2018
    • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Bossone Research Enterprise Center

    The keynote will be given by Dean Laura Gitlin, PhD, a well-respected researcher in living meaningful lives as patients with dementia and Alzheimer's and as caregivers.

    Learn best practices to help YOU help older adults living with cognitive changes to live their best lives!

    • If you work in senior a property manager or service coordinator;
    • If your professional organization cares for seniors in private residences or assisted living; If your village, NORC, community or religious organization cares for its senior members;
    • If you are a policy maker or legislator advocating for constituents, individuals and families, living with the challenges of cognitive change.

    To register, click here. For more information and to see program, click here.

    November 5

  • Stella Volpe, PhD, making a presentation to FirstHand Philly

    Presentation at FirstHand Philly

    On October 18, 2018, Stella Volpe, PhD, professor and chair in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, presented to eighth grade students participating in FirstHand Philly, a program that empowers secondary school children in science. At the FirstHand Science Center Laboratory, she discussed with the students how they can recreate unhealthy foods to be more healthy for astronauts going to Mars. The group of students learned how to think critically about what nutrients might be lost in space travel, and how to protect astronauts from losing bone and muscle.

    November 5

  • Anna Pohuly is this week's Best in Shoe winner

    Best in Shoe

    Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your participation. You all looked ravishing in your shoes and the race was VERY close! But after tallying up the score there was one pair that really stole the show this week!

    Please join me in congratulating Anna Pohuly as this week’s Best in Shoe award winner.

    Anna wore a sleek open-toed, blue suede wedge heel, with tweed and fringe accents at the front and back. The suede feathers on the end of the ankle strap are exquisite details! She wore them with a floral shirt, and cropped pants which really made the shoe pop!! (not to mention the flawless

    Be sure to congratulate her, and get your heels ready to click for next week’s Best In Shoe Award!

    George Merritt

    November 5

  • Image of Glow Run 5K race

    Glow Run Registrations Still Open

    The University City 5K Run, formerly known as the Pipino Run, was founded by the Nicholas P. Pipino Memorial Foundation. The Foundation was created by family, friends and volunteers seeking to stop senseless acts of violence and to preserve their fond memories of Nick Pipino.

    Nick was a Drexel University student who was fatally stabbed outside Cavanaugh's Restaurant & Bar on December 19, 1992, where he worked part-time as a bartender, while pursuing an undergraduate degree at Drexel. In keeping with Nick's love for the outdoors, the Run has been organized since 1993 as a way to make something positive come out of his untimely death.

    The Foundation partnered with Drexel University to create scholarship opportunities that enable young individuals to obtain an education without the demands of part-time employment and allows students to focus on their education. The Nicholas P. Pipino Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance and a quality education to enthusiastic students who are eager to meet the realistic demands of the professional world.

    For the past 26 years, proceeds from the University City 5K Run have directly supported the Nicholas P. Pipino Memorial Scholarship at Drexel University. Each year, participants of all levels take to the streets for the University City 5K Run, benefiting the Nicholas P. Pipino Memorial Scholarship for Drexel University students.

    The run is currently managed by Drexel University and Drexel alumni; students and community members are encouraged to line the race route and help cheer on the runners.

    Click here to for more information or to register.

    November 1

  • CNHP alumna Dara Engel holding an infant

    Global Service with Save the Heart

    Dara Engel, a BSN graduate, talks about her experience with Save the Heart.

    November 1

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