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  • Graphic for Native American Heritage Month

    Native American Heritage Day

    On the day after Thanksgiving, the country observes Native American Heritage Day. It is so important to celebrate the rich culture and traditions of the First Americans, the contributions past and present generations have made and the collective history we share with the Native tribes of North America, especially the Lenape people on whose unceded land Drexel University sits. It is also necessary to reflect on systemic inequities that resulted from past injustices. 

    For over 10,000 years, the Lenape people have been the caretakers of land in Delaware, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Southern New York. Though over the past 250 years, many were removed and dispersed throughout the country, a large number of Lenape families remained in the homelands and continue the traditions of their ancestors. Many place names in the Philadelphia area and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania come from Lenape words, such as Susquehanna "mile wide, foot deep," Manayunk "place where we go to drink," and Pennypack "down-ward flowing water," to name a few.

    Thanksgiving is a complicated holiday because of the oft-unacknowledged history of injustice and genocide experienced by the indigenous communities. Many Native Americans see it as a day of mourning because it celebrates the arrival of the European settlers and the centuries of oppression that followed. Others choose the embrace the holiday because giving thanks is fundamental to their heritage and culture. In fact, Thanksgiving originates from the Native American philosophy of giving without receiving anything in return.

    November 24

  • Apply to Join the Board of Global Health Engagement

    The Board of Global Health Engagement is currently seeking board members for a two-year time commitment to start in January 2021 from the following categories: graduate student, nursing faculty, nursing academic advisor and faculty in health professions (outside of Health Administration, Counseling and Family Therapy and Physician Assistant program). As part of your application, please answer this questions:

    Why are you interested in joining the board and what do you hope to accomplish over your two year term?

    Your response should not exceed one page. Please be sure to highlight your interest in promoting global health engagement opportunities for students, faculty and/or staff and ideas about how to grow and support this type of engagement.

    Applicants will then be notified about the second step in the process, which is a 15-minute meeting or phone dialogue with a member of the board to assure continued interest and congruence with the board’s goals. Please send your interest statement to Kate Clark by Friday, December 18 with the Subject line: CNHP Board of Global Healthcare Engagement Application.

    Final board member selections will be announced in early January 2021.

    November 23

  • Dismantling Racism in Global Engagement

    Three student members of the Board of Global Health Engagement, attended a recent Tuesday Topics. They wrote about "Dismantling Racism in Global Engagement" in an overview article. 

    November 23

  • Drexel University Transgender flag at half mast. Courtesy of DrexelNOW

    Transgender Day of Remembrance Observed Today

    Shell Myers, a member of the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Master of Family Therapy student, brings much needed attention to Transgender Day of Remembrance.

    November 20

  • Ellen Giarelli

    Giarelli Receives $25k Grant from WITH Foundation

    Ellen Giarelli, EdD, was awarded a $25,000 grant by the WITH Foundation, a healthcare funder that focuses on promoting comprehensive care for adults with developmental disabilities. WITH awarded four grants, out of 37 applicants, to organizations who will use the funding to respond to COVID-19 and its impact on adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Giarelli’s project, Algorithms of Nursing Care for Hospitalized Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developed decision-making tools to be used by healthcare providers who interact with patients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Funding from WITH Foundation will be used to build teaching modules using these tools including training sessions for HCP or others who are tasked with performing the urgent health care services of COVID-19 symptom assessment, evaluation of the need for isolation or quarantine, and contact tracing among individuals diagnosed with ASD.

    To read more, click here.

    November 20

  • Community Wellness HUB Virtual Health and Wellness Chat graphic

    HUB Health and Wellness Chat: What are we Thankful for this Year

    • November 19, 2020
    • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Via Zoom

    The Community Wellness HUB is excited to host the Chat about what we are thankful for this holiday season. Attendees have the opportunity to win a gift card. Invite your friends and family.

    The HUB's Virtual Health and Wellness Chats are the first and third Thursday of the month at 5:00 p.m. live on Zoom.

    • Join
    • Meeting ID: 980 129 155
    • Passcode: 025119
    • One tap mobile +12678310333,,980129155#,,,,,,0#,,025119# US (Philadelphia)

    November 19

  • Image of hands holding tablet with nutritionist on it

    Meet with a Registered Dietitian via Zoom!

    Meet with a Registered Dietitian via Zoom!

    Nutrition Sciences Services’ Dietitians are now offering individual nutrition counseling via telehealth. Meet with a registered dietitian from the comfort of your own home to discuss topics such as general health and wellness, weight loss, topics related to COVID-19 or any other nutrition-related disease states.

    Nutrition Sciences Services accepts most major insurance plans so that sessions come at no cost to you. Drexel Employees can earn 15 wellness incentive points per visit through the Drexel HR Employee Wellness Program.

    Dietitians are offering sessions between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    To schedule an appointment please email nutritionappts@drexel.edu.

    November 19

  • Canceled: Today's Department of Nutrition Sciences for Monthly Seminar Series

    Relationship Among Diet Quality Measures and Health Outcomes Among Healthy Youth

    Presenter

    Michele Nicolo, PhD, MS, RD, CDE
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Keck School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine
    University of Southern California

    Zoom Link

    Meeting ID: 864 1318 9872
    Passcode: 965361

    November 18

  • Nurse Researchers Awarded Funding Second Time this Year

    The Working for Inclusive and Transformative Healthcare “WITH” Foundation has awarded funding for the second time this year, to the following three nurse researchers: Ellen Giarelli, EdD, associate professor, (PI); Linda Wilson, PhD, assistant dean for Continuing Education, Simulation and Events and clinical professor (Co-I); and Kathleen Fisher, PhD, professor (Co-I).

    Their first study developed and tested algorithms of nursing care for hospitalized adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They plan to create training sessions for health care providers on COVID-19 symptom assessment, evaluation of the need for isolation or quarantine, and contact tracing among people diagnosed with ASD who originate from underrepresented minority populations.

    The title of their next project is: COVID-19 Assessment of Patients from Underrepresented Minority Groups Diagnosed with Developmental Disabilities: Training the Tracer.

    November 18

  • Roberta Waite

    Waite and Colleagues Published New Journal Article

    Roberta Waite EdD, the associate dean for Community-Centered Health and Wellness and Academic Integration, executive director of the Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Health Services and professor, and colleagues published an article entitled "Achieving health equity through eradicating structural racism in the U.S: A call to action for nursing leadership." Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 52(6), 696-704.

    November 18

  • Roberta Waite

    Waite Speaks at U. of Wisconsin Equity & Diversity Series

    Roberta Waite, EdD, the associate dean for Community-Centered Health and Wellness and Academic Integration, executive director of the Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Health Services of Drexel University and professor, presented Decolonizing Health Care: An Overview at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Waite's scholarship and research centers on behavioral health, structural determinants of health and racial justice.

    November 18

  • Nursing Faculty and Students Present at Leadership Conference

    CNHP was well-represented at the 2020 Virtual Leadership Conference of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence which took place in October. Justine S. Sefcik, PhD, an assistant professor, was on the planning committee for the Leadership Conference and co-chaired the poster presentations with Diana Lynn Woods, PhD, from Azusa Pacific University. Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, a professor and associate dean for Interprofessional Research and Development co-led a discussion on “Research During the Pandemic” with Marie Boltz, PhD, from Penn State School of Nursing, during the 2020 Virtual Leadership Conference of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.

    November 17

  • Screen shot: announcement of Veronica Carey, PhD, presenting at conference in Abu Dhabi

    Carey Speaks at Abu Dhabi Mental Health Conference

    Veronica Carey, PHD, CPRP, the assistant dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and associate clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department presented "Social Determinants of Health: How Psychiatric Rehabilitation Works in Health Promoting Way" at the Abu Dhabi International Mental Health Conference 2020. Carey was one of only five individuals from the United States invited to speak.

    The fifth ADIMHC Congress provided an opportunity for mental health experts, scientists, advocates, service providers, service users and caregivers to get together to identify and discuss significant mental health issues, transfer information and build networks and friendships.

    November 17

  • Diwali Celebration Graphic

    Diwali: The Festival of Lights

    Diwali is the festival of lights and the beginning of a new year, celebrated by those belonging to the Hindu faith and Indian culture. This five-day festival is associated with new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil. Those who celebrate often decorate streets, shops and houses with small oil lamps made from clay called "diyas," illuminating the buildings with light, which symbolizes purity, good luck and power. It is usually a time to gather with family members, share food, watch fireworks, and visit temples, while giving thanks. This year during the pandemic, celebrations across the world have been a bit different but are still filled with a sense of community.

    On this auspicious festival of lights, may the glow of joy, prosperity and happiness illuminate your life and your home. For all those who celebrate, we wish you a Happy Diwali!

    Courtesy of Drexel University's Office of Research & Innovation's (ORI) Diversity & Inclusion Committee

    November 17

  • Beth Chiatti, PhD, associate professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Professions

    Chiatti featured in Sigma Spotlight

    Beth Desaretz Chiatti, PHD, an associate clinical professor in Undergraduate Nursing was featured in Sigma Spotlight. You can read her inspiring member story at Sigma's website.

    November 16

  • Family caregivers manage health emergencies, juggle priorities, and suffer isolation - and all that was before COVID. The pandemic brings even more challenges as family caregivers handle Caregiving in Crisis.

    National Family Caregivers Month

    Every November since 2000, we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month—a national observance led by the Caregiver Action Network (CAN). According to CAN, “more than 90 million Americans care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease or the frailties of old age.”

    Our society, especially state health programs, depends on the $470 billion in unpaid healthcare services caregivers’ provide each year. Families are helping relatives, friends and neighbors stay safely in their homes, something that is particularly important during COVID-19. They are reducing the need for home health services and can delay hospitalizations and nursing home care.

    By celebrating these incredible individuals, it provides an opportunity to raise awareness for caregiver issues and challenges, share educational resources and supports, and advocate for increased support. CNHP wants to recognize all family caregivers and the important research fueling better outcomes for all individuals.

    Follow and use these to keep the conversation going.

    • #RAISEcaregiving (ACL's official tag for RAISE activities)
    • #CaregivingInCrisis (CAN's 2020 observance)
    • #NFCMonth (Annual observance hashtag)
    • #FamilyCaregiver (A larger conversation on family caregiving)
    • #Caregivers (Broadest conversation around caregiving)

    November 16

  • Graphic for National Nurse Practitioner Week

    Happy Nurse Practitioner Week

    We would like to recognize nurse practitioners for their commitment to providing high-quality, accessible health care to patients. 

    Here are some interesting facts you may not have known about NPs.

    • Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs.
    • NPs provide a full range of services, such as ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests; diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions; prescribing medications and treatments; and managing overall patient care.
    • NPs have been in practice an average of 10 years.
    • In 2019, the mean, full-time base salary was $110,000.
    • 22 states, the District of Columbia (D.C.), two U.S. territories, the Veteran’s Health Administration and the Indian Health Service have granted full practice authority to NPs.
    • The average age of NPs is 47.
    • NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention and health education and counseling, guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices.

    Happy Nurse practitioners 
    Week!

    November 12

  •  Kellsey Frank, M.S., RD, LDN is a Sports Dietitian and the Assistant Director for Drexel’s Center for Nutrition and Performance (CNP)

    CNHP Dietician, Kellsey Frank, Featured in Obesity Article

    Center for Nutrition & Performance Sports Dietitian Kellsey Frank was featured in WalletHub’s recent article, 2020’s Most Overweight & Obese States in America. In the “Ask the Experts” section, she discusses eating healthy on a budget, common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight, the impact of obesity on the economy and worker productivity, and the impact that being overweight or obese can have on complications of COVID-19.

    November 12

  • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN

    Dean to Serve as Fulbright Specialist

    Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, could be invited to share her vast body of work and expertise on aging with host institutions in more than 150 countries and areas around the globe. Selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist by a peer review panel, Gitlin is focusing on Chile.

    November 9

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: White Spaces and Black Faces

    • November 10
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

    White Spaces and Black Faces

    Participants who attend White Spaces and Black Faces will explore the day, week, month and year of Black colleagues and students. This is an important journey to unlock unfolded nuances and introduce new realities that sometimes just existing as a person of color is exhausting. Most institutions from school to work were not created to serve all people. Join us as we dive deeper into not only these points but what effective allyship actually entails.

    Register

    November 9

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: Same Story, Different Generation: Barriers to Students in Higher Education

    • December 1
    • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Current graduate students and alumni are will share what it takes as marginalized students to navigate the halls of CNHP through to graduation and will discuss strategies and tools they used to be successful. This Tuesday Topic is essential for faculty, professional staff, and students to see and hear how some history should not be repeated. 

    Register

    Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here

    November 9

  • Graphic for Native American Heritage Month

    Nursing Student learns information to share for American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

    Carly Shaken, an undergraduate nursing student and member of the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, attended a professional development workshop called "UnColumbus Day: Changing the Way We See Native America" on October 23. She shares her thoughts and a useful tool to find out whose land on which we stand.

    November 9

  • Domenica Pusic

    Domenica Pusic Named President of NAMI on Campus

    Undergraduate student, Domenica Pusic, is working toward a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Health Counseling. A member of the 2020 Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows cohort and Pennoni Honors College, Pusic is the new president of the Drexel University chapter of NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness.

    A recent article in the Triangle features Pusic and the work that NAMI does on campus around dispelling stigmas around mental illness. They have a general body meeting on Nov. 9 and an event on Nov. 12 entitled "Take a Breath."

    November 5

  • Minjung Shim, PhD

    Shim published in Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry & Neurology

    Minjung Shim, PhD, an assistant research professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies (CAT) just published an article in the Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. Entitled “A Systematic Review of Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia and Caregivers,” this article systematically review the quality and efficacy of the current evidence for mindfulness-based interventions in patients with mild cognitive impairment, patients with dementia, and their caregivers.

    November 4

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: White Spaces and Black Faces

    • November 10
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

    White Spaces and Black Faces

    Participants who attend White Spaces and Black Faces will explore the day, week, month and year of Black colleagues and students. This is an important journey to unlock unfolded nuances and introduce new realities that sometimes just existing as a person of color is exhausting. Most institutions from school to work were not created to serve all people. Join us as we dive deeper into not only these points but what effective allyship actually entails.

    Register

    November 4

  • Community Wellness HUB Virtual Health and Wellness Chat graphic

    COVID-19 Updates: What You Need to Know

    • November 5, 2020
    • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Via Zoom

    The Community Wellness HUB is excited to host Annette Gadegbeku, MD, to lead the Chat about COVID-19 Pandemic, its current updates, and how we and our family can keep safe especially in this flu season.

    The HUB's Virtual Health and Wellness Chats are the first and third Thursday of the month at 5:00 p.m. live on Zoom.

    • Join
    • Meeting ID: 980 129 155
    • Passcode: 025119
    • One tap mobile +12678310333,,980129155#,,,,,,0#,,025119# US (Philadelphia)

    November 4

  • Sharrona Pearl, PhD

    Pearl authors article for Tablet Magazine

    Sharrona Pearl, PhD, an assistant teaching professor in the Health Administration department, wrote an article for Tablet Magazine entitled "Out of Site."

    November 4

  • Author Ken Korber holding Grace Fights COVID-19 book cover with Eckhartz Press publishers Rick Kaempfer and David Stern

    CNHP Hero of COVID-19 Alumnus Ken Korber Published Book for Kids

    CNHP Heroes of COVID-19 don't all follow the same path. Physician assistant alumnus Ken Korber created a enthusiastic and curious band of characters to educate even the youngest people about COVID-19.

    November 3

  • Roberta Waite

    Waite to serve on NACNR Working Group

    Roberta Waite. EdD, a professor, associate dean for Community-Centered Health & Wellness and Academic Integration and executive director of the Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Health Services, was invited by Shannon Zenk, PhD, the director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, to be on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR) working group charged with providing recommendations to the NACNR that will help to identify strengths, limitations, challenges and opportunities in nursing science that will inform the development of the next strategic plan for NINR.

    November 3

  • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN

    National Caregivers Month Starts with Announcement of New Collaboration

    November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. Dean Laura Gitlin, PhD, is helping move the needle forward of addressing the needs of the millions of unpaid, family caregivers impacted by Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias. Gitlin sits on the executive committee of the newly formed Public Health Center of Excellence in Dementia Caregiving.

    November 2

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