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  • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FAAN, dean and distinguished university professor

    Dean was a featured speaker at virtual advocacy summit

    Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, was a featured speaker at Unlocking the Promise of Brain Health: UsAgainstAlzheimer’s 2021 Virtual Advocacy Summit.

    UsAgainstAlzheimer's brought together policy experts, advocates and health system leaders to discuss and act on policy solutions that can help make the promise of brain health a reality for all communities.

    June 30

  • Juanita A. Gardner, MPH, BS, PA-C, an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Physician Assistant Program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, standing in front of tall rocks.

    PA Professor Joins Lupus Board of Directors

    PA Program Assistant Clinical Professor Juanita Gardner, MPH, has recently been selected to serve on the Lupus Foundation of America Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter Board of Directors and as a member of the Medical Advisory Council and community service committee.

    Gardner, as an advocate for and supporter of people affected by lupus, will stay abreast of research and heighten public awareness through educational programs and support groups to help improve the quality of life of all those affected by the disease. She will also work alongside other board members in determining the organization’s mission, participate in strategic planning, approve policies, provide accountability and oversight for organizational activities/programs and make certain the Foundation meets its goals and fulfills its mission statement.

    Gardner also collaborated on the successful application for a $50,000 grant from Aurinia Pharmaceuticals for a lupus navigator who will provide assistance to patient, living with lupus, who are affected by the social determinants of health.

    June 30

  • Upcoming Lifestyle Medicine Talk focuses on Women's Health and Nutrition

    The Drexel PA program Lifestyle Medicine group hosts it's next discussion: The Impacts of Lifestyle Medicine on Women's Health.

    • Thursday July 8
    • 7:00 p.m.
    • Via Zoom

    Anne Bingham MD, FACOG, is a certified obstetrician/gynecologist OBGYN, received certificate in plant based nutrition from T. Colin Campbell for Nutritional studies and is the coleader for the pregnancy subcommittee in the Women's Health interest group with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

    To ask questions about the event, email Julie Kinzel, MED, Physician Assistant interim department chair and program director.

    June 30

  • Sharrona Pearl, PhD

    Pearl cited in NYT

    Sharrona Pearl, PhD, an associate teaching professor in the Health Administration Department, was cited in a New York Times article about masking for cold and flu season.

    June 30

  • Kim Nari

    It's Macy Monday: Meet Nari Kim

    Nari Kim is studying Health Services Administration. The Macy Program intrigued her because of the opportunity to develop personally and reflect on being a better provider. She also likes the aspect of building a professional network through her mentor.

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

    June 28

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: Raising Our Hands with Jenna Arnold

    • July 13
    • 4–5:00 p.m.
    • Live Webcast

    Join us for a discussion and Q&A with Jenna Arnold. She is the chief impact officer for Rethink, an impact investing platform, cofounder of ORGANIZE, and previously the executive producer and creator of MTV's “Exiled” and national organizer for the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. 


    • Carly Shanken, BS Nursing ‘21
      Member of the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    All are welcome! Students, faculty, professional staff, and community providers are encouraged to attend. Presented by the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Dr. Veronica Carey, Chair.


    Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here.

    June 28

  • Sharrona Pearl, PhD

    Pearl reviews Wiener memoir: Uncanny Valley

    Sharrona Pearl, PhD, an associate teaching professor in the Health Administration Department, reviewed Anna Wiener's new memoir. In the Shadow of the Valley (Review of Anna Wiener, Uncanny Valley) appears in b2o: An Online Journal of the boundary 2 Editorial Collective.

    June 28

  • Teaching Professor Candidates' Demonstration Schedule

    Please join us for teaching demonstrations by candidates applying for non-tenure-track assistant/associate/full teaching professorships in CNHP’s Department of Health Sciences.

    These demonstrations are part of the candidate interview process.

    Wednesday, June 23

    10:00–11:00 a.m.

    Travis Pollen, PhD
    Biomechanics of Resistance Exercise

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the three classes of musculoskeletal lever.
    2. Identify the moment arms in resistance exercises and estimate mechanical advantage.
    3. Differentiate between the three types of muscle contractions.

    For a copy of Dr. Pollen’s CV, please email Michael Bruneau Jr., PhD.

    12:00–1:00 p.m.

    Stephen Samendinger, PhD
    Research Methodology: Design Schemes

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Define research methodology.
    2. List the elements of methodology.
    3. Demonstrate the use of schematics for selected research designs.
    4. Describe the type of analysis for common research designs.
    5. Differentiate types of research study designs.

    For a copy of Dr. Samendinger’s CV, please email Anne Dower, PhD.

    1:30–2:30 p.m.

    Ronald Snarr, PhD, EP-C, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D, TSAC-F*D
    Dietary Supplementation

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Examine the prevalence of dietary supplement use and who is taking these products.
    2. Discuss three of the most common dietary supplements (i.e., pre-workout, protein, fat-burners) and the research regarding their efficacy.
    3. Assess the safety of dietary supplements and who is allowed by law to give advice on supplements.

    For a copy of Dr. Snarr’s CV, please email Michael Bruneau Jr., PhD.

    Friday, June 25

    10:00–11:00 a.m.

    Erica Chirico, PhD
    Thermoregulatory Adaptations to Exercise

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the factors that contribute to heat gain and loss.
    2. Describe the role of the circulatory system in maintaining temperature.
    3. Explain the process of fluid loss and the consequences of dehydration on physiology and performance.
    4. Understand the volume and electrolyte components of a rehydration solution to restore fluid and electrolyte balance.

    For a copy of Dr. Chirico’s CV, please email Michael Bruneau Jr., PhD.

    11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    Steven Vitti, PhD
    Cardiopulmonary Responses to Acute Submaximal Exercise

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Define VO2 and state the factors used to calculate it.
    2. Describe how heart rate, stroke volume, and cardiac output change from rest to exercise.
    3. Explain the changes in ventilation that occur during the different phases of oxygen uptake kinetics.

    For a copy of Dr. Vitti’s CV, please email Mary Flynn, PhD.

    3:00–4:00 p.m.

    Wei Li, PhD
    Skeletal Muscle Contraction

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify different types of muscle.
    2. Relate neuromuscular junction and excitation-contraction coupling.
    3. Sketch the structure of sarcomere, thin and thick filament.
    4. Articulate the molecular mechanism of muscle contraction and relaxation.
    5. Explain sliding filament mechanism theory. Differentiate isotonic and isometric muscle contractions.

    For a copy of Dr. Li’s CV, please email Michael Bruneau Jr., PhD.

    June 23

  • Sarah Mickel

    It's Macy Monday: Meet Sarah Mickel

    Sarah Mickel is following a pre-med track as a second-year student majoring in public health and a minor in neuroscience. She is a first-generation college student who is looking to be actively challenged by her Macy mentor and to become a more confident leader.

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

    June 21

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: Atlas PainCare: An Interprofessional Mentoring Framework 

    • June 22
    • 4–5:00 p.m.
    • Live Webcast

    Atlas PainCare is a mentorship program that help clinicians and organizations build the tools, knowledge, support and teamwork required to implement best practice.

    This project was funded through the Dean’s R3 Grant and is overseen by CNHP Special Research Initiatives.


    • Sarah Wenger PT, DPT, Associate Clinical Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehab Sciences 
    • Sara Tomeszewski, PT, DPT, Assistant Clinical Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehab Sciences
    • Scott Horowitz MA, MT-BC, Assistant Clinical Professor, Creative Arts Therapies Assistant Clinical Professor

    All are welcome! This session is ideal for research faculty and staff and those interested in learning more about interprofessional teamwork. Presented by CNHP Special Research Initiatives.


    Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here.

    June 21

  • Graphic for June 16 A Blueprint to End Racism event moderated by WHYY

    Waite was an invited panelist to Ending Racism Partnership event

    Roberta Waite, EdD, professor, associate dean for Community-Centered Health & Wellness and Academic Integration and executive director, Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Health Services, was an invited panelist on the June 16 A Blue Print to End Racism in Health moderated by WHYY. The topic was understanding race and racism in Philadelphia.

    June 17

  • Master's in Addiction Counseling Ranked in Top 20

    Drexel University has been ranked #12 for the Best College for Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling by Addiction Counselor. This publication provides educational resource for those interested in careers in addictions counseling.

    The College of Nursing and Health Professions offer this graduate degree program online.

    June 16

  • Roberta Waite, EdD, professor, associate dean for Community-Centered Health & Wellness and Academic Integration and executive director of the Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Health Services is one of four presenters at the Academy Health event.

    Leading Policy and Practice Changes During Unprecedented Times: The Nursing HSR Response

    Roberta Waite, EdD, 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 an invited panelist at Academy Health's Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues. 

    The discussion was entitled Leading Policy and Practice Changes During Unprecedented Times: The Nursing HSR Response.

    June 15

  • Mital Patel

    It's Macy Monday: Meet Mital Patel

    Mital Patel is a sophmore who is studying Public Health. Her goal is to receive more individualized knowledge from her mentor which she cannot obtain in a classroom or lecture hall. Connecting with the cohort to collectively bring new ideas to the table and formulate solutions for the future is another goal of her being in the Macy Program.

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

    June 14

  • Juneteenth Freedom Day graphic

    Juneteenth Observation

    Juneteenth is an official Drexel holiday. It is one of the most important days in the history of our country.

    Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States, which came more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. It was on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, following the end of the Civil War and the arrival of federal troops, that those enslaved were finally freed. The National Museum of African American History and Culture calls Juneteenth “our country’s second Independence Day.” The widespread celebration of the anniversary dates back to the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s. Today, it includes official acknowledgments in almost every state, as well as events sponsored by the Smithsonian and other institutions to expand awareness and embrace Black contributions to the history and culture of this country.

    Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. This is a day we commit to each other the needed support as family, friends and co-workers. Juneteenth is a day of reflection, celebration and learning with a commitment to moving forward to achieve the promise of equality for all.

    In Pennsylvania, the day has been designated Juneteenth National Freedom Day by Gov. Tom Wolf. In Philadelphia, due to the pandemic, the Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival will hold a series of events this year, rather than its annual parade. As the festival sponsors note, “Juneteenth represents a historic triumph of the human spirit.”

    Ebony White, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in Counseling & Family Therapy Department wrote an essay about Juneteenth last year in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.

    June 14

  • Loretta Jemmotte

    Jemmott Selected for Disruptor Award and Panel Expert

    Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, vice president, Health and Health Equity and professor in Graduate Nursing was unanimously selected to receive the Lazarex Cancer Foundation Disruptor Award. The Lazarex Cancer Foundation Disruptor Award is presented to individuals who have responded with urgency, taking action to combat low minority participation in cancer clinical trials. These individuals are disrupting the current status quo by raising awareness about existing problems, putting patients interests first and demonstrating a commitment to working on solutions. "I can’t even begin to think of another person who is more deserving of this award than you," said Dana Dornsife, founder and CEO of the foundation.

    Jemmott will accept the award at an event on June 15th. She will be a panelist for a discussion entitled Disrupting the System. This is a provocative conversation to spark positive change in cancer health disparities, patient access and cancer health outcomes. If you are interested in attending this discussion, the invitation has full details and a registration link.

    June 14

  • Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions' Patti Zuzelo, EdD, graphic winning the 2021 LGTBQ+ Ally Award

    Zuzelo Recognized with 2021 Pennsylvania LGBTQ+ Ally Award by the National Diversity Council

    Patti Zuzelo, EdD, a clinical professor in the Department Graduate Nursing, was honored by the National Diversity Council with the 2021 Pennsylvania LGBTQ+ Ally Award during its June 2, 2021 virtual Summit. The theme of this year's Pennsylvania LGBYQ+ Unity Summit was the "Intersections of Allyship."

    June 8

  • Kathleen Fisher, PhD, professor of Graduate Nursing, CNHP

    Mentoring for Inaugural Fellowship Program in Developmental Disability Nursing

    Kathleen Fisher, PhD, a professor in Graduate Nursing, was invited to mentor a fellow for the inaugural program in developmental disability nursing at Golisano Fellowship in Developmental Disability Nursing (ID/DD) for the Wegmans School of Nursing at St John Fisher College in Syracuse, NY starting June 2021

    The Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing (GIDDN) is the first of its kind in the country. GIDDN intends to promote positive change, to continuously advocate, and develop more nurse leaders in developmental disability nursing practice, through collaboration with one another, world-wide thought leaders, and community-based organizations in developmental disability nursing.

    June 8

  • lawn sign

    Celebrate the graduating class!

    CNHP Virtual Graduation Ceremony

    • Thursday, June 10
    • 5 p.m. ET
    • View the live ceremony here
      The event will be live streamed on June 10 beginning at 5 p.m. ET. There is no need to register to attend.

    Help us celebrate the graduating class!

    Submit an inspirational message for graduating students, and we will post it on Instagram as part of our social media campaign to celebrate the Class of 2021.

    June 8

  • McKenna Johnston

    It's Macy Monday: Meet McKenna Johnston

    McKenna Johnston, a sophmore, is a Health Sciences major in the accelerated Physician Assistant track. People’s experiences and new ways to get involved in the community, research projects and opportunities in the medical field are things she hopes to learn about in the Macy Program.

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

    June 7

  • Inclusive Pride Flag

    Pride Month

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Genderqueer, Queer, Intersexed, Agender, Asexual and Ally community (LGBTQIA+) Pride Month is celebrated nationally in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, led by Marsha P. Johnson alongside Zazu Nova and Jackie Hormona.

    This was  a tipping point for the gay rights movement in the U.S. Nationally, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and memorials are held to remember members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally.

    To find out more, visit Learn more about Drexel's Pride events here.

    June 7

  • Meditation graphic

    Join us for Virtual Meditation

    Mindfulness Meditation at CNHP for Beginners through Experts

    Please join us every Wednesday at 12:30 for a 20- to 25-minute guided meditation practice. Open to faculty, staff and students.

    • Wednesdays
    • 12:30 p.m.
    • Zoom

    There are very notable benefits from a meditation practice including reducing stress, promoting emotional health and reducing age-related memory loss. It doesn't matter if you've never meditated or you're a pro, everyone is welcome for these weekly, short guided meditation sessions.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to sit quietly with Drexel colleagues and friends and to learn how to better manage your stress and become more mindful in your everyday life. This time offers an opportunity for Drexel professional staff, faculty and students to reduce stress and grow in mindfulness and compassion together.

    Participants in our Wellness Incentive Program are eligible to earn 5 points (a $5 credit) for each session they attend on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

    You must register for the annual program AND complete your annual PHP before you will be eligible to receive any payouts. Points for attending these events will be sent to Health Advocate on a monthly basis for the prior month’s activities.

    Bring a friend!

    June 7

  • DNP student recognized with Best Practices Award

    Kimberly Morrison has had her DNP Scholarly Project abstract selected by NYONEL for the Claire Murray Best Practices Award and for podium and poster presentation at the 2021 NYONEL Annual meeting. Morrison's project, Safe Staffing through Shared Governance: Implementing a Staffing Council, used quality improvement methodologies and project management strategies to lead a team-based approach to design a safe staffing process for a health care system.

    Her award will be presented September 12, 2021.

    June 2

  • Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions Physician Assistant students Miles Danis, Maikie Sengdang, Summer Truong, and Vi Vo volunteering at the Community Wellness HUB

    PA Students Volunteer at Wellness HUB

    The Physician Assistant Program continues its relationship with the Community Wellness HUB at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. On May 27th, four physician assistant students, Miles Danis, Maikie Sengdang, Summer Truong, and Vi Vo, assisted the Community Wellness HUB staff in a COVID-19 screening and vaccination event.

    June 2

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: Making it Happen: Growth and Sustainability for Nursing and Health Professions Professors of Color in an Academic Environment

    • June 1
    • 4–5:00 p.m.
    • Live Webcast

    For all tenure or non-tenure track nursing and health professions faculty, learn from the panelists about educational resources and strategic planning for diverse faculty interested in promotion in academia. We will discuss the barriers of equity and inclusion for professors of color pursing tenure/non-tenure tract growth and sustainability.

    The event will be a discussion format assuring diversity, equity, and inclusion precede over the conversation.


    • Pamela L. McGee, EdD, FNP-BC, Assistant Clinical Professor


    • Tasha Martin-Peters, MSN, RN, Assistant Clinical Professor
    • Nadeerah Coles, EdD, MSN, MN, Assistant Clinical Professor
    • Nalo Hamilton, PhD, MSN, APRN-BC, Associate Professor, UCLA School of Nursing

    All are welcome! Students, faculty, professional staff, and community providers are encouraged to attend. Presented by the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Veronica Carey, PhD, Chair.


    Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here.

    June 1

  • Nutrition Sciences Capstone Project Presentations

    Please join the College of Nursing and Health Professions Department of Nutrition Sciences for Master of Science Candidates capstone project presentations.

    1:30 p.m.

    "Developing Tools to Become a Baby Friendly Hospital that Increase Practices to Promote Breast Feeding."
    Presented by Robin Gardiner, Katharine Moffit and Katherine Ragusa.

    2 p.m.

    "Increasing the Engagement of In-Patients with Eating Disorders in Group Nutrition Education."
    Presented by Caroline Campbell.

    2:30 p.m.

    “Developing a Tool Kit to Increase Plant Forward Meal Offerings in Hospitals.”
    Presented by Stephanie McNear.

    Break 3-3:15 p.m.

    3:15 p.m.

    “Improving the Efficiency of the Process to Validate Nutrition Support Dietitians at a Tertiary Pediatrics Hospital.”
    Presented by Mariam Abdullah.

    3:45 p.m.

    "Optimizing the Nutritional Needs of Critically Ill Patients Using Volume-Based Verses Rate-Based Tube Feedings.”
    Presented by Kaitlin Perni.

    June 1

  • Fulbright Scholar Presents

    Annia Tonibelle Che Quezada is a Faculty Development Fulbright scholar from Guatemala and is completing her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling here at CNHP.

    On April 27th, Tonibelle presented as a panelist for the Fulbright 75th Anniversary Illuminations Series along with other Fulbright scholars from Latin America and the Caribbean. The event was presented by the Harvard affiliated sponsoring organization, Laspau, which administers a part of the Fulbright Program.

    June 1

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