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  • Monica J. Harmon, MSN, MPH, RN

    Harmon Recognized as Outstanding DSPH Alumni to Celebrate 25 Years

    In 2021-2022, the Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH) at Drexel University celebrated 25 years of providing education, conducting research and partnering with communities and organizations to improve the health of populations. Their last 25 years have been marked by forward thinking, growth in programs and research and substantive community impact.

    To mark this milestone, they named 25 outstanding alumni including Monica Harmon, MSN, MPH '06, executive director at the Community Wellness HUB and assistant clinical professor in Undergraduate Nursing. DSPH featured these individuals who shared their motivation to go into and stay in public health on page 26 of their newest alumni magazine.

    June 27

  • Gina Yacovelli, MAT, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CPB

    Yacovelli elected as a NJHIMA Delegate

    Gina Yacovelli, MAT, director of the Medical Billing and Coding Program in the Department Health Administration, was recently elected as a delegate, a two-year position for the New Jersey Health Information Management Association (NJHIMA), for 2022-2024. In this role, Yacovelli will host three webinars per year and a face-to-face meeting with the state leaders and the House of Delegates Community. She will also attend and represent NJHIMA at the CSA Leadership Symposium in Chicago, the Advocacy Summit in Washington D.C. as well as the AHIMA National Convention. Other responsibilities include overseeing the Coding Roundtable, Membership, Education, and Student committees within the NJHIMA organization.

    June 27

  • Monica J. Harmon, MSN, MPH, RN

    Monica Harmon was named a Top Nurse by AL DÍA

    AL DÍA celebrated its fifth annual Top Nurses Award ceremony at the Pyramid Club in downtown Philadelphia June 10. These honors are given to people who have been at the frontlines, making essential contributions to their diverse patients and communities.

    Monica Harmon, MSN, MPH '06, executive director at the Community Wellness HUB and clinical assistant professor in Undergraduate Nursing, received recognition in the Research/Educator category.


    June 24

  • Stack of graduation programs for Drexel University

    Graduation Celebration Highlights

    An article highlighting CNHP's graduation ceremony and awards is available on our News and Events section of the website.

    June 23

  • A graphic featuring headshots of five females announcing a panel discussion.

    Rattigan and Snyder part of panel discussion exploring the evolution of virtual art therapy

    Michele Rattigan, MA, associate clinical professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department and DHSc student, and Kathryn Snyder, a Creative Arts Therapies PhD candidate, were invited to discuss their innovative uses of virtual art therapy in clinical spaces, teaching, and research in an online panel discussion as part of the Virtual Art Therapy book tour where both had authored chapters.

    June 23

  • Sharrona Pearl, PhD

    Pearl reviews new film

    Sharrona Pearl, PhD, associate teaching professor in the Health administration Department, reviewed a new film about the ethical dilemmas surrounding organ transplantation. Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die? An Unethical Ethics Committee Decides appears in The Revealer, an online magazine that explores religion and its many roles in society and people’s lives.

    June 20

  • Photo of Dr. Ebony White in a white dress from the waist up standing in front of a yellow background

    White Invited to Speak at Mississippi State University's Social Justice Symposium

    Ebony White, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department and Counselors for Social Justice president-elect, was invited to speak at Mississippi State University's Social Justice Symposium.

    Counselors for Social Justice at Mississippi State University is a vibrant student chapter working to support advocacy and scholarship among counseling students and faculty, the greater student body, and surrounding communities. The Social Justice Symposium is the chapter’s signature yearly project and is supported by the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations.

    June 20

  • Jennifer Cummings Headshot

    Cummings and 2022 Colleagues Successfully Defend DNP Final Projects

    Jennifer Cummings, MSN, DNP student, assistant director of Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track and assistant professor, successfully defended her DNP project, Program Evaluation of a Faith-Based Cardiovascular Education Intervention, on June 2, 2022.

    Kimberly McClellan, EdD, assistant clinical professor, served as the project mentor. Cummings will graduate with her DNP degree in September 2022 in the company of nine DNP program colleagues who each also successfully defended their work. Each project responded to an identified need to improve health-related outcomes, processes or programs. Cummings and colleagues demonstrated their expertise and project leadership skills via zoom presentations open to the CNHP community and invited guests.

    Congratulations to them!

    June 16

  • Deeptha Sukumar

    Sukumar and Graduate Students Publish Manuscript

    Deeptha Sukumar, PhD, associate professor and assistant director of the PhD Program in Nutrition Sciences, and her students recently published an article in the on the role of combined magnesium and vitamin D supplementation on health outcomes. 

    The article, entitled The effect of combined magnesium and vitamin D supplementation on vitamin D status, systemic inflammation, and blood pressure: A randomized double-blinded controlled trial, appeared in Nutrition.

    June 16

  • A female dressed in a dark polo shirt and a male wearing a light yellow sweater are standing in front of a blue canopy tent and table draped with a College of Nursing and Health Professions table cloth.

    CNHP Represented at PrideFest Chester County

    Veronica Carey, PhD, assistant dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, chair of the board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and associate clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department, and Darius Greene, director of Retention, Recruitment and Alumni Engagement, represented the College of Nursing and Health Professions at PrideFest Chester County on Phoenixville over the weekend.

    In the crowd of near 1,000, they met both current and prospective student and talked about the DEI initiatives at the college. The event is the 5th Annual PrideFest in Chester County, but the first since the pandemic started. It was planned by the LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County, on whose board Roberta Perry, associate director of Content Strategy sits.

    June 14

  • Nursing Schools Almanac Rankings Announced

    Nursing Schools Almanac announced their 2022 rankings. After collecting data on 3,000 institutions, only 3 percent make their list of the 100 best nursing schools in the nation. Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions is ranked #44 in the United States, #18 among private nursing schools, #11 overall in the Mid-Atlantic region, #5 overall in Pennsylvania and #3 overall in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

    Congratulations to all who make the college everything it is!

    June 6

  • White male (Antonio Mininno) with short dark hair wearing a dark-colored athletic jacket and a light-colored t-shirt.

    It's Macy Monday: Meet Antonio Mininno

    Antonio Mininno is a Health Administration student who aspires to make a difference in health care. He has an interest in the financial aspect of the industry and sought out a mentor with experience in the insurance industry, large practices and hospitals.

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

    June 6

  • Black female (Metchersa Smith) with long copper-colored braids wearing a multicolored shirt and a surgical mask.

    It's Macy Monday: Meet Metchersa Smith

    Nursing student Metchersa Smith has seen how the problems with our health care system has been magnified by the pandemic. Through the Macy Program, Smith is improving competencies, sensitivities and literacy which will make her a better nurse and leader.

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

    June 6

  • Male professor, Stephen Gambescia, PhD, wearing a sport coat and hat teaching a class.

    Gambescia Receives Teaching Excellence Award for Health Policy

    The Health Administration Department is happy to announce that Stephen Gambescia, PhD, clinical professor and director of Doctor of Health Science program, was one of only two recipients of Teaching Excellence Award for Health Policy sponsored by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for 2022.

    This award is a national-level award organized by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Gambescia is the lead faculty for courses on health policy at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

    June 6

  • Creative Arts Therapies 2022 Colloquia

    Creative Arts Therapies graduating students from the Art Therapy and Counseling, Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, Music Therapy and Counseling, and PhD in Creative Arts Therapies programs will present their final culminating projects on Tuesday, June 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    To honor Pride Month, please not there are two culminating projects being presented: L Polarine, 2022, MA Art Therapy and Counseling, is presenting Raising Voices: Exploring Collective and Individual Experiences of Transgender and Gender Diverse Adults through Community Artmaking and Brandi Brubaker Simmons, 2022, MA Music Therapy and Counseling, is presenting Supporting Transgender Individuals through Healthcare Experiences using Music Therapy: A Focus on Identity and Well-being.

    It is via Live Webcast and by invitation only.

    June 3

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