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Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP

Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP is a tenured Associate Professor and Director of Global Health Initiatives in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Bloch’s interests center on urban women’s health and health care systems. Using a life course perspective, Bloch’s program of translational research addresses the complex interplay of bio-behavioral, cultural and social factors contributing to adverse birth outcomes among socio-economically disadvantaged populations of mothers burdened by social and health inequities. Receiving NIH-funded training in social epidemiology and health services research, she applies cutting-edge data science to elucidate modifiable individual and neighborhood level factors. She welcomes collaborators to push forward innovative data science and health informatics for new approaches to improve maternal and infant health outcomes locally and globally.

Bloch is respected as a researcher, educator, clinician, and mentor to students, faculty and community partners. Her published research has been supported by multiple external funders such as the NIH, CDC, State of Pennsylvania and Sigma Theta Tau. Leading a translational perinatal health disparities research group, she brings together interdisciplinary academic and community partners for research and action. Her perspective as a nurse provides a useful disciplinary lens in reducing racial and ethnic perinatal health disparities in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Bloch proudly serves as the IRB Chair of the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC).

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  • Beth Chiatti, PhD, RN, Department of Nursing
  • Pamela Geller, PhD, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Jennifer Nasser, PhD, Department of Nutrition Sciences
  • Leah Schinasi, PhD, Urban Health Collaborative
  • Seth Welles, PhD, Department of Epidemiology & Statistics


  • Jennifer Barkin, PhD, Mercer University
  • Jessica Delvido, PhD, Duquesne University
  • Judy Faust, DNP, MBA, RN, Albert Einstein Medical Center
  • Marcia Gardner PhD, CPNP, Molloy College
  • Dana Zilberman-Kravits, PhD, Ben Gurion University
  • Linda Maldonado, PhD, RN, Villanova University
  • Amy McKeever, PhD, RN, Villanova University
  • Marjie Mogul, PhD, MSW, Maternity Care Coalition
  • Susan Zupan, MA, RN, Storkwatch Home Visiting
  • Samantha Shuster, MSW, Department of Maternal, Child, and Family Health, PDPH
  • Patricia Suplee, PhD, RN, Rutgers University
  • David Webb, PhD, CHOP
  • Yuval Shahar, PhD, MD, Ben Gurion University

Doctoral Students

  • Yosefa Birati. MSN (PhD, Nursing)
  • Lacey Clayton, MSN (DNP, Nursing)

Masters Students

  • Allie Raevsky (MPH)

Alumni Select


  • Judy Faust, DNP, MBA
  • Alycia Ham, DNP, WHNP-BC
  • Amy O’Meara, DNP, WHNP-BC
  • Kymberly Montgomery, DNP, WHNP-BC, FAAN

Masters Students

  • Tammi Hill, MPH
  • Yadira Brown, MPH


  • Katrina Lewis, BSN’19, Pennoni STAR Scholar, 2015
  • Ellen To, BSN’ 19, Pennoni STAR Scholar, 2015

Translational Perinatal Health Disparities Research Group

Creating this translational research group in 2011, Bloch saw a critical need to enhance scientific capacity among academic and community scholars for relevant practice-based research and action. Despite her rigorous perinatal and social epidemiology research that documented racial and ethnic disparities in preterm birth and neonatal brain injury, translation of this research to improve health systems and health outcomes among childbearing mothers caring for themselves and their families in Philadelphia has been insufficient.

Bloch collaborates across borders, literally and figuratively, to bring together scholars across disciplines and communities with multidisciplinary and methodological expertise to study how to push forward science and action to improve maternal health, well-being, and functioning. Through empowering, relationship-based academic and community partnered research; this research group serves as a think tank. Bloch has had extensive research mentoring by the previous generation of leading perinatal scientists in nursing, medicine and public health. She is now committed to mentor the next generation of perinatal scientists.

  1. Build Scientific Capacity to translate the plethora of Health Disparities into Practice
  2. Raise awareness using dissemination & implementation science
  3. Collaborating across Borders to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes locally and globally

Current Projects Accepting Students:

  1. Perinatal Nurse Home Visiting to Childbearing Women with Diabetes and Hypertension
  2. Collaborating Across Borders to Improve Maternal Health Locally & Globally: Use of innovative health information technology for reproductive health promotion and disease prevention
  3. Community-engaged participatory action projects collaborating with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’ s Collective Action Network: Access to Care Group

Refereed articles (select)

*Suplee, P.D, Bloch, J. R., Hillier, A & Herbert, T. Using GIS to Visualize Relationships between Perinatal Outcomes and Neighborhood Characteristics When Planning Community Interventions. Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, (in press).

Bloch, J. R., Zupan, S., McKeever, A. Barkin, J. L. (2017). Perinatal Nurse Home Visiting Referral Patterns among Women with Diabetes and Hypertension in Philadelphia. Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 46 (1), 29-39.

Barkin, J. L., Willis, G., Hawkins, K. C., , Thomas, T. S., Beals, L. & Bloch, J. R. (2017) Semantic Assessment of the Barkin Index of Maternal Functioning  in a Medically Underserved Obstetric Population. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 53 (2), 95-103.

Gardner, M., Suplee, P.S, Bloch, J. R. & Lecks, K. (2016). Exploratory Study of Childbearing Experiences of Women with Asperger Syndrome. Nursing for Women’s Health, 20 (1), 28-37.

McKeever, A. E., Bloch, J. R., & Marrell, M. (2015). Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Uptake and Completion as a Preventive Health Measure among Female Adolescents. Nursing Outlook, 63 (3), 341-348.

Barkin, J.L., Bloch, J.R., Hawkins, K. & Stanfill, T. (2014). Barriers to Social Support in the Postpartum Period. Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 43 (4), 445-454.

Suplee, T. D., Bloch, J. R., McKeever, A. E., Borucki, L., & Dawley, K., (2014). Beyond Breastfeeding and Depression: Evidence to Guide Maternal Health Nursing Practice during the Year Following Birth. Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 43 (6), 782-791.

Amendolia, B., Fisher, K., Whitman-Price, R., Bloch, J. R., Basit, M. & Aghai, Z. H. (2014). .Feeding Tolerance in Preterm Infants on Non-Invasive Respiratory Support. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 28 (4),300-304.

Scaffidi, R., Posmontier, B., Bloch, J. & Wittmann-Price, R. (2014). The relationship between personal knowledge and decision self-efficacy in choosing trial of labor after cesarean section. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 59 (3), 246-253.

Ryan, J. G., Bloch, J. R. & Davis, R. K. (2012). An Overview of the Placenta as a Research Biospecimen. Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 41 (6), 834-845.

Bloch, J. R., Webb, D.A. Mathew, L., & Culhane, J. F. (2012). Pregnancy intention and contraception use at six months postpartum among women with recent preterm delivery. Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing 41 (3), 389-397.

Dennis, E. F., Webb, D. A., Lorch, S. A., Bloch, J. R., Mathew, L., & Culhane, J. F. (2012). Subjective social status and maternal health in an urban low income population. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16 (4), 834-843.

Bloch, J. R. (2011) Using GIS to explore disparities in Philadelphia preterm birth rates between foreign-born and US-born black mothers. Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 40 (5), 544-554.

Webb, D., Culhane, J. F., Mathew, L., Bloch, J. R., & Goldenberg, R. A. (2011). Incident smoking during pregnancy and in the postpartum period in a low income urban population. Public Health Reports, 126 (1), 50-59.

Bloch J. R., Webb D., Mathew L., Dennis E., Bennett I. & Culhane J. (2010). Beyond marital status: The quality of the mother-father relationship and its influence on reproductive health behaviors and outcomes among unmarried low income pregnant women. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 14 (5), 726-734.

Webb, D. A., Robbins, J. M., Bloch, J. R., & Culhane, J. F. (2010). Estimating prevalence of overweight and obesity at the neighborhood level: The value of maternal height and weight data available on birth certificate records. Population Health Metrics, 8(16) doi:10.1186/1478-7954-8-16.

Webb, D. A., Coyne, J. C., Goldenberg, R. A., Hogan, V., Elo. I., Bloch, J. R., Mathew, L., Bennett, I. M., Dennis, E. F., & Culhane, J. F. (2010). Recruitment and retention of women in a large randomized control trial to reduce repeat preterm births: The Philadelphia Collaborative Preterm Prevention Project. BMC Medical Research Methodology,10(88) doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-10-88

Bloch, J. R., Dawley, K., & Suplee, P. D. (2009). Application of the Kessner and Kotelchuck Prenatal Care Adequacy Indices in a preterm birth population. Public Health Nursing 26(5), 449-459.

Webb, D. A., Bloch, J. R., Coyne, J., Chung, E., Bennett, I., & Culhane, J. (2008). The Relationship between postpartum physical symptoms, and the functional limitations and emotional well-being of new mothers. Birth, 33(3), 179-187.

Bloch, J. R., & Gardner, M. (2007). Accessing a diagnosis for a child with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD): The Burden is on the Caregiver. American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 11(8), 10-17.

Gennaro, S., & Bloch, J. R. (2005). Postpartum health in mothers of term and preterm infants. Women and Health, 41(3), 99-112.

Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP

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