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Associate Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy
Dornsife School of Public Health
Bloom is a board-certified psychiatrist and author who speaks nationally and internationally about the impact of traumatic experience on individuals, families, organizations and cultures. From 1980-2001, she served as founder and executive director of the Sanctuary programs, inpatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders. The Sanctuary Model® is now being applied in residential treatment programs for children, domestic violence shelters, group homes, homeless shelters and is being used in other settings as a method of organizational development.
Bloom is a past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and author of Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies and co-author of Bearing Witness: Violence and Collective Responsibility. She is currently working on a book that focuses on the impact of organizational stress on social service and mental health environments and the Sanctuary Model as an antidote to recurrent stress and systemic dysfunction. She also co-directs Drexel’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice.
More information about Bloom
A New Book Pays Tribute to Philadelphia Women Whose Tattoos Tell Stories of Trauma, Hope, and Healing
Sandra Bloom, MD, an associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in an Oct. 13 Philadelphia Inquirer article about a new book about how tattoos can be a way to tell stories of trauma and healing.
Being ‘Stronger Than Hate’ Means Addressing The Trauma That Can Lead To Violence
Sandra Bloom, MD, an associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted an April 26 WESA-90.5 (NPR-Pittsburgh) story about how to address trauma that leads to violence and hate.
Baseball Documentary Examines Changes in Camden
Baseball Documentary Examines Changes in Camden
Sandra Bloom, MD, an associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was mentioned in a May 31 New Jersey Herald story about a new documentary on baseball that also looks at change in Camden, New Jersey.
School Counselors Take on At-Home Trauma in the Classroom
Sandra Bloom, MD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was featured in a May 4 WHYY/Newsworks story about school counselors considering at-home trauma to help students.
How Art Therapy May Help Children Raised in Poverty, Violence, and Other Trauma
The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center was featured in a Dec. 20 Philadelphia Inquirer story about its art therapy program. The story quoted Center Director Patricia Gerrity, PhD, a professor and associate dean for community programs in the College of Nursing and Health Professions; Lindsay Edwards, associate dean for community health in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and 11th Street’s director of creative arts therapy; Sandra Bloom, MD, an associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health; and Daniel Taylor, MD, an associate professor in the College of Medicine and director of community pediatrics and child advocacy at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
Caring for caregivers
Sandra Bloom, MD, associate professor in the School of Public Health, was interviewed on WHYY’s “Radio Times” on Sept. 23 about a new documentary sheds light on the emotional trauma that professional caregivers often feel from working with traumatized people.
Kennedy hospital shooting may pose long-term trauma for nurses and doctors
Sandra Bloom, MD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, was quoted in a Courier-Post story on Aug. 31 about the effects of trauma on health care workers affected by shootings in the hospital.
Carjacking In Philadelphia
Sandra Bloom, MD, an associate professor and co-director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice in the School of Public Health, was a guest on Radio Times on WHYY-FM (91-FM) on August 1, discussing trauma and community coping with the effects of violence.
Sandra Bloom, MD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, was mentioned for her work in identifying trauma and developing trauma-informed care practices, in a program on WHYY-FM’s “Voices in the Family” on June 28.
Philadelphia: brotherly love and trauma-informed practice
A blog post on Philly.com “The Public’s Health” authored by Jonathan Purtle, a doctoral student and research associate in the School of Public Health, cited the work in trauma-informed care and research by Sandra Bloom, MD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, John Rich, MD, a professor and chair of the department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health and Theodore Corbin, MD, an assistant professor in the College of Medicine.
Phila. Forum Highlights Growing Incidence of PTSD in City’s Children
Sandra Bloom, MD, an associate professor and co-director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice in the School of Public Health, was quoted in a March 18 story on KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) about trauma affecting the health of children in cities including Philadelphia.
From Big-Data Injury Prevention to Mapping Travel for Prenatal Care: Drexel Public Health Research at APHA 2014
Researchers from Drexel University presented research on a wide range of public health topics emphasizing urban health challenges, geographic methods in public health, community resilience and more, at the 142nd annual meeting and exposition of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans.