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NIH Awards Drexel University $14.4 Million for Health Disparities Research

Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health and College of Nursing and Health Professions recently received a 5-year, $14.4 million “Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation” (FIRST) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to hire, retain and support diverse, early career researchers with a focus on health disparities research on aging, chronic disease and/or environmental determinants.
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What the Brain Shows: The Benefits of Virtual Reality in Creative Arts Therapies

In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers from Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions and School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, examined the differences in prefrontal cortex (PFC) activation between two distinct drawing tasks in VR, including with the introduction of a calming fragrance stimulus.
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National Autism Indicators Report: High Rates of Mental Health Conditions and Persistent Disparities in Care

Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University released the latest National Autism Indicators Report highlighting the importance of mental health care in autistic children and adults. The report found high rates of mental health conditions in autistic children and adults and persistent disparities in mental health and health care by race and ethnicity.

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Report: Autistic Individuals Have Increased Risk of COVID-19

Autistic adults, adults with intellectual disability, and adults with mental health diagnoses have multiple risk factors for infection with COVID-19 and for experiencing more severe disease if they contract COVID-19, according to research from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University.
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Dieting: Villain or Scapegoat? Research Reevaluates Weight Loss Dieting

For decades, there has been an accepted definition of dieting in academia, and in society as a whole. Michael Lowe, PhD, a professor in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has recently reevaluated the decades of dieting research to redefine the way researchers and the public define – and therefore understand - dieting and the culture of weight loss.
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Report: How Are States Using Medicaid for the Needs of Autistic Individuals?

Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University reviewed how states use Medicaid programs to address the needs of the growing population of adults on the autism spectrum by looking at data sources from 2004-2015 to determine what services and programs were available and how policy changes may impact outcomes of individuals with ASD receiving services.
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Drexel University and University of Arizona Partner for Collaborative Complementary and Integrative Health Degree and Certification

Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions announced that it will offer a collaborative degree and certification program in Complimentary and Integrative Health with The Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (AWCIM) at the University of Arizona starting Fall 2021. The Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH)/ Integrative Health or Wellness (IHW) Coaching Pathway Program is designed for qualified students who wish to pursue a Master of Science (MS) in Complementary and Integrative Health at Drexel, while concurrently pursuing an Integrative Health or Wellness Coaching certification from AWCIM.
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Drexel Medicine Resumes Management of Internal Medicine Practice and Student Health Center

The Drexel Internal Medicine practice at 219 North Broad Street and Drexel University’s Student Health Center have rejoined the clinical practices of the College of Medicine. Previously managed by Tower Health Medical Group, the practices returned to Drexel effective July 1, which ensures continuation of these needed services and reflects Drexel’s mission-driven approach to student and population health in Philadelphia.

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Drexel Establishes Nation’s First Minor in Pediatric Engineering for Students in STEM and Health Fields

The ongoing pandemic and the unique challenges to health care delivery it continues to create have brought to light the need for medical professionals to have a broader skillset to solve the most complex and pressing challenges. Because of this need, and to ensure technology and clinical care are optimized to an individual patient’s needs, Drexel University recently launched an unprecedented offering for future leaders in STEM and health disciplines: a new minor in pediatric engineering.

Urban Health Collaborative Launches COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Drexel’s Urban Health Collaborative Launches COVID-19 Data Dashboard on Vaccination Disparities

The Urban Health Collaborative, housed in Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, recently published its “COVID-19 Health Inequities in Cities” dashboard – which exposes deeply intrenched inequities in cities across the United States through the lens of comprehensive data on COVID-19 outcomes. Unlike other COVID-19 dashboards that look at data at broader scales, the Drexel website offers data on inequities at the individual (racial/ethnic disparities), neighborhood (using zip code and social vulnerability measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and city (characteristics such as overcrowding, health infrastructure, etc.) levels on COVID-19 outcomes including vaccination rates.

Sheena Coleman, 40, of Powelton Village, received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a walk-up clinic at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships on May 27.

Dragons Unite to Bring Vaccines, Resources to the Surrounding West Philadelphia Community

Drexel University faculty, staff, students and community partners, along with Sunray Pharmacy, have come together to put on weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships in Powelton Village.

 

 

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States’ Developmental Disability Services Lacking for Autistic Adults and Their Families

In the latest National Autism Indicators Report, researchers from Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute found families of autistic adults who use Developmental Disability services face gaps in services and supports, lack of emergency planning and barriers to community participation.
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Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions, Answered

A trio of public health experts discussed side effects, spread, development, clinical trials and other concerns related to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine hesitancy.