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cannabis

Legalizing Marijuana in California: Drexel Researcher Receives NIH Funding to Study Policy's Effects on Young Adults

The longitudinal study will track how the state's changing cannabis laws affect the health and behaviors of young adults living in Los Angeles.
Doctor taking woman's blood pressure

Medicaid Expansion Helped Immigrants, But Disparities Persist

The disparity between uninsured noncitizens and native citizens grew between 2010 and 2015, according to new research from the Dornsife School of Public Health.
The stone side of an entrance to a city hall building, with a "City Hall" sign.

Mayors’ Political Leanings Strongly Influence Thoughts on City Health Policy Effectiveness

A new Drexel University study found that cities’ lead decision-makers view how effective municipal policies are at reducing health disparities differently based on their social ideologies.
U.S. Census form

Drexel Helps to Establish the Region's First Federal Statistical Research Data Center to Gain Access to Census Data

Researchers from around the city, who are studying public policy and the economy, will have access to some of the nation’s highest quality Census data this coming cycle, thanks to a new federal research center. 
climate change

Urban Climate Change Research Hub Opens at Drexel

In the battle to adapt to and mitigate climate change caused by humans, most environmental engineers and climate scientists agree that cities are the front line. Due to the sheer density of their population, and the quantity of resources they consume, cities have the potential to most quickly and significantly affect—and be affected by—climate risks. They also have the ability to integrate climate resiliency into their plans for the future, according to environmental engineering professor Franco Montalto, PhD, who will direct a network of North American climate change researchers concerting their efforts via a new hub at Drexel University. 
Harris Steinberg, the executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.

A Q&A with the Lindy Institute's Harris Steinberg

Harris Steinberg has a pedigree that proves he can take Drexel’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation from a “blank slate” to a force that helps form urban plans with community problem-solving in mind.
What happened to young adults with autism between high school and their early 20s? 36% attended any postsecondary education. 19% lived independently. 58% had a job for pay. 74% received any services.

Report: 1 in 3 Young Adults with Autism Disconnected from Work and School

Autism doesn't end at adulthood — yet most public awareness, public policy and research on autism focus on children. A new national report from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute answers questions about the experiences and outcomes of young adults on the spectrum.
"The hunger, the pain, the depression -- it always comes back. It's like a bird nesting in your head." - study participant Claudia

Children's Hunger Born From Mothers' Trauma

A new Drexel public health study shows that trauma and chronic stress are a largely overlooked part of the picture of why one in five American households with young children live with food insecurity.
Drexel participated in the 5th Annual Community Driven Research Day

A ‘Science Fair’ for Community Research

An annual gathering of researchers from Drexel and like-minded institutions with representatives from 27 community organizations serves as the spark point for partnerships looking into social problems that matter.
Chart shows increased odds of poor health outcomes for young children living in families whose SNAP benefits (food stamps) were reduced or lost due to increased earned income, compared to families receiving consistent benefits

Report Shows Challenges for Families in Transition Off Public Benefits

A "cliff effect"—families losing benefits in the transition out of poverty—is the focus of a new policy report released today by Drexel’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities and Children’s HealthWatch based on data collected in Philadelphia from 2005 through 2013.
Map of Pennsylvania with counties shaded to show number of individuals with autism receiving services in each county

Pennsylvania Autism Census Highlights Dramatic Increase in Numbers

Lead by a Drexel researcher, the study showed that the estimated number of individuals with autism receiving services almost tripled since the last look into the disorder five years ago.

The bill that created National PTSD Awareness Day does not acknowledge that PTSD exists among civilians.

Federal Legislation Ignores PTSD Toll on Civilians

Federal laws explicitly addressing post-traumatic stress disorder have overwhelmingly focused on the needs of military personnel and veterans, according to a new study by a Drexel public health professor. It's the first study to examine how public policy addresses traumatic stress and PTSD.