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The Ballistic Curtain Cordon System team.

The Drexel-Designed Device Aimed at Fixing an Epidemic

In an effort to limit the damage done by mass shootings, a team of Dragons drew on their military experience to design a bulletproof curtain that could help save lives. 
syringe and vials

‘Who Needs a Flu Shot? – Not Me’
 

“There has been a little flu, but there will be more…we have not seen the worst of it, flu usually peaks in February,” said an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer in January. Now in February, we think – people better get their flu shots, take vitamin C and heed the public health cautions plastered across the news media. But what impact do these public health messages actually have on us? Are we going to race out and get our flu shot? According to a Drexel University communication researcher, probably not. And it’s not because we think we’re invincible, it’s because we like to think we’re immune to the influences of messages in the mass media — a communications theory termed the “third-person effect.”
A Latino couple visiting with a physician.

Study: Obamacare Benefitted Latinos, But Disparities Remain

A new study found that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, helped improve access and utilization of health care for Latinos, but the benefits varied by heritage group and persistent disparities remain.
Drexel student Chandupa Abeyratna, right, at the Cambodian Senate.

A Co-op in Cambodia Protecting the Public’s Health

A Drexel student’s experience at an international nonprofit helped shape her views of global public health and clarify her future.
Wine on shelves at a grocery store.

After Privatization, Link Found Between New Liquor Establishments, Violence

A team led by a Drexel University professor found that areas of Seattle where new establishments with alcohol were added following Washington state’s privatization efforts saw a significant increase in violent assaults.
Firefighters wearing their self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

Peers, Public Perception Influence Firefighters Against Safety Equipment

Interviews conducted across the country by Drexel University researchers found that firefighters are often influenced by both colleagues and the public’s perception of them as risk-takers when choosing whether or not to use their safety equipment.
A Drexel research team examines the role of the physical and built environment in public health.

Consortium on Urban Design and Public Health Releases First Annual Report

Can intentional design help people live healthier lives? The first annual progress report of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)’s Design and Health Research Consortium contributes to a growing body of research showing that the physical and built environment can play a crucial – and often overlooked – role in public health. The report from the Architects Foundation, along with the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), covers consortium activities across a spectrum of research issues where design contributes to public health.
Dental office

Dental Clinic Expansion at 11th Street Health Center Fills Gap in Oral Health Care 

More than 45 percent of adults have not had a dental visit in the past year, and 27 percent of children have received no preventative dental care in the North Philadelphia neighborhood where the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center operates. A new expansion to the health center’s dental clinic will address this gap and provide the community with much-needed access to oral health services.

A drawn hand picking fruit.

A Change of Stomach: The Feasibility of Healthy Eating Campaigns in Rural Areas

With most studies focusing on urban areas, one Drexel professor’s research found that healthy eating interventions in rural restaurants and supermarkets can be both feasible and effective at improving healthy eating options.
A doctor with a surgical mask on.

Q&A: Getting Everyone to Finish the Race: Ana Núñez on Health Care Equity

The College of Medicine’s Ana Núñez will soon receive an award for advocating for health equity. She talked with DrexelNow about the steps she feels are needed to achieve it.
The new wing of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center. Photo credit: Halkin/Mason Photography.

Drexel's 11th Street Health Center Doubles in Size with Sheller Gift to Improve and Expand Community ServiceS

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 11 will celebrate the new, fully equipped facilities thanks to a major expansion of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, a community-based, nurse-managed health center in North Philadelphia, which provides a holistic approach to health care.
Chart shows HIV engagement during pregnancy and for two years postpartum. 92% of women received HIV care during pregnancy. 51% had viral suppression at delivery. 38% received HIV care within 3 months after delivery.

Pregnancy is a Missed Opportunity for HIV-Infected Women to Gain Control Over Condition

Pregnancy could be a turning point for HIV-infected women, when they have the opportunity to enter a long-term pattern of maintenance of HIV care after giving birth—but most HIV-infected women aren’t getting that chance, according to a pair of new studies led by Drexel and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.