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Juell F., a Boston member of Witnesses to Hunger, with her daughter

Witnesses to Hunger Photo Exhibit Returns to Boston City Hall

Mothers caring for young children on limited incomes, who are part of the groundbreaking “Witnesses to Hunger” program, will reunite for a photo exhibit and events at Boston’s City Hall this May. They will participate in vital discussions addressing the health impacts of poverty and on critical issues affecting mothers and children in commemoration of Mother’s Day.

Generalized additive model estimates of probability of ASD by maternal and paternal age (years) in the Stockholm Youth Cohort. The 95% CIs are indicated by dashed lines. Based on Idring et al., International Journal of Epidemiology

Child's Autism Risk Accelerates with Mother's Age Over 30

A recent study from researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia and Karolinska Institute in Sweden provides more insight into how the higher risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among older parents varies between mothers’ and fathers’ ages, and found that the risk of having a child with both ASD and intellectual disability is larger for older parents.

Mobile REACH, the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute's mobile assessment and outreach van

Hitting the Streets for Autism Outreach With a Clinic on Wheels

The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University can’t contain its efforts within the walls of a building — so it is now hitting the road with a custom-outfitted van, called Mobile REACH, to extend autism outreach and clinical research activities into the community.

Tianna, a participant in Witnesses to Hunger, reviews some of the program's accomplishments with her children at the program's five-year anniversary exhibit.

Witnesses to Hunger Photo Exhibit on Capitol Hill

“Witnesses to Hunger,” a groundbreaking project featuring the voices and photography of parents and caregivers who have experienced hunger and poverty first-hand, is returning to the nation’s capital on April 3 and 4.

Mariana Chilton, PhD

Mariana Chilton Appointed to National Commission on Hunger

Mariana Chilton, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, was appointed to the National Commission on Hunger. As  part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R.3547), the 10-member commission focuses on developing new innovative methods to help solve the looming concern of hunger in the U.S.

Chairs around a table

School of Public Health Moves to University City

Drexel's School of Public Health has moved from its former Center City home to a renovated and modernized Nesbitt Hall, which features a new modern, airy design along with Drexel's first nursing mother's room and its first gender-neutral bathroom.

Tianna Gaines-Turner, a participant in Drexel's Witnesses to Hunger program, speaks with Senator Bob Casey, who invited her to attend the State of the Union address.

Drexel Program Participant Tianna Gaines-Turner Gets a Seat at the State of the Union

Tianna Gaines-Turner, a low-income mother of three children from North Philadelphia, will attend the State of the Union address as a guest of Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey on Jan. 28, the Senator announced today. Her attendance marks a new achievement of a Drexel program raising the voices of families living in poverty to gain a place in the national conversation.

Burger and fries

Diners Beware: Drexel Study Finds Average Sit-Down Restaurant Meal is Far From Healthy

Consumers tend to think of sit-down restaurants as offering healthier options than fast-food venues but there is little evidence to support that idea. In a new study of nutritional values for menu items at sit-down chain restaurants in the Philadelphia region, Drexel researchers determined the healthfulness of food in various menu categories, including the restaurants’ “healthy choice” offerings. They report that an average restaurant meal is not very healthy at all.

Photo of young boy

“Witnesses to Hunger” Program Marks Five-Year Anniversary with Photo Exhibit at Drexel

Since 2008, the “Witnesses to Hunger” program at the Drexel University School of Public Health has sought to bring the true experts — those with first-hand experience — into the conversation about hunger and poverty by equipping caregivers of young children with digital cameras to document hunger and poverty.

Sandwich

Drexel Study: Diners Order Fewer Calories When the Menu Has Nutritional Labeling

An evaluation team led by the Drexel University School of Public Health has published a new study demonstrating that customers of full-service restaurants use nutritional labeling on menus to make healthier food choices. The customers who reported they used labels purchased 400 fewer calories (representing a relative difference of 20 percent), 370 milligrams less sodium and 10 grams less saturated fat than the overall average.

Dr. Stacey Trooskin with a medical student

College of Medicine helps with groundbreaking program to provide mobile Hepatitis C testing

Philadelphia is serving as the model city for a new approach to encouraging testing for hepatitis C and HIV: free, mobile testing labs for medically underserved communities. And Drexel's College of Medicine is helping to lead the charge.

Carmen Cronin with children in Nepal

Public Health grad student focuses on problems, and people, around the globe

Carmen Cronin speaks three languages and has traveled around the world. But the real reasons she’s so passionate about global public health issues are the people she’s met.