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Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP, FAAN

MCH Nurse Scientist Emerita Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Professions

Joan Rosen Bloch is an Emerita faculty member at Drexel University. She was previously a tenured Associate Professor and the Director of Global Health Initiatives in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Her interests center on urban women’s health and health care systems. Using a life course perspective, Dr. Bloch’s program of translational research addresses the complex interplay of bio-behavioral, cultural and social factors contributing to adverse birth outcomes among socio-economically disadvantaged populations of mothers burdened by social and health inequities. Receiving NIH-funded training in social epidemiology and health service research, she applies cutting-edge data science to elucidate modifiable individual and neighborhood level factors. With the UHC, she seeks collaborators to push forward innovative integration of data science with clinical care for new approaches to improve maternal and infant health outcomes locally and globally.

Dr. Bloch is respected as a researcher, educator, clinician, and mentor to students, faculty and community partners. As an emerita faculty, she focuses all her efforts on her mission for SAFE MOTHERHOOD and building capacity in MCH research and academic nursing. She leads a translational perinatal health disparities research group, bringing together interdisciplinary academic and community partners for research and action. Her perspective as a pioneer Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner provides a useful disciplinary lens in reducing racial and ethnic perinatal health disparities in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. During the pandemic, she was particularly proud to be recruited as a Clinical Nurse Scientist to the Center for Phenomics Science at the Perlman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania where she served as a nurse-scientist role model and mentor for the heroic Clinical Research Nurses (CRNs). Presently, Dr. Bloch serves as the IRB Chair of the Public Health Management Corporation.