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Past Events

Invited Speakers Series

Opioids and Substance Use in Philadelphia

Jeffrey Hom, MD, MPH

This event will focus on innovative approaches to improving urban health both in the United States and abroad. Jeffrey Hom, MD, MPH, is a policy advisor in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, where he provides guidance to the Health Commissioner on programs and policies related to the well-being of all Philadelphians. He is also a board-certified internist and cares for patients at the Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. He remains committed to public service, caring for underserved populations and the application of research to advance public health. Hom has contributed to health care and public health efforts in San Francisco, Boston, and Shiprock, New Mexico, as well as internationally in Lesotho and Cambodia, all of which have deepened his desire to improve community well-being, pursue health equity and advance social justice. His present focus is on substance use, in particular issues around access to treatment and harm reduction. He will present on “Opioids and substance use in Philadelphia”.

Friday, March 1, 2019, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM 
Nesbitt Hall, 3215 Market Street, Room 132
  • Invited Speaker Series: Daniel Aldana Cohen, PhD

    Friday, April 24, 2020

    12:00 PM-1:00 PM

    Virtual: Zoom

    • Everyone
    Daniel Aldana Cohen, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, or (SC)2. He is also a Senior Fellow at Data for Progress. He works on the politics of climate change, investigating the intersections of climate change, housing, political economy, social movements, and inequalities of race and social class in the United States and Brazil.
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  • Dornsife Coronavirus Webinar Series: COVID-19 and Cities

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    4:00 PM-5:00 PM

    Online via Zoom

    • Everyone
    In this time of crisis and uncertainty getting the facts is critical.
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  • Introduction to Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs) for Causal Inference Training

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    3600 Market Street, Room 709

    • Everyone
    The Dornsife School of Public Health's Urban Health Collaborative and Research Office present this training that provides an introduction to DAG.
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  • Invited Speaker Series: Raynard Washington, PhD, MPH

    Friday, January 10, 2020

    12:00 PM-1:00 PM

    Nesbitt Hall, Room 132

    • Everyone

    Raynard Washington, PhD, MPH, is the Chief Epidemiologist at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. In this role, Washington is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data that provides actionable information on the health status of Philadelphia residents. He coordinates and provides guidance across the department and works internally and externally to enhance existing and establish new health surveillance systems. He also leads strategic initiatives, such as the Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.  Washington earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Pittsburgh.

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  • Invited Speaker Series: David M. Rubin, MD, MSCU

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    12:00 PM-1:00 PM

    Nesbitt Hall, Room 132

    • Everyone

    David M. Rubin, MD, MSCU, is the director of PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Rubin, is responsible for a center of emphasis that includes 33 faculty members and more than 60 staff conducting research in the areas of population health, implementation science, and community-partnered research. He is also a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and a former associate program director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rubin is an emerging leader in developing health system and public program innovation to meet the needs of high-risk populations of children. At the Children’s Hospital, which serves 500,000 children and adolescents annually, he serves as the Director of Population Health Innovations, where he is working across the health system to build capabilities for population health management and aligning delivery system reforms to improve the value and quality of care patients receive.

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  • Reimagining Health in Cities: Challenges and New Directions

    Thursday and Friday, September 5 & 6, 2019

    8:00 AM-5:30 PM

    Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health Nesbitt Hall 3215 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone
    Today’s cities face many challenges, including climate change, rising inequality, and health disparities. Yet urban environments offer optimum opportunities for the development of innovative programs and policies that can improve population health. The Drexel Urban Health Symposium brings together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to spark conversations and new ideas about how to turn evidence into action, share creative methods and solutions, and stimulate debate among participants from diverse perspectives and fields.
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  • Urban Health Summer Institute - GIS for Urban Health

    Sunday, June 30, 2019

    9:00 AM-4:30 PM

    Nesbitt Hall 3215 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone

    Please note this course takes place over three days (Friday 1:30-5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-4:30pm). The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to assess or evaluate urban health challenges, and potential solutions, with a focus on the Philadelphia context. Students are expected to have some prior experience with GIS and be familiar with acquiring spatial data, data management, symbolizing features and making maps, and data coordinate and projection systems.

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  • Urban Health Summer Institute - Introduction to Health Impact Assessment for Urban Health

    Sunday, June 30, 2019

    9:00 AM-4:30 PM

    Nesbitt Hall 3215 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone

    Please note this course takes place over three days (Friday 1:30-5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-4:30pm). Health Impact Assessment has been proposed by the World Health Organization as a key tool for health in all policies and has been widely used in the urban context. The course will describe the methods and utility of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in urban areas. The steps for completing HIA will be learned through practical exercises.

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  • Urban Health Summer Institute - Crisis and Risk Communication in Urban Health

    Sunday, June 30, 2019

    9:00 AM-4:30 PM

    Nesbitt Hall 3215 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone

    Please note this course takes place over 3 days. (Friday 1:30-5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-4:30pm) The way information is communicated can make the difference between a successful or failed response in a public health disaster. Combining theory and practice, this course places an emphasis on the core principles of crisis and risk communication, examines how various audiences perceive and react to risk, and emphasizes the important role of effective communication before, during, and following a disaster. Through a series of readings, interactive lectures, case studies, and activities, students will learn how to better understand and communicate with communities affected by a crisis.

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  • Urban Health Summer Institute - Community-Based Participatory Research

    June 24, 2019 through June 28, 2019

    1:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Nesbitt Hall 3215 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone

    Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an orientation to research that begins with community research interests and seeks to use the knowledge gained to inform action for community health improvements and social change. Although this approach to research is widely adopted in urban health and generally familiar to both community-based organizations and researchers, many still struggle with the lack of knowledge or experience with applying practical CBPR approaches to a pressing community health issue or potential research partnership.

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