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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
  • Urban Health Summer Institute - Introduction to Bayesian Analysis for Public Health

    June 22, 2020 through June 26, 2020

    1:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Online

    • Everyone

    Bayesian methods combine information from various sources and are increasingly used in biomedical and public health settings to accommodate complex data and produce readily interpretable output. This course will introduce students to Bayesian methods, emphasizing the basic methodological framework, real-world applications, and practical computing. Special consideration will be given to methods for spatial data analysis.

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  • Urban Health Summer Institute - Policy Analysis

    June 22, 2020 through June 26, 2020

    1:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Online

    • Everyone

    This course will provide the landscape of policy analysis in real-world settings using a continuum of data tool approaches. Since policy development and implementation occurs in diverse and fast-paced environments, approaches to studying research and policy questions that keep pace with policymakers will be described. Data approaches from individual case studies to large, publicly available data sets will be reviewed and used. Policy products (e.g., policy briefs, infographics) that resonate with policymakers and constituents will be the key deliverables generated and provide scaffolding for future policy analysis and dissemination.

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  • Urban Health Summer Institute - Data Visualization in R for Urban Health

    June 22, 2020 through June 26, 2020

    1:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Online

    • Everyone

    Improving the quality of data visualizations can help in communicating results more clearly and transparently to other scientists, stakeholders and the general public. This course will use a workshop format to help students build their own data visualization projects using R, with Urban Health examples. This course will include a general introduction to basic data visualization concepts and best practices to generate static figures. This course will also cover basic concepts regarding interactive data visualization and spatial data. This course will provide all the required code, and some of the code may be useful to apply to your own visualizations with some adjustments. Thus, participants with a stronger R background will be able to create more complex visualizations. 

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  • Urban Health Summer Institute - Introduction to GIS

    June 22, 2020 through June 26, 2020

    9:00 AM-12:30 PM

    Online

    • Everyone

    The course is an introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This course contains lectures and hand-on exercises in ArcGIS. The lectures introduce the basic concepts of GIS, data sources, data structure, data management, map projections and coordinate system, making maps, and spatial analysis. Students will also learn how to use the fundamental knowledge of GIS to solve real world problems. Through the hand-on exercises, students will get familiar with the interfaces and analysis tools in the ESRI software package ArcGIS. Students will also practice applying GIS as a tool and a methodological approach to spatially analyze environment and public health data.

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  • Urban Health Summer Institute - Big Data Uses in Public Health

    June 22, 2020 through June 26, 2020

    9:00 AM-12:30 PM

    Online

    • Everyone

    As data is collected from more and more sources and across life areas, the applications for using big data for public health purposes are growing. This class will focus on the use of large data sets, specifically claims data and other national survey sources, and provide an overview of structuring data, selecting optimal analytic approaches, and display results in compelling data visualization formats.

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  • Urban Health Summer Institute - Introduction to Multilevel Analysis for Urban Health Research

    June 22, 2020 through June 26, 2020

    9:00 AM-12:30 PM

    Online

    • Everyone

    Multilevel studies and multilevel analysis have been increasingly used in the public health field. This course will discuss the rationale for multilevel studies and multilevel analysis in public health as well as differences with other study designs and other analytical approaches. Although the course will not be heavily mathematical, the basics of fitting multilevel models for different types of outcomes as well as the interpretation of estimates obtained from multilevel models will be reviewed and practiced. Emphasis will be on conceptual understanding, application and interpretation of multilevel analysis in the context of urban health research. The course will also review and critique empirical applications in urban health research and discuss conceptual and methodological challenges in using multilevel analysis.

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  • 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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