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Each year, the field of public health gains new faculty and expansion in our research
greater footing in the public’s eye through portfolio. As we grow, we do so cognizant
key events, often urgent in nature, that steal of the critical need for real solutions to
the day’s headlines. address real public health challenges.
Last year the horrific possibility of an avian In this issue of Interaction, Dr. Mariana
flu epidemic spawned more awareness Chilton discusses childhood hunger and
concerning preparedness and pandemic her work to address it in order to have
planning. The specter of Hurricane Katrina young children realize their full potential.
spanned the full gamut of our field, from Dr. Craig Newschaffer, a renowned autism
environmental health to racial and ethnic epidemiologist, comments on the perceived
health disparities. More cities, including autism epidemic and what factors may be
Philadelphia, pushed for smoke free driving it. In response to the escalating
legislation, and the obesity epidemic violence in our city and across the nation,
among children and adults received Dr. John Rich plans to bring his theory
increasing media attention. to reality as he leads the school’s efforts
in addressing the relation of trauma to
The issue of food safety also splashed violence. In fact, Dr. Rich recently received
onto the front pages this past year via tainted the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his
spinach and spoiled peanut butter. And pioneering work.
governments at all levels continued
to unveil plans for affordable health care. We have added new faculty, announced
While many do not connect health care in the pages that follow, and each depart-
reform to public health, these types of plans ment has grown in its course offerings,
are based in health policy – one of the core research and public health practice work.
concentrations of public health. While we have grown, the context of much
of our work remains grounded within the
This year, continued increases in inner-city foundation of health as a human right.
violence call out for a combination of
criminal justice and public health solutions. This year marks the 10th anniversary of
Indeed, violence is now described in our school! Founded as the “School
epidemic terms. Apparent sharp rises in the Without Walls,” we have been steadfast in
number of children reported to have an our commitment to the surrounding
Autism Spectrum Disorder have called on community with students and faculty
public health experts to determine if working in partnership with a myriad of
the increase is indeed real and how to organizations. We hope you can join us
address it. In our nation, the wealthiest on June 2nd at a stunning Anniversary
in the world, children experience hunger and Gala to be held at the National
fail to thrive – with the possibility of not Constitution Center. Details of the gala
meeting their full potential as early as the are included in this issue of Interaction.
time of school entry.
The School of Public Health continues with
Pick up any newspaper and public health marked growth and marked success. As I say
is going to be there. with every issue, welcome to the Interaction.
At the Drexel University School of Public
Health, this year is our most successful in Marla J. Gold, MD
Dean, Drexel School of Public Health
terms of student enrollment, growth in
contents SPRING 2007
feature & news
2 DEVELOPING A BLUEPRINT TO END HUNGER
Team of experts from the Drexel School of Public
Health fight hunger to protect Philadelphia’s
infants and toddlers
6 TRACKING THE CAUSES OF AUTISM
Dr. Craig Newschaffer looks for new autism risk factors
8 DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Learn what’s new at the School of Public Health departments
and academic centers
11 CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUALITY RECEIVES $275,000 GRANT
FROM OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH
08 12 LIFE AFTER THE MACARTHUR – AN INTERVIEW
WITH DR. JOHN RICH
Dr. John Rich talks about the impact of being a
MacArthur Fellow on his life and his career
16 ALUMNI NEWS
18 STUDENTS VOLUNTEER AT LOCAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
12 TO CELEBRATE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING’S BIRTHDAY
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Developing a Blueprint
A child suffering from hunger may be able to take
its first steps, but will be knocked down at
the knees later in life.
Yes, hunger – or lack of proper nutrition – stunts a
child’s mental and physical development for life.
And it happens to babies – including those in the
United States and the Philadelphia region – more
Team of Experts from often than one would think.
the Drexel School of Public More than 35 million people in the United States live
in households considered to be food insecure, according
Health Fight Hunger to to a 2005 U.S. Department of Agriculture report, entitled
"Household Food Security in the United States.” In addition,
Protect Philadelphia’s the same report found that up to 43,000 children went
hungry at least once during the day because their families
Infants and Toddlers could not purchase food.
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developing a blueprint to end hunger
In Philadelphia, more than 7,600 infants and toddlers are
at risk for hunger. Coming to the aid of the thousands of
children in Philadelphia who are on the edge of hunger is
Dr. Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH, a professor at the Drexel
University School of Public Health and the principal
investigator for The Philadelphia GROW Project.
“Fighting hunger is not just
about providing food.” - Dr. Mariana Chilton
“It’s not just a moral imperative to fight hunger, but hunger
and poverty represent a cycle that manifests itself by
damaging and stunting children’s growth and development,”
said Dr. Chilton.
“Even the wealthiest nations, including the United States, Dr. Hans Kersten works with a patient at The GROW Clinic
struggle with fighting hunger. We all have a moral obligation
to ensure the vitality of our youngest citizens. Food is not “Fighting hunger is not just about providing food,” said
about charity. Food is an entitlement,” said Dr. Chilton. Dr. Chilton. “It’s behavior change. It’s providing family
resources. It’s ensuring food stamps and housing subsidies.
What is “Hunger?” and The Philadelphia GROW Project It’s providing mental health resources for mothers. It’s
Dr. Chilton uses phrases like “hunger,” “food insecurity” providing clinical and medical help for children. It’s this multi-
and “failure to thrive.” Each term represents an increasing disciplinary approach that we take at The GROW Project.”
lack of healthy foods, or access to that food, with failure to
thrive meaning severe nutritional deprivation. C-SNAP
The research arm of The GROW Project is part of the
All three forms of risk contribute to the growing hunger ongoing national study called C-SNAP, or the Children’s
epidemic, which causes major negative impacts on the Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program.
growth and development of children.
“C-SNAP shows how federal and state policies affect
“Our epidemiological research can now show that hunger children who are still wearing diapers, and undergoing
and food insecurity affects children’s mental, physical and social developmental milestones such as learning their first words
development,” said Dr. Chilton. “Children are in a critical and taking their first steps,” said Dr. Chilton.
period of rapid brain development from birth to the age of
three. During this time, even mild to moderate undernutrition Since 1998, more than 22,000 families have been interviewed
can have long-term adverse consequences.” as part of the national research program.
Treating and preventing failure to thrive in infants and toddlers The research is done by interviewing children and families
is the work of Dr. Chilton and the team at The Philadelphia who come into local hospital emergency rooms.
GROW Project – an initiative that works to improve the growth In Philadelphia, Phyllita Bolden is a GROW Project staff member
and well-being of children. It is operated by the Drexel and one of the C-SNAP researchers. She interviews families in
University School of Public Health and funded mostly by the the emergency department of the St. Christopher’s Hospital for
Claneil Foundation, Inc. Children in north Philadelphia, and hears directly from families
The Philadelphia GROW Project coordinates three different struggling to deal with hunger.
arms or methods to help fight hunger in the southeastern “Everyday I talk to families in the emergency room who
Pennsylvania region: are smart, and they know what it means to struggle and be
• C-SNAP Research – a nationwide multi-site research study hungry. They know how hard it is to get food on the table
on child hunger. for their kids, to earn a living, and to try to engage a system
and help them,” said Ms. Bolden.
• The GROW Clinic – a multi-disciplinary program to provide
primary care for children diagnosed with failure to thrive This similar scenario is heard repeatedly nationwide, and
and their families. leads to a decrease in health in young children.
• Advocacy related to both clinical and research services.
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and psychosocial issues, as well as
socioeconomic difficulties,” said
Dr. Hans Kersten, who serves as the
medical director of the clinic.
And it’s making an impact.
The GROW Clinic had its first class of
children “graduate” – or regained
weight and met growth milestones –
“The multi-disciplinary nature of The
GROW Clinic is making a noticeable
difference in the health of these children
and their families,” said Dr. Kersten.
“The Philadelphia GROW Project is
making an investment to provide a
brighter future for our community’s
children,” said Dr. Chilton. “But, nour-
ishing the bodies and minds of our
youngest children requires multiple
social, public and economic supports.”
“We’ve found that 20 percent – or one out of Advocacy -- A Blueprint to End
every five babies and toddlers of the families The final arm of The Philadelphia GROW
Project is the advocacy arm, which was
in Philadelphia that we interview are living in in full swing earlier this year, when
Dr. Chilton, along with School of Public
food insecure households.” - Dr. Mariana Chilton Health students and a team of experts
from The GROW Project, were invited
In fact, the C-SNAP study has found purchase almost five years worth of
to appear before the Governor’s
that young children in food insecure food stamps for the average family.
Inter-Agency Council on Food and
households have a 90 percent increase
The GROW Clinic Nutrition in Harrisburg.
in poor or fair health, have higher rates
of chronic illness and 30 percent higher Located at the St. Christopher’s Hospital
Their charge: help the state create
rates of hospitalization. for Children, The GROW Clinic is the
a four-year plan to end hunger in
clinical arm of The GROW Project and
According to Dr. Chilton, this decrease provides primary care for children
in health is because hunger in early diagnosed with failure to thrive. Dr. Chilton believes that public policies
childhood starts a vicious cycle of have a strong impact on child health,
malnutrition. It begins when families More than 170 families and their
well-being and nutrition. For instance,
may not have access to enough food to children have been undergoing
C-SNAP found that while many families
rebuild the child’s body or immune treatment at the clinic since it started
rely on food assistance programs, nearly
system. A malnourished child is more seeing patients in 2005. Hundreds
one-third of food insecure households
susceptible to infection, which is also more have been touched by the work
do not receive food stamps.
more likely to be prolonged and more of those at The GROW Clinic.
severe. In addition, high housing costs create
Caregivers at The GROW Clinic offer
significant financial hardships on
This is usually followed by even greater medical care, hands on nutrition
families. Yet, C-SNAP found that a
weight loss and an increased risk of education, psychotherapy, and social
staggering 84 percent of food insecure
illness and hospitalization. work service.
households did not receive housing
“The GROW Clinic treats the child subsidies, and some families in
The average total cost of a single
and their family in a holistic way. Out Philadelphia have been on housing
hospitalization for a pediatric illness
waiting lists for more than a decade.
is $11,300. This same amount can treatment includes attention to medical
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Department of Community
“It is the number one family concern in the Health & Prevention Receives
emergency room,” said Dr. Chilton. “Ending
hunger requires ensuring that families are not on
CDC Grant to Address Health
a subsidized housing waiting list for years, while they
move from shelter to shelter.”
C-SNAP in Philadelphia also found an association
between maternal depression and food insecurity.
The Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for The Department of Community Health and Prevention,
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides food, chaired by Dr. Lisa Ulmer, received a $112,000 grant to
nutrition counseling, health care screening and investigate cardiovascular disease, disability and death
referrals to eligible children, pregnant and postpartum among African Americans who were living in New Orleans
women. WIC has reached more than 75,000 American at the time of Hurricane Katrina.
families with infants less than a year old.
The grant builds on the department’s work to evaluate the
“Absolutely we need the state food purchasing impact of “REACH2010 @ The Heart of New Orleans,” an
program. We also need more food stamp outreach, intervention research study by the Centers for Disease
and in more languages. We need to protect and Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce cardiovascular
expand the WIC program,” urged Dr. Chilton. health disparities in African Americans. The initiative is led
by Dr. Cheryl Taylor, who is an associate professor of the
“A blueprint to end hunger requires Pennsylvania to
Interim Chair Graduate Nursing Program, as well as the
continue its fine record of increasing the minimum
director of the Office of Nursing Research, at Southern
wage. It requires improving access to child care
University School of Nursing. The grant is funded by the
programs that support working women. It requires
Black Women’s Health Imperative, as part of the CDC
ensuring access to medical care and mental health
REACH 2010 Program.
services that support child development. It requires
that vulnerable families with very young children have The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health
access to subsidized housing,” continued Dr. Chilton. (REACH 2010) was launched in 1999 as the CDC’s major
program to eliminate health disparities in cardiovascular
“Ending hunger is necessary to protect the rights of
and other diseases.
young children,” said Dr. Chilton. “Together, we can
work towards providing the necessary social, public and Through the grant, Dr. Ulmer and Michael Yudell, an
economic supports to end hunger in Pennsylvania, and assistant professor at the School of Public Health, will lead
protect our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.” a health surveillance study of the REACH 2010 participants.
Dr. Mariana Chilton is a professor at the Drexel School of “In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which saw the
Public Health and the principal investigator of The Philadelphia displacement of entire African American neighborhoods
GROW Project and co-principal investigator of the C-SNAP and communities in the greater New Orleans area, public
study in Philadelphia. Visit www.growproject.org.
health officials are concerned about the re-entry of these
individuals back into their communities. They are trying to
make sure that everyone receives essential care from the
biomedical community,” said Dr. Ulmer.
The research at Drexel will investigate a second wave of
deaths caused by Hurricane Katrina; identify the needs of
people with chronic diseases during disasters and develop
recommendations to integrate those needs into emergency
planning; and better understand the effect of REACH’s Self-
Help program on the participants’ ability to survive disasters.
The grant work will also examine possible causes for distrust
that may act as barriers to the re-entry of African Americans
into the public health care infrastructure.
Families celebrate the “graduation” of their children from
The GROW clinic
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the causes of
AUTISM Craig Newschaffer
looks for new
autism risk factors
T he number of children in the United States diagnosed
with autism has skyrocketed in the past twenty years.
The three most common ASD diagnoses are: autistic
disorder, Asperger’s disorder and pervasive developmental
disorder not otherwise specified (or PDDNOS). ASDs impact
Once a vastly unknown and rarely diagnosed clinical children and families on a universal scale, with equal
condition, autism and autism-related disorders are now prevalence among socioeconomic status and race. However,
recognized as a major public health problem. more boys than girls are affected at a rate of 4:1.
Determining if this spike in autism is caused by The public health impact of the increase in autism is
environmental factors or the advancement of physicians’ staggering. Early estimates have found that the healthcare
diagnoses is the work of Dr. Craig J. Newschaffer, Ph.D., costs for children with autism are between 85 and 550
the head of the department of epidemiology and percent greater than the cost of a typically developing
biostatistics at Drexel University’s School of Public Health. child, and the average lifetime public healthcare costs for
“The tremendous increase in autism cases nationwide has a child with ASD is estimated to be $4.7 million.
caused much speculation about whether environmental fac- While significant strides have been made in understanding
tors are involved in causing autism,” said Dr. Newschaffer. the biology of autism, little is still understood about the
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are diseases that causes of ASD. In addition, there remains a lack of data on
cause lifetime neurodevelopment disabilities. Initial how the diagnosis patterns of ASD have changed over time
reports mentioning autism-like characteristics appeared and how outside factors impact the risk of autism.
several centuries ago, but were first truly described in Dr. Newschaffer and the team of researchers at the
U.S. and European medical reports in the mid-1940s. Drexel School of Public Health are helping to fill that
During the 1980’s ASDs had a rare prevalence of five information void.
per 10,000 people.
Today, the prevalence of ASDs is known to have at least A Dearth of Information
doubled in the past two decades, with recent reports finding Dr. Newschaffer is one of the nation’s leading investigators
the prevalence to be 60 per 10,000 people. In fact, ASDs in Autism Spectrum Disorders and the epidemiology of how
now only trail mental retardation among the most common changing environmental factors may be contributing to the
serious developmental disabilities in the United States. increasing prevalence of autism disorders.
Despite this significant increase and impact on individuals In addition to his department chair at the Drexel School
and families across the globe, little is known or understood of Public Health, he founded and directed the Center for
about the causes of this disorder. Because there is no Autism and Development Disabilities at Johns Hopkins
simple medical test for ASDs, the process of obtaining a University, which is one of five federally funded centers of
diagnosis is long, uncertain and expensive, and there is excellence in autism epidemiology. Dr. Newschaffer also
currently no cure for the disorder. participated in the National CADDRE Study of Autism
and Child Development – the largest population-based
What are Autism Spectrum Disorders? epidemiological study of autism risk factors.
ASDs are disorders of brain development that result in “There has undoubtedly been considerable change in autism
difficulties with social interaction, speech and non-verbal understanding and awareness in the medical and educational
communication, and repetitive and obsessive behavior. communities, but there is much more anecdotal evidence
The disorders first appear during childhood and persist and speculation then real data in quantifying the extent of
throughout adulthood. these changes in autism prevalence,” said Dr. Newschaffer.
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Tracking the Causes of Autism
“Unfortunately, the challenges in “We are now learning if
diagnosing autism contribute to environmental factors, such as
the challenges in determining infections or chemicals, come
if the increasing autism rate into play only when there are
represents an actual greater public certain backgrounds of genetic
risk or is simply an increased susceptibility.” He added, “We
recognition of the disease,” said also now know of mechanisms
Dr. Newschaffer. by which environmental factors
can essentially influence whether
“For example, it is easier to genes, including perhaps those
acquire epidemiological that heighten the risk of autism,
information on diseases like are ‘turned on’ or ‘turned off.’
melanoma – the deadly form
of skin cancer – due to the avail- For instance, it is well known
ability of easy-to-use screening that hundreds of chemicals have
techniques, such as biopsies.” the potential to disturb basic
“However, diagnosis and testing
for autism does not involve At Drexel, Dr. Newschaffer is
something easy like biopsy rates, studying the epidemiology of how
“We are now learning if and has lead to a real dearth of things such as viral infections,
environmental factors, such information on autism that we medications, heavy metals, smok-
are trying to overcome,” said ing, alcohol and other environ-
as infections or chemicals, Dr. Newschaffer. mental exposures impact the risk
of autism and autism-related disor-
come into play only when Drexel at the Forefront ders: and that research places the
One area that has gained traction Drexel School of Public Health at
there are certain backgrounds over the last few decades is that the forefront of autism research.
of genetic susceptibility.” genetics strongly influence the
“There have been few completed
risk of autism. And while it is
- Dr. Craig Newschaffer epidemiological studies to date
commonly understood that
certain genes do influence the that have directly linked environ-
The science of epidemiology is often critical to risk of autism, Dr. Newschaffer mental exposures and autism.”
discovering links between environmental factors believes that genetic influence Previous studies have suggested
and diseases. does not completely explain that during pregnancy both viral
autism risk. infection and certain medications
Dr. Newschaffer studies autism disorders within
a population and, by comparing the prevalence “The genetic studies of the elevate autism risk. Recent
of the disorder across subgroups within that 1970’s found that autism is ‘highly research found associations
population, he can identify environmental heritable,’ and were landmark between certain air pollutants,
factors that may be causing an increase in the research that offered tremendous such as mercury, cadmium, nickel,
risk of autism. impact for families. However, chlorides and diesel particles, with
the genetic studies also indicated autism, but the results are limited.
However, because there is no medical test
unequivocally that genetic “In fact, there has been
for autism, the diagnosis process for physicians
influences did not completely surprisingly little research on
is time-consuming, uncertain at times, and
explain autism risk, and evidence how PCBs, occupational solvents
very expensive. “This is horribly frustrating
linking environmental factors and lead, which is well known to
for parents searching for answers to help their
and autism is compelling,” said cause adverse effects on prenatal
child, and is also challenging for epidem-
Dr. Newschaffer. growth and development, impacts
iologists seeking to understand patterns of
autism in groups,” said Dr. Newschaffer. Dr. Newschaffer is exploring the the risk of autism,” said Dr.
epidemiology of how outside Newschaffer. Even alcohol and
“The fact that there has been a tremendous smoking have not had conclusive
or environmental factors can
increase in the number of children in the studies with respect to autism.
interact and influence genes
United States diagnosed with autism over
and genetic inheritance. continued on page 19
the last two decades is unquestioned.”
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In addition to forging ahead with new research initiatives,
the department has been working to develop new
educational offerings. Proposals developed and submitted
for Drexel University’s consideration include an MS degree
program in biostatistics and a PhD degree program in
epidemiology. These degree programs will provide new
options for quantitatively and methodologically-oriented
public health graduate students interested in pursuing
academic or research careers. The epidemiology PhD
program will be the second doctoral degree program
offered by the school – one that will build on the success
The Department of Epidemiology of the Department of Community Health and Prevention’s
and Biostatistics has entered an DrPH program.
exciting period of growth The department has also started a series of monthly
journal clubs and research seminars that give students an
opportunity to present topics from the current literature
T he Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
is buzzing with new leadership and educational
opportunities for students.
and bring in researchers from outside the university to
present on breaking topics and work in progress. In
addition, the department held an evening seminar,
Dr. Craig Newschaffer joined the department this fall as Careers in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in January
a professor and chair. Dr. Newschaffer is a chronic disease hosting representatives from the public, private, and
epidemiologist, internationally recognized for his research nonprofit sectors who spoke with MPH students about
on autism. He is involved in a variety of epidemiologic entry-level job opportunities. Helping to keep tabs on
research projects tracking the prevalence of autism and all of the new initiatives is the department’s new manager,
seeking to determine whether environmental factors Georgeanne Talarico. Ms. Talarico comes to the school
might interact with genetic susceptibility. from Drexel’s Mathematics Department.
The department also welcomed Dr. Jason Liao, a
biostatistician who conducts biostatistics and
bioinformatics methodological research in a variety
of areas, including multilevel models, disease classification
and prediction models, and group-randomized trials. Dr.
Liao will be working to apply state of the art biostatistical
methods to applied public health and biomedical research
problems ranging from the analysis of microarray genomic
data to the evaluation of complex community interventions.
Dr. Alison Evans, a cancer epidemiologist, also joined the
department faculty. Dr. Evans will continue her work in
molecular epidemiology where she has special interest
in developing large epidemiologic cohorts to study the
influence of viral infection on cancer risk. The addition Latest Developments in the Department
of these faculty adds tremendously to the research base of
the school and should provide opportunities for students of Environmental and Occupational Health
to better understand the process of developing and
implementing complex epidemiologic research projects,
as well as planning and executing sophisticated data
T he Department of Environmental and Occupational
Health (EOH) continues to meet its mission to provide
education, carry out research and participate in service
analyses. The department also intends to recruit several
related to environmental and occupational issues.
more faculty members over the next four years.
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In the area of education the department successfully
made the transition to new curriculum, including the
development of new courses for MPH students. These
new courses included both didactic and laboratory
aspects, and environmental assessment techniques are
now part of the required experience for all EOH students.
Research was also a successful area within the department.
Dr. Hernando Perez continued his strong collaborations
with the Philadelphia Housing Authority studying asthma
as it relates to the indoor environment, and worked to
help reduce asthma problems in homes. Utilizing tenants
of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, these community
based individuals were trained to identify hazards in
homes, and to work with their fellow tenants to
ameliorate these difficulties. Dr. Perez, working with the
chair of the department, Dr. Arthur Frank, also made
use of this set of activities to work collaboratively with
colleagues at the Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public
Department of Health Management
Health in a jointly funded research effort. and Policy
Dr. Curtis Cummings who leads the Center for Public
Health Readiness and Communication, completed
another successful year, which was highlighted by a major
T he Department of Health Management and Policy
(HMP) has had an exciting year. First and foremost, an
unprecedented number of students chose to concentrate in
conference in Eastern Europe. Papers generated by the HMP this year. This increased student interest, combined
conference will soon be published in book form. Sponsored with a new set of course offerings, has injected a sense
by NATO, there were many international participants, of new excitement and enthusiasm among students and
including both faculty and students from the Drexel faculty alike. In addition to the formal curriculum, HMP
University School of Public Health. has also started to build an informal curriculum intended to
Dr. Frank continued his project activities related to build a collegial atmosphere between faculty and students.
the health of former workers at the Pantex facility in For example, our Career Conversations Series invites prac-
Amarillo, Texas. Dr. Frank also continued his international ticing public health professionals to join students for dinner
asbestos research efforts with the collection of new data and discuss their career paths, challenges and successes.
in The People’s Republic of China. In September 2006, Dr. John Rich, chair of the department,
The department’s faculty has also been active in many received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his work
community service initiatives. Dr. Perez chaired a on the health of African-American men and urban violence.
state committee looking at issues of mold in homes. The award has brought renewed focus to the critical
Dr. Cummings worked with the Philadelphia Gas Works in issues of violence and urban trauma. Beyond this, it
making an assessment of potential heavy metal exposure may stimulate future opportunities for the department to
among their workers. Dr. Frank was elected chair of the conduct research on the effects of trauma, develop policy
Environmental Justice Advisory Board at the Department to decrease urban violence and advocate for the health of
of Environmental Protection, and continued to serve with men of color.
national and international organizations. His travels took Across the department, members of the faculty have
him to India, Thailand, China, Canada, and elsewhere to continued important work in applied HMP in public health.
discuss asbestos related activities with government officials Professors Dennis Gallagher and Jennifer Kolker have
and professional colleagues. continued to advise Pennsylvania counties on developing
There were a number of professional developments in plans for local health departments. Recently, their work
the department as well, including Dr. Perez successfully resulted in two new contracts – one with Dauphin County
passing the examination to become a Certified Industrial and the other with Berks County – to conduct an analysis
Hygienist. Dr. Frank was also accorded the honor of being of the health needs and opportunities of those areas.
the first non-Canadian to give the keynote address at the Professors Gallagher and Kolker have now provided this
annual Occupational and Environmental Medicine important consultation for a total of eight counties across
Association of Canada meeting. the state. In addition, Janet Davidson, an adjunct assistant
professor at the department, has added substantially to
With these milestones, the department, its faculty and this work conducting field work and interviewing key
staff stand poised to continue its growth and development participants in the community.
for months to come.
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In addition to her work with local Center for Health
health departments, Professor Kolker
also received a contract from the Equality Receives
Philadelphia Department of Public
Health (PDPH) to conduct a policy
analysis of maternity service in Grant from Office
Philadelphia. This critical work will
directly inform policy and will help to of Minority
determine the shape of future maternal Health
and child health services for the city
and the region.
Professor Ray Lum continues his
excellence in teaching and new course
T he Drexel University
School of Public Health
announced in February that
development while also serving as a it received a $275,000 grant
member of the Drexel University from the U.S. Department of
Faculty Senate. His work is leading to Health and Human Services’
innovations in the use of technology Office of Minority Health (OMH).
for teaching and for management
research in innovation. The grant will be used by the School of Public Health and National Minority
AIDS Council to jointly develop emergency preparedness recommendations
Professor Bill Hickey oversees the for vulnerable populations, enabling communities to meet the public health
growing Executive MPH program, while needs of minorities impacted by natural and man-made disasters.
also teaching Health Outcomes to the
second-year students. Adjunct faculty According to school officials, the work is unique in that no previous
members Mary Duden, Michelle Sahl effort has brought together expertise and resources across a spectrum
and Darryl Brown have all played a of organizations, agencies and communities concerned with advancing
key role in HMP. In fact, each faculty planning, maintenance and, as necessary, execution of preparedness
member has been instrumental in strategies for racially and ethnically diverse populations.
teaching financial management,
“The grant will help us build upon the lessons learned in New Orleans after
supporting our partnership with Drexel
Hurricane Katrina to enhance and improve the readiness of the public health
University’s LeBow College of Business
community,” said Dennis P. Andrulis, PhD, MPH, the principal investigator for
and precepting students on their
the grant and the director of the Center for Health Equality at the Drexel
Community-Based Masters Projects.
School of Public Health. “We look forward to working together with the
The Center for Academic Public Health National Minority AIDS Council so that communities nationwide are better
Practice, which is based in HMP, prepared to meet the public health needs of all their residents, including
continues to engage our partners in their minority and immigrant populations should a major event occur.”
the city’s public health department as
The Drexel School of Public Health, the only school of public health in the
strong colleagues. In fact, more than
Greater Philadelphia Region, has created a number of academic centers that
20 staff members of the health
allow faculty to focus on their specific areas of expertise in a public health
department received appointments this
practice. The grant from the OMH will be used by the school’s Center for
year as adjunct faculty members with
Health Equality (CHE), which was established to serve as a major resource
the School of Public Health. The
for addressing inequities in health and health care.
Center provides a critical umbrella for
bringing together our colleagues prac- The CHE works to improve the health and well-being of the City of
ticing public health and the school to Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the nation, by
pursue projects of mutual support and developing new information and strategies, and creating constructive
to foster public health in the region. partnerships with communities, government, health care providers and
other academic centers. Its related activities will focus on three major
All the faculty, students and partners
areas: health disparities, cultural competence and health literacy.
together have made this a vigorous
and exciting year for HMP. We are For more information on CHE and the grant, visit
grateful for their support and the http://publichealth.drexel.edu.
future promise that it heralds.
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at the Department
of Community Health
T he Department of Community Health and
Prevention continues to expand its breadth
and depth of research by welcoming new faculty
members and leading extraordinary research
The department recently welcomed two
new associate professors to the DrPH
program, Dr. Lisa Bowleg and Dr. Randall Sell.
Dr. Bowleg’s research focuses on gender and health,
lesbian, gay and transgender issues and health and
HIV prevention research in African American
communities. Dr. Bowleg recently published “The Health
Dr. Renee Turchi has collaborated in the writing of
Risks of Being Black, Latino, Woman, and/or Poor:
a chapter “Children with Disabilities,” which will be
Redefining Women’s Health Within the Context of Social
published in Health Care Delivery Systems and
Inequality,” an invited chapter to the forthcoming second
edition of Lectures in the Psychology of Women.
Nine students are preparing dissertation proposals, with
Dr. Sell’s research interests lie in sampling methods, survey
the first proposal defense by Michelle Teti. In addition to
design and LGBT health. He is also the creator and adminis-
being the first DrPH student to defend her dissertation
trator of GayData.org, an informational Web page devoted
proposal, Michelle was recently published in the 2006
to information and datasets on lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
Health and Human Rights: An International Journal, as
Dr. Sell’s article“ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
the first author of her collaborative article, “Identifying
Public Health Research” was published in The Handbook
the Links Between Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS:
of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health:
Ecosocial and Human Rights Frameworks Offer Insight
A Practitioner’s Guide to Service.
into US Prevention Policies.” Michelle’s article is closely
Dr. Robert Simmons, assistant professor, was elected attached to her work as an HIV Prevention Specialist for
president-elect of the National Society of Public Health Protect and Respect, a prevention research project for
Education (SOPHE). women living with HIV.
Nancy Epstein, associate professor, completed production Meredith Allen, whose research focuses on disease
of a statewide report for the Pennsylvania Developmental surveillance and investigation, as well as bioterrorism
Disabilities Council on oral health and dental care for preparedness, was recently featured in the news because
people with disabilities. The project was done in of her work maintaining the spread of Norovirus in a
conjunction with Elwyn, and Philadelphia Coordinated Bucks County elementary school. Holly Cucuzzella, a
Health Care and Special Smiles LLC. Health Educator/Risk Communicator for Burlington
County, NJ was featured for her work in preparing
Lisa Ulmer, professor, chair and director of the volunteers to support health officials in the event of
department’s DrPH program, also presented “The a large public health emergency.
Integration of Research in Practice Doctorates in
Other Health Disciplines – Implications for Nursing: DrPH
Degree” at the Doctor of Nursing Practice Conference,
in Annapolis, MD in March.
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Life After the MacArthur
An Interview with Dr. John Rich
I t has been six months since John Rich
found out he was one of the recipients
of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in
regarding violence in Philadelphia. I have
been asked to chair another subcommittee
and of course during all of this, the school
2006. Today, he finds himself in anything was scheduled for an accreditation visit.
but “The Wrong Place, at the Wrong time,” My regular teaching duties are still there
the working title of his soon-to-be-pub- along with my book deadline which is fast
lished book chronicling the personal approaching. It has been an incredibly
stories and struggles of young African exciting, gratifying yet exhausting time.”
American men. Dr. Rich is a profesor and Not much time for sleep, he added.
the chair of the Department of Health
Management and Policy at Drexel When thinking about the overarching
University School of Public Health. impact of the award, Dr. Rich said, “It is
our opportunity to educate, to talk about
Dr. Rich is a man who is committed to important but tough issues. The award is
giving a voice and a platform to two a tremendous acknowledgment of the
important issues facing the American importance of the issue of connectivity
people: the impact of violence in the inner of race and health in America. While
city, especially for African American men; the money is only a part of the award,
and secondly, how to develop a policy the award itself is a terrific mechanism
and perspective to help these young men. of support. Because there are no strings
He is a physician, scholar and a leader in or specific guidelines as to how the
addressing the health care needs of award is to be used it is very freeing
one of the nation’s most underserved and stimulates creativity.”
populations—African American men in
urban settings. Looking forward as to the possible effect
this award will have on his work, Dr. Rich
Both the ‘fame’ associated with such a was both hopeful and at the same time
highly respected and coveted award and keenly aware of the challenges. “We need
the financial component have had a great changes in our society both from a policy
impact on the everyday life of Dr. Rich point-of-view and a personal responsibility
professionally and personally. to help make change happen. I am
“As a professor and department chair, the hopeful that this award will help us to
pulls on your time are already significant,” focus on the issue of understanding the
commented Dr. Rich. “In just the past few effect of trauma on the mind-health
months my speaking engagement requests connection. I think we can be an important
have multiplied substantially, which is a real resource and bring people together around
compliment. The media interviews quickly the issue of race and health. When we all
followed including an appearance on The share in the same stake in eliminating
Charlie Rose program. Mayor Street has racism then we’ll see real progress.”
asked me to participate in a committee
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- The “SmartBoard” allows for graphics
and writing with virtual markers
- State of the art biostatistical and
epidemiological software on every laptop
$100,000 Grant from GlaxoSmithKline - DVD and VHS players, a home theatre-
style sound system, and ceiling-mounted
Helps Students Studying Health and projection system
Disease Also at the dedication, school and corporate
officials were joined by students from the
Begin Term by Opening Learning Center of the Future Drexel School of Public Health to cut the
ribbon and officially open the room.
T he winter 2007 term opened with the dedication and opening of
a “Smart Classroom” that was made possible through a $100,000
grant from GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's leading pharmaceutical
Students and faculty from the Drexel
University School of Public Health and
Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health
and healthcare companies, and continues the growing trend of using Professions will use the room.
“Smart”technology in schools.
Students at the grand opening also used the
Turning the blackboard into a “SmartBoard,” the GlaxoSmithKline “Smart new technology to display a “Thank You”
Classroom” is equipped with the latest teaching technology, including card to GlaxoSmithKline. The students used
biostatistical and epidemiologic software, for use by students and faculty the system’s virtual markers to sign the card.
at the school’s Center City campus.
“With GlaxoSmithKline’s support, we are
The classroom provides the School of Public Health with an advanced able to attract the highest quality students,
learning center where faculty can use high-technology to better engage because we offer them the highest quality
students, foster improved quantitative and qualitative research and education,” said Dean Gold. “We are
enhance classroom learning and instruction. grateful for GlaxoSmithKline’s support, espe-
cially at a time when our School of Public
“The ‘Smart Classroom’ continues Drexel’s commitment to providing
Health is reaching new heights in promoting
an enhanced learning environment for our faculty and students,”
the health of communities large and small.”
said the dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health,
Marla J. Gold, MD. “Thanks to the generosity of corporate neighbors like The new classroom is part of the leading
GlaxoSmithKline, the Drexel School of Public Health will continue pharmaceutical company’s long-standing
to be a national voice in the promotion of health and human rights.” commitment to Drexel University and the
advancement of healthcare research in the
At the dedication event, a Drexel School of Public Health faculty member
Philadelphia community. The company
gave a demonstration of the classroom’s special features, which include:
also fully sponsors the GlaxoSmithKline’s
- 11 dedicated laptops; each with wireless connections to the Internet, Pharmacoepidemiology Fellowship at
and a laser printer and digital scanner in the room Drexel University, as well as other
- The instructor’s laptop has a wireless connection to the classroom’s educational initiatives at the university.
“SmartBoard,” which allows instant creation, display and/or storage The fellowship examines the risk/benefits
of presentations from the “SmartBoard”-to-laptop or laptop-to-the of pharmaceuticals and the outcomes of
“SmartBoard.” drug therapies.
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School of Public Health hires
SIX NEW FACULTY
Lisa Bowleg Ph.D. Mary E. Hovinga, Ph.D., MPH
- Associate Professor, Department of - Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Community Health and Prevention - Associate Professor, Department of
Dr. Bowleg is a leader in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics
research and influence of Dr. Hovinga is an environmental
social factors in minority stress, epidemiologist who joins Drexel
resilience and coming out issues from the University of Alabama
among African American lesbian, at Birmingham (UAB) where she
gay, bisexual and transgendered served as the chair of the Faculty
people. She received her Ph.D. Assembly and interim chair of
in Applied Social Psychology the Epidemiology Department.
from George Washington She has extensive experience in
University and previously served curriculum development and
as a faculty member at the twice received the President's
University of Rhode Island. Award for Teaching at UAB.
Her research interests focus on
environmental exposures to lead,
PCBs and DDT, and developmen-
tal disabilities in children.
Alison A. Evans, Sc.D Jason G. Liao, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor, Department of - Associate Professor, Department of
Epidemiology and Biostatistics Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Professor Evans is nationally- Dr. Liao's biostatistics research
recognized for her epidemiological focuses on categorical data,
investigations on viral hepatitis, group randomized trials,
liver diseases and cancer. Professor multi-level modeling, longitudinal
Evans is also an adjunct associate data, microarray data and
member of the Philadelphia-based statistical computings, as well as
Fox Chase Cancer Center. She cancer clinical trials. He received
received her Sc.D in Epidemiology his Ph.D from Johns Hopkins
from the Harvard School of University, and previously
Public Health, and held several taught at the University of
previous consulting and South Florida, Medical University
instructing positions. of South Carolina and University
of Medicine and Dentistry of
For more information on the new faculty appointments, please visit http://publichealth.drexel.edu.
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Craig Newschaffer, Ph.D.
- Professor and Chairman, Department
of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Drexel SPH Hosts 3rd Annual
Dr. Newschaffer previously served
at Johns Hopkins University, Asbestos Awareness Day Conference
where he founded and directed
the Center for Autism and
Developmental Disabilities – one
of only five federally funded
H ealth leaders, victims of asbestos-related diseases and
their families recently gathered at the School of Public
Health to attend the 3rd Annual Asbestos Awareness Day
centers of excellence in autism Conference. The participants discussed how to better prevent
epidemiology. He also studies asbestos exposure, as well as ways to more effectively detect
autism risk factors and is and treat asbestos-related diseases.
“Many Americans think that asbestos has vanished. But,
research on autism in China.
it’s still used in pipes, brake linings, vinyl tile and other
Dr. Newschaffer earned his
products. We haven’t banned it. We have transferred the
Doctorate degree from Johns
manufacturing overseas,” said Dr. Arthur L. Frank (pictured
Hopkins University and maintains
above), Professor and Chair of the Drexel School of Public
an adjunct appointment at the
Health’s Environmental and Occupational Health Department.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School
“The American public is largely unaware of the continued
of Public Health.
risk. In fact, mesothelioma kills far more people in the
Philadelphia area than the national average.”
Randall L. Sell, Sc.D Held over the last weekend of March, the event was
- Associate Professor, Department of specifically scheduled to conclude on April 1, which is National
Community Health and Prevention Asbestos Awareness Day. The conference was organized by
Professor Sell is one of the the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), and
nation’s foremost researchers on co-sponsored by the School of Public Health and the
defining and measuring sexual London-based International Ban Asbestos Secretariat.
orientations, and sampling
The conference included a keynote address from Dr. Peter
minorities for public health
Orris, who represented the World Health Organization, and
research. He was one of the
a performance by Jordan Zevon, the son of music legend
first to estimate the prevalence
Warren Zevon and the national spokesperson for ADAO. In
of sexual orientations in a
addition, this year’s annual Asbestos Awareness Day honors
probability sample of the United
were awarded to United States Senator Patty Murray, Dr.
States, United Kingdom and
Michael Harbut, Canadian Parliament Member Patrick Martin,
France. Professor Sell earned his
asbestos disease survivors Paul Zygielbaum and Michelle
Doctorate degree from Harvard
Zygielbaum, and Lee Skramstad was honored posthumously.
University and Masters in Public
Policy from the University of Along with his positions at Drexel, Dr. Frank travels the world
Pennsylvania. conducting research and raising awareness on the use and
impacts of asbestos and other hazardous materials. His major
research activities have included the study of occupational
lung diseases, and he has worked in the area of agricultural
safety and health.
DREXEL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | 15
G reetings Alumni! This section of
Interaction is all about you! Your
classmates want to hear about all
We plan to begin a Mentoring
Program for our current students
which will pair an alumna/us with a
Gary Fishbein is the Senior Medical
Director of Oncology, Medical and
your professional and personal current student. Please check your Scientific Affairs for PharmaNet, Inc. in
accomplishments. You can fill out email or our Web site for more details Blue Bell, PA. PharmaNet coordinates
the form on the next page so we on this program. clinical research studies in conjunction
can help you keep in touch with with pharmaceutical, biotech, and
SAVE THE DATE! device manufacturing companies.
The School of Public Health’s 10th
You can also keep yourself and others Anniversary Celebration is only a few Kristine Shields is Associate Director of
up-to-date on events by visiting the months away on June 2, 2007. There Clinical Risk Management and Safety
School of Public Health on the Web at are many events leading up to this Surveillance at Merck & Co. Her older
http://publichealth.drexel.edu. This site celebration. Make sure you and your son is a senior at the University of
is frequently updated with events classmates are in the loop and send Pittsburgh, her daughter is a student at
planned by the Alumni Association, us your current contact information. the National Massage Therapy Institute,
news about the school, and updates and her younger son is a junior at
on you! LaSalle High School.
Another method we are using to better 2000
Looking forward Sonia Ratnaparkhi is the Director for
communicate with you and your
to seeing you at Healthcare Compliance and Education
classmates is through our E-newsletter.
an Alumni Event. for Health Partners in Philadelphia. Sonia
So let us know your e-mail address
and the e-mail addresses of all your - Palak Raval Nelson coordinates a team of 6 with direct over-
friends too! President of the SPH sight of the MCO accreditation process,
quality/credentialing audit process,EPSDT
outreach/services, and health education.
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Jon Cass is the Director of Community Jennifer Sinibaldi recently accepted
Projects for the School of Public Health. a position as a senior analyst in Name:
He coordinates the school’s interaction hospital preparedness at the
with all CBMP and practicum sites. He Association of State and Territorial
and his wife reside in Fox Chase, PA. Health Officials (ASTHO). She will
begin at ASTHO in May 2007.
2003 Jennifer completed her MPH at
Monica Cheriyan prepared for the the School of Public Health with
MCAT this past summer and is taking a concentration in epidemiology Address:
biochemistry in preparation for in 2005. She has certificate
applying to medical school. Since training in the National Incident
her summer move to Ohio, she Management System and Medical
has spent her free time getting Effects of Ionizing Radiation.
reacquainted with Cleveland. City:
LaTonia Peters is the coordinator of Andrew Tanner is the Occupational State: Zip:
the MPH Program at the University of Health and Safety Officer for the
Louisville’s School of Public Health and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest,
Information Sciences. She is responsi- Preferred Email:
the largest national forest in the
ble for coordinating the curriculum, lower 48 States at 6.3 million acres.
aiding faculty in course development, The forest covers most of the
organizing practicum experiences and mountains in Nevada, a portion
serving as liaison to the local health of Eastern California and has a Preferred Phone:
department. She is working on a DrPH workforce of 350 professional and
at the University of Kentucky’s College seasonal employees. The occupational
of Public Health. exposures of this group include a
Michelle Teti is the Project Coordinator unique blend of challenges from Tell us about what you are doing:
for the Protect and Respect program, wildland firefighting to long-distance
a sexual risk reduction program for driving. Andrew is a Presidential
women living with HIV/AIDS. She is Management Fellow and is excited
also a doctoral student at the Drexel to take on the challenges of the
School of Public Health’s DrPH program. position and develop leadership
Her dissertation research involves her skills in the fellowship program.
work with Protect and Respect, and the Please stay connected……..Remember
way violence hinders women’s efforts to let us know what you are doing
to have safer sex. and when you move. We want to
2004 stay in touch with you. Please
Jennifer Breaux is a doctoral complete the included form or go
student at the Drexel School of Public to http://publichealth.drexel.edu to
Health working with Dr. Mariana connect with the Drexel Alumni pages
Chilton and The GROW Project, a and complete the form online.
program focused on failure to thrive in
children from birth to 3 years of age.
The project includes clinical care,
research and advocacy.
Carol Larach is the coordinator for
the Center for Public Health Readiness
and Communication at the Drexel
School of Public Health.
DREXEL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | 17
Students from the School of Public Health take a
break from their volunteer efforts at the Boys &
Girls Club of Germantown to pose for the cameras.
at local Boys & Girls Club
Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday
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Tracking the Causes of Autism
A bout 25 students from the
Drexel University School of
Public Health volunteered at the
Boys & Girls Club in Germantown in
January to celebrate the life and spirit
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The students spent the Martin Luther
King, Jr. holiday helping the local
organization’s staff to clean up and
organize the club, including painting,
wiping toys and dusting banisters.
In addition, the students from the
School of Public Health learned about
the history of the Boys & Girls Clubs,
participated in ice breakers, and continued from page 7
worked with some of the children
that attend the club. “Epidemiological study of all these chemical and environmental
variables as risk factors for autism is just beginning,” continued
“We did things that the Boys & Girls Dr. Newschaffer.
Club would like to do on a regular
basis, but do not have the time nor “Connecting the dots within an entire community or population
the staff,” said Neha Nariya, a of people is what we are looking into here at the Drexel School
first-year Master of Public Health of Public Health,” said Dr. Newschaffer.
student. “We had a great time Looking Ahead
volunteering and want to continue As Dr. Newschaffer moves forward on his epidemiological
to build the relationship with the research at Drexel, he cautions that challenges remain.
Boys & Girls Club in Germantown.”
While certain environmental exposures may not increase the risk
The students volunteered through of autism across an entire population, there may be a subgroup
the United Way Martin Luther King that is heavily impacted, and the risk of autism is significant.
Day of Service program, which
organized various projects for groups Despite these challenges, Dr. Newschaffer is motivated to
or individuals across the city. continue his work on linking smoking, alcohol and pollutants
to the causes of autism. In fact, in addition to his work at
The end of the day featured a closing Drexel and elsewhere in the United States, Dr. Newschaffer
ceremony that was reflective of the recently started a collaboration with Peking University to
volunteers’ activities and the vision explore approaches for conducting epidemiological research
of Martin Luther King, Jr. on autism in China.
The closing ceremony did not signal “The next generation of autism epidemiology studies is
the end of the Drexel School of Public moving ahead by capturing information on a wide range
Health students’ involvement, as they of environmental exposures, while simultaneously collecting
are currently scheduling a monthly DNA samples to allow genetic characterization,” said
service project with the Boys & Dr. Newschaffer.
“This new wave of research will give us the information
All students are welcome to volunteer needed to begin thinking about strategies to prevent ASDs
in the monthly activities, and can get and promote optimal neurodevelopment, which will advance
more information by contacting the public health and foster healthier communities.”
Drexel School of Public Health
Student Government Organization Craig J. Newschaffer, PhD, is a professor and chairman of the
at email@example.com. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Drexel University
School of Public Health.
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10th Anniversary Gala
DREXEL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
CELEBRATING A DECADE OF HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Join Drexel University and Community Leaders
as they present important public health issues
facing the Philadelphia region.
Date: Friday, June 1, 2007
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Geary Auditorium B
New College Building
245 North 15th Street
Cost: $10 per person
RSVP: by May 18, 2007
LIF PUBLIC A
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june 2 0 0 7
Saturday, June 2, 2007
The National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street, Independence Mall
President & CEO Harlem Children’s Zone
The evening’s entertainment:
Matt Duke, guitar and vocals
Sherry Wilson Butler, jazz vocalist
A special appearance by the Philadelphia Boys Choir
For more information regarding the weekend’s activities,
including a public health symposium, please visit our C HE
LIF PUBLIC A
website at http://publichealth.drexel.edu/anniversary
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Proceeds from the gala will be used to create RIG
an endowed scholarship fund to help students
pursue careers in public health. june 2 0 0 7
Dates to Remember! Get More Online: Visit SPH Web site!
Stay current on the latest news and
10th Anniversary Public Health
Symposium happenings at the Drexel School of
June 1, 9:00 AM Public Health by visiting us online at
Geary B Auditorium, Drexel New College http://publichealth.drexel.edu.
10th Anniversary Celebration Gala
June 2, 6:30 PM
The National Constitution Center
Daskalakis Athletic Center
School of Public Health
1505 Race Street
Mail Stop 660
Philadelphia, PA 19102