The Section on Public Health creates a forum for deliberation of relevant issues in public health, and provides information for the development of health policy.
The Section brings together public health professionals from all across the region to study public health problems and assess potential responses. Section events are listed on the College's Calendar of Events. The Section is chaired by James Buehler, MD.
2017 - 18 SECTION EVENTS
Philadelphia Public Health Grand Rounds
May 16. 2018, 5:30-7:30 PM
Obesity Prevention in Philadelphia
There is broad agreement that obesity is a serious problem in the U.S. However, solutions to prevent obesity are complex and often difficult to put into practice. This Public Health Grand Rounds will bring together experts from the local public health community to discuss how barriers to healthy eating and physical activity can lead to childhood, adolescent, and adult obesity. The discussion will focus on food, physical activity, and other policies to help decrease obesity and on the role of health care providers in preventing obesity. Register here. Download and share a flyer for the event here.
Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
The epidemiology of obesity in Philadelphia and the role of predatory advertising.
Christina Roberto, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia sweetened beverage tax
Chinwe Onyekere, MPH, Lankenau Medical Center and Main Line Health
Obesity prevention activities at Lankenau Medical Center and how health care personnel can be involved in obesity prevention
Heather McDanel, MPH, Amethyst Consulting and formerly of Students Run Philly Style
Physical activity programs to address obesity among youths and adolescents
Student Poster Session
May 2, 2018
Each year the Section on Public Health & Preventive Medicine sponsors a poster contest for public health students in the Philadelphia area. Students were notified the week of April 9 if their abstract was selected for the poster session. Poster specifications are here.
Public Health Recognition Awards
The Section gives out Public Health Recognition Awards for individuals, organizations, and students each year. The list of past winners is here. Organization and Individual Recognition Awards were announced at the April 2 Symposium. The Student Award will be announced at the Student Poster Session on May 2.
Those honored in 2018 were:
Individual Recognition Award: James Plumb, MD, MPH, Jefferson College of Population Health
Organization Recognition Award: Philadelphia Department of Prisons
Student Recognition Award: To be announced
Dr. Bruce Herdman of the PDP and Dr. Jim Plumb are shown above with Dr. James Buehler, Section Chair.
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