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.
Philadelphia Public Health Grand Rounds
September 28, 2018
5:30-7:30 pm, 19 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia.
Alcohol, Violence, and Public Health in Philadelphia
Excessive alcohol use causes substantial negative health impacts, particularly among underserved populations. In addition, alcohol sales may also adversely affect public health and community wellbeing. This session will explore the intertwined nature of alcohol use and violence. The location and characteristics of alcohol outlets can have significant impact on neighborhood violence rates, and there are close links between alcohol use, firearm homicide, and suicide. Healthcare providers and public health professionals may have opportunities to reduce violence in a community through interventions that target alcohol.
Brie Reimann, MPA
Director, National Council for Behavioral Health’s Center for Integrated Health Solutions
Christopher Morrison, PhD, MPH
Penn Injury Science Center, University of Pennsylvania
Julia Hinckley, JD
Policy Director, Health and Human Services Cabinet, City of Philadelphia
Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention -- Get Healthy Philly, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
REGISTER HERE (free).
November 28, 2018
5:30-7:30 pm, 19 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia
STDS and HIV in Philadelphia: At-Risk Populations and Prevention
Syphilis infections have increased in Philadelphia over the past several years, largely among men who have sex with men (MSM). While the number of individuals newly diagnosed with HIV in Philadelphia has steadily declined since the mid-2000s, the rate of new cases is also highest among MSM. In addition, rates of new HIV diagnosis are highest among Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black individuals, and a majority of new HIV infections in Philadelphia occur among non-Hispanic Blacks. This session will explore these trends and others changes in STD/HIV infection in Philadelphia, including the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention and social/cultural challenges in reaching high-risk communities.
Speakers to be announced. REGISTER HERE (free).
February 27, 2019, May 15, 2019
We will announce topics for the above sessions shortly.
Student Poster Session
Each year the Section on Public Health & Preventive Medicine sponsors a poster contest for public health students in the Philadelphia area. The session featured about 60 posters; the abstracts are here.
Below are the winners of the May 2, 2018, poster session.
Patrick Kelly (Temple University)
FACTORS IMPACTING OLDER LATINAS' LIKELIHOOD OF REGISTERING AS POSTHUMOUS ORGAN DONORS
Jason Hammer (University of Pennsylvania)
MAPPING SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC AND HEALTH SENSITIVITY TO EXTREME HEAT EVENTS: PHILADELPHIA'S HEAT VULNERABILITY INDEX
Guarav Majmudar (University of Pennsylvania)
A QUALITATIVE SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF THE CONCUSSION-EMOTIONAL RESPONSE PARADIGM IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE ATHLETES
Alexandra Budenz (Drexel University)
MASS SHOOTINGS AND VIOLENCE-RELATED MENTAL ILLNESS STIGMA ON TWITTER
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.
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: Elaine Tran, University of Pennsylvania
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