Public Health and Preventive Medicine
2017 Public Health Recognition Award Winners

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

February 28, 2018, 5:30-7:30 PM 

Gun Violence in Philadelphia: Actions and Solutions

Free registration here.

Local public health officials, health-care providers, and community advocates come together to discuss the epidemiology of gun violence in Philadelphia, the effects it has on individuals, families, and communities, and innovative approaches to prevention. Speakers to be announced. Reception follows program.


An Overview of Firearm-Related Injury and Death in Philadelphia

Raynard Washington, PhD, MPH

Chief Epidemiologist, Philadelphia Department of Public Health


The Philadelphia Model: A Mixed Method and Collaborative Approach to Safe Communities

Shondell D. Revell, MSOL

Executive Director, Office of Violence Prevention, Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Managing Director, City of Philadelphia


Putting on the White Coats: The Role of Medical Professionals in Policy Advocacy

Shira Goodman, JD

Executive Director, CeaseFirePA

Gun Violence Prevention and Criminal Justice


Robert Reed, JD, MSc

Executive Deputy Attorney General for Public Engagement, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General


Joel A. Fein, MD, MPH

Professor, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Attending Physician, Emergency Department, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


May 16. 2018, 5:30-7:30 PM

Obesity and Its Prevention in Philadelphia

There is little disagreement 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 built environment policies to help decrease obesity and on the role of health care providers in preventing obesity. Speakers to be announced. Reception follows program.



April 2, 2018


Kick off Public Health Week by joining members of the Philadelphia public health community to learn about innovative programs and research at local hospitals, universities, and community groups. This annual event features quick talks followed by round-table discussions among speakers and attendees. Register to attend HERE.

We are currently accepting submissions for presentations: please see submission information HERE.

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. The call for abstracts is open until 11:59 pm March 18. Students must fill out this Google Form with their identifying information and email their abstract in .doc/x format to their school contact. A sample abstract is here, and the abstract specifications are here


Public Health Recognition Awards

The Section gives out Public Health Recognition Awards for individuals, organizations, and students each year. A call for nominations for the awards is NOW OPEN. See the criteria here.  The list of past winners is here. Email your nomination to Meredith Sellers at


Those honored in 2017, pictured above, were:

Individual Recognition Award: Robert Simmons, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, Jefferson College of Population Health

Organization Recognition Award: La Salle Neighborhood Nursing Center

Student Recognition Award: Alia Salam, Jefferson College of Population Health




Membership in the Section is open to all. Section Members pay dues that go toward the cost of programming and mailings to its members.

Membership Fee: $50, pay dues online HERE or use THIS FORM and mail in payment.

Free for students: Complete THIS FORM.

Send completed forms to Meredith Sellers at


Public Health Symposium
A Message from the Chair
2016-17 Section on Public Health Annual Report
Section on Public Health Membership Form

Fill out and mail in this form to join the Section, or use the link above to join and pay your membership dues online.