May 2012

NEW FUNDING AWARDS

Dr. Michael Yudell and Dr. Craig Newschaffer receive a Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellowship

Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellowships for research collaboration support exchanges between Drexel University and Israeli universities. Dr. Yudell, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention, and Dr. Newschaffer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, recently received a Stein award for their proposal entitled “Autism Risk Communication, Ethics, and History: Fostering Collaborations with Israeli Scholars, Students, and Institutions” with collaborators from Ben-Gurion University and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Amy Auchincloss publishes article in the Annual Review of Public Health

The Annual Review of Public Health, one of the top ranked journals in the field, published a review article by Dr. Auchincloss, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in their April issue. “A Review of Spatial Methods in Epidemiology, 2000-2010” documents the huge growth in spatial epidemiology, summarizes the tools that have been employed, provides in-depth discussion of several methods, and concludes with areas likely to be important to future spatial analysis in public health.

Dr. Lisa Bowleg publishes article in AIDS and Behavior

In the article, “Racial Discrimination, Social Support, and Sexual HIV Risk among Black Heterosexual Men,” published in the March issue of the journal AIDS and Behavior, Dr. Bowleg, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention, and her coauthors investigated whether social support could moderate the relationship between racial discrimination and sexual risk in a sample of 526 Black heterosexual men. Social support was shown to have a protective impact in this study, highlighting its importance and suggesting that further research regarding the impact of social support on sexual risk is warranted.

Dr. Lisa Bowleg publishes article on an empirical study of the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexual identity in Black self-identified gay and bisexual men

Dr. Bowleg, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention, has a publication in the journal Sex Roles in April. “Once You’ve Blended the Cake, You Can’t Take the Parts Back to the Main Ingredients: Black Gay and Bisexual Men’s Descriptions and Experiences of Intersectionality” reports on a qualitative study that examined descriptions and experiences of men ranging in age from 21-44 and mostly of a high education level and middle income. The findings reported here suggest that intersectionality can be expanded to incorporate the strengths/assets of intersecting identities in addition to oppression based on interlocking social identities.

Dr. Welles coauthors a paper published in AIDS, the official journal of the International AIDS Society

Dr. Seth Welles, Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, coauthors “Highly active antiretroviral therapy does not completely suppress HIV in semen of sexually active HIV-infected men who have sex with men,” published in AIDS in March. The study examined the prevalence of seminal HIV shedding in HIV-infected MSM on stable HAART and its relationship with a number of clinical, behavioral, and biological factors. Some of their conclusions include that STIs and genital inflammation can partially override the suppressive effect of HAART on seminal HIV shedding in sexually active HIV-infected MSM; and that low seminal HIV titers could potentially pose a transmission risk in MSM, who are highly susceptible to HIV infection.

PRESENTATIONS

Dr. Stephen Lankenau presents comments at a meeting cosponsored by the FDA and NIDA about naloxone

Dr. Lankenau, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention, presented comments during a meeting on the “Role of Naloxone in Opioid Overdose Fatality Prevention” held on April 12. Prescription opioid use rates are becoming more prevalent in the U.S. Abuse rates have also risen, and overdose mortality rates closely correlate with opioid sales. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss whether naloxone, an injectable medicine that can rapidly reverse an overdose, should be more widely available for use by trained laypersons. Naloxone is currently the standard treatment for those who overdose on opioid drugs, but is most commonly used by medical personal after they arrive on the scene. Based on his evaluations of naloxone prescription programs in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, Dr. Lankenau advocated for expanding access to naloxone, such as changing the classification from prescription to over-the-counter, so more laypersons would have naloxone if an opioid overdose occurs. Dr. Lankenau was also referenced in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about drug overdose and naloxone published on April 8.

Dr. Shannon Marquez presents at Philadelphia Global Water Initiative Conference

On April 3, the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative Conference, a conference that focused on “performance indicators for sustainable water and sanitation projects in developing countries” was held at the University of Pennsylvania. As part of Drexel’s National Public Health Week, Dr. Marquez, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Director of Global Public Health Initiatives, and Interim Associate Dean, was a featured speaker at this event along with the Honorable Michael Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia.

Dr. Robert Field discusses Healthcare Reform in many media outlets before and after he attended the Supreme Court’s hearings on the individual mandate

On Tuesday, March 27, during the start of the Supreme Court’s discussion of the individual mandate, Dr. Robert Field, Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, was there to observe. In his blog “Check up” with The Philadelphia Inquirer a few days later, he explained that the individual mandate is only one part of the health reform, and depending on the Supreme Court’s decision, it is not the complete end of health reform if only the aspect of the individual mandate is determined to be unconstitutional. He has also recently contributed to many local and national news stories regarding health reform.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Data Available for use: 2012 County Health Rankings

The 2012 County Health Rankings, which rank more than 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia based on key health indicators and factors that influence health are now available online. Please see this announcement and the results published as an interactive webpage. Now in their third year, the Rankings are increasingly being used by community leaders to help identify challenges and take action in a variety of ways to improve residents’ health. They are published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and assess the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. Also available is a Public Health Newswire interview with rankings researcher Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Consumer & Community Participation in Health & Medical Research

Fact Sheet Series available on Consumer & Community Participation in Health & Medical Research

The fact sheet series is the latest product to be peer-reviewed and published through CES4Health.info. It contains 22 concise documents which guide researchers, consumers, and community members on the ‘how and why’ of implementing consumer and community participation in health and medical research. Each fact sheet covers a specific topic and offers practical advice, tips, and suggestions about what to consider. The plain language used in the fact sheets ensures they are suitable for researchers, consumers, and community members, who may have a wide-range of experiences and are seeking to both increase their knowledge and/or develop plans to implement consumer and community participation in their research.

Access the fact sheets here.

OPPORTUNITIES

Please check for frequent updates on our SPH research website including funding opportunities, calls for papers, and specific opportunities for faculty and students.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute continuously develops new funding opportunities

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was established by Congress through the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It is, by law, an independent, nonprofit organization governed by a 21-member Board of Governors. PCORI helps people make informed health care decisions — and improves health care delivery and outcomes — by producing and promoting high integrity, evidence-based information that comes from research guided by patients, caregivers and the broader health care community. The PCORI is continuously developing funding opportunity announcements that may be relevant to the research conducted by the School of Public Health research community. Please check the PCORI website’s Funding Opportunities page on a regular basis for information about forthcoming opportunities.

Call for Papers: Maximizing Community Contributions in Clinical & Translational Research

There is a new Call for Papers & Products on “Maximizing Community Contributions, Benefits, and Outcomes in Clinical & Translational Research.”

Progress in Community Health Partnerships, CES4Health.info, & Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University released a themed call for papers and products. The goal in releasing this themed call is to highlight the perspectives and voices of community partners of Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) and other research institutions in the full spectrum of clinical and translational research conducted with the intention of improving the health of communities. They are particularly interested in understanding the accomplishments, best practices, and challenges that community partnerships have experienced in their engagements with CTSAs and other research institutions. Submissions are due August 6. Please see the full Call for Papers & Products for more information.