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Health Care Access For Children In Latinx Immigrant Families In The Greater Philadelphia Area, Sophia King May 2020

Health Care Access For Children In Latinx Immigrant Families In The Greater Philadelphia Area, Sophia King

Politics Honors Papers

This work examines the gap that exists in access to health care in the Greater Philadelphia Region for children of Latinx immigrant families in comparison to other children in the nation. It provides a critical analysis of the gap in access to coverage, noting that this exists despite wide support for a human right to health. This study draws on existing scholarly research as well as interviews with staff at two health clinics and one community outreach center that are located in Greater Philadelphia. It demonstrates that Latinx immigrant families are less likely to have health insurance and get primary ...


Perspectives On Lung Cancer Screening In The Philadelphia Lgbtq Community, Kaitlin Demarest, Kristine Pham, Mph, Rickie Brawer, Phd Jan 2020

Perspectives On Lung Cancer Screening In The Philadelphia Lgbtq Community, Kaitlin Demarest, Kristine Pham, Mph, Rickie Brawer, Phd

Phase 1

Introduction: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but there are low screening rates across the country. While the prevalence of smoking in the LGBTQ population is disproportionately high, the LGBTQ community may have decreased access to screening, since they are reported to be less likely to have health insurance, more likely to receive inferior care or be denied care. The objective of this project was to better understand the knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes toward lung cancer screening in the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia in order to develop appropriate, community-focused educational materials to increase ...


Needs Assessment: Northeast Philly Opioid Epidemic, Davis Witt, Ms, Christopher Chambers, Md Jan 2020

Needs Assessment: Northeast Philly Opioid Epidemic, Davis Witt, Ms, Christopher Chambers, Md

Phase 1

Introduction: Philadelphia has the 3rd highest rate of opioid-related overdoses in the nation. This crisis is worsening in Northeast Philadelphia and the Department of Public Health lacks necessary information to intervene in an informed manner.

Objective: This study aims to better understand the crisis in this community and to provide key information to guide future harm reduction interventions in the Northeast Philadelphia region.

Methods: Using a designed discussion guide, qualitative interviews were completed with key stakeholders and community members. Information regarding personal experiences and opinions about the epidemic was gathered and interviews were analyzed using narrative analysis. In addition, needle ...


Advocating For Protective Measures Against Childhood Lead-Poisoning In Philadelphia Rental Homes, Claire Miller, Colleen Mccauley Jan 2020

Advocating For Protective Measures Against Childhood Lead-Poisoning In Philadelphia Rental Homes, Claire Miller, Colleen Mccauley

Phase 1

Introduction: Lead exposure has been linked to delays in development and behavioral problems in children. Over 1,500 children are poisoned by lead each year in Philadelphia; the majority (62%) in rental homes.

Objective: The purpose of this project was to understand the impact of lead poisoning on children in Philadelphia, the current policies in place to protect children and the ways in which various stakeholders can advocate for policy changes that will better protect children.

Methods: A mixed-methods approach was utilized including meetings with councilmembers, stakeholder interviews and data analysis, visualization and presentation. This information was used to gain ...


Identifying The Health Needs Of Latino Youth In East North Philadelphia Through Photovoice, John Mckeegan, Maria Arisi, Vincent Pepe, Caleb Dafilou, Mph, Rickie Brawer, Mph, Phd, Mches Jan 2020

Identifying The Health Needs Of Latino Youth In East North Philadelphia Through Photovoice, John Mckeegan, Maria Arisi, Vincent Pepe, Caleb Dafilou, Mph, Rickie Brawer, Mph, Phd, Mches

Phase 1

Introduction: The Hispanic population in East North Philadelphia is abounding with risk factors for poor health. These structural risk factors adversely affect the Hispanic adolescents in the area – a demographic that has historically had little say in the research that is done to contextualize the self identified health needs in the community.

Objective: The purpose for this project is to identify the factors that are both helping and preventing healthy development and living of Hispanic adolescents in East North Philadelphia, as well as beginning to find avenues of support for the prioritized self identified needs.

Methods: A Photovoice project was ...


Health Concerns In The Juvenile Justice System In Philadelphia: An Analysis, Sarah Humrich Jan 2020

Health Concerns In The Juvenile Justice System In Philadelphia: An Analysis, Sarah Humrich

Phase 1

Introduction: There are more than 40,000 minors nationwide that are incarcerated, and yet there remains to be no standardized way to offer this population health care. Time spent in prison offers a unique opportunity that could allow healthcare workers to intervene, providing needed health care to an otherwise neglected population. This research seeks to better understand the healthcare offered to youth in juvenile detention centers in Philadelphia and to determine the unique health concerns of this population.

Methods: The target population of this study is the incarcerated youth in the juvenile detention centers of Philadelphia. I intend to collect ...


Analyzing The Attitudes, Beliefs, And Practices Of Breastfeeding Women At Maternity Care Coalition, Angela Heysel, Conor Bradley, Naima Black, Galissa Jones Jan 2020

Analyzing The Attitudes, Beliefs, And Practices Of Breastfeeding Women At Maternity Care Coalition, Angela Heysel, Conor Bradley, Naima Black, Galissa Jones

Phase 1

Introduction: It is recommended that women breastfeed for twelve months because breastfeeding is an important part of infant development and maternal bonding. Research shows that despite high overall breastfeeding rates, discrepancies exist in breastfeeding rates across zip codes and race in Philadelphia. The research goal is to develop a community resource to promote breastfeeding in Philadelphia and to understand the impact race and zip code have on breastfeeding attitudes and practices.

Methods: Data was collected from residents of Philadelphia and neighboring counties through an online general population survey and focus group survey. Both surveys addressed demographics and the women’s ...


A Photovoice Project With Latino Youth In Easten North Philadelphia, Maria F. Arisi, Vincent Pepe, John Mckeegan, Caleb Dafilou, Mph, Rickie Brawer, Mph, Phd Jan 2020

A Photovoice Project With Latino Youth In Easten North Philadelphia, Maria F. Arisi, Vincent Pepe, John Mckeegan, Caleb Dafilou, Mph, Rickie Brawer, Mph, Phd

Phase 1

Introduction: Eastern North Philadelphia is home to both the highest density Latino population in Philadelphia and some of the poorest health measures of the city. This Latino population is known to face a multitude of barriers to health, such as high rates of poverty, low educational attainment, and language barriers. There is little data showing what the self-identified priority needs of these Latino populations are, and even less showing the needs of Latino youth. Understanding how youth perceive the impact of their social and built environments can bring attention to the issues that the community needs addressed.

Methods: We conducted ...


Health Outcomes In Pathways To Housing Clients, Kimberly Alfonso, Lara Weinstein, Md Jan 2020

Health Outcomes In Pathways To Housing Clients, Kimberly Alfonso, Lara Weinstein, Md

Phase 1

Introduction: Homelessness is widespread throughout the United States, with homeless individuals accounting for over half a million of the country’s population. In addition, chronic mental, behavioral, and medical issues are overly expressed in this population. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to determine if the Housing First Model, represented by Pathways to Housing PA, would alleviate these chronic conditions over the course of stay.

Methods: The target population of the study was the homeless population, specifically within the city of Philadelphia. Data was collected via the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) NOMs (National Outcome Measures ...


Parks And Shootings In Philadelphia From 2005-2015: A Proximity Analysis, Crystal Lee, Mph, Caleb Dafilou, Mph, Rickie Brawer, Mph, Phd, Mches Jan 2020

Parks And Shootings In Philadelphia From 2005-2015: A Proximity Analysis, Crystal Lee, Mph, Caleb Dafilou, Mph, Rickie Brawer, Mph, Phd, Mches

Phase 1

Introduction: Urban green space exposure has been negatively correlated with mortality, and positively correlated with mood, attention, and physical activity; however, the relationship between urban green space, violence, and crime is still a topic of contention. The Philadelphia Horticultural Society found significant reductions in gun assaults and gun robberies in greened lots vs. ungreened lots. It is unclear whether or not there is a protective effect of parks overall for shootings in Philadelphia.

Methods: In order to explore the relationship between green space and shootings in Philadelphia, we compiled data from 2005-2015 police reports to map out where shootings and ...


Investigating Chronic Illness In Pathways To Housing Clients, Joshua Malerich, Lara Weinstein, Md, Dph Jan 2020

Investigating Chronic Illness In Pathways To Housing Clients, Joshua Malerich, Lara Weinstein, Md, Dph

Phase 1

Approximately 553,000 individuals were homeless in the US each night in 2017, each at significant risk for substance use disorder, severe mental illness, and untreated chronic disease. Housing First (HF) is an evidence-based model for reaching high risk homeless individuals by providing a personal home to clients without the requirement for abstinence. HF has been shown as effective as other frameworks in remission of substance use, connectedness in the community, and client perceived quality of life, but there is a gap in the literature regarding the impact of HF services on clinical measures of chronic health, which could help ...


Obesity And Cardiovascular Health Differences Between Urban And Suburban Philadelphia High School Athletes, Peri Levey, Kyle Prochno, Prashant Rao, Md, David Shipon, Md, Facc, Facp, Jeremy Close, Md Jan 2020

Obesity And Cardiovascular Health Differences Between Urban And Suburban Philadelphia High School Athletes, Peri Levey, Kyle Prochno, Prashant Rao, Md, David Shipon, Md, Facc, Facp, Jeremy Close, Md

Phase 1

Introduction: The strongest risk factor for primary hypertension in children is obesity, and concern for pediatric hypertension rises with the rising prevalence of obesity in American children. Specifically, in urban Philadelphia schools from 2009 to 2012, preparticipation physical evaluations (PPEs) demonstrated a positive correlation between blood pressure measurements demonstrating stage 1 or 2 hypertension and elevated body mass index (P < 0.00001).

Objective: The purpose was to identify potential differences in cardiovascular health and prevalence of obesity between adolescents in the urban and suburban Philadelphia areas.

Methods: Data from PPEs administered to urban Philadelphia high school athletes in 2018 by the Athlete ...


Does Maternal Methadone Dose Correlate With Severity Of Intrauterine Growth Restriction In Infants With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?, D. Friedman, J. Smith, M. Lafferty, Z. H. Aghai Jan 2020

Does Maternal Methadone Dose Correlate With Severity Of Intrauterine Growth Restriction In Infants With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?, D. Friedman, J. Smith, M. Lafferty, Z. H. Aghai

Phase 1

Introduction : Previous studies demonstrate a relationship between maternal opioid use during pregnancy and smaller head circumference of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). The goal of this study is to correlate maternal methadone dose and severity of growth restriction in infants with NAS admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Methods: This is a retrospective analysis of infants (≥35 weeks gestation) exposed to in utero methadone, born between August 2006 and May 2018, and admitted to a Philadelphia NICU for medical therapy for NAS. Growth parameters (birth weight, birth length, and birth head circumference) were compared between infants exposed ...


The Impact Of Native Language Status On The Frequency Of Heart Failure Readmissions, Cooper Blazek, Dave Katzianer, Md Jan 2020

The Impact Of Native Language Status On The Frequency Of Heart Failure Readmissions, Cooper Blazek, Dave Katzianer, Md

Phase 1

Introduction. Heart failure readmissions are costly and lead to poor health outcomes. The efficacy of discharge instructions or other outpatient interventions may be affected by patient’s primary language status. The aim of this study is to look at the impact of primary language status on the frequency of heart failure admissions.

Methods. This study was a retrospective chart review of EMRs, on Epic software, at Jefferson academic medical center and community affiliate in Philadelphia, PA between March 2017 and October 2018. Patients were included if they had a principal diagnosis of HF or a diagnosis associated with “acute” heart ...


High Retention In An Fqhc Moud Program Despite Substantial Vulnerabilities In Population, Qais Iqbal, Lara Weinstein, Md, Mph, Drph Jan 2020

High Retention In An Fqhc Moud Program Despite Substantial Vulnerabilities In Population, Qais Iqbal, Lara Weinstein, Md, Mph, Drph

Phase 1

Background: Seventy-thousand people in Philadelphia use heroin, and another 50,000 misuse prescription opioids. Philadelphia has increased its capacity for medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) with buprenorphine from 100 slots in 2017 to 2,906 as of December 2018, but clearly there is still a need for thousands of more treatment slots. Additionally, recent evaluations reveal people from vulnerable populations, including homeless, non-white, and those with chronic medical diseases, have compounded difficulty accessing MOUD, even if there is sufficient capacity. Our objective was to describe and report initial outcomes of a low-threshold MOUD program at our Federally Qualified Health ...


Identifying The Health Needs Of The East North Philadelphia Latino Youth Via Photovoice, Vincent Pepe, Maria F. Arisi, John Mckeegan, Caleb Dafilou, Mph, Rickie Brawer, Mph, Phd, Mches Jan 2020

Identifying The Health Needs Of The East North Philadelphia Latino Youth Via Photovoice, Vincent Pepe, Maria F. Arisi, John Mckeegan, Caleb Dafilou, Mph, Rickie Brawer, Mph, Phd, Mches

Phase 1

Introduction: The East North Philadelphia community contains the city’s largest Latino population, most of whom are of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent. This community in particular has unique health needs compared to the rest of the city of Philadelphia, with rates of diabetes (22.9%), asthma (28.6%), and poverty (45.5%) exceeding the national and city averages. Documenting the perceived needs of the children living here regarding their built environment will provide insight into the problems onto which the community at large needs to focus. This study aims to determine the priority needs of the community and to ...


Characteristics Of A Food Insecure Population In North Philadelphia, Galicano Kai Inguito, James Gardner, Laura Layer, Karen Fritz Jan 2020

Characteristics Of A Food Insecure Population In North Philadelphia, Galicano Kai Inguito, James Gardner, Laura Layer, Karen Fritz

Phase 1

Introduction: A 2018 report by Hunger Free America showed that food insecurity increased in Philadelphia by 22%, even though it decreased nationally. The objectives of this study were to perform food insecurity screens, and to describe the demographic characteristics in terms of age, gender, primary language, body mass index (BMI), and zip code. We hypothesized that older, overweight, Hispanic females would be more likely to be food insecure.

Methods: After obtaining consent, the validated Hunger Vital Sign screening tool was used in the Summer of 2019 in North Philadelphia by teams of trained students in the Summer Medical Institute program ...


Obesity And Cardiovascular Health Differences Between Urban And Suburban Philadelphia High School Athletes, Kyle W. Prochno, Peri Levey, Prashant Rao, Md, David M. Shipon, Md, Facc, Facp, Jeremy D. Close, Md Jan 2020

Obesity And Cardiovascular Health Differences Between Urban And Suburban Philadelphia High School Athletes, Kyle W. Prochno, Peri Levey, Prashant Rao, Md, David M. Shipon, Md, Facc, Facp, Jeremy D. Close, Md

Phase 1

Introduction: Limited data exist regarding hypertension and obesity levels of Philadelphia-area high school student-athletes. We aim to assess their prevalence in an urban population, investigate whether they are correlated with demographic factors, and determine whether urban student-athletes differ in these outcomes compared to their suburban/non-urban counterparts.

Methods: Demographic and physical data were extracted from Athlete Health Organization (AHO) 2018 pre-participation physical exams. Adiposity classifications were made from body mass index (BMI) calculations applied to appropriate Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) growth charts, while systolic/diastolic measurements were used to classify students’ blood pressure according to current American ...


Analyzing The Attitudes, Beliefs, And Practices Of Breastfeeding Women At Maternity Care Coalition, Angela Heysel, Conor Bradley, Naima Black, Galissa Jones Jan 2020

Analyzing The Attitudes, Beliefs, And Practices Of Breastfeeding Women At Maternity Care Coalition, Angela Heysel, Conor Bradley, Naima Black, Galissa Jones

Phase 1

Introduction: Breastfeeding is essential for health and bonding within the mother-child dyad. Most guidelines, therefore, suggest women continue breastfeeding up to twelve months post-partum. Discrepancies in achieving this exist across zip codes and race in Philadelphia, despite high overall rates of breastfeeding. Our research goal is to understand these discrepancies and the relationship between attitudes and practices of breastfeeding Philadelphian women, in order to target them with breastfeeding resource.

Methods: General population data was collected via an online survey taken by residents of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, whereas the focus group survey was taken in-person by Maternity Care Coalition ...


We Was Somebody, Kyle Rodgers, Abigail Kay, Md Jan 2020

We Was Somebody, Kyle Rodgers, Abigail Kay, Md

Phase 1

As the number of people who inject drugs (PWID) in Philadelphia increases, more healthcare professionals find themselves treating patients suffering from IV drug addictions. Unfortunately, many of these busy healthcare professionals have little education on the biochemistry of addiction and obstacles between people who inject drugs (PWID) and their recovery. We Was Somebody, a fictional play inspired by the stories of PWID in Kensington, Philadelphia, aims to promote understanding and empathy for the complexity of addiction and ultimately improve the quality of healthcare provided to the human beings affected by it.

The content of the play comes from peer-reviewed scientific ...


Characterizing Smoking-Related Litter In Public Parks In Philadelphia, Russell K. Mcintire, Phd, Mph, Ashley Lipshaw, Mph Sep 2019

Characterizing Smoking-Related Litter In Public Parks In Philadelphia, Russell K. Mcintire, Phd, Mph, Ashley Lipshaw, Mph

College of Population Health Posters

Background

  • Cigarettes are the most littered item in the country.
  • Since 1980 cigarette butts have represented 30-40% of all litter collected from coastal waterways and urban areas among major surveys in the U.S.
  • Communities have established smoke free public spaces, including parks, in part to mitigate this source of litter and pollution.
  • In 2014, Philadelphia prohibited smoking on all lands and facilities under the jurisdiction of the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation
  • However, not all parks in Philadelphia have the same environment to deter smoking, as “Smoke-Free” signs are not posted in all parks

Objectives

This study reports ...


Utilizing Livers From Donors Older Than 65: A Single Center Experience, Krishnaraj Mahendraraj, Jorge H. Castro, Sean Devitt, Chad Gorn, Cataldo Doria, Adam Frank, Warren Maley, Carlo G. Ramirez Mar 2019

Utilizing Livers From Donors Older Than 65: A Single Center Experience, Krishnaraj Mahendraraj, Jorge H. Castro, Sean Devitt, Chad Gorn, Cataldo Doria, Adam Frank, Warren Maley, Carlo G. Ramirez

Adam M. Franks, MD

Conclusions:

Use of liver grafts from older donors presents similar survival outcomes as grafts from younger donor age. Therefore, it offers a viable option to expand the donor pool and increase number of OLTs.

However, there is higher incidence of retransplantation due to primary graft non-function, and longer hospital length of stay observed in the older donor age group.

Further studies using larger patient populations are needed to validate our results.


Improving The Quality Of Patient-Provider Interactions And Promoting Equitable, Accessible And Patient-Centered Cancer Care, C. Vaughan-Briggs, Lcsw, A. Petok, Lcsw, Mph, T. Dejesse, Amy Leader, Drph, Mph Feb 2019

Improving The Quality Of Patient-Provider Interactions And Promoting Equitable, Accessible And Patient-Centered Cancer Care, C. Vaughan-Briggs, Lcsw, A. Petok, Lcsw, Mph, T. Dejesse, Amy Leader, Drph, Mph

Department of Medical Oncology Posters

  • Philadelphia is among the top 10 cities in the US with populations over 500,000 with a high Community Need Index score (CNI- severity of Health disparity)
  • Data from 2015 County Health Ranking, had Philadelphia last of all 67 counties in the state for social economic factors. (unemployment, income inequality, injury deaths, etc. )
  • Cancer is a leading cause of mortality in the US
  • The SKCC participated in a year-long, externally supported self study to improve the quality of patientprovider interactions and promote more equitable, accessible and patient- centered cancer care. This program aligned with internal initiatives.
  • SKCC at Jefferson is ...


Racial Disparities In Head And Neck Cancers In An Urban Hospital, Jessica Kraus-Lavy, Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, Scott W Keith, Frances Guiles, David Cognetti, Voichita Bar-Ad, Rita S. Axelrod, Md Feb 2019

Racial Disparities In Head And Neck Cancers In An Urban Hospital, Jessica Kraus-Lavy, Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, Scott W Keith, Frances Guiles, David Cognetti, Voichita Bar-Ad, Rita S. Axelrod, Md

Phase 1

Introduction: Head and neck cancer incidence rates are higher for white residents in Philadelphia, while related mortality rates are highest for black residents. It is unclear how risk factors like HPV and smoking contribute to these disparities. The goal of this study is to determine which factors are associated with head and neck cancers in a diverse patient population from a Philadelphia hospital.

Methods: Cancer registry data from Thomas Jefferson University was used to obtain records from 922 head and neck cancer patients. One patient of other race was excluded. Twenty in-situ cancer cases were excluded. Chi-square tests were used ...


Alexander Koppel: Pioneer - Physician - Provider, Max Koppel Jan 2019

Alexander Koppel: Pioneer - Physician - Provider, Max Koppel

Jefferson Biographies

Alexander Koppel was born to immigrant parents on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1905. Early in his life, his mother was forced to return to Austria to her tenant farmer parents with Alexander and his two sisters because of a severe downturn in the American economy. A few years later, his mother brilliantly sensed the upcoming disastrous World War in 1913, and returned with the three children to Wilmington, Delaware where by that time, her husband, Samuel Koppel, had established the Wilmington Window Cleaning Company.

Alexander Koppel seized the opportunity for higher education made available to ...


Signs Of Humanity – A Researcher-Artist Collaboration, Katherine Brierly, Steven Buffer, Kaela Edwards, Zach Fusfeld, Jenna Garret, Nisha George, Katie Holland, Nichole Holmes, Josephine Hwang, Alyssa Tate, Emily Wei, Rosemary Frasso, Willie Baronet Jan 2019

Signs Of Humanity – A Researcher-Artist Collaboration, Katherine Brierly, Steven Buffer, Kaela Edwards, Zach Fusfeld, Jenna Garret, Nisha George, Katie Holland, Nichole Holmes, Josephine Hwang, Alyssa Tate, Emily Wei, Rosemary Frasso, Willie Baronet

JCPH at APHA 2019

A team of Jefferson students, alumni and faculty in collaboration with artist Willie Baronet, employed qualitative methods to explore poverty in Philadelphia.

Background

The Signs of Humanity (SOH) Project is a researcher-artist collaboration. This joint venture was designed to explore the interactions between people using signs to ask for help and those who pass by with the goal of reducing the dehumanization of this community. The research arm was designed to qualitatively explore the experiences of people who seek financial support or in-kind help from passersby. This is referred to as "panhandling" in the literature and that term will be ...


Perspectives Of Asian/Pacific Islanders On Lung Cancer Screening In Philadelphia: A Qualitative Study, Melissa Chai, Kristine Pham, Mph, Rickie Brawer, Phd, Mph, Mches Dec 2018

Perspectives Of Asian/Pacific Islanders On Lung Cancer Screening In Philadelphia: A Qualitative Study, Melissa Chai, Kristine Pham, Mph, Rickie Brawer, Phd, Mph, Mches

Phase 1

Introduction: Even though rates of smoking, the leading cause of cancer, are lower in Asian/Pacific Islanders (API), the rates of lung cancer deaths are still one of the highest compared to those of other minority groups in the US. However, little is known about the beliefs and attitudes that influence lung cancer screening behaviors of APIs.

Objective: The objective of this study is to better understand the current beliefs, attitudes, and knowledge of APIs in Philadelphia towards lung cancer and lung cancer screening.

Methods: Six in-depth interviews were conducted with key informants, who all had extensive experience working with ...


A Longitudinal Assessment Of Change In Blood Pressure Among Participants In The Heart Smarts Program, Kathryn Haskins, Susana Suzrez, Rickie Brawer, Phd, Mph, Sandra Sherman, Edd, Michelle Abel, Msph, James Plumb, Md, Mph Dec 2018

A Longitudinal Assessment Of Change In Blood Pressure Among Participants In The Heart Smarts Program, Kathryn Haskins, Susana Suzrez, Rickie Brawer, Phd, Mph, Sandra Sherman, Edd, Michelle Abel, Msph, James Plumb, Md, Mph

Phase 1

Many low-income areas of the United States are considered food deserts because people living in those communities have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables (FFV); lack of FFV is tied to numerous health issues, including cardiovascular disease and obesity. The Heart Smarts Program (HSP) provides increased access to FFV in food deserts, as well as providing participants with nutrition education courses and health screenings, including blood pressure. The purpose of this study is to examine HSP participants who have been with the program for differing lengths of time in order to determine if length of participation has an impact ...


Medical Respite Care Services For Homeless Patients Discharged From Thomas Jefferson University Hospital: A Needs Based Assessment, Taylor Treacy, Lara Weinstein, Md Dec 2018

Medical Respite Care Services For Homeless Patients Discharged From Thomas Jefferson University Hospital: A Needs Based Assessment, Taylor Treacy, Lara Weinstein, Md

Phase 1

Introduction: Medical respite programs have been proposed as a temporary solution to address the increased hospital readmission rates and lack of appropriate discharge options that exist for homeless patients.

Objective: This study examines the 90-day readmission rate and discharge locations of patients experiencing homelessness.

Methods: We conducted a retrospective chart review of homeless patients discharged from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) between April 30th 2017 to April 30th 2018. Homelessness was identified as any patient with 1 of the following locations listed for residency: 833 Chestnut Street, Broad Street Ministry, St. John’s Hospice, shelter as address, no ...


Demographics, Support Opportunities, And Self-Reported Well-Being Of Patients Presenting For Hepatitis C Treatment At A Federally Qualified Health Center In Philadelphia, Dina Zaret, C. Coleman, M. Dorshimer, J. Kostman, L. Magaldi, T. Preston, R. Rivera, S. Trooskin Dec 2018

Demographics, Support Opportunities, And Self-Reported Well-Being Of Patients Presenting For Hepatitis C Treatment At A Federally Qualified Health Center In Philadelphia, Dina Zaret, C. Coleman, M. Dorshimer, J. Kostman, L. Magaldi, T. Preston, R. Rivera, S. Trooskin

Phase 1

Introduction: As the opioid epidemic develops and evolves, the number of people who inject drugs is rising. A growing number of new Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infections have been identified in people who inject drugs.

Objective: This study aims to better understand the demographics, well-being, and satisfaction with medical care of patients presenting for HCV treatment at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in an urban setting. The study also looks to assess the impact of continued connection to holistic medical care.

Methods: Surveys were administered to 51 unique patients at their first visit for HCV treatment. Along with demographic ...