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Congratulations to Dr. Chris Coleman on his induction into the Society of Luther Christman Fellows of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing! 

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Congratulations to Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott, Appointed Vice President of Health and Health Equity and Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions of Drexel University! 

​Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN  has been appointed Vice President for Health and Health Equity, Drexel University and Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. She will assume these roles in September, 2015. Dr. Jemmott has been a visiting professor and a member of President Fry’s cabinet as special advisor for community health equity since last fall. She is retiring from a long and successful tenure at the University of Pennsylvania to join Drexel full time. 

As Vice President, Dr. Jemmott will focus on expanding health equity in the neighborhoods where Drexel is committed to working with residents and community leaders to improve the quality of life. She was born and raised in Mantua in West Philadelphia, and her work will be an outstanding complement to the extensive neighborhood partnerships we have developed there, as well as the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ groundbreaking achievements through the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University in North Philadelphia. Jemmott will also be involved in community health improvement through the establishment of the Federal Promise Zone in West Philadelphia. 

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Congratulations to Dr. Bridgette Brawner, the 2015 recipient of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research’s Protégé Award.

This award, which will be formally presented to Dr. Brawner at the FNINR Nightingala on Wednesday October 14th, recognizes a nurse scientist who shows great promise in advancing science within the first ten years of their career. Dr. Brawner’s exciting and successful program of research focuses on the multi-level, multi- method biobehavioral approaches to sexual health promotion in disenfranchised populations. Her work synthesizes her background in psychiatric /mental health nursing, her keen sensitivity to cultural norms and traditions, and her command of HIV prevention science. She is among the leading nurse scientists moving us away from the traditional individually centered approach toward a multifaceted and multi- level population centered approach. Her research is inherently interdisciplinary and she leads and mentors teams of epidemiologists, physicians, and students.


​What a great honor for Dr. Brawner– and what a difference her scholarship makes in the lives of our vulnerable patients, families, and communities

President’s Engagement Prize Winner Mentored by CHER Faculty Member 

President Amy Gutmann today announced the selection of five undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania as the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize recipients. Awarded annually to Penn students to design and undertake fully-funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate, the President’s Engagement Prizes underscore the high priority that Penn places on educating students to put their knowledge to work for the betterment of humankind. 

“These members of the Class of 2015 have developed extraordinarily promising projects that are going to impact thousands of lives,” Gutmann said. “Each project embodies the ethos of service upon which Penn was founded. Our community, our country and our world need driven, forward-thinking students like these tackling some of society’s most pressing issues.”

Each Prize recipient will receive $50,000 for living expenses and as much as $100,000 for project implementation expenses. The Prizes have been generously supported by Trustee Judith Bollinger and William G. Bollinger; Trustee Lee Spelman Doty and George E. Doty, Jr.; and Emeritus Trustee James S. Riepe and Gail Petty Riepe. The President’s Engagement Prizes are the largest of their kind in higher education. One of the five undergraduates selected by Gutmann was mentored by Dr. Terri Lipman. The project is Home, Heart, Health: Engaging the Community in Bridging the Gap: Jodi Feinberg (Nu’15) will design, implement and evaluate a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation model for home care, with the support of the New York University Langone Medical Center and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. The goal of Feinberg’s one-of-a-kind program is to serve as a much-needed bridge between inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, ensuring that patients are steadily progressing along the cardiac rehabilitation continuum.  Feinberg is being mentored by Terri Lipman, Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Nursing of Children and Assistant Dean for Community Engagement in the School of Nursing. 

​Click here to watch a video about Jodi's project! 


The Center for Health Equity Research is pleased to announce the recipients of the Centers pilot grants which are designed to focus on projects that are embedded in ongoing programs of research. The funds are used to pilot test methods and/or collect preliminary data needed for larger projects. This year the grants were awarded to the following members of CHER:


Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, APRN & Janaiya Reason, BS

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Exploration of Provider-level Factors that Influence Sexual Health Assessment and Intervention in Mental Health Treatment


Anne M Teitelman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

Patricia Bleznak Silverstein and Howard A. Silverstein Endowed Term Chair in Global Women's Health Associate Professor of Nursing

Do brain differences influence HIV risk behavior? An FNIRS pilot study of young urban women


Alison Buttenheim PhD, MBA

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Implementation science research on school-based HPV vaccination in the United Kingdom during a transition from a 3-dose to a 2-dose HPV vaccination schedule

Dr. Lipman

Dr. Lipman is senior author in an important paper in Pediatrics!  Congratulations- The study, which involved more than 10,000 children with type 1 diabetes under the age of 18, found that marked racial/ethnic disparities in insulin treatment method exist. These treatment disparities are paralleled by discrepancies in diabetes outcomes.

​Dr. Brawner​
Dr. Brawner was selected for the inaugural cohort for the Community Scholars-in-Residence Program.  All of you may know this already; if you have not read the details, I urge you to do so. Follow the link below! Congratulations!

Doctoral Student Awarded NINR Grant !
Please join the Office of Nursing Research in congratulating doctoral student Susan Malone for her recent F31 award of $85,352 from the National Institute of Nursing Research for her study “Does Chronotype Modify the Relationship between Sleep Duration and Body Mass Index in Adolescents.”  Susan’s sponsors for this study are Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN of Penn Nursing, and Babette Zemel, PhD and Allan Pack, MBChB, PhD of the Perelman School of Medicine.                          Click here for more information
Congratulations to Dr. Kyoko Kobayashi,one of our Fall Fulbright Scholars, Wendy Hobbie, and Janet Deatrick on being awarded a major grant regarding childhood cancer survivorship in Japan !

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ann Teitelman who has been named a Fulbright Specialist Candidate!
She has been named by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars. This is a new program for the J. William Fulbright Foundation. Dr. Teitelman’s name is now among a group of scholars named to a Fulbright Roster. This roster matches scholars in the US with requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Specialists. It is an exciting opportunity to bring Anne’s and the Department’s expertise to those who can work with her to develop their own programs of research​.

Congratulations to Dr. Loretta Jemmott on her appointment as an Ambassador for the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR) !
The FNINR  Ambassadors Program is to extend the reach of advocacy efforts for improving the funding and knowledge about the NINR. It seeks to increase the awareness of nursing research in all communities and actively promote nursing research activities in the NINR. The Ambassadors also serve as a resource to state and national legislators about NINR’s mission and to actively advocate for increased funding for NINR activities. Dr. Jemmott was chosen as an Ambassador because she is an exceptional translational researcher who has a global impact. She has partnered with community-based organizations and transformed her NIH-funded research into evidence based outcomes on reducing HIV/STD risk and incidence for use in real world settings. 

​Please Join us in Congratulating Dr. Lisa Lewis on her appointment as Faculty Master of Gregory College House !
Congratulations to our very own Dr. Terri Lipman,recipient of the Dean's Award for MS/MSN Scholarly Mentorship!
​​​​Please join us in congratulating: Dr. Terri Lipman, recipient of the Dean’s Award for MS/MSN Scholarly Mentorship, for exceptional mentorship to master’s students in the development of masters nursing research.
Please join us to award and celebrate at our annual Faculty-Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 16, 4:00-7:00 pm in the Ann L. Roy Auditorium.​

Congratulations to Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott, Appointed Interim Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusivity !
 Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, FAAN, RN, has been appointed Interim Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusivity for one year effective July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Click here for more information. 
  Penn HIV Researchers Deploy Large-Scale Intervention Project in South Africa
A large-scale human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) intervention/education effort aimed at helping South African men take a proactive role in the prevention of that disease has proven successful, an important development considering that country has the largest number of HIV infections in the world.
Researchers, led by Prof. John B. Jemmott, III, Annenberg School for Communication and the Perelman School of Medicine; and Loretta Sweet Jemmott from Penn Nursing Science* developed an intervention involving nearly 1,200 individuals, who participated in customized and proactive education programs on condom usage and the importance of discussing safe sex in their relationships. The results of their study are being reported this week in the American Journal of Public Health (Volume 104, Issue 2) 
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 Our Very Own Dr. Brawner : UPenn Professor Overcomes Odds, Uses Community Research to Study HIV.
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 Congratulations Dr. Lewis on being University of Missouri-Columbia School of Nursing's Alumni of the Year !

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Please join us in congratulation Dr. Bridgette Brawner who has just been named a Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Emerging Scholar for 2014​​!


Congratulations to Dr. Terri Lipman and her co-investigators, Drs. Janet Deatrick and Joseph Libonati

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Terri Lipman and her co-investigators, Drs. Janet Deatrick and Joseph Libonati, who have received a Netter Center for Community Partnerships  ABCS course development grant for "Increasing Activity in the Community: Dance for Health." This program, which builds on their prior work, is a collaborative initiative among The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; the Sayre High School students who are participating in the Urban Nutrition Initiative, and the Sayre Recreation Center's Investing in Ourselves Program.  


 Congratulation to Anne Teitelman on being selected as one of the 90 Nurses for 90 Years !


To the School of Nursing Community,


 One of my greatest pleasures as Dean is when I send out an announcement about a faculty honor and soon receive an email from another faculty member letting me know that they too have been selected for the same honor. As far as I am concerned, we cannot have too many of our faculty as recipients of the same award. So please join me in congratulating Dr. Anne Teitelman who was also selected by her alma mater, Yale School of Nursing, as one of – “90 Nurses for 90 Years.” Once again, this program celebrates one alumnus from each graduating class for each of Yale’s 90 years and we are thrilled to have two among our current faculty. Please join me in congratulating and celebrating Dr. Teitelman!​




A letter from Terri H Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN


The eighth year of the Penn Nurse Practitioner/ Sayre High School partnership was honored at the 29th Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference in Philadelphia.  The poster, "Dance for Health: Increasing Fitness and Fun in the Community" was awarded first prize in the research poster category. This poster was prepared and presented by Penn nurse practitioner students Julia Golden, Mariesa Buhl and Vivian Buhl and Sayre/UNI student Daniel Sultan.  Another fantastic poster describing the educational aspect of the partnership was prepared and presented by Penn students Alicia McCarthy, Meg Sturhahn, Dorothy Dokko and Sayre/UNI Student Corey Scott. The Sayre students were wonderfully prepared, engaging and enthusiastic under the tutalege of my wonderful partner Ty Holmberg.


In addition to the posters mentioned in the previous email, the acute/ chronic and oncology programs had 8 additional posters at the Pediatric Nursing conference.  Every student in our program presented a poster- either in a group or individually.  Kathy and Joy were able to arrange for a photographer to attend the event so we have wonderful visuals for CCNE, the website- etc.

We gratefully acknowledge the collaboration of Sayre High School and all at the Urban Nutrition Initiative, and Dr. Gillian Bazelon and Investing in Ourselves for ensuring that this program was a success. My gratitude, as always, to the Netter Center for Community Partnerships for their unwavering vision and support, to CPHI for funding this study, and to Deans Meleis, Paterson and McCauley for their support and enthusiasm for this collaboration.

Lastly, my thanks to Joy McIntyre who arranged for press coverage of our presentations and the partnership by the Philadelphia Inquirer- slated for next Sunday- I will keep you posted.

 Terri H Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Professor


Penn Nursing Associate Professor Christopher Lance Coleman, PhD, MPH, RN and Penn Nursing junior Nora Casper authored essays that are featured in the new book I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming A Nurse.


Click here to read an interview on Dr.Coleman's New book Man UP! a practical guide for men in nursing

  • Click here to purchase Dr. Coleman's new book Man up! A practical guide for men in
Winners of Challenge
HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE announced the winners of the Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color Challenge – and that an application developed by Ann Teitelman, Lynn Stringer, and other members of their interdiscplinay team honor won first place. Their "app" is a first-of-its-kind effort to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, and it will help women of color prevent and fight cancer. This is an "app" that brings together many reliable sources of information available to women of color in a way that makes data accessible to them. We look forward to continuing information as they move into the operational phases of this "app." It has far reaching application to numerous other patient populations, as well.
New Research Funding
  • Please join me in congratulating Terri Lipman in the success in gaining a CTSA Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core grant to fund the next steps in bringing MyDiaText: Feasibility of a Text Messaging System for Youth with Type 1 Diabetes closer to the reality of reaching thousands of of our young people struggling to manage Type 1 diabetes. Her co- Investigators are Kathy Murphy, Nancy Hanrahan, and Allison Buttenheim, Kathy Montgomery (CHOP) and Barry Silverman (College of Engineering).
  • As you may remember (as the app won first place in the School's Year of Games' own competition), MyDiaText is a text/short messaging system (SMS), collaborative initiative among the School of Nursing, the College of Engineering and CHOP to address the management of a major public health issue - type 1 diabetes in youth.  The standard diabetes team approach is often ineffective in assisting adolescents to achieve behavioral changes. There is a clear need for a system that will resonate with youth and will support adolescents to adopt self-management practices.  The purpose of this now funded study is to determine the feasibility and functionality of receiving SMS educational and motivational messages. This system will extend the reach of the clinician into the community and provide innovative modes of communicatiion.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Alison Buttenheim for her Office of Nursing Research funded project, "Can policies change norms? Measuring school vaccine exemption norms in the context of regulatory change."

Center Members Receiving Honors


Drs. Lisa Lewis, Maureen George and Christopher Coleman receive honors from the Family and Community Health Department- pictured here with Department Chair Dr. Pat D'Antonio

Helping to prepare future leaders in Nursing, Dr. Janet Deatrick and the University of Michigan 

Click here to read more about the annual U-M School of Nursing Dean's Research Day!

An interesting and moving read from Dr. Christopher Coleman
Click here to learn more about the motivating work by Dr. Coleman titled "Don't ever forget me", in the new book "I wasn't strong like this when I started out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse"

Dr. Terri Lipman and her students deserve a round of applause!


Congratuatlions to Dr. Terri Lipman and her students from N723 (MSN Clinicals) for their work at Sayre High School and their poster at ABCS summit today! 


Congratulations are in order for our very own Dr. Janet Deatrick


​The Center for Health Equity Research is so proud of our very own Dr. Janet Deatrick, Co-Director, who is the recipient of the prestigious Barbara J. Lowry DSO Faculty Award. The late Dr. Barbara Lowry served as the Associate Provost and held the Endowed Chair, Independence Professor of Nursing. Congratulations Dr. Deatrick!  


Gracing the Cover of UPFront Magazine- Our own Lisa Lewis


​Click here to view the full issue of UPFront Magazine​


The First Lady graces our Facebook page


It’s not every day that the First Lady and the President grace our facebook page. The First Lady, of course, visited us on Wednesday and Dr. Lisa Lewis was invited to the White House for a presentation with the President. So please be sure to “like” us and “share” this great page.