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Lipman and Partners Win 2019 Provost-Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award

The annual award recognizes sustained and productive university/community partnerships. Junior and senior faculty along with senior lecturers and associated faculty from any of Penn’s 12 schools are eligible for nomination, together with their community partners. The $10,000 prize is split between the faculty member and the community partner.

Penn Nursing’s Terri H. Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition, and Professor of Nursing of Children, and her partners at Inthedance, LLC, will be the recipients of the 2019 Provost-Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award.

Lipman, who maintains a clinical practice as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Division of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), is being recognized for her outstanding engagement of Penn nursing students and faculty in Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) partnerships that work to improve community health, as well as for the quality and sustainability of her community partnerships, and the positive impact on both physical and mental health for all participants involved.

Lipman has taught ABCS courses continuously since 2006 and has helped grow the total number of ABCS courses in the School of Nursing from five to eleven since assuming the role of Assistant Dean for Community Engagement in 2015. Inthedance, LLC was founded in 2002 as a movement and dance program that offers innovative ways to enhance physical exercise, range of motion, balance and body mechanics through dance.

As a component of her ABCS teaching and research, Lipman and her partners at Inthedance, LLC launched the intergenerational Dance for Health (DFH) program at the Sayre Recreation Center in 2012 to increase access to physical activity. Since that time, DFH has expanded to four additional sites in West Philadelphia, engaged over 700 participants, and demonstrated a positive impact on cardiovascular health, memory, social support, and anxiety reduction. Teams of Penn nursing students and Sayre High School students who collaborated to implement and evaluate the program, have also jointly given scientific presentations and received awards at national pediatric nursing conferences across the US. David Earley and Selena Williams Earley, co-founders of Inthedance, LLC have presented at multiple Penn conferences and courses, and served as coauthors on publications about DFH.

The Provost and Netter Center will host a ceremony to present this award to Lipman and Inthedance, LLC on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 2:00pm at the Inn at Penn, Meeting Room 300.