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Lindback for Jacoby

The University of Pennsylvania is honoring Penn Nursing’s Sara Jacoby, PhD, MPH, MSN, FAAN, Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health, Penn Nursing’s Calvin Bland Professor, and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and a Senior Scholar of the Penn Injury Science Center with a 2024 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.

April 02, 2024

About Dr. Jacoby

Jacoby’s research addresses the structural origins of racialized disparities in trauma and violence victimization and how opportunities for injury recovery, restoration, and health are constructed in American cities and healthcare systems. One of Jacoby’s notable areas of expertise is in conducting multi-method research that combines the insights of health geography and analysis of large administrative data sources with the in-depth knowledge elicited directly from individuals impacted by individual and structural violence, notably gun violence, racism, residential segregation, and economic marginalization. Her research also critically appraises operational, policy, and institutional intersections between emergency healthcare and law enforcement in the aftermath of traumatic injuries. The goal of her continuum of research is to inform public health interventions and clinical strategies that prevent injuries, enable healing when injuries after injuries occur, and ultimately build evidence for policies and practices that support injury prevention through intervening on upstream social and structural antecedents.

Jacoby’s research has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and private foundations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, supporting her active involvement and leadership in professional organizations dedicated to advancing knowledge and solutions in this field.

As an educator at Penn Nursing, along mentoring doctoral students, Jacoby teaches courses in Penn Nursing’s undergraduate and graduate curriculum on sociocultural influences on health, inquiry and the philosophy of science, and the application of design thinking for health equity. She lectures at the University and nationally on topics of injury science, the structural determinants of injury and violence, and the application of critical qualitative methods in injury research.

All members of the University community are invited to a reception honoring the recipients of the 2024 Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching, the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty and the Provost’s Award for Distinguished PhD Teaching and Mentoring on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 5:00 PM EST in the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall.

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