45 posts categorized "Health Policy"


STAT: It’s time to measure addiction recovery rates, not just addiction rates

Robert Ashford, a USciences PhD student, and his co-authored in an opinion article for STAT News about the need for more research and measurement of addiction recovery rates. 
"In the midst of a serious addiction crisis, in which 72,000 people died from overdoses in 2017, it can be easy to forget that recovery is not only possible but is the reality for nearly 10 percent of U.S. adults. Losing sight of that can skew public policy and funding priorities to narrowly focus on preventing deaths instead of aiming more broadly to both reduce unnecessary deaths and promote long-term wellness among the 20 million Americans who have a substance use disorder — barely 4 million of whom receive treatment"


Hidden City Philadelphia: Digging Up Vine Street In Search Of Old Skid Row

USciences Dr. Steve Metraux, who studies homelessness and related topics in the department of Health Policy and Public Health, shared his research into the founding and evolution of Philly’s Skid Row, the area along Vine Street between 6th and 11th streets, in an article for Hidden City Philadelphia.


WHYY: Studies find those with HIV at higher risk of becoming homeless

USciences Dr. Stephen Metraux was interviewed in a WHYY story about the correlation between HIV and homelessness.

"There have been studies in city after city that say that stable housing is more predictive or as predictive as being on medication in determining your health outcomes will be," he said, 

Homelessness is the tip of the iceberg of a bigger problem for Metraux. 

"There's kind of a larger group that is either on the verge of becoming homeless or just not adequately housed, either doubling up with others, or in substandard housing, or paying way more rent than they can afford."


Hear the full story on WHYY.


Philly.com: Commentary: Embracing a replacement for Obamacare will require compromise on all sides

USciences Professor Stephen Metraux PhD, director of health policy, penned a blog post for Philly.com about the proposed American Health Care Act and how lawmakers and observers will have to make compromises on both sides of the aisle.


Philadelphia Inquirer: A Hidden Hellscape

Gail Scott, a health policy fellow in addiction studies at Mayes, and a member of the Mayor’s Opioid Task Force was featured in a photo with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sunday feature about an area in Kensington and Fairhill which has become the epicenter of Philadelphia’s heroin epidemic and what the DEA considers the East Coast’s largest heroin market.

Read the full story from Philly.com.


WHYY: MacArthur genius grant winner to establish health center in Camden

MacArthur genius grant winner and Cohen Lecture Keynote speaker Jeffrey Brenner recently won nearly $9 million in funding to establish a National Center for Complex Social and Health Needs, WHYY reported.

Read and listen to the full story from WHYY.


The News Journal: 5 things to know about the flu shot

Dr. Stacey Gorski, assistant professor of biological sciences who specializes in immunology and vaccinology, shares five things you should know about the flu shot.  

Getting vaccinated early is just one recommendation clinicians give. Here are some other facts about this year's flu season worth keeping in mind as the season kicks off.

Read the full story here.


thedp.com: Penn hosts first-time-ever health symposium for local colleges

For the first time, the Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition brought together Philadelphia universities for a day of panels and workshops that focused on health issues at colleges. The event aimed to allow representatives from local schools — including Temple, Drexel, Haverford, Villanova, La Salle and University of the Sciences — to come together to learn about how to improve health education and discuss common concerns.

Read more: http://www.thedp.com/article/2016/02/undergraduate-health-symposium


WHYY: Pottstown pioneers a 'walking' school bus

Pottstown's wellness coordinator David Genova has brought in Mary Mitsdarffer MPH'14, PhD'18, a graduate student at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, to see if the walking bus makes a difference in the students' health and academic performance.

Read/listen to the story here WHYY: Pottstown pioneers a 'walking' school bus


Philadelphia Business Journal: Why Philadelphia is Ahead of the Curve

Women serve as the top executives and administrators at one-third of the area's hospitals and health systems, making the Philadelphia region well ahead of the national average. This story features Susan Cusack PhD'12, executive director of Mercy Catholic Medical Center—who earned her doctorate in health policy from University of the Sciences in 2012.

Read more at Philly Business Journal: Why Philadelphia is Ahead of the Curve