Jefferson Receives $3.1 Million Grant to Reduce Need for Emergency Diabetes Care in Older African Americans

Dr. Barry Rovner’s study will explore how poor access to primary care and poor diabetes self-care lead to high emergency department use in African Americans.

Dr. Barry Rovner’s study will explore how poor access to primary care and poor diabetes self-care lead to high emergency department use in African Americans.

A team of researchers from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) has just received a major $3.1 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to reduce the need for emergency diabetes care in older African Americans.

“This grant extends Jefferson’s research and clinical strengths into the community to reduce racial health disparities,” said principal investigator Barry Rovner, MD, professor of neurology, psychiatry and ophthalmology at Jefferson. “The prevalence of diabetes, the racial diversity of our patients and the need for high-value care are all increasing. This award will enable us to meet these challenges and achieve health equity for all.”

About 40 percent of African Americans with diabetes go to the emergency department each year, and 24 percent use the emergency department as their usual place of care (vs. 13 percent of whites), Rovner said. These disparities reflect racial differences in socioeconomic, medical, environmental and person-level factors.

Rovner’s study will explore how poor access to primary care and poor diabetes self-care lead to high emergency department use in African Americans. In particular, the research will compare the efficacy of community care to prevent diabetes emergencies (COPDE) vs. enhanced usual care (EUC) to reduce the incidence of diabetes-related emergency department visits and/or hospitalizations. COPDE is a collaborative intervention of primary care physicians, a diabetes nurse educator and community health workers that aims to improve access to care and diabetes self-care.

Other members of the Jefferson team receiving the $3,095,504 grant include Robin Casten, PhD, professor of psychiatry; Judd Hollander, professor of emergency medicine; Kristin Rising, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine; and Anna Marie Chang, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine.

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Jefferson Launching Database of 100,000 Medical Marijuana Patients: Philadelphia Inquirer

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is launching the mmj.org intiative to collect health outcomes data from 100,000 medical marijuana patients, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported May 18.

“There are millions of patients using medical cannabis,” said Charles Pollack, director of the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Jefferson, which is spearheading the initiative. “Not all will be interested in participating, but 100,000 is our initial goal. It’s a scale that no one has ever dreamed of. If we get enough patients, then we can focus research on specific illnesses.”

For more details on mmj.org, read the Jefferson Today story here.

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Jefferson Announces the mmj.org Initiative to Study Health Outcomes in 100,000 Medical Marijuana Patients

This initiative will be the largest and most comprehensive clinical database yet accumulated in the emerging field of medical marijuana.

This initiative will be the most comprehensive clinical database yet accumulated in the field of medical marijuana.

The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University has announced the creation of the mmj.org initiative to bring together diverse stakeholders in the cannabis therapy space, to advance scientific understanding of medical marijuana and its derivatives, and to provide evidence-based resources for patients and their caregivers.

The first focus of the mmj.org initiative is a national patient registry in which more than 100,000 medical marijuana patients will share their health outcomes to drive new understanding of the safety and medical utility of cannabinoids used as therapy. This will be the largest and most comprehensive clinical database yet accumulated in the emerging field of medical marijuana. Patient recruitment into the registry will begin early this summer via an online platform at www.mmj.org and with partnering patient and healthcare organizations and medical marijuana dispensaries across the country.

“Millions of patients with chronic diseases are seeking health benefits from marijuana and various cannabinoids, and many are left to experiment with cannabis products on their own. These patients and their caregivers not only deserve our support, but they can help advance scientific understanding by sharing their experiences in a research registry designed with rigor and scale,” said Charles V. Pollack Jr., MD, director of The Lambert Center. “The mmj.org initiative aims to tackle complex issues related to medical marijuana. To achieve this we are focused on patient needs, rigorous science and engagement of all stakeholders—patients, healthcare professionals and industry—critics and advocates alike.

“Current evidence indicates that cannabinoids can be useful in the management of certain types of chronic pain, side effects of chemotherapy and some symptoms of multiple sclerosis—but there is much we still need to learn,” Pollack said.

“We are launching the mmj.org patient registry to fill significant gaps in the science with the largest longitudinal study ever of patient-reported outcomes with medical marijuana,” said Steven K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. “The Lambert Center’s leadership in this emerging area of medicine exemplifies Jefferson’s commitment to advance the leading edge of medicine and transform the status quo in U.S. healthcare.”

The mmj.org initiative is being managed through a public-private partnership between The Lambert Center and ioVita, a digital health company focused on technology to connect and empower patients living with chronic diseases.

Initial collaborators leading the science behind the mmj.org patient registry include: Dr. Donald Abrams, Professor of Medicine, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco; Dr. Marcel Bonn-Miller, Lambert Center Research Director; Dr. Alan Budney, Professor, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Dr. Richard Dart, Director, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center; Dr. Staci Gruber, Director, Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) Program, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School; Dr. Daniele Piomelli, Director, Institute for the Study of Cannabis, University of California, Irvine; and Dr. Ryan Vandrey, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Jefferson College of Nursing Appoints New Dean

Dr. Marie Ann Marino is a nationally recognized leader in nursing practice, education and research.

Dr. Marie Ann Marino is a nationally recognized leader in nursing practice, education and research.

A nationally recognized leader in nursing practice, education and research, Marie Ann Marino, EdD, RN, FAAN, will join Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) as the new dean of the Jefferson College of Nursing effective June 1.

She previously worked at Stony Brook University School of Nursing as the associate dean for academic affairs and strategic partnerships.

“I bring with me a passionate commitment to build on the legacy of excellence that has been the cornerstone of the Jefferson College of Nursing,” Dr. Marino said. “I appreciate Jefferson’s academic trajectory and aspire to bring the College to new heights in the areas of education, research and community engagement.”

U.S. News & World Report recently named Jefferson No. 85 (up from No. 157) nationally in its 2019 rankings of Best Nursing Schools: Masters.

“This is a true testament to the exemplary and transformative academics that are the Jefferson College of Nursing, its faculty and students,” Dr. Marino said.

She said she deeply values Jefferson’s commitment to high-level collaboration and plans to capitalize on this momentum through the development of impactful and transformative partnerships across the Jefferson Enterprise.

“These partnerships will be ones that position Jefferson College of Nursing faculty and students as key players in the design of bold and next-generation solutions to today’s healthcare challenges and the acceleration of their implementation in populations and areas of need,” Dr. Marino said.

Her scholarly interests are in the utilization of team-based models of healthcare that directly impact policy and improve outcomes in multiple populations. An advocate for the essential role nurses play in leading multidisciplinary teams, she has developed and disseminated toolkits that validate the importance of nurse-led teams in improving healthcare outcomes for vulnerable individuals, families and populations across settings. Her work in development, implementation and evaluation of these multidisciplinary partnerships was nationally recognized by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award in 2015.

Her research portfolio focuses on determinants of health affecting community-dwelling elders. Dr. Marino serves as principal investigator on a Health Resources and Services Administration-funded grant that developed and implemented a novel, nurse-led, multidisciplinary team-based model that increases access to preventive healthcare for vulnerable populations. This front-line model has improved outcomes for more than 900 seniors and has educated more than 300 multidisciplinary faculty and students and has been internationally disseminated across disciplines. Additionally, she has collaborated with investigators from medicine/epidemiology, computer science and engineering to explore utilization of wearable sensors and digital biomarkers to improve select outcomes in community-dwelling elders.

For the past 28 years, Dr. Marino also has maintained a clinical practice as a pediatric nurse practitioner/forensic medical examiner, conducting more than 3,000 medical evaluations of child victims of abuse and violence. She has provided expert testimony in more than 300 proceedings nationally.

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Jefferson to Host NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium on Health Professions

The colloquium will help healthcare educators and administrators better prepare students so they can successfully practice in globally interconnected and multicultural environments.

The colloquium will help healthcare educators and administrators better prepare students so they can successfully practice in globally interconnected and multicultural environments.

Infectious diseases don’t respect borders, and even noncommunicable diseases can quickly become global epidemics. Global health challenges are made more complex by inherent structural inequities and by educational deficiencies that don’t address the global nature of these challenges.

To help healthcare educators and administrators better prepare students so they can successfully practice in globally interconnected and multicultural environments, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will host the 2018 NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium on Health Professions on Wednesday, May 30.

This program for faculty members, academic leaders and international educators will explore global learning in disciplinary and crossdisciplinary contexts and discuss ways of integrating global learning into internationalization efforts across the curriculum.

“Global learning is about connecting students’ personal, professional and academic growth to the wider world,” said Madeleine Wilcox, director of International and Domestic Study Away Programs at Jefferson, who will be moderating a panel. “This colloquium is an opportunity to discuss what we can do to support the needs of students and communities across our disciplines and programs.”

Topics will include interconnectedness of global health systems, including structural inequities; interconnectedness of health professions (e.g., medicine, public health, nursing); cross-cultural communication; and interprofessional global health competencies.

The Global Learning Colloquium on Health Professions is part of the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo, which runs May 27-June 1 in Philadelphia. NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. Its 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions in over 150 countries.

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Sidney Kimmel Medical College is Helping to Make Pennsylvania a Leader in Medical Marijuana Research: Forbes

Pennsylvania is leading the nation in medical marijuana research and Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College is part of that initiative, Forbes reported May 15.

This week, Pennsylvania approved eight medical schools in the state, including Sidney Kimmel Medical College, to conduct research on the medicinal benefits of marijuana.

The news was also reported by WHYY, The Philadelphia Inquirer,  Philly Voice, Merry Jane, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, NBC10 and other media outlets.

 

 

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Five Reasons You Belong at Jefferson

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Why do you belong at Jefferson?

Here are 5 reasons why.

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Community and Trauma Counseling Students Inducted Into Delta Sigma Mu Honor Society

Irina Syrnikova was one of the 34 students inducted from the community and trauma counseling  program.

Irina Syrnikova was one of the 34 students inducted from the community and trauma counseling program.

Delta Sigma Mu, the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) chapter of the national counseling honor society Chi Sigma Iota, held its annual induction ceremony on May 8 in Downs Auditorium. Delta Sigma Mu inducted 34 graduate students from the community and trauma counseling (CTC) program.

To be eligible, students must be able to demonstrate the traits, dispositions and characteristics of professional counselors, as well as maintain a 3.5 GPA. Assistant professor Astra Czerny is the faculty advisor for Delta Sigma Mu and conceived the idea to start this chapter on campus.

In addition to the induction of the students, two scholarship awards and a faculty appreciation award were presented: Alyssa Gibson and Eric Shapiro earned the Daniel Gerstein Memorial Award; the Delta Sigma Mu Emerging Professional Award went to Michelle Cost and Victoria Lowers; and adjunct professor Craig Strickland received the Delta Sigma Mu Faculty Appreciation Award.

Arturo Zinny, LPC, MA, served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. He’s the project director for the Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services.

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Class of 2018 Student Awards

news_program_2018seniorawardsWe bid farewell and adieu to the Jefferson Graphic Design Class of 2018 and congratulate them on their awards and successes. We have a lovely traditional of Top 5 Portfolios here and the results are in: No. 1 Portfolio, Charlotte Rymar; No. 2, Zack Faust; No. 3, Joelle Rush; No. 4, Devon Strine; and No. 5, Katie Witmer. And winning Top Capstone, was Devon Strine. Charlotte Rymar was also awarded the SDE Award for Excellence in Graphic Design (aka Top Senior Award). We wish you all hearty congrats and much future success, and goodbye to the entire class. Please stay in touch and let us know how you make it out there in the Real World.

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Graduation 2018

news_program_2018grad1Congrats Jefferson Graphic Design Class of 2018! A talented and energetic bunch, we are so excited to see where life leads you guys next. Please stay in touch, and go forward and prosper! Best wishes!news_program_2018grad2

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