Science Cafe Delaware

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Science Cafe

Learn about different scientific topics at a live (and lively) event in a casual setting!  There is no stuffy lecture: the speaker presents the topic in lay terms and facilitates a dynamic conversation with a diverse audience!

March 13, 2018: Vaccines: What You Always Wanted To Know, But Never Asked

Presenter: Kate Smith, MD, MPH; Program Manager, Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association

Upcoming Cafes:

Tuesday April 10, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Whereabouts Cafe
214 Peoples Plaza
Newark, DE 19702
Beginning at 6:00 pm

Register here!

The event is free, but arrive hungry! Food and drinks available for purchase!

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2018 Annual Meeting, May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018
6:00 P.M.
Chase Center on the Riverfront – Christina Ball Room
Registration opening in early March

Keynote speaker, Darshak Sanghavi, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Translation, Optum Labs

Honoring Nicholas Petrelli, MD and the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center with the Lewis B. Flinn President’s Award

Honoring Jewish Family Services with the Public Health Recognition.


Addiction Resources in Delaware

Over 20 million Americans had a substance abuse disorder in 2015.  It is the leading cause of accidental death in the United states, and over 20,000 of those overdose deaths are related to prescription pain relievers (American Society of Addiction Medicine).

Addiction is everywhere, even in Delaware.



New Castle County: 800-652-2929

Kent & Sussex Counties: 800-345-6785

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds

Global Introduction of New Vaccines: Delivering More to More

Vaccinations save the lives of 2 to 3 million people every year, including children. Yet 1 child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine. Why? Because 1 in 5 children in the world do not have access to the life-saving immunizations that keep children healthy.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018
1:00 pm ET
Watch in person (Global Communications Center, Building 19), or live via webcast.

Presented By:

Anagha Loharikar, MD
LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service

Medical Officer, Vaccine Introduction Team, Immunization System Branch, Global Immunization Division
Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Global Progress”

Carsten Mantel, MD, MPH
Senior Advisor Immunization, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin
Managing Director, MM Global Health Consulting, GmbH, Zürich
“Country Implementation”

Craig Burgess, MBChB, MSc, MBA
Senior Technical Advisor, JSI Training and Research Institute, Inc.
“Financial and Economic Considerations”

Facilitated By:

John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

2016 Year In Review

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are pleased to share with you our 2016 Year In Review via the following link.   Its intent is to update you on activities during the prior year, and to engage you in upcoming projects and activities.  We focus on key areas: our programs, our collaborations, our interns, and our publication – the Delaware Journal of Public Health.
As always, we deeply appreciate your engagement in, and support of, the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association.
Please reach out to us with any feedback and suggestions you may have.

March Awareness

March is…

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month –

Brain Injury Awareness Month –

National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month –

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month –

National Myeloma Awareness Month –

National Nutrition Month –

National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month –


March 12-18: Brain Awareness Week –

March 11-17: National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week –


March 8: World Kidney Day –

March 21: Kick Butts Day –

March 22: World Water Day –

March 24: Tuberculosis Awareness Day –


Statement on Vaccines

Vaccines Continue to be Tested and Proven Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines. Retrieved from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Infant Immunizations FAQs. Retrieved from

Institute of Medicine. (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Retrieved from

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015).  Thimerosal in Vaccines: Questions and Answers. Retrieved from

In light of recent claims by politicians or appointees that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, or contain dangerous products like Thimerosal, the public health community and the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association continue to come down on the side of science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.  Before a vaccine can be licensed for public use, it must be tested for safety in the laboratory, in animals, and in human clinical trials.  Human clinical trials include looking for common adverse events in a few participants (phase 1), several hundred volunteers looking for local reactions and general side effects like fever (phase 2), and establishing the effectiveness of the vaccine and determining less common side effects with thousands of participants (phase 3).  If a vaccine is to be given at the same time as another vaccine, the two vaccines are tested together (FDA, 2015).  If a dangerous effect is found, that vaccine is not licensed for public use.

Vaccines are continuously monitored following licensure by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is run by both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS is a national system that collects all reports of adverse events following vaccination.  Phase 4 clinical studies are also conducted to further evaluate the new vaccine, and population based studies are conducted through the use of databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for the lifetime of the use of the vaccine (FDA, 2015).

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee “favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism” (IOM, 2004).  Despite this finding, “all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age or younger and marketed in the U.S. contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts” (FDA, 2015).

“Infants and young children who follow immunization schedules that spread out shots – or leave out shots – are at risk of developing diseases during the time that shots are delayed” (CDC, 2016). Vaccines “keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017).  The Delaware Academy of Medicine will continue to advocate for vaccines and vaccine use in the state of Delaware and the United States.

Innovative Discoveries Series

Healthcare Engineering – System Engineering Approach to Healthcare Delivery

The Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) started in 2006 by the Regenstrief Foundation with a mission to pursue a transformed health system by conducting impactful research through collaborative partnerships. In this presentation, Dr. Yih will give an overview of RCHE and present selected on-going projects/studies in the center that are applying system engineering principles to improve access and care quality. Examples will include research in the areas of evidence generation from observational data, matching supply and need, and improving care for vulnerable populations.

Presented By:

Yuehwern Yih, PhD
Professor, Industrial Engineering
Associate Director, Regenstrief Center for Health Care Engineering
Purdue University

Free!  Lunch will be served!



Friday, March 16, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital, Room 1100
Online: Watch live at
Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Upcoming Lectures:

March 23, 2018: Super Suits: How Advances in Fashion & Wearable Technology Can Improve Life for People With Disabilities.
April 13, 2018: Sleep, Cardiovascular Risk Factor and Outcomes
April 20, 2018: RCaDES Initiative
April 27, 2018: Crowdsourcing Methodology

Patient-Centered Engagement Project around Chronic Kidney Disease

The Academy/DPHA is partnering with the Christiana Care Value Institute to engage patients (and their support networks) who have Chronic Kidney Disease, End-stage Renal Failure, Nephrotic Syndrome, and who have had kidney transplants. More than 20 million people over the age of 20 in the U.S. have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Because CKD patients have multiple comorbid conditions, they see numerous healthcare providers. Poor communication between physicians as well as different electronic health records systems can create fragmented patient care, resulting in suboptimal clinical outcomes. Development of a CKD registry in Delaware will join electronic health records of multiple sources to improve coordination of care. A team of patients, clinicians, and researchers are collaborating to gather information and facilitate Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) based on the CKD registry.