Upcoming Events

September 2018

National Recovery Month https://www.recoverymonth.gov/

Webinar: Lyme Disease

Spring is finally here, and deer ticks will be sure to awaken and go about causing Lyme disease in your patients.

Tuesday, May 1 is World Lyme Day! Delaware is among the top 10 states with the highest incidence rates of Lyme disease in the United States.

Please have a look at this webinar which describes the epidemiology (with particular emphasis on Delaware), early recognition, and prevention of Lyme disease. It was jointly produced by the Medical Society of Delaware and the Delaware Division of Public Health, is offered at no cost, and is eligible for 1 unit of CME credit.

Learn more here.

September Awareness

September is the month of …

Alopecia Awareness – https://www.naaf.org/programs/alopecia-areata-awareness-month-seeus-in-september
Childhood Cancer Awareness – https://childrenscancer.org/childhood-cancer-awareness-month/
Healthy Aging – https://healthyaging.net/september-is-healthy-aging-month/
Hunger Action Month- https://secure.feedingamerica.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=Pass_the_Plate
Infant Mortality Awareness – http://www.nationalhealthystart.org/what_we_do/infant_mortality_awareness_campaign
Leukemia  & Lymphoma Awareness – http://www.lls.org/blood-cancer-awareness-month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness – http://www.ovariancancerawareness.org/
Preparedness Month – https://www.ready.gov/september
Prostate Cancer Awareness – https://contentsubscription.cancer.org/prostate-cancer-awareness.html
Sickle Cell Awareness – http://nul.iamempowered.com/content/sickle-cell-awareness-month
Thyroid Cancer Awareness – http://www.thyca.org/how-to-help/awareness/september/
The week of…

9-15: Suicide Prevention Week – https://afsp.org/campaigns/national-suicide-prevention-week-2018/
9-15: National Assisted Living Week – https://www.ahcancal.org/ncal/events/nalw/Pages/default.aspx/
23-29: Active Aging Week – http://www.activeagingweek.com/

The day of…

3rd: Labor Day
11th: National Service & Remembrance Day
13th: National Celiac Awareness Day – https://celiac.org/celiac-disease/understanding-celiac-disease-2/what-is-celiac-disease/
18th: National HIV/AIDS Day and Aging Awareness Day – https://www.hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/aging
16th: International Ozone Preservation Day – http://www.un.org/en/events/ozoneday/
21st: International Day of Peace – http://internationaldayofpeace.org/
21st: World Alzheimer’s Day – https://www.alzinfo.org/articles/world-alzheimers-day/
28th: World Rabies Day – https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day
29th: World Heart Day – https://www.worldheartday.org/

Innovative Discoveries Series

Social Media-Based Parenting Intervention for Postpartum Depression

Maternal depression is common among women following childbirth. Depression adversely impacts a mother’s ability to parent. Current psychosocial and pharmacological therapy are effective at reducing depressive symptoms but may not improve parenting practices. In addition, few affected women successfully seek or engage in treatment. Social media and internet-based interventions hold promise for treating postpartum depression and resulting parenting dysfunction while addressing barriers to engagement in treatment.

Presented By:

James Guevara, MD, MPH

Professor, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Attending Pediatrician, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Free!  Lunch will be served!

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


Friday, September 21, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital, Room 1100
Online: Watch live at https://bluejeans.com/361095905
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:

September 29, 2018: Behavioral Economic Insights into Physician Tobacco Treatment Decision Making
October 12, 2018: Topic to be determined
October 26, 2018: Implementation and Evaluation of a Cerebral Palsy Program

CCHS Global Health Residency Track


Please join us for this month’s global health talk!
The Global Health Residency Tracks of Christiana Care Health System, in partnership with the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association, are pleased to invite you to this month’s global health talk.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
5:30 – 6:30 pm
LIVE: Ammon Medical Education Center Room 14 (broadcast to Room 2 in the Brandywine Conference Center at Wilmington Hospital).

Making a Killing – Philip Morris, Kraft, and Global Tobacco Addiction

In 2000, long before the pervasive nature of social media had been developed, Philip Morris, Kraft, and many other companies were influencing populations to adopt habits that are proven to have a negative impact on health.  First the award winning movie “Making a Killing,” released in 2000 will be viewed, then we’ll bring things up to speed with current marketing practices around the globe in follow-up discussion.

Recommended background reading:
Big Tobacco Accused of Using Social Media ‘Influencers’ to Target Youth


Tim Gibbs, MPH
Executive Director, Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association


The CCHS Global Health Curriculum is an interdepartmental collaboration, supporting the Global Health Tracks in the Depts. of Medicine and Family Medicine, and the Med-Peds Residency, with the support of the Delaware Academy of Medicine, Delaware Public Health Association, and Delaware Academy of Family Physicians.

All are welcome to attend this talk.  Global Health Curriculum residents are required to attend.  There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required. Food and Refreshments will be served.

Future Talks


Webinar: Getting to the Bottom of Colorectal Cancer Screening

The University of Virginia is offering this FREE webinar to learn about the new American Cancer Society screening guidelines, the pros and cons of different screening modalities, best practices for shared decision making, and answers to commonly asked questions about successful screening programs.

When: Friday, October 5, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, ET
Who: Panelists include Andrew Wolf, MD (University of Virginia, American Cancer Society panelist on screening guidelines) and Cindy Yoshida, MD (Gastroenterologist)
What: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available.  1.0 hour of participation will be awarded to each non-physician participant.

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Register here

Peace Week Delaware

From September 15–23, 2018, peace-loving folks across our state will celebrate Peace Week Delaware—a statewide series of events and actions raising awareness and hope for peace in our communities, nation, and world.  Check out the event calendar!

Peace Week Delaware is an expanded vision of peace led by the Movement for a Culture of Peace, which began organizing annual peace marches in Wilmington in 2014 and has held monthly public forums on how to achieve peace and address the impact of violence.

Peace Week Delaware 2018 will provide a coordinated outlet for that energy, widening the circle of nonviolent action across the state. The week of September 15–23 brings Campaign Nonviolence Action Week to life in Delaware. It also commemorates International Peace Day (Sept. 21) and the efforts of the United Nations to achieve international harmony.

Delaware Journal of Public Health Covered in the APHA Nation’s Health Newspaper

We are honored to have been interviewed and included in the July issue of The Nation’s Health, in an article titled:

Affiliate journals advance health research, collaboration: Field practice garnering publication

Executive Director and publisher, Tim Gibbs, and Deputy Editor, Liz Healy, are quoted in the article which you can read here:


The Nation’s Health is the monthly newspaper of the American Public Health Association, a source of news from and for the public health field. The newspaper covers issues of interest to public health professionals, including news on federal, state and local public health policy; developments and trends in public health science and practice; global health issues; research findings; and coverage of state and local health departments.


Mini Med 2018 On YouTube!

Did you miss 2018’s Mini Medical School? Watch it on YouTube!

The 2018 Mini Medical School program, a collaboration between the Delaware Academy of Medicine and Christiana Care Health System, concluded in April, with six lectures and hundreds of eager-to-learn attendees. For the first time in the annual program’s history, the lectures have been captured on video and are now available for viewing on YouTube.

Watch here!

The July Khanversation

Coordination and Connection.

These are key features of a well-functioning public health system – essential yet relatively invisible. It reminds us (ok, me) of the way a car engine works (an internal combustion one, at least): multiple parts buried underneath shrouds, covers, and caps, coming together in somewhat noisy harmony to deliver motive force. The vehicle it powers might ultimately get the credit (the analogy being a clinic, hospital, outbreak investigation, or any other visible frontline service), yet the work goes on behind the scenes: painstakingly connecting the rod to the pistons to the crankshaft, to ultimately deliver power to the wheels. These connections abound in our community. And if you look deeper, seemingly disconnected and disparate work is in fact linked. These structures are provided by key partner institutions in Delaware, among which the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association is a proud leader.

Some of you know (or now realize after reading the above) that I have a deep interest in mechanical things, especially those that go (and sometimes leak oil as well). Not content with my own skinned knuckles, I frequent a group called Cars & Coffee, of which a chapter meets monthly, not far from our offices at the Christiana Hospital campus. It is yet another kind of connection, and one which thrives in Delaware: a community of individuals coming together to discuss common interests.

I know all of you, our members, have incredibly diverse avocations, some of which intersect professionally, and many which do not. If you’d like to share your thoughts with us on a particular pastime, drop us a line with a photo (at ksmith@delamed.org). We’ll share when we have a few collected.

One of the best opportunities to connect with our colleagues from across the globe is coming up, in sunny San Diego – the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference (Register Here!). We’ll be hosting a reception for Delaware attendees, so if you’re going, let us know (e-mail Kate Smith at ksmith@delamed.org) – we’d love to see you there, for food, drink and of course, conkhanversation.  In the meantime, drive on!


Check out the rest of the July Newsletter!


A Moment With Our New President, Dr. Omar Khan

For someone who has no idea how to answer the question ‘where do you see yourself in 5 years’, it is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of 88 years.  That’s the length of time the Delaware Academy of Medicine has been around. I joined not because of this history, but because of what the foundation established by this history meant for the future.  I joined when my friend and colleague Dr. Arun Malhotra collared me in the parking lot of the Academy office (part of the Christiana Hospital campus) and suggested I do so.  Not being a joiner by nature, I still agreed to be part of this group which my smart and dynamic colleague belonged to. I discovered there other smart, dynamic colleagues, keenly interested in quite an unusual question: how to continuously be relevant to the membership, to the community, to Delaware- even if it meant challenging and reinventing one’s mission.

Over the last 10 years I have had the privilege of learning from the finest leaders from medicine, dentistry, public health, nursing, social sciences, and indeed all disciplines connected with the health sciences.  Your Delaware Academy of Medicine has grown to encompass the broadest possible mission of serving health by also becoming the Delaware Public Health Association (DPHA).  We have formed partnerships with all those interested in the same as us: serving and improving the health of our community.

I am incredibly grateful to the leadership of Dr. Dan Meara, a scholar, gentleman and friend.  His steady leadership and wisdom over the last few years have been instrumental in maintaining our strength.  Our incredible Board- which is really 2 Boards, that of the Academy of Medicine, and the Advisory Council of the DPHA- deserve our heartfelt thanks for volunteering on behalf of the Delaware community to keep our work on track.

The staff of the Academy are a well-kept secret, which I intend to make less well-kept during my tenure. They are an exceptional team, comprising Tim Gibbs (Executive Director), Kate Smith, Elizabeth Lenz, Elizabeth Healy- all of whom put together our diverse programming from Mini Medical School to the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; plan, edit, and published the acclaimed and popular Delaware Journal of Public Health; administer student loans for medical and dental students; host a continual stream of student interns; optimize our partner relationships; keep us on sound financial footing – and oh yes, spend most waking minutes thinking about new and innovative ways to do what we do.  It’s an always-exhilarating (occasionally exhausting J) place to work.

And that is just the local work. Add to that our leadership role in the American Public Health Association, partnership with the National Academy of Medicine and Fogarty International Center of the NIH; and extensive national involvement in various national organizations on the part of our Board and Advisory Council Members. We truly Think Locally and Act Globally.

Some of the best moments in caring for others is getting to know one’s colleagues.  As the practice environment has changed, as have we.  Fewer community physicians come to the hospital, yet the health systems are now more engaged in the health of communities. I see incredible possibilities for collaboration ahead- for delivering increasing value to our patients and communities. And it remains rooted in the power of relationships- the unique Delaware way of accomplishing important tasks through the personal touch.

Over the next couple of years, I hope to get to know as many of you as possible, and I hope you will do likewise.  Our team is embedded in the fabric of all you do and those you serve.  My bio is here, and closeby you will find profiles of all our Board Members.

This space is intended as a place for dialogue – for con khan-versation.  Having suffered through countless ‘Wrath of Khan’ jokes since 1982, I figured it’s my turn.   So, talk to us. Tell us what you like, what you’d like us to be, where you’d like us to go. What would you like us to do the next 88 years?  Keep it interesting, fun, constructive.  That’s the plan.  Let’s drive!

2018 Public Health Recognition – Jewish Family Services of Delaware

At the 88th Annual Meeting of the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association the work of Jewish Family Services of Delaware was accepted by their CEO, Basha Silverman.

Started by the Delaware Academy of Medicine in 2010, the Public Health Recognition Award is given to a Delaware nonprofit organization who has shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the improvement of our community.

Previous awardees include:

  • 2010 The Heart Truth Delaware
  • 2011 Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition
  • 2012 Immunization Coalition of Delaware
  • 2013 St. Michael’s School and Nursery
  • 2014 Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 83, Gold Star Program
  • 2015 Gift of Life Donor Program
  • 2016 Hon. Jack Markell – Governor of Delaware 2009-2017
  • 2017 American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic

Jewish Family Services of Delaware (JFS) is multi-faceted social service organization that embraces and fulfills a mission to strengthen individuals, families, and the community by providing counseling and support services. Our services include outpatient therapy, case management, workforce development, refugee resettlement, adoption, and prevention education. Our work has been accomplished person-by person, need by need and always with compassion, skill and commitment to individual integrity.

As a result, our agency today is strong and stable. Our programs and policies are designed to remove barriers that may inhibit people in vulnerable situations from accessing needed support. We are all responsible for one another. Inspired by this fundamental Jewish value, Jewish Family Services assists individuals and families through life transitions, helping youth and children grow stronger, and ensuring the safety and dignity of older adults. JFS supports families of all backgrounds as they deal with basic human needs, life transitions, and mental health issues. JFS has the unique privilege of representing the tzedakah (justice), compassion, and loving kindness of the Jewish people to the broader community. Many JFS clients are not Jewish, but all of them learn what it means to be Jewish: the beauty of our traditions and our commitment to tikkun olam, building a better world.

Basha Silverman, Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Services of Delaware, has an exemplary career of over 16 years in non-profit social services and Jewish communal service.

Prior to joining JFS, Basha was the Vice President of Strategic Expansion at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Philadelphia where she was responsible for driving the Agency’s program development and visions for growth as well as generating revenue by leading a robust initiative. A native Delawarean, Basha has deep personal and professional connections in the First State. She spent 12 years at Brandywine Counseling and Community Services, serving in many capacities. She is founder of Delaware’s first coalition aimed at designing a gender specific, health focused response to victims of trauma, and has developed programs for HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental health in Delaware and Pennsylvania. She was named 2013 Power Woman of the Year by Main Line Magazine.

Basha is a graduate of Brandywine High School, University of Delaware, and Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She and her husband Jesse have two daughters, Noa and Mira.