Call for Proposals!

Do you have a proposal for Population Health-focused research?

The DHSA is seeking population health research proposals from students, faculty, and staff attached to any of its partner organizations (Christiana Care Health System, Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Delaware).  Proposals will be reviewed by a committee, and the top four researchers will have a chance to pitch their idea to a panel of DHSA representatives at this live event! The panel will score the proposals, and the highest scoring proposal will receive a check for $50,000 to fund their research!

Important Dates:

Deadline for Submission: April 15, 2019
Notification of Top Four: April 30, 2019
Shark Tank Event: May 28, 2019

Proposals Must Include the Following:

Researcher’s Name(s)
Structured Abstract – 500 words maximum.
Key areas that should be included: overall research plan, innovative aspect of the population health-based proposal,  and how the funds will be utilized, sustainability of the  project, how the project will be impactful to the Delaware  community, and the potential for independent grant funding
Collaboration: proposal should indicate partnership with at least two of DHSA’s partner organizations
Letter of Support from researcher’s supervisor to ensure support

Who Can Submit:

Students, faculty, and staff attached to any of the DHSA’s Partner Organizations

CLICK HERE for more information, and to submit a proposal!

Delaware Mini Medical School Podcast on WDEL

Dr. Omar Khan, President of the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association was interviewed by WDEL regarding the 10th Anniversary of the Delaware Mini Medical School series. Mini Medical School is a collaboration of the Christiana Care Health System and the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware …

Lecture Series @ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spring 2019

 

 

 

 

Spring 2019 Semester begins Tuesday, February 12th!
Class time: 9:00 – 10:15 am
Register Online: http://www.olli.udel.edu/wilmington/registration/

February 12, 2019
Obstructive Sleep Apnea:  Contemporary Surgical Management
Dan Meara, MD, DMD

February 19, 2019
Exercise and Aging
Taylor Alger, PT

February 26, 2019
Trauma – Case Presentations and a Focus on Falls
Sandra Medinilla, MD, MPH

March 5, 2019
Early Language Acquisition and Cognitive Development
Giovanna Morini, Ph.D.

March 12, 2019
Addiction is a Disease of the Brain
Vishesh Agarwal, MD

March 19, 2019
Nanomedicine and Gene Regulation
Emily Day, Ph.D.

March 26, 2019
Kidney 101
John Swanson, MD

April 2, 2019
SPRING BREAK

April 9, 2019
Polypharmacy and its Management
Amanda Schartel, PharmD and Sean Thomas, PharmD

April 16, 2019
Scope of Practice for Physician Assistants, and a focus on Atrial Fibrillation and its Treatment
Ed Woodford, PA

April 23, 2019
View from the Cabinet Secretary’s Office – Healthcare in Delaware
Kara Odom-Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS

April 30, 2019
In Vitro Blood Brain Barrier for cutting edge research and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s)
John Ruano-Salguero, BS

May 7, 2019
Data Privacy and Your Health Information
Ryan Keating, JD

May 14, 2019
Delaware Healthcare Commission Roles and Responsibilities
Elisabeth Scheneman, MA

Surgeon General’s Message on the Current Measles Outbreaks

Dear Partners,

The Nation’s Doctor would like to share a very important message with you about the current measles outbreaks occurring throughout our country.

Measles is a highly-contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.

Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they’re not yet vaccinated. You can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, even up to two hours after that person has left.  And what is even more worrisome is that an infected person can spread measles to others even before the infected person develops symptoms—from four days before they develop the measles rash through four days afterwards.

The good news is that measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.

The MMR vaccine has an excellent safety record and is highly effective. It is one of the most effective vaccines we have in our country.

Surgeon General Adams hopes you will share his message with your networks. It’s up to us to protect the health of our communities.

For more information, please visit CDC.gov

Office of the Surgeon General

SAVE THE DATE – MAY 7, 2019

89th Annual Meeting, Keynote Address and Awards Ceremony

The Keynote Address will be delivered by David L. Heymann, MD DTM&H CBE. Dr. Heymann will discuss his career in global health and combating infectious disease. He will focus on the last remaining outposts of polio, and the importance of global polio eradication.

Dr. Heymann is Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at the UK’s Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He has served in senior positions in the US CDC and the World Health Organization, including as WHO Assistant Director-General, and as Representative of the Director-General for polio eradication. Dr. Heymann has worked on infectious diseases worldwide, including in the smallpox eradication campaign (India); the Ebola outbreak in then-Zaire in 1976; Legionnaire’s disease (Philadelphia); and leading the global response to SARS.

He received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2009; is a member of the US National Academy of Medicine and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences; holds 3 honorary doctorates; and has received the highest awards from the American Public Health Association and the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. He is Editor in Chief of the APHA’s Control of Communicable Disease Manual, the most widely used infectious disease text in the world.

We hope you will join us! Register online

Omar Khan MD MHS FAAFP, President

Timothy Gibbs, MPH, Executive Director

in memoriam – LTG William Herbert Duncan, MD (DE NG Ret.)

 LTG WILLIAM H. DUNCAN. M.D.

18 February 1930 – 19 December 2018

Authored by Joseph Kestner MD; Past-President (2006-2008) and current Board member, Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association

Bill was a native Delawarean hailing from New Castle.  He attended the William Penn High School and graduated from the PS DuPont High School in Wilmington.  After a year at the University of Delaware he entered the U.S. Military Academy by means of a competitive appointment as the son of a deceased veteran of WW II.  Following graduation from West Point in 1952 and some training which included jump school he was sent to Korea as an infantry lieutenant.  At the completion of his military obligation he entered Temple University Medical School graduating in 1959.  An internship at the Delaware Hospital followed.  Bill then opened a family medicine practice at Foulk and Silverside Roads in North Wilmington.  Shortly thereafter Bill was appointed the part time supervisor of the Delaware Hospital ER.  Following the merger of the Delaware, Memorial and Wilmington General Hospitals, Bill became the director of ambulatory and emergency services of the Wilmington Medical Center, a full time position.  In 1975 Bill was appointed vice president for medical affairs at St. Francis Hospital

This is when I first met Bill.   He and I interacted on the credentials committee where applications to join the medical staff were reviewed and evaluated.  On occasion there was controversy.  Bill always valued the perspective of the committee members. Bill was also a source of advice on dealing with hospital administrators.  If there was an adverse event or unexpected death (prior to review committees) Bill would be on the phone wanting to know the details.  As an examiner for the FAA and air traffic controllers he would follow up on patients he referred.  We worked together on nominating committees where he was transparent and open to advice and suggestions.  Bill retired from St. Francis in 1993.

All during this time Bill was active in the PA and later the DE National Guard eventually as commanding officer of the 116th Surgical Hospital (Mobile Army) and later as commander of the 261st Signal Command.  During his military career Bill served in three branches of the army:  Infantry, Medical Corps and Signal Corps.  He retired from the National Guard in 1987 receiving many recognitions and awards.  Bill was appointed a charter member of the Army Historical Foundation.  His lifelong interest in the military also continued with the Delaware National Guard Heritage Committee and the Delaware Military Museum.

Bill was the 19th president of the Delaware Academy of Medicine in 1976 and 77.  He was chairman of the planning committee for the Academy’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1980.  This three day event included cultural, educational and social activities.  Some notable speakers included Isaac Asimov, Ph.D., Eli Ginsberg, Ph.D., and Edmond Pelligrino, M.D.  Bill believed his most significant accomplishment while president of the Academy was to stabilize a precarious financial situation.

Bill was an author.  His Founders of the Medical Society of Delaware, was published in 2017.  He was working on a biography of James Tilton, M.D., a founder of the Medical Society of Delaware and its 1st president at the time of his death.  He documented the service of Delaware Physician Veterans of WW II (1994) and the Korean War (2000) in the Delaware Medical Journal.  His most recent effort, the Contemporary Veterans Project published in the Delaware Medical Journal in Nov-Dec 2018 was to recognize the service of those Delaware Physician Veterans post Korean War.  This is where Bill and I reconnected.  It was my honor to assist Bill in completing this project and identifying every possible Delaware physician veteran post Korean War.  This collaboration was interesting, rewarding and fun – all because of Bill Duncan.

Bill was a leader.  He was open, transparent, articulate and he listened.  He had a vision of what was to be accomplished.  He led infantry units, medical services, the St. Francis Hospital Medical Staff, Temple University Alumni, a U.S. Army Mobile Surgical Hospital and Signal Battalion, the Medical Society of Delaware and the Delaware Academy of Medicine.  One thing to recognize is whatever Bill did – he did well.

He would on occasion speak of his Dad, a soldier and veteran of WW I and WW II who died when Bill was quite young.  I can just imagine what Bill’s Dad might say if he was here today, “Well done, son.  Mission accomplished.”

Ted Kestner, M.D.

To see an interview of Bill Duncan, MD, taped in 2012, click here

Flu Season

2018-2019 Flu Season

Check out the Division of Public Health’s Bulletin – Special Flu Edition to learn more about the flu.

Numerous flu clinics are scheduled across Delaware.  To find them:

Department of Public Health Flu Clinics

New Castle County

  • Monday to Friday | 8:15 am – 11:30 am | Hudson State Service Center | 501 Ogletown Road, Newark
  • Monday to Friday | 8:15 am – 11:30 am | Porter State Service Center | 509 W. 8th Street, Wilmington

Kent County

  • Monday (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) & Wednesday (9:00 am – 11:00 am) | Milford State Service Center | 253 NE Front Street, Milford (By Appointment Only)
  • Monday to Thursday | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm | Williams State Service Center | 805 River Road, Dover (By Appointment Only)

Sussex County

  • Monday – Friday| 8:30 am – 4:00 pm | Shipley State Service Center | 350 Virginia Avenue, Seaford
  • Thursdays | 9:00 am – 11:00 am | Adams State Service Center | 544 S. Bedford Street, Georgetown

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds

Preventing Suicidal Behavior in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: A Health Equity Issue

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
1:00 pm ET
Watch in person (Global Communications Center, Building 19), or live via webcast.

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and suicide rates have increased more than 30 percent since 2000. Among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI and AN) communities, suicide rates are even higher than among the general population, and they are highest among youth and young adults, ages 15–34. Focusing on subgroups at risk, including youth among AI and AN communities, and implementing evidence-based prevention strategies is a key approach to reducing suicidal behaviors and may help reduce this health inequity.

Learn More

Delaware Mini Medical School

Designed for individuals who want to gain a deeper understanding of the world of medicine, Mini-Medical School is a free, six-week series of lectures for adults of all ages and high school students co-sponsored with Christiana Care Health System. Attendees learn about important trends in diagnosing and treating illness and …

February Awareness

February is…

African American History Month – https://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/
American Heart Month – http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month – http://www.groupbstrepinternational.org/
National Cancer Prevention Month – https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/february-is-national-cancer-prevention-month
National Children’s Dental Health Month – http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month
National Condom Month – http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/february-national-condom-month/

The Week of…

Feb 3 – 9: African Heritage & Health Week – https://nationaldaycalendar.com/african-heritage-and-health-week-first-week-in-february/
Feb 7 – 14: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week – https://mendedhearts.org/chd-awareness-week/?doing_wp_cron=1517322899.4326980113983154296875
Feb 3 – 9: Burn Awareness Week – http://ameriburn.org/prevention/burn-awareness-week/
Feb 10 – 16: National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week – https://www.aacvpr.org/Events-Education/Live-Workshops/Cardiac-Pulmonary-Rehabilitation-Weeks

 

The Day of…

Feb 1: National Wear Red Day – https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/get-involved/give/wear-red-and-give
Feb 4: World Cancer Day – http://www.worldcancerday.org/
Feb 7: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – https://nationalblackaidsday.org/
Feb 14: National Donor Day – https://www.organdonor.gov/index.html

 

Innovative Discoveries Series

Diet and Vascular Health: The Role of Sodium and Potassium Intake

Sodium consumption continues to remain well above recommended intakes despite recommendations from many health organizations. Further potassium consumption remains well below recommended intakes. While both nutrients are known for the effect on blood pressure, more recent evidence demonstrates that they affect our vasculature prior to any change in blood pressure. This presentation will discuss the role of dietary sodium and potassium on the blood vessel function and potential health implications.

Presented By:

Shannon Lennon, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Delaware
Licensed Registered Dietitian, State of Delaware

Free!  Lunch will be served!

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

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

Friday, March 15, 2019
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:

April 12, 2019: Advancing Pediatric Medication Discharge Teaching

CCHS Global Health Residency Track

GLOBAL HEALTH SERIES

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.

Thursday, March 28, 2019
5:30 – 6:30 pm
LIVE: Ammon Medical Education Center Room 14

What Lies Beneath: Contributors to Morbidity and Mortality at Kalukembe Hospital

We will share from our experiences in Angola, Africa from 2015-2018 about biological, sociological and political contributors to causes of maternal mortality, MDR-TB and child malnutrition at a rural district hospital.

Speakers:
Daniel Cummings, MD
Priscila Cummings, MD

Co-Hosts:
Dr. Matthew Hoffman
Dr. Omar Khan

REGISTER ONLINE

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.

New Castle Farmers Market Health Screenings

The New Castle Farmer’s Market is providing Free Monthly Health Information and Screenings. From 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute Community Health Outreach and Education Program will present health information and resources on: Saturday, January 19 – Cervical Cancer Saturday, February 23 …

Lt. Governor’s Challenge

Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long invites you to join the celebration as the state of Delaware kicks off the Lt. Governor’s Challenge — an ongoing opportunity for Delawareans to embrace healthier living, inspire their peers and be recognized for their achievements. More than a recognition program for health and wellness initiatives, the Lt. Governor’s Challenge is an opportunity for everyone to drive change and to elevate the well-being, productivity, and prosperity among communities in our state!

The Kickoff Celebration is a free public event, open to all individuals and groups in Delaware that are passionate about improving physical and emotional health through individual and communal activities.

When: Thursday, October 25 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: DE TURF Sports Complex | 4000 Bay Road | Frederica, DE 19946
Find the flyer here!

Kickoff Highlights

  • Remarks by the Lt. Governor!
  • Official reveal of the Lt. Governor’s Challenge vision and platform!
  • Preview of the Lt. Governor’s Challenge nomination and resource website!
  • Networking with state leaders in health and well-being!

Please RSVP by October 23 to info@ltgovernorschallenge.org

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:

http://thenationshealth.aphapublications.org/content/48/5/17.1.full?ijkey=4ftC0maqDf1PA&keytype=ref&siteid=nathealth

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.