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Fanta Waterman Purayidathil, PhD, MPH, a Public Health graduate student at the College of Public Health, was awarded a PHSSR 2013 Junior Investigator grant to continue her research on reporting systems for foodborne disease outbreaks. This one-year, $10,000 award allows doctoral candidates and junior faculty to work with experts at the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research, an organization that investigates and directs public health infrastructure. As Dr. Purayidathil explains, "considering sequestration and shrinking budgets among public health agencies taking place with the continued expectation of service to protect the public, investigating methods by which to increase the effectiveness of state health departments has become increasingly important."

This year, the grant was awarded to only nine researchers in the country. Dr. Purayidathil began her work as part of a Future Faculty Fellowship at CPH under the mentorship of Public Health Associate Professor Jennifer Ibrahim, PhD, MPH. She recently defended her dissertation and received her doctorate in Public Health from Temple University in April 2013.


Thanks to Public Health faculty Jessica Boyer, MPH, MSW, assistant professor, and Jennifer Ibrahim, PhD, MPH, associate professor, CPH's Department of Public Health  received a 6-month, $50,000 grant from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research for their project “Achieving Healthy People 2020 through Public Health Policy.”

The grant, which was awarded to only one accredited graduate program of Public Health, will be used to create fourteen educational modules that address policy approaches to preventative health, under the framework of the Healthy People 2020 program instituted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These modules will include readings, lectures, activities, and assessment guide and will be implemented across the country as stand-alone or supplementary courses. They will be available on the APTR website beginning October 2013

Other Philadelphia public health programs, including Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, the University of the Sciences, and several community partners, will collaborate on this project under CPH’s leadership. Many thanks to Professors Boyer and Ibrahim for reaching out to these partners and propelling this initiative.


Public Health Assistant Professor Katherine Bauer, PhD, MS received a grant from the Program on Childhood Hunger at the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research to support her study, “The Effect of In-Classroom Breakfast Feeding on Children’s Food Security and Participation in the School Breakfast Program.” The $75,000 grant is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutritional Service. Dr. Bauer will investigate incentives for schools to offer breakfast to low income students in the classroom and develop strategies to expand the reach of the currently underutilized School Breakfast Program.


CPH’s Intergenerational Center received an 18-month, $150,000 grant from the Barr Foundation to support its program New Entrepreneurs in a New Land. The Barr Foundation supports gifted leaders who are working to improve environmental sustainability and to enhance cultural, economic, and educational opportunities for families and children in poverty.

The Intergenerational Center also received a 3-year, $150,000 renewal grant from the Kellogg Foundation for Generations Working Together to Support Young Children. This program aims to address the racial generation gap by improving the quality of early childhood care and education in vulnerable populations.