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The mission of Temple University’s Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy (CBUHP) is to partner with community members, health care providers, and policy makers to create model programs and practices aimed at eliminating health care disparities in the urban setting.

News Spotlight

Social Justice & Medicine: White Coats for Black Lives
November 17, 2015: On the eve of the #MedStudents4Mizzou Day of Solidarity event organized by White Coats for Black Lives, we would like to point out a statement from the AAMC President, Dr. Darrell Kirch, about academic medicine and social justice from February 2015. Dr. Kirch acknowledges the AAMC's support of "a robust research initiative in health equity to support our medical schools and teaching hospitals in identifying practical solutions to improve the health of our communities." He ends his statement with the following words: "Social justice is a core tenant of medical ethics. By donning their white coats and declaring that black lives matter, medical students embodied the principles of trust and humanistic care that the white coat represents. As doctors, our ethics are tested every day of our careers—not only in the care decisions we make, but also in how we speak to and about our patients, how we interact with our colleagues and learners, and in the steps we take to help those in our communities live healthier, longer lives. Our medical students have shown themselves to be empathic, engaged, and resilient in the face of deep-rooted social problems. They give me hope that we can find our way back to dialogue, and to working toward solutions to our most entrenched social problems." You can read the full statement here.

Interview with Fox29
Dr. Nora JonesNora Jones, PhD, Associate Director of Bioethics Education, was interviewed on October 31, 2015, by Philadelphia local television station Fox29. Parents of a terminally-ill five-year-old are honoring their daughter's wish to not seek treatment if she becomes sick again. Dr. Jones answered questions on the Fox29 Weekend Show about whether a five-year-old, and specifically this particular five-year-old, is able to make end of life decisions and how she might comprehend death. You can read more about this story here.

Panel Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH)
Nora L. Jones, PhD, Associate Director of Bioethics Education, and Matthew S. Lucas, PhD, MBE, RN, MA Urban Bioethics Program Manager, were part of a Panel Presentation at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH). Their presentation, given along with colleagues at two other institutions, focused on graduate level bioethics education.

New Grant Award
Dr. Norma Alicea-AlvarezNorma Alicea-Alvarez, DNP, PNP-BC, Director of Community Engagement, in collaboration with Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), has been selected as recipient for one of six City of Philadelphia "Call of Ideas" Awards. In this initiative, APM and Dr. Alicea-Alvarez will convert an area into a 'pop-up' marketplace to provide education while also situating itself as a place community members can come together, gain information, and share stories, history, and feel a sense of unification and community. Dr. Alicea-Alvarez will incorporate as well a medical narrative project with a goal of highlighting and supporting the needs of the community for a permanent structure in the same area. This project was also selected as a Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) Implementation grant. Congratulations, Dr. Alicea-Alvarez!

Interview with Miriam Solomon
Making Medical Knowledge, by Miriam SolomonMiriam Solomon, PhD, Professor of Philosophy and Affiliated Professor at CBUHP, authored the recently published Making Medical Knowledge from Oxford University Press. Dr. Solomon was recently interviewed by New Books in Philosophy. Dr. Solomon offers both practical and theoretical suggestions to improve medical knowledge and approach medical controversies. Congratulations Dr. Solomon!

New Publication in Oncology Nursing Forum
Matthew S. Lucas, PhD, MBE, RNMatthew Lucas, PhD, MBE, RN, MA Urban Bioethics Program Manager, is the first author of a new article out next month in the September 2015 issue of Oncology Nursing Forum. The article, "Assessing Suicidal Ideation and Behaviors Among Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumors and Their Mothers During Sociobehavioral Research," is one of the several articles published or under review from work he did at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. This article examines the development and feasibility of a protocol for nonpsychiatric subspecialty research staff members to screen participants who endorse suicidal ideations or behaviors during data collection. Congratulations, Dr. Lucas!

Press Conference with Senator Robert Casey (D-PA)
Marla Davis-Bellamy, JD, MGA
, Director of Philadelphia CeaseFire, hosted a press conference on Tuesday, August 12, 2015, outside Temple University School of Medicine featuring US Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) for his bipartisan Youth PROMISE (Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education) Act. Senator Casey later posted on his Facebook page, "Following a violent weekend in Philadelphia, I'm calling for an end to the school to prison pipeline and push for passage of a bipartisan plan that would allow Pennsylvania cities to invest more in proven crime prevention strategies like youth mentoring."

Pictured above, from left to right, are: Philadelphia CeaseFire Outreach Worker Colwin Williams; Dr. Amy Goldberg, TUHS Interim Chair of Surgery and Director of the Trauma Program; Dr. Arthur Feldman, TUSM Executive Dean, Marla Davis-Bellamy, Dr. Kathleen Reeves, Director of CBUHP and Senior Associate Dean for the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Philadelphia CeaseFire Supervisor Quinzel Tomoney.

Featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer
Marla Davis BellamyMarla Davis Bellamy, Director of Philadelphia CeaseFire, was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer on July 31, 2015, about her work to stem the "infection of violence" in Philadelphia. Philadelphia CeaseFire uses the Cure Violence model, which aims for violence reduction by training those who know the cycle of violence personally in order to stop its spread. Philadelphia CeaseFire has ten violence interrupters to ease tensions in areas that need it most. "Several of our outreach workers are those who've had a criminal past," Davis Bellamy said. "They have an immediate rapport with those young people who have made some bad decisions. But they can relate. It's an immediate connection. Through that, they're able to mentor them." You can read the full story here.

Meeting with President Obama
Robert Warner meets with President ObamaRobert Warner, Philadelphia Ceasefire Program Manager (far right), was one of 4 ex-offenders who privately met with and was recognized by President Obama on July 14, 2015, in his speech in Philadelphia at the NAACP convention. Temple University criminal justice major Jeffrey Copeland is on the far left. The Philadelphia Daily News has written up the story, highlighting both Mr. Warner and documentary filmmaker El Sawyer, who is standing between Mr. Warner and President Obama.

Exciting News!
Kathleen Reeves, MDWe are pleased and excited to announce that starting on August 1, 2015, Kathleen Reeves, MD, current Director of the CBUHP, will serve as the inaugural Senior Associate Dean of the new Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion! Dr. Reeves has served as Associate Dean and then Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs at TUSM since 2003. We welcome this new transition and congratulate Dr. Reeves!

Ashley De Padua, MD - Intern of the Year, St. Luke'sMD/MAUB Alum ('14) Ashley De Padua
was awarded St. Luke's Intern of the Year Award "in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, humanistic attitudes, and leadership." Ashley's senior residents and faculty recognized her non-judgmental rapport with patients and the ways in which she takes into account the multiple issues leading to repeated admissions. She notes that the feedback she receives touches frequently on issues related to her master's degree as all of her patients tend to be vulnerable patients - low income, low education, lacking insurance, with English not their primary language. She's also worked to successfully overcome some of her patients' mistrust in the medical system, patients who are unfortunately often referred to as frequent flyers and "rocks."
"I credit the MAUB program with that." Thanks Ashley! Students like you are what help to make this program great!

Diana Huang
has finished her year-long internship with the CBUHP and is returning to her studies as a third-year dual degree MD/MA student. Diana's accomplishments are numerous, and she will be missed. Thank you, Diana, and best wishes as you continue your studies!

We are welcoming new additions to CBUHP! Walter Wilkerson joined us last month as an Outreach Worker, currently joining the Grand-Aides program. Welcome, Walter!

Mary Beth Hays joins CBUHP this week as the new Temple University site manager for the Healing Hurt People program. Welcome Mary Beth!

Marla Davis-Bellamy, JD, MGA
, along with other community health leaders, will be recognized for her work in Philadelphia by Healthy NewsWorks on Wednesday, May 20th. The even is in honor of Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2015, a new book of stories by Healthy NewsWorks student journalists about Philadelphia-area leaders who are making our communities healthier.

Book Published!
Making Medical Knowledge, by Miriam SolomonMiriam Solomon, PhD, Professor of Philosophy and Affiliated Professor at CBUHP, authored the just published Making Medical Knowledge from Oxford University Press. The text is currently available in the United Kingdom and will soon be available in the USA as well. Dr. Solomon offers both practical and theoretical suggestions to improve medical knowledge and approach medical controversies. Congratulations Dr. Solomon!

Congratulations 2015 Graduates!
Congratulations to our second class of MA Urban Bioethics graduates! Wednesday, May 6th's degree recipients include:

Seneca Harberger, MD, MA
June Park, MD, MA
Angela Silverman, MD, MA
Sarab Sodhi, MD, MA
Daniel Velasco, DPT, MA

We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

Marla Davis-Bellamy, JD, MGA
, on behalf of Philadelphia CeaseFire, accepted the 2015 Community Service Award from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations! The 2015 PCHR Awards program was held on Tuesday, April 28th.

2015 Summer Intern Program--Application Cycle Closed
The application cycle for the 2015 Summer Intern Program here at the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy is now closed. The search for 2016 Summer Interns will begin in early 2016.

Philadelphia CeaseFire Marks National Youth Violence Prevention Week
Philadelphia CeaseFire joined with the Philadelphia Youth Commission and Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro linebacker Connor Barwin on Thursday at the Philadelphia Art Museum for a press conference in recognition of National Youth Violence Prevention Week. 6ABC-TV and NBC10-TV provided coverage of the event. Philadelphia CeaseFire is an outreach initiative of Temple University School of Medicine and focuses its efforts on stopping shootings in the 22nd and 39th Police Districts in North Philadelphia.

Interview with PHENND
Dr. Norma Alicea-Alvarez
, Director of Community Engagement at CBUHP, was interviewed by the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development. Dr. Alicea-Alvarez discusses how the Center works with communities to work toward achieving its vision of health equity. You can read the interview in full here.

Violence Reduction through Conflict Mediations
Marla Davis-Bellamy, Esq.
, along with Criminal Justice PhD student Hannah Klein and associate professor Caterina Roman, presented "Violence Reduction through Conflict Mediations: An Examination of the Cure Violence Public Health Model in Philadelphia" at the Second College of Physicians' Section on Public Health's Public Health Day Symposium. The event was on Monday, April 6, 2015, from 8:30am - 12:30pm and was held at the College of Physicians.

"Mini Medical School" and CBUHP Featured in Temple Health News Digest!
Diana Huang
, MA/MD class of 2017 and CBUHP Intern, and Dr. Norma Alicea-Alvarez, are featured in the Temple Health News Digest about their educational initiative at the North Philadelphia high school Building 21. This article, which you can read on page 4 here, describes the health- and science-focused curriculum.

ACP Health Policy Symposium 2015: Health Care as Public Policy

Since the 2008 Presidential Election, the role of government in health insurance has consistently been in the news. But what about the role of government policy in other aspects of healthcare? What is the responsibility of government to take an active role in determining the course of medical practice and research? When does government overstep its bounds? And how can we, as members of the health care and research communities best ensure that our voice—and that of our patients—is heard in the arena of policy-making?

The event on February 21st featured the following topics and speakers:

- Current Legislative Issues Impacting Physicians: Dr. Barbara Connors, CMO Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services Region III

- Reproductive Health Law: Professor David Cohen, Earle Mack School of Law

- Student Involvement in Health Policy: Dr. Gregory Kane, ACP Pennsylvania Chapter Southeastern Region Governor

- Health Policy and Social Determinants of Health panel featuring:
-- Dr. Kathleen Reeves on Social Determinants of Health
-- Marla Davis Bellamy, Esq on Violence
-- Dr. Norma Alicea-Alvarez on Education
-- Dr. Matthew Lucas on Research
-- Dr. Nora Jones on Urban Bioethics

Novel Educational Initiative Spearheaded by MA/MD Student

Diana Huang, MA/MD class of 2017 and CBUHP Intern, is leading an educational initiative at the North Philadelphia high school Building 21. The program is in its infancy, only including ninth graders so far, and gives studentsp--many of whom were two grade levels behind--opportunities to explore careers in medicine and the sciences.

Read more about the program here, as well as see a video of Diana in action.

Building Communities of Trust Roundtable

On January 16, 2015, Marla Davis-Bellamy and Robert Warner joined Attorney General Eric Holder in Philadelphia for one of the many roundtable discussions aimed at developing trust between law enforcement and the communities that they serve. Read more on philly.com. Former Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode is seen at left with Robert Warner, Philadelphia CeaseFire Program Manager.

New Publication in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics
Matthew S. Lucas, PhD, MBE, RNMatthew Lucas, PhD, MBE, RN, Graduate Programs Coordinator, is the first author of a new article in the December 2014 issue of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. The article, "Expectations for Function and Independence by Childhood Brain Tumors Survivors and Their Mothers," coauthored by Associate Director of Bioethics Education Nora L. Jones, PhD, presents the findings of a qualitative and quantitative mixed methods approach to examining family dyanmics about expectations for function and ability to live independently among 40 dyads of adolescent/young adult survivors of childhood brain tumors and their primary caregivers, their mothers. Congratulations, Drs. Lucas and Jones!

The CBUHP is now on Twitter!
Thanks to Diana Huang, MD/MA class of 2017 for taking the initiative to establish our account and for the diligence in maintaining it with wonderful links, re-tweets, and commentary.

We hosted a #BioethxChat (read transcript here!) on November 3 on how to make Bioethics relevant to and for an urban population. BioethxChat is a live tweetchat account that brings together students, professionals, and members of the general public together in conversation.

Visit http://bioethxchat.wix.com/bioethx for more information about these weekly events.

Please follow on Twitter @TempleCBUHP!


CeaseFire Philadelphia was honored by the North Central Victim Services with their Community Advocate Recognition Award, an award given to groups who are dedicated and devoted to making our neighborhoods safer. Congratulations to Marla Davis-Bellamy and all of the CeaseFire team.

The Hispanic Choice Awards honored Dr. Norma Alvarez with the Education Champion of the Year ‘Futuro’ Award on October 11th at the Merriam Theater during a televised event. This prestigious award is presented to the individual, organization, or institution that has demonstrated a relentless commitment to advancing education in the Latino community. The Latino community of North Philadelphia nominated Dr. Alvarez for her work in creating partnerships to target the reduction of health care disparities. Dr. Alvarez conducts educational workshops in the community on health and healthcare and provides health screenings. In addition, she educates graduate and medical students through her community engagement course on how to best identify the health care needs of community members to develop strategies, workshops, and initiatives to mitigate disparate care.

CBUHP on the Radio
Frank McClellan, JD, and Nora Jones, PhD, were guests on the afternoon drive radio show, The Nick Tallaferro Show, on 900 AM the WURD. Frank and Nora talked with Nick and his callers about the Jahi McMath case, brain death, and care at the end of life.
January 2014

The CBUHP is the proud home of the MA in Urban Bioethics!

The MA in Urban Bioethics, offered through the CBUHP, trains students in the ethics and values of health, health care delivery, and health law and policy underlying the urban context of density, diversity, and inequalities. Coursework is practical, methodological, and theoretical. The degree is designed for Temple graduate students and area professionals who face, or will soon face, the complexities and disparities of urban health, and want specialized training in the
ethics, values, and politics of health care in our increasingly multi-dimensionally diverse society.