Kathleen Reeves, MD, Co-Director of CBUHP, is Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs and a member of the pediatric faculty at Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital, attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in philosophy and religious studies from Juniata College in Pennsylvania. She was the first program director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Crozer Chester Hospital in Upland, PA. Committed to community health issues, Dr. Reeves believes that in order to be effective, health professionals need to embrace a broad definition of health that includes the impact of social, economic, cultural and environmental issues. Her teaching has been recognized with awards from the University of Cincinnati, Crozer Keystone Health System, Temple University, and Hahnemann/MCP School of Medicine.
Dr. Alicea-Alvarez is Assistant Professor at CBUHP and a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She is course director for the Community Engagement course in the MA Urban Bioethics Program. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Villanova University School of Nursing and Master of Science Degree/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner training from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She has extensive experience in academic and pediatric primary care settings. Dr. Alicea-Alvarez graduated from Waynesburg University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a focus on health policy. Her doctoral research involved a community engagement study, “A pilot study of chlamydia screening among high school girls,” published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. Alicea-Alvarez, who is originally from Puerto Rico and fluent in Spanish, has clinical research interests in mitigating health care disparities through projects, initiatives, and workshops to meet the specific needs of Latino communities of North Philadelphia. Dr. Alicea-Alvarez works closely with Norris Square Community Alliance and Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (Association of Puerto Ricans on March APM) which are urban communities surrounding Temple. In her Community Engagement course, medical and graduate students conduct focus group interviews with community members to identify healthcare issues of concern specific to that community. Together with community members, students create projects central to ‘neighborhood-centered’ care. The goal is to produce sustainable programs to improve healthcare outcomes throughout North Philadelphia neighborhoods to create a culture of health.
A new initiative, Temple Health Block-by-Block, coordinated in collaboration with Temple Clinical Research Institute (TCRI), will involve conducting health surveys in the APM community. The goal is to focus on disease states identified by Latinos to potentially contribute to comparative effectiveness research and other intervention modalities.
In addition, a new study survey to address improvement of services for pediatric asthma management is underway in the Norris Square community.
The North Philadelphia communities recently recognized Dr. Alicea-Alvarez for her community engagement efforts. The Hispanic Choice Awards honored Dr. Alicea-Alvarez with the Education Champion of the Year ‘Futuro’ Award for her relentless commitment to advancing education in the Latino community.
Marla Davis Bellamy, JD, MGA, was recruited to Temple University School of Medicine in 2010 to serve as Executive Director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. Since arriving at TUSM, she has been instrumental in replicating the Chicago Cure Violence public health violence model in North Philadelphia. She also has a strong background in community based participatory research and government affairs.
Prior to joining Temple, she served for 5 years as the Chief of Staff for the Pennsylvania Department of Health in Harrisburg, PA, where she provided administrative oversight for the Office of the PA Secretary of Health. In this role, she was responsible for all matters pertaining to Health Policy, Legislative Affairs, Communications, Human Resources, and Health Equity.
Other administrative positions that she has held include Executive Vice President of Special Projects at Universal Companies, Directory of Community Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Executive Director of the Healthcare Management Alternatives (HMA) Foundation, Inc. and Government Relations Liaison for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Marla holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Johnson C. Smith University, a master’s degree from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctorate from the Temple University of Law.
Juan D. Franco, BA, DRMI, is an Outreach Worker for the CBUHP. He earned his BA in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience from Temple University in May 2013. Currently, he is a graduate student at the Temple University School of Medicine in the Urban Bioethics Master’s program. Past research and clinical experience focused on behavioral interventions for children and adults with autism, cognitive neurophysiology and language/speech disorders. Juan is now part of an interdisciplinary team conducting a randomized clinical trial that aims to reduce 30-day readmissions for patients with Congestive Heart Failure. His role integrates clinical and research duties with a focus on delivering in home patient services for six months post-discharge for study patients. Juan is an aspiring physician that hopes to focus on providing medical care and health education to underserved communities. His desire to serve underserved communities has been continuously reinforced by the universities increased focus on community health and wellness.
Diana Huang, CBUHP Intern, is a MD/MA in Urban Bioethics candidate at Temple University School of Medicine, completing a year of teaching and research at CBUHP before returning to her 3rd year of medical school. She holds a dual BS in neuroscience and bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Along with urban bioethics, her interests in medicine include health policy, family medicine, patient safety and quality, professionalism in medical education, and integrative medicine, all growing from a focus on the humanity of health practitioners and their patients. She holds leadership roles in the American Medical Association, American Medical Student Association, American College of Medical Quality, and Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. You can find her on Twitter at @Diana_Huang_11.
Nora Jones, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Associate Director of Bioethics Education at CBUHP, where she founded and heads the MA in Urban Bioethics program. She earned her PhD in anthropology from Temple University in 2002, and has been working in bioethics for the last 15 years. Past teaching and research focused on cultural competency in medicine, the relationship between the arts and medicine, global health and bioethics, and patient decision-making. Dr. Jones’ current work centers on urban bioethics, culture and embodiment theory, and the public understanding of science and medicine. Her most recent publications address embodiment in transplant recipients and donors, clinical and patient representations of the body in pain, and qualitative methodology in bioethics research.
Dr . Matthew Lucas joined CBUHP as the Program Coordinator for the expanding MA in Urban Bioethics program and is excited about the Center's community approach to bioethics. He brings with him a rich background, including BA in music/bioethics with a neuroscience focus, BS in nursing, MA in religious studies from Union Theological Seminary (NYC), MS and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and MBE (bioethics) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Matthew's clinical and research training and experience has included childhood cancer, from diagnosis to survivorship, with a focus on the approaches to children and their families after a childhood brain injury. He hopes to cultivate these interests by exploring the possibility of expanding the scope of brain injury studies to include effects of such social factors as safety and economic disparities.
Matthew teaches Ethics in Medicine at Temple University's Department of Philosophy and keeps up his nursing practice by once monthly staffing in the Emergency Department at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Originally from Cincinnati, Matthew lived in New York City for about a decade after undergraduate studies and currently resides in West Philadelphia with his wife, Sarah, and aging dog, Gigi.
Dr. Mary Segal is Director of Health Equity Research at CBUHP, where she collaborates with community members as full partners in hypothesis generation and study design. Her projects combine quantitative and qualitative methods. She received her doctorate in 1982 from Bryn Mawr College in experimental social psychology with a concentration in psychometrics, focusing on environmental determinants of social behavior. Dr. Segal has been continually funded by NIH since 2004 to study health promotion and disease prevention in under-served populations, particularly those with disabilities and chronic disease. She has been recognized by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as a leader in engaging diverse communities in obesity research.