PennMARCH - Penn Minority Aging Research for Community Health (MARCH) Center

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Penn Minority Aging
Research for Community
Health (MARCH) Center

3615 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 573-6637

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About PennMARCH

Sponsored Workshops and Conferences

  • April 16, 2009

    Penn MARCH 1st Annual Research Conference

    Genetic and Environmental Influences on Health and Mental Health in Older African Americans

    Keynote Speaker: Keith Whitfield, PhD Director
    Center on Biobehavioral and Social Aspects of Health Disparities and the Developmental Program in Psychology Duke University

  • September 26, 2008

    Population Sleep conference (info to be added)

  • August 18-19, 2008

    Diversity within African American Communities: Implications for Advancing Research on Weight Issues and Related Disparities, hosted by AACORN

    3rd Invited Workshop; co-sponsored by Penn MARCH

Penn MARCH (Minority Aging Research for Community Health) Center

The Schools of Medicine and Nursing of the University of Pennsylvania have collaborated to form the Penn MARCH (Minority Aging Research for Community Health) Center. The Center aims to reduce health disparities across the stages of illness in older minority populations with chronic disease. Our emphasis is on a socio-ecological approach that enhances the understanding of factors that influence health disparities, and on translating research to practice in the community of older minority adults.

The MARCH Center collaborates with community stakeholders by establishing research partnerships, and with institutions and programs that have an established track record of interdisciplinary, health disparities and aging research. The Center's activities are organized among four cores: administrative, investigator development, community liaison, and measurement.

The principal goals of the
Penn MARCH are to:

  1. Conduct research across the stages of chronic illness with the aim of improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities in minority older adults. We aim to specify and evaluate diverse variables (individual, social, economic, health systems, family, and community) and their relationship to health care delivery (access and quality) and health outcomes across various stages of illness;
  2. Design and test interventions at the patient, provider, organizational, and environmental levels that reduce health disparities in minority older adults;
  3. Train and mentor diverse investigators to undertake health disparities research in these populations;
  4. Prepare a wide range of community organizations and stakeholders to actively participate in the design and conduct of research and the dissemination of results.

The Penn MARCH Center is characterized by an interdisciplinary senior faculty and prominent minority leadership and participation.

Leadership

Jerry C. Johnson, MD
Principal Investigator
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Geriatric Medicine Division
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


Neville E. Strumpf, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Principal Investigator
Professor of Nursing
Assoc. Director, Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence
University Of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Penn MARCH Leadership and Faculty includes: 

Lynne Allen‐Taylor, PhD 
Investigator, Measurement Core
Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Frances F. Barg, PhD 
Investigator, Measurement Core
Asst. Professor, Family Medicine & Community Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Lois K. Evans PhD, RN, FAAN 
Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
van Ameringen Professsor in Nursing Excellence
Chair, Family and Community Health Division
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Joseph J. Gallo, MD, MPH 
Director, Investigator Development Core
Assoc. Professor, Family Medicine & Community Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Jennine Groce‐Martin 
Community Projects Coordinator
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

U. Tara Hayden, MHSA 
Deputy Director, Penn MARCH Center
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Chanita Hughes‐Halbert, PhD 
Director, Community Liaison Core
Assoc. Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Ravishankar Jayadevappa, PhD 
Investigator, Measurement Core
Research Asst. Professor of Medicine
Division of Geriatric Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Jason Karlawish, MD 
Investigator, Community Liaison Core
Assoc. Professor of Medicine & Medical Ethics
Director, Alzheimer's Disease Center Education Recrui
ment & Retention Core
Associate Director, Penn Memory Center

Judith Long, MD 
Investigator, Measurement Core
Asst. Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Judy A. Shea, PhD
Director, Measurement Core
Professor of Medicine
Director of Evaluation and Assessment
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Julie A Sochalski, PhD, FAAN, RN
Investigator, Measurement Core
Assoc. Professor of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Eileen Sullivan‐Marx, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, RN
Co-Director, Community Liaison Core
Shearer Term Assoc. Professor for Healthy
Community Practices
Assoc. Dean for Practice & Community Affairs
University Of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Tom Tenhave, PhD 
Co- Director, Measurement Core
Professor of Biostatistics
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Deborah Watkins Bruner, PhD, RN, FAAN 
Investigator, Community Liaison Core
Independence Professor in Nursing Education
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Benita Weathers, MPH 
Project Manager, Community Liaison Core
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Cynthia Zubritsky, PhD
Co-Director, Community Liaison Core
Sr. Research Faculty, Center for Mental Health Policy &
Services Research
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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