School of Nursing

Modeling how violence permeates health and health care

While violence from wars or civil conflicts is a documented occupational hazard for health care workers, little is known about the impact on these workers and corresponding health services as a result of violence caused by widespread organized crime activity.

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Addressing breastfeeding disparities for African American mothers

Despite an abundance of data on the importance of breastfeeding and human milk for babies and their mothers, a disparity exists for African American mothers and infants, where breastfeeding is initiated only about 69% of the time.

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In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Against the clock

Tarik Khan, a Ph.D. student in the School of Nursing, has been spending his evenings delivering leftover COVID-19 vaccine doses to homebound people in Philadelphia.

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The Verge

How the Johnson & Johnson pause could move the needle on vaccine fears

Melanie Kornides of the School of Nursing spoke about the FDA’s recommendation to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. “I think that they did the right thing,” she said. “The worst possible thing that they could do would be—if they had a legitimate concern, which it seems like they did—to investigate it without announcing, which would make it seem like they were covering something up.”

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Al Día

UPenn’s Dr. Antonia Villarruel to receive Mexico’s highest honor for service to its diaspora

Dean Antonia Villarruel of the School of Nursing has been named a recipient of the Ohtli Award, the highest honor given by Mexico’s government to those supporting the Mexican diaspora.

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Al Día

Dr. Antonia Villarruel to chair national committee tackling U.S. health disparities

Dean Antonia Villarruel of the School of Nursing is the newest chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health program. “The Culture of Health Program is well-positioned to build and strengthen the evidence base to address structural racism. This work will be accomplished together with communities and the multiple private- and public-sectors that intersect to promote health,” she said.

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6ABC.com

University of Penn nursing student co-creates product to help frontline workers care for patients in the dark

Anthony Scarpone-Lambert, a senior in the School of Nursing, spoke about the wearable nightlight he helped develop. The invention allows nurses to check on patients at night without turning on bright white lights. "On average, patients regularly report poor quality of sleep as their number one complaint during hospitalization," he said.

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