Public Health

Why the Vaccine Safety Reporting System should be renamed

VAERS, the federal health system for reporting “adverse events” after vaccination, is designed to assist in the early detection of complications and responsive action. But the flood of social media references to the system during the COVID-19 pandemic created confusion.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Running and walking for oral cancer awareness

In a student-led effort, the School of Dental Medicine hosted the Oral Cancer Walk & 5K. The event has been an annual tradition since 2009, offering both a community celebration and a venue for discussing oral cancer prevention and detection.

Katherine Unger Baillie

The care they need, where they are

A team of undergrads and physicians are partnering with community clinics and other organizations as part of a Projects for Progress-supported program to offer medical care to people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News


Curbing gun violence with a public health approach

Sara Jacoby of the School of Nursing explains how public health research and interventions could be used to reduce gun violence.


Philadelphia Citizen

Cleaner streets are key to Philly’s success

Two studies by the Urban Health Lab at Penn found that gun violence dropped significantly in neighborhoods where vacant parcels were turned into regularly maintained green spaces.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Public health quarantines have a history in Philadelphia

In a Q&A, David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses his new book, “Lazaretto,” which examines the public health history of a yellow fever quarantine site in Philadelphia.


CDC head resigns, blindsiding many health officials

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center says that the CDC’s handling of the monkeypox crisis has been a public health success.


Australian Associated Press

Fatally flawed research underpins senator’s vaccine tweet

Jeffrey Morris of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the research underpinning Australian senator Ralph Babet’s anti-vax tweet is seriously flawed.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

‘The more trees, the merrier’: Philly’s commercial corridors are blooming with greenery thanks to 117 new trees

Penn Medicine’s Urban Health Lab is providing funding support to engage Philadelphia residents around potentially planting trees along Woodland Avenue.