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Community Scholars-in-Residence Program

Two Community Scholars-in-Residence have been selected to participate in the inaugural cohort for two years beginning in January 2015: Bridgette Brawner, PhD, APRN and Nadia Dowshen, MD. This faculty development opportunity aims to: increase the research capacity of faculty by developing lasting relationships with community partners; establish best practices in community-engaged research; and leverage activities for scholarship and improved health outcomes.

Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, APRN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Department of Family and Community Health

Dr. Brawner is working with the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) to better understand disparities in service penetration rates—the proportion of individuals who access behavioral health services.

Nadia Dowshen, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Dowshen is working with the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health (MCFH) to improve the health of youth living with and at risk for HIV, as well as LGBT and homeless adolescents.



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