Carolyn C. Cannuscio ScD

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Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Family Medicine and Community Health

Contact information
Anatomy Chemistry Building, Room 145
3620 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215.746.4175
Fax: 215.573.9025
AB, honors (Health and Society)
Brown University, 1992.
ScM (Health and Social Behavior )
Harvard University School of Public Health, 1994.
ScD (Health and Social Behavior )
Harvard University School of Public Health, 1998.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Cannuscio is a social epidemiologist with substantial experience studying aging, chronic disease, and health disparities. Her current work concentrates in two ares: the material and social causes of later-life health disparities, and the preventable causes of urban health disparities.

To advance the use of visual methods in health disparities research, Dr. Cannuscio collaborates with Dr. David Asch, Eve Weiss, and a strong interdisciplinary team of student research assistants . Her innovative work on the Health of Philadelphia Photo-documentation Project is highlighted here http://whyy.org/cms/news/health-science/2009/11/05/is-philadelphia-a-healthy-place-to-live/21938 as well as in Social Science and Medicine (DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.06.013) and Journal of Urban Health (DOI: 10.1007/s11524-010-9441-9).

Dr. Cannuscio also has a particular interest in material hardship, especially in later life. Recent work published in the American Journal of Public Health highlights the adverse impact of food-, housing-, and health care-insecurity on the health of older adults--a particularly salient issue during the current economic crisis.
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Last updated: 05/23/2023
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