Rebecca T. Brown, MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

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Ralston-Penn Center
3615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 573-2021
AB (English)
Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, 1999.
MD (Medicine)
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2005.
MPH (Clinical Effectiveness)
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2011.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

As a geriatrician, Dr. Brown has expertise practicing in several clinical settings, including inpatient geriatrics consults and Acute Care for Elders units and outpatient primary care geriatrics. She currently practices primary care geriatrics at the Corporal Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Description of Research Expertise

The goal of Dr. Brown's research is to improve functional status and quality of life for socioeconomically vulnerable older adults. A substantial part of Dr. Brown's research has examined the epidemiology and outcomes of functional impairment and other geriatric conditions among vulnerable older populations. Her most recent work builds upon these epidemiologic findings to develop and test interventions to optimize function for vulnerable older adults in both clinic and community settings. She currently holds a K76 Beeson Advanced Career Development Award from the NIA focused on improving function and independence for older adults living in federally subsidized housing, as well as a VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) grant focused on improving identification and management of functional impairment among older adults in primary care settings.

Selected Publications

Treglia D, Chimbel D, Brown RT.: Conducting an Unsheltered Point-in-Time Count During the COVID-19 Pandemic. National Alliance to End Homelessness Publication. Available at: Dec 2020.

Pandit SG, Jahan M, Reyes-Farias D, Resnick B, Reid C, Brown RT.: Aging in Place in Subsidized Housing: Roles and Perspectives of Staff Members. Gerontological Society of America 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Nov 5 2020 Notes: Paper presentation and presenter discussion.

Jahan M, Hentschel C, Pandit S, Akhiary M, Wisdom-Goulbourne T, Reyes-Farias D, Resnick B, Reid C, Brown RT: Improving Aging in Place for Older Adults with Low Incomes: Perspectives of Home Health Aides. Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online Nov 5 2020 Notes: Late breaking poster presentation and presenter discussion.

Reyes-Farias D, Jahan M, Pandit SG, Reid C, Resnick B, Brown RT: "If you don't use it, you lose it": Perspectives of Older Adults on Aging in Place in Subsidized Housing. Gerontological Society of America 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Nov 4 2020 Notes: Poster and presenter discussion.

Brown RT and Kushel MB: Effects of Homelessness & Housing Instability on Older Persons. Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Geriatrics (3rd edition). Walter LC and Chang A (eds.). Lange Medical Books / McGraw Hill, Chicago, IL, Oct 23 2020.

Nicosia FM, Spar MJ, Neumann A, Silvestrini, MC, Barrientos, M, Brown RT : “The more they know, the better care they can give”: patient perspectives on measuring functional status in primary care. J Gen Intern Med Page: doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06075-8, Aug 4 2020 Notes: In press.

Ryskina K, Reina V, Taggert L, Dhamanaskar R, Coe NB, Brown RT: Association of Housing Cost Burden with Hospitalizations Among Older Adults in the U.S: 2004-2016. AcademyHealth 2020 Annual Research Meeting Jul 2020.

Brown RT, Covinsky KE: Moving prevention of functional impairment upstream: is middle age an ideal time for intervention? Womens Midlife Health 6(4), Jul 2020 Notes: In press.

Abbs E, Brown RT, Kaplan LT, Guzman D, Kushel MB: Risk factors for falls in older adults experiencing homelessness: Results from the HOPE HOME cohort study. J Gen Intern Med 35(6): 1813-1820, Jun 2020.

Reyes-Farias D, Jahan M, Pandit S, Resnick B, Reid C, Brown RT: “If you don’t use it, you lose it”: perspectives of older adults on aging in place in subsidized housing. American Geriatrics Society 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting May 2020.

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