Welcome HCIF’s Public Health Intern, Dan Callahan!

September 20, 2018

Dan Callahan, an undergraduate public health student from Temple University, is joining HCIF’s population health team for the fall 2018 semester. Dan will support HCIF’s health literacy initiatives.

Dan views public health through the lens of helping others and devoting time and energy to causes that he is passionate about. He appreciates the broad applicability of public health principles to interactions from the micro (individual) to macro (policy) level. Some of his favorite classes at Temple University have been on topics like health education and health policy. In the future, Dan hopes to work towards meaningful and systematic policy change, potentially in a non-profit or government setting.

Dan is a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan and was excited to cheer on his home team and attend the Super Bowl parade to revel over their amazing victory. He is looking forward to becoming repeat champions this season. Go Birds!


Sitha Dy, HCIF’s PURC Intern Completes her Doctorate of Nursing Dissertation!

September 12, 2018

Sitha Dy, HCIF’s PURC intern recently completed her Doctorate of Nursing dissertation presentation and defense on active surveillance at Thomas Jefferson University.  You can read a short recap of her dissertation as well as view her poster presentation below.  We want to thank Sitha for all her work at HCIF and congratulate her on this wonderful achievement! 

The practice inquiry research project was aimed at understanding and characterizing the utilization of active surveillance as a treatment option for men with low-risk prostate cancer among providers participating in the Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative (PURC). The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF), the coordinating center for PURC, provided a hub of over 100 urology providers across nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and over 7,000 urologic patients. The design of this research was a combination of a descriptive survey study and an analysis of the PURC data registry. An electronic survey was distributed to PURC providers to seek information in regard to their active surveillance practice. An analysis of the PURC data registry information was completed to characterize how PURC providers were following patients on active surveillance.

Active Surveillance

Welcome HCIF’s Summer Data & Research Intern, Sarah Svetec!

Sarah Svetec is the newest addition to the HCIF team as the Summer Data & Research Intern. Sarah is a rising senior at Haverford College. She is a psychology major and a health studies minor. Sarah is an aspiring physician but is also interested in public health and wants to learn more about the broader scopes of health care before narrowing her focus on medicine.

At HCIF she is assisting on 3 projects: PHCQA, PURC, and CPR Ready. Sarah says that she is really looking forward to interning at HCIF for the remainder of the summer and that she has already learned a lot! 

Sarah is also a midfielder on the Haverford College lacrosse team and recently studied abroad in Stockholm, Sweden.

Welcome HCIF’s Public Health Intern, Carmen Rosa Rodriguez!

We are pleased to welcome Carmen Rosa Rodriguez, an undergraduate public health student from Temple University, to HCIF’s team for the spring 2018 semester! Carmen will support multiple HCIF projects: CPR Ready and health literacy initiatives.

Being exposed to healthcare at an early age sparked Carmen’s interest in public health. Diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis and cirrhosis at age 9, she moved to Philadelphia from Puerto Rico when she was 10 years old because she needed a liver transplant. She received her new liver a few months before turning 13. Every year, Carmen runs the Gift of Life Donor Dash, and this year she hopes to run Broad Street for the 2nd time.

Carmen is also a wellness assistant for the Community Health & Wellness Department of Esperanza Health Center. In this role, she coordinates fitness and community programs like Family Fit and Esperanza Fresh. Within the field of public health, Carmen is passionate about healthcare, wellness, harm reduction, policy change, advocacy, and food justice. She strives to have a lasting impact in underserved areas of the city. In the future, she envisions herself working directly with the community, developing programs that prevent disease and improve health in a holistic way.

Additionally, Carmen is the proud pet-parent or a Yorkie/Chihuahua mix named Amanda. She spends her free time connecting with friends and family (here and in Puerto Rico), watching documentaries, movies, and shows, reading, and exercising. On Sunday mornings, you can find her volunteering at her church.