Potential Meets Reality:
Linking Health and Place through the Cartographic Modeling Lab (CML)

January 12, 2007
12:00 - 1:30 PM

Colonial Penn Center Auditorium


Charles C. Branas, PhD

Dr. Branas holds the positions of Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology & Assistant Professor for the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-director for the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory. Before coming to Penn, Dr. Branas trained and conducted research work at both the Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Berkeley Schools of Public Health. As a former emergency medical services provider, he has worked for the U.S. Public Health Service, two federally funded Injury Control Research Centers, and a federally funded Institute for Transportation Studies. Dr. Branas's methodological interests combine aspects of health policy, operations research, and epidemiology. His research interests include emergency health systems and injury prevention. As a native of the Philadelphia area, much of Dr. Branas's research focuses on improving the health of the local community. This research most prominently includes a National Institutes of Health-funded study of alcohol outlets and firearm violence in the City of Philadelphia. Dr. Branas's current research is also national in scope, including a multi-state study of trauma centers and emergency medical services funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is a peer reviewer for numerous publications including the American Journal of Public Health and the American Journal of Epidemiology and is a member of the American College of Epidemiology, the Association for Health Services Research, the American Public Health Association, the Pennsylvania Public Health Association, and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

Dennis Culhane, PhD
Dr. Culhane holds the positions Professor of Social Welfare Policy, School of Social Work and Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry for School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-director for the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory. Dr Culhane's primary area of research is homelessness and housing distress. His current work includes studies of the impact of homelessness and supportive housing on the utilization of publicly funded health and human services in New York City. His recent research includes a study of the rates of homelessness by various subpopulations in eight US cities. Dr. Culhane's recent publications include studies of the housing and neighborhood factors related to the distribution of homeless persons' prior addresses in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Dr. Culhane is currently leading an effort to integrate property, neighborhood, and human services data from Philadelphia into several web-based geographic information system applications to support policy analysis, program planning and evaluation.
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