Philadelphia Makes Diabetes Prevention a Priority: Introducing the Philadelphia Diabetes Prevention Collaborative
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With the support of the AMA and CDC, JCPH established the Philadelphia Diabetes Prevention Collaborative (PDPC), a group of local and national stakeholders working to design multi-pronged public health efforts to prevent Type 2 Diabetes in the greater Philadelphia region.
Learn more about prediabetes, the National Diabetes Prevention (DPP) program, and our regional efforts.
Recommended CitationHill-Briggs, PhD, ABPP, Felicia; Kaminski, MD, MBA, Mitch; Sachdev, MD, Neha; Witherspoon, MSW, LSW, Marcy; Odor, BSC, Priscilla; and Skoufalos, EdD, Alexis, "Philadelphia Makes Diabetes Prevention a Priority: Introducing the Philadelphia Diabetes Prevention Collaborative" (2020). College of Population Health Forum. Presentation 136.
Felicia Hill-Briggs, PhD, ABPP
Senior Director, Population Health Research and Development, Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, ADA Past President, Health Care and Education
Dr. Felicia Hill-Briggs is Professor of Medicine and Senior Director of Population Health Research and Development at Johns Hopkins University and Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a past national president of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for Health Care and Education, and an elected member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). A licensed and board certified clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist, Dr. Hill-Briggs conducts clinical trials of individual- and systems-level behavioral interventions for the prevention and management of diabetes, CVD, and related conditions, with a particular emphasis on intervention effectiveness with populations of health inequity. Her work extends internationally to government and private sector partnerships for population health improvement in regions with high diabetes burden, including the Caribbean and Middle East. Dr. Hill-Briggs is a recipient of several honors for her work, including the ADA’s Rachmiel Levine Medal for leadership and service.
Mitch Kaminski, MD, MBA, Jefferson College of Population Health
Dr. Kaminski is a family physician who has combined clinical practice and teaching with a career in healthcare leadership that has included private groups, hospital systems, and academic institutions. Prior to joining the Jefferson College of Population Health, he served as Chief Clinical Officer at the Delaware Valley ACO, helping to develop the clinical strategy and teams in one of the largest ACOs in the country. He has continued to care for patients part-time, most recently at the Jefferson Department of Family and Community Medicine. He embraces the complex challenges of our transforming national and regional healthcare systems, and continues to bring front-line perspectives to his leadership pfrrrositions.
Neha Sachdev, MD, American Medical Association
Neha Sachdev is the Director of Health Systems Relationships in Improving Health Outcomes at the American Medical Association (AMA). In her role, Dr. Sachdev works with physicians, care teams and health care organizations to implement evidence-based strategies for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Prior to joining the AMA, she was a core faculty attending physician at the Virtua Health family medicine residency program. Dr. Sachdev completed her residency training in family medicine at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, earned her medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies and Health & Societies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Marcy Witherspoon, MSW, LSW, Health Federation of Philadelphia
Marcy is a senior training specialist for the Health Federation of Philadelphia and the family violence specialist for the Ambulatory Health Services division of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She has been a pillar of the Philadelphia social work community for over forty years, focusing on myriad issues related to health and well-being, focused especially on the long-term effects of toxic stress on individuals and families, and including family violence prevention, parenting education, and child protection. Marcy is a lifestyle coach for the National Diabetes Prevention Program, as well as a Master Trainer for the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center of Emory University.
Marcy works both locally and nationally with health care providers, teachers, social workers, and community-based organizations to integrate trauma-sensitive practices into the workplace. She teaches on topics related to verbal de-escalation, conflict resolution, motivational interviewing, reflective supervision, child abuse, intimate partner violence and resilience. She also teaches at Penn State Brandywine and the Community College of Philadelphia.
Priscilla Odor, BSC, DPP Participant
Priscilla Odor is a mother of three children, two girls (12 and 14 years old) and a boy (16 years old). She was born in Nigeria, and has been in the United States for almost six years. Back home in Nigeria, Priscilla worked as a biology teacher for high school students after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology. When she came to the United States, she taught first graders at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. After a series of losses, Priscilla stopped working in order to pay more attention to her health. She was referred to be a part of the DPP cohort approximately one year ago, upon learning that her HgA1C was higher than it should be. She began attending the DPP program at Health Center #5 in September 2019 and has attended faithfully, despite having to travel (round trip) 3 hours by public transportation. Priscilla has listened, participated, encouraged others, and succeeded on many levels.
Alexis Skoufalos, EdD, Jefferson College of Population Health
As Associate Dean for Strategic Development, Dr. Skoufalos is responsible for facilitating strategic external partnerships and collaborative initiatives. She leads the team that implements the college’s professional development activities, including expert panel roundtables, specialized training programs, conferences and symposia. Dr. Skoufalos also oversees JCPH’s external communications, including the college’s affiliated peer-reviewed journals and newsletters, website, blog and social media.
At the university level, she serves as co-chair of the Steering Committee for Jefferson Continuing Professional Development, is a member on the enterprise Innovation Evaluation Committee, and serves on the Academic Advisory Committee for Jefferson’s Institute of Emerging Health Professions.
Dr. Skoufalos holds a doctorate in Education, with a specialization in Organizational Leadership, and a master’s degree in Management and Administration of Education Programs from Nova Southeastern University. Her undergraduate degree, from Temple University, is in Education and Communications.