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Faculty & Staff Honors

Drexel’s Turchi Awarded CDC Grant to Help Children with Special Needs

Dr. Renee Turchi, a clinical professor at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, a professor of pediatrics at the Drexel College of Medicine, and section chief of General Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, was awarded a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant — “Home Assessments for Patients and Families with Special Health Care Needs: Developing Tools, Communication Strategies, and Standards.” This award represents a partnership with the CDC and the Dornsife School of Public Health, that includes Dornsife’s Center for Public Health Readiness & Communication, the PA Medical Home Initiative at the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The home assessment is an intervention designed to identify safety and emergency preparedness gaps, as well as social determinants of health in households with children who have medically complex needs, to prepare families for life safety emergencies and community-wide disasters that require special planning and may have adverse impacts on their health.

The research findings will be used as tool for health care and emergency response organizations to use to promote a standardized, family-centered approach to fostering emergency preparedness and safety among families with technology-dependent and other high-risk children and young people with special health care needs.

[Photo: Dr. Renee Turchi]