IPHAM Bulletin
Northwestern University’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) envisions a future where all people are able to realize their highest possible health and well-being.

IPHAM Seminar Series

Thursdays at 12 PM Central

Ron Ackermann, MD, MPH, director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) at Northwestern University, will deliver the yearly State of the Institute address. He will highlight IPHAM's achievements over the last year and set the direction for the coming year.


IPHAM Seminar Schedule
Past IPHAM Seminar Recordings

2022 Equity Research Fellows Program 

The Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) Equity Research Fellows program was designed to strengthen research and collaboration among scientists and universities who share a focus on improving health equity in Chicago and beyond. SUHI benefits from the diverse expertise of new partners, while Fellows get the chance to experience our unique, community-focused research center and to work on specific research projects related to advancing health equity.

Fellowship Activities
Fellows generally spend one day a week with SUHI, collaborating on manuscripts, proposals, and other projects. Deliverables are jointly developed based on current SUHI needs and opportunities, as well as the Fellow’s interests and career goals. Fellows are considered part of the SUHI team and are invited to participate in all SUHI research meetings and events.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Candidates must have a PhD and be on the faculty at a US college or university. Current priorities include, but are not limited to, the following areas of expertise:

  • Health economics and health services research
  • Maternal and child health
  • Gun violence and trauma
  • Mental health
  • Measuring structural racism

Details and Key Dates
The Fellowship runs from January 1 – December 30, 2022. Fellows will receive a stipend of $15,000. Applications are due by October 29. Notifications will be sent by November 19. Work may be done remotely or on-site (in accordance with Covid-19 related policies).

How to Apply
To be considered, please submit a CV or biosketch (5 pages or less) and cover letter to In the cover letter, please address why you would be a good candidate, how your work aligns with SUHI’s, and any potential project ideas.

Melissa Simon Elected as New Member of the National Academy of Medicine

Congratulations to Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, director of IPHAM's Center for Health Equity Transformation, on being one of 100 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine this year. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Dr. Simon was recognized "for paradigm-shifting implementation research that has elevated the science of health care disparities and has transformed women’s health practice, policy, and outcomes." She is one of three Feinberg faculty elected this year.
“To be inducted into NAM reflects not my achievement — this achievement belongs truly to the ‘we’ and not the ‘me’. It took not just the love and support of my family but a true village of community members, organizations, clinicians, professors and countless others. But above all, this honor really goes to my extraordinary team members; I could never have achieved a tenth of my accomplishments without my team.”
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Newborns Impacted by Moms' Lack of Health Literacy

Healthy mom, healthy baby. The concept sounds simple enough but a recent Northwestern Medicine study found the level of health literacy – how someone obtains, uses and understands health information – among pregnant people isn’t where it needs to be, and it’s having a negative impact on babies in utero and after birth, especially among people of color. 

Of the 9,341 participants who completed the study’s survey, 1,638 participants (17.5%) had scores indicative of inadequate health literacy. This included, for example, having trouble understanding their prescriptions or doctor’s instructions; lacking the ability to interpret nutrition labels to make healthy decisions about their diet; having difficulty determining if a website was providing reputable health information; or having a hard time participating in counseling about medical decisions. 

“We think our research sheds light on the important role of health literacy as a social determinant of health, but that much more research needs to be done to understand the underlying mechanism and ways we can improve health literacy,” said lead study author Dr. Lynn Yee, assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine and member of IPHAM's Center for Health Equity Transformation

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Drama, Intrigue, and Discussion: The Role of Telenovelas in Facilitating Sexual Education in Mexican Households

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
12 - 1 PM  Central

This webinar is part of IPHAM's Center for Communication and Health seminar series. 

Numerous prior studies have evidenced the ability of entertainment-education initiatives to engender sexual and reproductive health change among targeted audiences. Through the incorporation of sexual education information into compelling serial narratives, programs are able to induce improvements in knowledge, attitudes, and behavior among young adult viewers. Nevertheless, parents of adolescents continue to play an outsize role in the sexual wellbeing decisions that their children make. This presentation will focus on the findings from a recent study evaluating the impact of Vencer el Miedo, a Spanish-language telenovela that was aired in early 2020 across Mexico. Using a novel approach wherein both parents and adolescents were targeted with the show's messaging, the study examined how viewers learned about beneficial health practices individually as well as when watching the program together. Implications of co-viewing on future entertainment-education initiatives regarding sexual and reproductive health will be discussed.

Presented by: Sapna Suresh, PhD Student 
Media, Technology, and Society
Department of Communication Studies
Northwestern University


Health Equity for Children with Disabilities

Wednesday, November 3
12 - 1:15 PM  Central

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is hosting its annual Ben L. Boynton, MD Lecture in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation on Wednesday, November 3 at 12 PM.  

The invited lecturer is Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH, professor and Endowed Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is also the Vice Chair for Quality and Outcomes and is the Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Services at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP). 

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Clements Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from IAFP

Deborah Smith Clements, MD, the Nancy and Warren Furey Professor and chair of Family and Community Medicine, and professor of Medical Education, has received the Illinois Academy of Family Physician’s (IAFP) Distinguished Service Award.

The award is bestowed only occasionally, recognizing lifetime contributions to the specialty of family medicine.

Dr. Clements is also a member of IPHAM's Center for Primary Care Innovation

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Call for Abstracts:
Global Health Day 2021

Robert J. Havey, MD Institute for Global Health Annual Global Health Day is an exciting opportunity to draw together global health researchers, educators, and students. This year is especially thrilling as we celebrate the news of Northwestern University Trustees and alumni Patrick G. Ryan and Shirley W. Ryan and their historic gift to endow the newly named Robert J. Havey, MD Institute for Global Health.

Internal and external students, faculty, community members and partners from all disciplines are welcome to participate and apply to virtually present posters on projects relevant to global health.

The deadline to submit abstracts is Monday, October 25th.


Upcoming Events

Social Determinants of Health and Breast Cancer
Wednesday, October 20 at 12 PM

State of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine
Thursday, October 21 at 12 PM

How Should We Think About the Periviable Period?
Thursday, October 21 at 12 PM

School-Based, Trauma-Informed Group Therapy Intervention for Young Women
Monday, October 25 at 12 PM

NMH Ethics presents Compassion in Action Rounds
Tuesday, October 26 at 12 PM

Disparities in Parkinson's Disease and the Role of the Neurologist
Tuesday, October 26 at 4:30 PM

Drama, intrigue, and discussion: The role of telenovelas in facilitation sexual education in Mexican households
Wednesday, October 27 at 12 PM

The Lasting Impacts of School Shootings
Thursday, October 28 at 12 PM

Digital Mental Health and low-and-middle income countries: how far can we go?
Tuesday, November 2 at 12 PM

Health Equity for Children with Disabilities
Wednesday, November 3 at 12 PM
More events

More Public Health News and Media from Northwestern

New Covid cases surge in Minnesota, despite vaccination efforts - featuring: Sadiya Khan

Dr. Robert Murphy: Why the Moderna booster hasn’t been approved by the FDA - WGN-AM featuring Robert L. Murphy

60% of Americans Will Delay or Skip Flu Shot This Year: Survey - HealthDay featuring Donald M. Lloyd-Jones

Career Opportunities

Please see the IPHAM Careers page to see all current openings within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine. To apply for jobs, please go to the Northwestern Careers page. Select whether you are an internal or external candidate, choose the Advanced Search option and enter the appropriate job ID number. Contact Kara Pederson, Associate Professional Affairs Administrator, at with any questions.

Faculty Positions

Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM)

Center for Health Information Partnerships (CHIP)

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Staff Positions

Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM)

Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics

Center for Community Health (CCH)

Center for Education in Health Sciences (CEHS)

Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research (CFAAR)

Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET)

Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research (CHSOR)

Center for Translational Metabolism and Health (CTMH)

Surgical Outcomes & Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC)

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