Dr. Claudia Parvanta honored with Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Association

Written by Jenna Pizzi
Published on November 10, 2016

Claudia Parvanta, PhDThe Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association awarded Claudia Parvanta, PhD, their Distinguished Career Award at the annual meeting of APHA on Nov. 1, 2016. The award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and tangible contributions that an individual has made to the fields of health education, promotion, and communication over more than 20 years of professional practice.

Dr. Parvanta, chair of the Department of Behavior and Social Sciences as well as a professor of anthropology and a professor of public health and health policy, has made significant contributions to the field through her research into effective communication in public health and health care settings. Dr. Parvanta recently concluded a study funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health that demonstrated providing medication instructions in a patient’s preferred foreign language improved comprehension significantly, and many patients also improved adherence to a lesser degree, for patients using the City of Philadelphia’s ambulatory health care centers. She contributed to patient navigation research projects conducted by colleagues at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Mt. Saini Medical School in New York.

American Public Health Association awardedDr. Parvanta is a founding steering committee member of the Society for Health Communication, on the editorial board of Social Marketing Quarterly, and recently stepped down as associate editor for Social Marketing and Health Communication for Health Promotion Practice, a journal of the Society for Public Health Education. For six years prior to joining University of the Sciences, Dr. Parvanta served as director of the Division of Health Communication at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At USciences, Dr. Parvanta created courses that brought students to WHYY to develop digital health communication materials as well as a master’s level certificate in health communication. The five-course certificate is available to advanced undergraduate, graduate, or health professions student. This semester she is teaching a special topics course in refugee health communication that brings students to the Nationalities Services Center and its network of refugee health clinics in the city.


Categories: News, Faculty, Awards and Honors, Misher College, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Health, Communication, Health Psychology, Medical Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology

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