1 Jennifer Kolker, MPH Drexel University School of Public Health Friends Center, 1521 Cherry Street Philadelphia, PA Education Master of Public Health, 1992 Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1987 University of Michigan, School of Public Health Public Health Policy and Administration Rutgers University, Major in English Professional Experience Drexel University School of Public Health 2004-Present Director, Center for Public Health Practice 2010-Present Co-Investigator, Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center 2010-Present Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy Teach public health policy and practice to first and second year students in Drexel s Master of Public Health program. Courses include Public Policy and Advocacy, Emerging Issues in Public Health Policy, and Management of Public Health Systems, as well as lectures on public health practice for other SPH graduate and undergraduate courses.. In addition to regular coursework, assist in curriculum design and development, course revision, and development of methods for collaborative teaching. Provide academic advising to MPH students, serve as faulty chair to second year MPH full time and executive students, and serve as faculty advisor to the Health Management and Policy Graduate Student Organization. Serve on the School s Admissions Committee, regularly attend the Educational Coordinating Committee, co-chair the subcommittee on Strategic Engagement for the SPH strategic planning committee, and participate in the Maternal and Child Health Working Group. Manage the Department s summer fellowship in public health policy and practice, choosing students and finding placements. Director, Center for Public Health Practice Direct the Center for Public Health Practice, the Department s professional linkage between Drexel, the health departments in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and other community partners. The mission of the Center is to be a dynamic academic-practice collaboration that effectively pools the professional assets of both the university and its public health partners, through collaborative projects and funded public health research projects, while the fundamental goal is the improvement of public health in Pennsylvania. Examples of recent work includes development of feasibility studies for local public health departments in several Pennsylvania counties, an evaluation of a cross-system intervention for children exposed to trauma, assessment of obstetric capacity in Philadelphia and its relationship to birth outcomes and maternal health, and a study of health, economic, and social indicators for Berks County, Pennsylvania and the development of a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. Maintain close contacts with government public health and the regional public health community. Co- Investigator, Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center (PAPHTC). Direct, in collaboration with the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center (PAPHTC), one of 39 HRSA funded Public
2 Health Training Centers, housed at schools of public health throughout the nation. PAPHTC s mission is to improve Pennsylvania s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of the public health workforce, by providing foundational, competency-based training opportunities. Work includes development and delivery of training curriculum, collaboration with regional training entities, and maintaining close contact with regional county health departments, and federal and state government. Jennifer Kolker Consulting Principal Consultant to private, non-profit, and government organizations focusing on public health, community/urban planning, early childhood, and maternal/child health. Areas of focus include program planning and project management, research and policy analysis, and grant development and review. Clients include the City of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, The William Penn Foundation, The Reinvestment Fund, Philadelphia Safe and Sound, KidZone Philadelphia, the Institute for Safe Families, and the Health Federation of Philadelphia. Public Works, LLC Senior Policy Associate Senior policy associate offering public policy research, analysis, management consulting and strategic planning to government agencies and officials, state and national non-profits and think tanks across the country. Focus areas include policy and program development in public health, early childhood and education, health systems, data management, Medicaid and welfare reform. Philadelphia Department of Public Health Office of the Health Commissioner, Assistant Director, Health Planning and Analysis Responsible for Department-wide planning and policy activities, including policy and procedure development, funding and service analysis, grants development and compliance, departmental program coordination and special projects. Liaison to Mayor s Office, city, state and federal agencies, not-for-profit organizations and academic institutions for citywide planning and program development. Analyze program and fiscal functions of department and citywide programs. Coordinate inter- and intradepartmental program policy in areas such as children and family health, HIV/AIDS, managed care, welfare reform, health insurance, violence prevention, and correctional health. AIDS Activities Coordinating Office, Director of Policy and Planning Director of planning, policy, program, and resource development for Departmental AIDS activities. Developed all federal grant applications for HIV/AIDS services, resulting in over $14 million annually in federal funds; maintained grantee relationships and reporting requirements with federal and state funding agencies. Advised Health Commissioner on legislative and policy issues, authored policy and testimony, and coordinated and communicated with external community groups and local, state and federal government on HIV/AIDS policy. The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium Manager of Policy and Planning Managed Planning Department of federally designated regional HIV Health Services Planning Council. Developed and implemented community-wide HIV planning process for services and programs for people with HIV. Prepared annual quantitative and qualitative needs assessment and regional comprehensive plan for HIV and other public health services.
3 Reports & Publications Kolker, J. Innovation in Public Health: Blending the Tried and True with New Directions. Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, Fall Gallagher, D., Kolker, J. Objecting to Public Health Stories from Four Pennsylvania Counties. Commonwealth, A Journal of Political Science. Special Policy Issue: Public Health in Pennsylvania. December Gallagher, D., Kolker, J., Rubinstein, S., Duden, M., Epstein, N. Program Narrative for New Access Point Application. Berks Community Health Services, December 2010.* Gallagher, D., Kolker, J. Federally Qualified Health Center Feasibility Study for Berks County, Pennsylvania, September 2010.* Kolker, J. Multiplying Connections Year 3 Evaluation Report. Health Federation of Philadelphia. October 2010.* Kolker, J. Pregnant Woman s Companion Guide. Norristown Alliance for Healthy Babies. June 2009.* Kolker, J. Environmental Scan of Food and Fitness in Pennsylvania. Report to the Kellogg Foundation. May 2009.* Kolker, J., Gallagher, D., Davidson, J., Rubinstein, S., Enhancing Public Health in Berks County. Report to the Berks County Community Foundation. July 2008.* Gallagher, D., Kolker, J. Building a Model for Financing Local Health Departments in Pennsylvania, Drexel University /Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, December 2007.* Kolker, J., Lim, Suet, Maus, K., Line, C. Obstetric Care for Philadelphia Residents. An Analysis of Obstetric Capacity from July 2007.* Gallagher, D., Kolker, J., Davidson, J., Rubinstein, S., Enhancing Public Health in Dauphin County. Report to the Dauphin County Health Improvement Project. July 2007.* Kolker, J., Davis, M., Dempsey, S. A Blueprint for Responding to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence in Pediatric Health Care. Institute for Safe Families: Safe and Bright Futures. September 2006.* Kolker, J., Schewel, S. Medicaid Coverage for Abortion: Estimating the Need in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Report to the Women s Medical Fund, June 2006.* Kolker, J. Supporting Child Development: A Role for the William Penn Foundation * Kolker, J., Gallagher, D., Davidson, J. Feasibility Study for a Lancaster County Health Department. Report submitted the United Way of Lancaster County, April 2005.*
4 Kolker, J. Children Exposed to Trauma: Inventory of Philadelphia s Capacity to Respond. Report to the Health Federation of Philadelphia, June 2005.* Kolker, J., Osborne, D., Schnurer, E. Early Care and Education: The Need for a National Policy. The Center for National Policy, Washington, DC, September Kolker, J., Schnurer, E., Stateline Policy Papers on Welfare Reform. Center for National Policy, Kolker, J., Licensing and Regulation of Child Care in Philadelphia: Issues, Findings, and Recommendations. City of Philadelphia, Office of the Managing Director: June 2003.* *denotes final report from funded activity. Selected Presentations Advocacy and Public Health. Facilitation of Panel. Pennsylvania Public Health Association Annual Meeting, October Analysis of Obstetric Care in Philadelphia. Drexel University College of Medicine, Women s Health and Education Program. January Politics & Policymaking in State Coverage Expansion Efforts, 2008: State Update Academy Health Research Meeting: Special Panel Presentation. June Typhoid Mary to Andrew Speaker: A Panel Discussion of Public Health, Medical History & Ethics. Drexel University College of Medicine, Program on Medical Humanities. November Obstetric Closures and Birth Outcomes: Presentation to Stakeholders, June Impact of obstetric closures on birth outcomes and quality of care. Academy Health Health Annual Research Meeting: General Poster Session and Gender and Health Interest Group Poster Session. June Politics & Policymaking in State Coverage Expansion Efforts, 2007: Challenges & Opportunities. Academy Health Research Meeting: Special Panel Presentation and Kaiser Webcast. June Developing Local Health Departments: Stories from Pennsylvania. Association Annual Meeting, November American Public Health Child Care and National Policy. Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) Annual Meeting, May Review Activities Reviewer, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Services Resources Administration. Various proposal reviews for national programs.
5 Reviewer, Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, Reviewer, Women s Health Issues Reviewer, Association of Schools of Public Health Policy Fellowship selection Chair, Review Committee, Healthy Start Request for Proposals for Maternal and Child Health Home Visiting Services, Philadelphia Department of Public Health., Reviewer, Healthy Start Request for Proposals for Maternal and Child Health Home Visiting Services, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Community Engagement Service Learning in Public Policy, Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation Summer Program, Lecturer, 2011 Community Health Planning Process Facilitator, Chester County Health Department,, present. Multiplying Connections Professional Advisory Committee. Health Federation of Philadelphia, 2007-present. Evaluator, City of Philadelphia, Civil Service Examination for Health Services Administrator for the Department s Community Health Centers, Steering Committee, Norristown Alliance for Healthier Babies, Obstetric Services Task Force, Data Subcommittee. Delaware Valley Health Care Council:, Clinical Network for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, Institute for Safe Families,, Professional Memberships National Network of Public Health Training Centers American Public Health Association Pennsylvania Public Health Association Academy Health