PRC Seminar: The Science of Simple, Low-Cost Health and Safety Interventions w/ Charles Branas, PhD

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The Center for Public Health Initiatives


The Penn Institute for Urban Research


The Science of Simple, Low-Cost Health and Safety


Co-Sponsored by the UPenn PRC

Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


As part of the 2015-2016 CPHI Seminar Series  From Innovation to Dissemination, Charles Branas, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Sara Heller, Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania discussed effective, low-cost ways to keep communities healthy and safe.


Charles Branas

Dr. Branas, PhD, is a member of the UPenn PRC Internal Advisory Board and Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He works to improve health and healthcare and is recognized for his efforts to reduce violence and enhance emergency care. Much of his work incorporates human geography and place-based change. His studies have taken him to cities and small towns across the US and other countries.

Rehabbing Inner City Buildings Reduces Crime

rehabbing inner city buildings

Photo credit: PLOS One

Internal Advisory Board member Charles Branas, PhD., was part of a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania that was the first to develop a study about the effects of building remediation on crime and violence in surrounding areas. The study began after Philadelphia required building owners to renew the outside of their buildings in 2011.

Read the article here.