Mobile Health Program Webinar Series – Summer 2020

Posted on June 25, 2020 at: 5:40 pm

We are pleased to announce that the Mobile Health Program Webinar Series – Summer 2020 will begin on July 1, 2020.  Please join us on the following Wednesdays at 2pm:

July 1, 2020 at 2:00pm – Self-Compassion 

July 8, 2020 at 2:00pm – Nutrition & Picky Eating (for parents of young children)

July 15, 2020 at 2:00pm – Stress, Recovery & Mindfulness

July 22, 2020 at 2:00pm – Nutrition & Diabetes

July 29, 2020 at 2:00pm – Domestic Violence -Recognizing and Referrals

August 5, 2020 at 2:00pm – Nutrition & Aging

This 6-week webinar series is hosted by the Mobile Health Program, a partnership between Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, Trinity Health – Saint Francis Healthcare, Lt. Governor’s Challenge, and the University of Delaware Partnership for Healthy Communities.

Webinar topics include:  Self-Compassion, Nutrition & Aging, Nutrition & Diabetes, Nutrition & Picky Eaters, Domestic Violence-Recognizing & Referrals, Stress & Mindfulness.

Upcoming Webinar:  Nutrition & Aging

When: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Past webinars in the series:


This webinar defines domestic violence and sexual violence, discusses the connection between violence and health, describes how to respond to someone who may be experiencing domestic or sexual violence, and identifies resources in the community that can help you or those you care about who are affected by domestic or sexual violence.

Presented by:

  • Courtney Winkler, DVS, Training & Outreach Coordinator, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Megan Bittinger, DVS, Medical Community Engagement Liaison and Medical Legal Partnership Coordinator, YWCA Delaware’s Sexual Assault Response Center; Recent graduate from University of Delaware’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Services Concentration


This webinar discusses how to change your diet to improve your health while living with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. Discussion includes source of carbohydrates, carbohydrate counting, and tips for healthy food choices.

Presented by:

  • Anja Leefeldt, MS, RDN, LDN, FANDAssociate Instructor/Dietetic Internship Director @Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, University of Delaware
  • Ashley Lackey and Ashley Westerman, DTR, Dietetic Interns @Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, University of Delaware


This webinar is a  hands-on introduction to the effects of stress on our health and behavior, the importance of stress recovery and the central role of mindfulness in reducing and managing stress.

Presented by:

  • Michael Mackenzie, PhD,Associate Professor, Director, Mind Body Behavior Lab, Academic Director, Clinical Health Coaching, Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware;
  • Alyssa Saienni, MS, Health Coach and Mindfulness Educator, Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware (Health Promotion, MS, 2020); Clinical Health Coach; Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT-200; Certified Health Education Specialist, CHES


JULY 8: NUTRITION & PICKY EATING (for parents of young children)

This webinar provided an interactive session on how parents can help their child create a positive relationship with food. Terms are defined related to “picky eating” child development, and discussion includes parent modeling, age appropriate kitchen activities and outdoor activities.

Presented by:

  • Anja Leefeldt, MS, RDN, LDN, FANDAssociate Instructor/Dietetic Internship Director @Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, University of Delaware
  • Ashley Lackey and Ashley Westerman, DTR, Dietetic Interns @Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, University of Delaware



This webinar discusses the three main components and offered insight and strategies to help participants begin to practice self-compassion. Self-compassion is demonstrating the same compassion you have for others to yourself. It involves acknowledging pain and suffering and responding with kindness. It is not self-pity or self-indulgence. Self-compassion meditation can help healing and improve self-confidence.

Presented by:

  • Tara Leonard, MS, NBC-HWC (Clinical Instructor/Clinical Health Coach; Clinical Health Coaching Research and Training Center, Clinic Director @Department of Behavioral Health & Nutrition College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware)
  • Dr. Kelsey Chambers, PsyD (Clinical Psychologist @Center for Counseling and Student Development, University of Delaware)
  • Diane Beneck, BSN, NBC-HWC (Clinical Instructor/Clinical Health Coach @Clinical Health Coaching Research & Training Center, University of Delaware)


PHC Announces Awards for Partnerships & Research Projects

Posted on June 4, 2020 at: 11:56 pm

This spring, PHC awarded funding to support partnership and research projects focused on the following:

Status of Black Girls in Delaware

Funding will help support a multi-method study examining identity development, health awareness, healthy behaviors, barriers to physical activity, nutrition, social supports, and educational experiences for Black girls in Delaware aged 10-19. This study directly addresses health care disparities as they relate to Black girls in Delaware. Findings will be use by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Delaware Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women to inform the design
and provision of interventions and services for Black girls in Delaware.

Partners: National Coalition of 100 Black Women-DE, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and Delaware State University

Funding awarded to: Dr. Sue Giancola and Dr. Tia Barnes, Center for Research in Education & Social Policy (CRESP)


Eviction, Homelessness and Health

Funding will support a study to assess the extent to which concentrations of eviction and homelessness occur in neighborhoods that also have high concentrations of health problems. Findings can be used to identify areas that are in pressing need of both housing and healthcare interventions, and would thereby facilitate planning for neighborhood-based interventions that could both address social determinants and direct correlates of specific health outcomes in particular areas.

Partners:  Moravian College and UD’s Center for Applied Demography and Social Research

Funding awarded to:  Dr. Steve Metraux, Center for Community Research and Service (CCRS)


Behavioral Health Supports for Mobile Health Program

Funding supports the design of a behavioral health and wellness screening program to be implemented at community locations through the Mobile Health Program. Behavioral health staff will include undergraduate and/or graduate student support with supervision from a licensed clinical psychologist.

Partners:  Mobile Health Program (including their 9 community partners)

Funding awarded to:  Dr. Briana Haut, Center for Training, Evaluation, and Community Collaboration (C-TECC)

Suicide prevention peer support program for students and young adults

This project integrates multiple community and university partners whose efforts align to collectively support the behavioral health needs of young adults residing in the local Newark Community; this includes high school, college and young professionals.  The initiative consists of 3 components which include; Specialized Peer Training through the University’s College of Health Sciences (CHS), peer support and referral services through Sean’s House/The SL24 Foundation, and, development and integration of a behavioral health referral and information exchange network through CHS contracted vendor, Patient Sortal.  The Project’s goal will be to connect this underserved, vulnerable population to the right type and the right level of behavioral health supports at the right time.

The hub for the project’s service provision, will be Sean’s House, conveniently located on Main Street in Newark and is scheduled for a grand opening on September 24, 2020.  Sean’s House will stand for—and with—all in the community who are in need of help or who wish to help young adults struggling with behavioral health issues. Sean’s House will offer an inviting, non-intimidating, safe space for young adults to access behavioral health support and resources, free of charge.  The SL24 Foundation and the University’s College of Health Sciences will partner to create a unique evidence based model of peer based services and will offer scholarship to University doctoral students in exchange for project involvement.

This award helps fund the peer training aspect of this endeavor. The Mental Health Association (MHA) and the CHS School of Nursing will adapt the state’s existing Certified Peer Training Program to create a highly specialized peer training program targeted to the unique needs of young adults.  Graduates of the UD Student Peer Training Program will receive a Certificate of Completion and will acquire tools and skills that will allow them to contribute to both the UD Campus, Sean’s House, and the surrounding community in a meaningful and “much needed” way.  University stakeholders will develop scientifically based outcome measures and will engage in activities geared toward creating a sustainable model that other campus communities can emulate.

Partners:  Peer 24, Sean’s House, Mental Health Association, Patient Sortal, College of Health Sciences

Funding awarded to: Marimargaret Fischer, MSN, RN, School of Nursing 


Community Mobile Healthcare & Wellness Program

Posted on April 20, 2020 at: 4:44 pm

In collaboration with the Lieutenant Governor’s office, and Saint Francis representatives, PHC secured funding from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware to support a partnership with Saint Francis Healthcare mobile health van. The van enables faculty, staff and students to
support improvements in health outcomes in Wilmington’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, through Community Health Services Outreach.

The van is also devoted to community Health and Wellness Outreach (HWO). On HWO days the van visits sites identified in collaboration with the Lieutenant Governor Challenge, a public health initiative to address community health needs, promote healthy living choices and wellness. Site activities include physical and behavioral health screenings and education.

Christine Sowinski joined the PHC team in the fall of 2019 as PHC’s Mobile Health Coordinator and  worked with partners to have the first cohort of students on the mobile health unit in February 2020 at the start of the spring semester. An official kick-off was held in Wilmington in March.  The van traveled to community centers, schools, senior centers, churches and other sites across the greater Wilmington area for several weeks as part of a monthly schedule.

The Saint Clare Medical Outreach Van, in partnership with UD’s Partnership for Healthy Communities, Trinity Health, Highmark and St. Francis, treats patients in the parking lot of Shiloh Baptist Church in Wilmington.

COVID-19 UPDATE:  Starting July 15th, 2020, the Mobile Health van will be going back out into the community again on a reduced schedule after suspending operations since mid-March due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Please check back frequently as times and locations may vary.  The current schedule through 8/26/20 is as follows:

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Mobile Health Program in the News:


National Public Health Week 2020

Posted on April 9, 2020 at: 5:54 pm

The UD Partnership for Healthy Communities helped usher in National Public Health Week 2020 with the following webinar:

Beyond Infectious Disease:  Unleashing the Power of Public Health to Achieve Health Equity, A Webinar to Explore Cross-Sector Career and Research Opportunities

Apr 7, 2020

Click here to access the Webinar Recording

Webinar FAQs- Read answers from our panelists to questions posed during the live webinar below:

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Delaware State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP)

Posted on October 25, 2019 at: 5:46 pm

The UD Partnership for Healthy Communities, in collaboration with the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association, prepared the 2019 Delaware State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Annual Report, launched a revised  Delaware SHIP website, and hosted a statewide stakeholder meeting on October 23, 2019 for the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health.

To learn more about the Delaware SHIP, or to access the annual report or presentations from the stakeholder meeting, visit

See DHSS Press Release on Delaware SHIP


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