Chari A Cohen, DrPh
Blumberg Institute Assistant Professor (Principal Investigator)
Ph: (215) 489-4930
(2015) DrPH, Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University
(2001) MPH, Community Health, Temple University
Appointment at the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute:
Assistant Professor of Public Health
Director of Public Health, the Hepatitis B Foundation
Adjunct faculty, Jefferson Medical College
Adjunct faculty, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health
Chair, Coalition Against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (CHIPO)
Steering Committee Member, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR)
Policy Director, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (APIC)
Research interest: Eliminating health disparities associated with hepatitis B, including the ecological determinants associated with low screening rates among highly impacted communities; developing best practices for improving screening, vaccination and linkage to care rates to decrease morbidity and mortality associated with chronic Hepatitis B infection.
Research staff: Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) public health research team.
Fellows and Students: Dr. Cohen and her team mentor 3-5 undergraduate and graduate public health students each year.
The HBF public health team conducts research and develops interventions locally, nationally and internationally. In Philadelphia, HBF leads a community-based participatory research program, including a 75-organizational member coalition. Together, the team has developed a multi-platform, citywide effort to improve rates of hepatitis B screening, vaccination and linkage to care for highly affected communities, with a focus on Asian Americans. HBF also studies the epidemiological landscape of chronic infection in Philadelphia, including identifying factors associated with infection and immunity, so they can tailor interventions to be more effective and efficient. Nationally, HBF co-manage’s Hep B United, a nationwide coalition that supports and leverages the success of local community coalitions across the U.S. to increase hepatitis B awareness, screening, vaccination and linkage to care for all Americans, but in particular, for high-risk Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who are disproportionately impacted. The HBF public health team works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a multi-year program that offers capacity building, training and technical assistance so that all 24 Hep B United partner coalitions have the ability to offer screening, vaccination, education and patient navigation in their communities. Internationally, we direct a multi-year program in Haimen City, China. The program has included public awareness campaigns, provider education, free screening and linkage to care, and a program to reduce perinatal transmission of hepatitis B.
Through the stated programs, the HBF public health team conducts quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; survey development and testing; community-based participatory research (CBPR); health disparities research; program evaluation; coalition building and maintenance; and public health model building.
Developing, testing and disseminating best practices for eliminating health disparities associated with chronic hepatitis B infection.
Gish RD, Cohen CA, Block JM, Brosgart CL, Block TM, Clary R, Le LT, Ninburg MH, Sandt L, Kowdley KV. (2015). Data supporting updating estimates of the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B and C in the United States. Hepatology, 62(5):1339-1341.
Evans AA, Cohen C, Huang P, Qian L, London WT, Block JM, Chen G. (2015). Prevention of perinatal hepatitis B transmission in Haimen City, China: Results of a community public health initiative. Vaccine; epub ahead of print, pii: S0264-410X(15)00111-5. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.01.054.
Weerasinghe I, Bannister N, Huang V, Cohen C, Caballero J, Wang S. (2015). The role of the patient-centered medical home in addressing hepatitis B perinatal transmission. AAPI Nexus. 12(1,2): 140-160.
Chen G, Block JM, Evans AA, Huang P, Cohen C. (2014). Gateway to Care campaign: a public healthinitiative to reduce the burden of hepatitis B in Haimen City, China. BMC Public Health. 14:754-759.
Beckett GA, Block JM, Cohen C, McMahon BJ. (2014). The role of primary care physician assistants in managing chronic hepatitis B. Journal of the American Association of Physician Assistants. 27(3):51-54.
Nguyen GT, Cohen C, Evans A, Bautista R. (2014). Broadening the scope for national database sampling: a critical need. American Journal of Public Health. 104(2):e3.
Cohen C, Caballero J, Martin M, Weerasinghe I, Ninde M, Block J. (2013). Eradication of Hepatitis B: A Nationwide Community Coalition Approach to Improving Vaccination, Screening, and Linkage to Care. Journal of Community Health, 38(5):799-804.
Evans AA, London WT, Gish RG, Cohen C, Block WT. (2013). Chronic HBV Infection Outside Treatment Guidelines: Is Treatment Needed? Antiviral Therapy, 18(2):229-235.
Apuzzio J, Block JM, Cullison S, Cohen C, Leong SL, London WT, McHugh JA, Neubauer RL, Perrillo R, Squires R, Tarrant D, McMahon BJ. (2012). Chronic Hepatitis B in Pregnancy: A Workshop Consensus Statement on Screening, Evaluation, and Management, Part 1. The Female Patient;37(4):22-27.
Apuzzio J, Block JM, Cullison S, Cohen C, Leong SL, London WT, McHugh JA, Neubauer RL, Perrillo R, Squires R, Tarrant D, McMahon BJ. (2012). Chronic Hepatitis B in Pregnancy: A Workshop Consensus Statement on Screening, Evaluation, and Management, Part 2. TheFemalePatient;37(5):30-34.
McHugh JA, Cullison S, Apuzzio J, Block JM, Cohen C, Leong SL, London WT, McNellis RJ, Neubauer RL, Perrillo R, Squires R, Tarrant D, McMahon BJ. (2011). Chronic hepatitis B infection: A workshop consensus statement and algorithm. Journal of Family Practice. Online Exclusive. 60(9):E1-E8. Available at http://www.jfponline.com/Pages.asp?AID=9881&issue=September_2011&UID=
Evans AA, Cohen C, London WT. (2011). Hepatitis B Virus in the United States. Annals of Internal Medicine, 155(3), 205.
Cohen C, McMahon BJ, Block JM, Brosgart CL, Gish RG, London WT, Block TM. (2011). Is chronic hepatitis B being undertreated in the United States? Journal of Viral Hepatitis, 18, 377-383.
Cohen C, Evans A, London WT, Block J, Conti M, Block T. (2008). Underestimation of chronic hepatitis B virus infection in the United States of America. Journal of Viral Hepatitis; 15(1): 12–13.
Jessop A, Cohen C, Burke M, Conti M, Black M. (2004). Hepatitis support groups: Meeting the information and support needs of hepatitis patients. Journal of Gastroenterology Nursing, 27(4):163-169.