Carolyn Cannuscio Wins AJPH 'Paper of Year' Award

Carolyn Cannuscio Wins AJPH 'Paper of Year' Award

LDI Senior Fellow and social epidemiologist Carolyn Cannuscio is the lead author of an article honored as a "2013 Paper of the Year" by the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH).

Carolyn Cannuscio
LDI Senior Fellow Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD, ScM.

Published in 2012, the paper, "Using Art to Amplify Youth Voices On Housing Insecurity," chronicled a project that engaged homeless children in various kinds of art and photography projects in an effort to foster a stronger sense of community involvement and security in an inner city Philadelphia neighborhood.

The AJPH's annual "Paper of the Year" award showcases articles that "substantially contribute to our knowledge and understanding of an important public health issue... and have the potential to have a significant public health impact."

'Important and innovative'
Its announcement went on to say that in the article, Cannuscio et al. feature "A Place to Call Home," an arts and advocacy initiative. The paper combines vibrant images and substantive feature writing. It showcases an important and innovative project on housing insecurity and public health. The striking images are featured not only as part of the paper but also on the cover. Since publication, AJPH has received numerous compliments on both the piece as well as the program. This piece really defines what we think of as Images of Health -- provocative, beautiful, timely, and important."

Cannuscio, ScD, ScM, is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, and a Senior Fellow at Penn's Center for Public Health Initiatives. Co-authors of the paper were LDI Senior Fellow David Asch, MD, MBA; Eva Bugos and Eve E. Weiss of Penn's Mixed Methods Research Laboratory; and Shari Hersh of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.