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Shimrit Keddem, PhD, MPH – Career Development Awardee

Shimrit Keddem, PhD, MPH Shimrit Keddem, PhD, MPH
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA 

Shimrit Keddem, PhD, MPH, MUSA, is a Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) COIN Investigator, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania, and Co-Director of CHERP's Qualitative Research Core. Dr. Keddem holds a Master in Urban Spatial Analysis (MUSA), a Master of Public Health (MPH), and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Keddem is a health services researcher and educator with expertise in qualitative and mixed methods. Through her research, Dr. Keddem seeks to improve healthcare programming especially for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. Her work in health services research has focused on system-level assessments and patient experiences of primary care and patient-centered care both within and outside the Veterans Health Administration. Her research in women's health has focused on the relationship between social-ecological factors and health outcomes for women Veterans and non-Veterans.

Her HSR&D Career Development Award is titled, "Assessing Trends in STI Screening among Women Veterans in the VHA." The goal of Dr. Keddem's study is to examined patterns of STI screening among women Veterans and to establish an appropriate and effective prevention plan. Her study will assess and explore practice-, provider-, and patient-level correlates and barriers/facilitators to gonorrhea and chlamydia screening in VA women's health. This information will be used to develop and pilot a clinical decision support tool to improve gonorrhea and chlamydia screening for women Veterans.

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