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Robert A. Simmons

Program Director
Master of Public Health program (MPH)
Jefferson School of Population health
Clinical Associate Professor
Thomas Jefferson University
1015 Walnut Street, Suite 115
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-7312


  • 1967-1970 BA, University of California, Santa Barbara (Political Science)
  • 1970-1971 California Teaching Credential, University of California, Santa Barbara (Education)
  • 1972-1973 MPH, Loma Linda University, School of Public Health (Health Education)
  • 1982-1990 DrPH, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), (Community Health Sciences)
  • Specialty Certifications:

  • 1978 Certification of Fluency in Spanish (4.0), Foreign Service Institute
  • 1989-present Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), # 1268
  • 2009 Certification in Public Health (CPH), # 20070712502

Professional Experience

    Faculty Appointments:

  • 2004-2005 Adjunct Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
  • 2004 Adjunct Professor, University of Delaware
  • 2005 Adjunct Professor, Delaware State University
  • 2006-2007 Visiting Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
  • 2007-present Clinical Associate Professor, Jefferson School of Population Health
  • Hospital and Administrative Appointments:

  • 1974-1978 Health Educator, San Diego County Health Care Agency
  • 1978-1980 Health Consultant, U.S. Peace Corps
  • 1980 Training Director, U.S. Peace Corps
  • 1981-1989 Program Manager, American Lung Association of Los Angeles County
  • 1985 Training Director, U.S. Peace Corps, Dominican Republic
  • 1987 Health Consultant, Los Angeles County Health Department
  • 1989-1992 Program Director, Just Say No International
  • 1993 Program Consultant, The California Wellness Foundation
  • 1993-1995 Chief, Office of School-Linked Services, Foundation Consortium for School-Linked Services, California Department of Health Services
  • 1995-1996 Health Education Specialist, California Department of Health Services
  • 1996-1998 Chief, Health Education and Promotion, Eugene du Pont Preventive Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute, Christiana Care Health Services
  • 1998-2003 Manager, Government and Community Relations, Christiana Care Health System
  • 2004-2005 Health Consultant, Produce for Better Health Foundation
  • 2004-2006 Consultant, Community Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention
  • 2005 Healthy Aging Project Consultant, Delaware Office on Aging and Disabilities

Recent Publications/Books & Publications

  • Sept. 2009, “Developing Future Public Health Leaders: Experiential Advocacy Training” Health Policy Newsletter, Jefferson School of Population Health, Vol. 22, No. 3
  • Dec. 2009, “Cultural Competency: A Growing Need for Health Care and Population Health Professionals to Better Serve our Diverse Populations”, Health Policy Newsletter, Jefferson School of Population Health, Vol. 22, No. 4
  • Sept. 2010, “Health Communication and Social Marketing: A Collaborative Curriculum”, Health Policy Newsletter, Jefferson School of Population Health, Vol. 23, No. 3
  • Spring 2011, “Health Reform: Will It Improve Our Nation’s Health?”, Guest Editorial, Health Policy Newsletter, Jefferson School of Population Health, Vol. 24, No. 2
  • Summer, 2011, “College Within the College (CwiC) at Jefferson Medical College – Population Health”, Health Policy Newsletter, Jefferson School of Population Health, Vol. 24, No. 3

Honors & Awards

  • 1984 Mattel Foundation Childhood Injury Control Grant Award
  • 1984 Smoke-Free Class of 2000 Grant Award
  • 1985 The Secretary’s Award for Innovations in Health, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • 1985 American Lung Association National Award for Excellence in Programming
  • 1985 National Cancer Institute Small Grant Research Award
  • 1986 MacArthur Foundation Small Grant Award
  • 1986 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, UCLA Public Health Alumni Association
  • 1986 Robert F. Murphy Graduate Fellowship, American Cancer Society, California Division
  • 1987 Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society
  • 1989 Reagan Foundation Grant Award
  • 2001 American Heart Association of Delaware Distinguished Achievement Award
  • 2002 Health Educator of the Year Award, Health Education Network of Delaware
  • 2003 American Heart Association of Pennsylvania/Delaware Distinguished Service Award
  • 2005 Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership, Evaluation of Mobile Eye Exam and Eyeglasses Program Grant Award, Philadelphia Corporation on Aging
  • 2006 Pennsylvania Department of Health, Cancer Education Evaluation Grant Award, co-PI
  • 2006-7 Healthy Aging Contract Grant Award, Philadelphia Corporation on Aging
  • 2009 Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) Grant Award for Development of Undergraduate Public Health Education
  • 2010- Pennsylvania Department of Health, Cardiovascular Health Literacy Grant Award 2011 sub-contract with the Health Care Improvement Foundation
  • 2010- Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Workplace Health Promotion Grant Award, 2011 evaluation subcontract with the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, co-PI
  • 2011-2012 Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control Grant, Analysis of Tobacco-Related Hospital Admissions Before and After the Philadelphia Clean Indoor Air Law
  • 2011-2012 Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Community Transformation Grant, Workplace Preventive Services Grant
  • 2011-2016 Fulbright Specialist Scholar, Public and Global Health

Professional Membership

  • 1974 Smoking Research, San Diego
  • 1975-1978 Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) San Diego Chapter
  • 1976-1978 Professional Development Committee Member, American Heart Association of San Diego
  • 1986-1988 Coalition for a Healthy California Steering Committee
  • 1987 CDC Reproductive Health Division Advisory Committee
  • 1988 KCET Public Television, Planning and Review Committee
  • 1989 Fox Chase Review Panel for Tobacco Cessation
  • 1990 U.S. Centers for Substance Use Prevention Review Panel
  • 1992 National Prevention Network Review Panel
  • 1994 California Department of Education, Healthy Start Grant Reviewer
  • 1994 California Office of Family Planning, Reviewer for family planning grants
  • 1995 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Trainer, Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities
  • 1995 Northern California Society of Public Health Education President
  • 1997 California Wellness Foundation, Private-Public Health Partnership program
  • 1997 United Way of Delaware, Loaned Executive program
  • 1997 Health Education Network of Delaware, (HENOD), Founder and President
  • 1998 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Grant Reviewer
    Health Education Materials Reviewer, ETR & Associates
    Society of Public Health Education, Treasurer
  • 1999-2000 Public Health Education Leadership Institute, St. Louis University, School of Public Health
  • 2000-present Journal of Health Promotion Practice Editorial Advisory Board
  • 2002 Chair, Wilmington Health Planning Council
  • 2002 Chair, Delaware Tobacco Prevention Coalition (IMPACT)
  • 2003-2005 Chair, Board of Directors, American Heart Association, Pennsylvania-Delaware Affiliate
  • 2003-2004 President, Healthy Delaware Foundation, Inc.
  • 2003-2004 American Medical Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Research & Educational Trust Steering Committee on Chronic Disease Management
  • 2003-2006 Board Member, Delaware Ecumenical Council for Children and Families
  • 2004 Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium, Rollins School of Public Health
  • 2007-2008 President, Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE)
  • 2007-present Philadelphia Corporation on Aging, Prime Time Health Steering Committee
  • 2008-2009 Immediate Past President, Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)

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