Drew A. Harris, DPM, MPH
Personal links, articles, opinions, etc. 

Selected Works

Some of my ideas in search of funding

PHILiS - Public Health Interactive Learning System

Peer-reviewed Articles, Chapter, etc.

"State Health Policy for Terrorism Preparedness" Ziskin & Harris American Journal of Public Health, 9/07 Abstract

"Public Health Emergency and Disaster Preparedness," book chapter in Public Health and Podiatric Medicine, (Arthur Helfand, Ed.)

New Jersey's impending public health-worker shortage.  Ronald Caplan, Drew Harris, Mitchel Rosen. NJ Medicine,  2004 Nov;101(11):47-51. 


"The Population Health Revolution." Population Health Matters, 10/13

"The Fight to the Death Against Obamacare is Unprecedented" Philly.com

"Public health decisions should be based on science," NJ Star Ledger, 2/26/12

Objections to vaccination must be validated [op-ed, 2/2/11]

NJ Voices Blog Includes several articles with more added each week.

Hospitals' infection control plan won't wash. [op-ed, 8/30/07]

Better to put our money on preventing disease, [op-ed, 8/18/07]

Potentially the unhealthiest cut of all, [op-ed, 11/14/06]

Jersey looks like a pipsqueek on public health, [op-ed, 3/16/07]


Remarks at PHLIER Graduation 2007 

Public Health Leadership Initiative for Emergency Response: A case-based leadership training program. APHA, Boston, MA. November 7, 2006



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Dr. Drew Harris is an author, presenter, educator, consultant and advocate on public health, health care and research issues. He is currently the Program Director for Population Health & Health Policy at the Jefferson College of Population Health at Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. 

He is also the Founding Chairman of the NJ Public Health Institute, an independent, non-partisan organization dedicated to researching, developing and advocating for pro-public health policies. He also consults for non-profit organizations and teaches courses on health policy and public health law and administration.

He was President of the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research, an organization dedicated to serving the interests of the biomedical research community. Dr. Harris oversaw NJABR’s administration, educational, outreach and advocacy initiatives, and was the organization’s spokesperson. He developed several unique research-specific case study-based outreach programs to help high-school students better understand drug-discovery and outbreak investigation as a means to encourage them to pursue careers in the life sciences. With funding from the US Department of Labor WIRED program through grants with the Bio1 and Delaware Valley Innovation Network consortia, he organized several events to advance and support New Jersey’s life science workforce. 

Previously, Dr. Harris was the Assistant Director of the New Jersey Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Assistant Professor in the UMDNJ School of Public Health. In that role, he developed, coordinated and led many education, training and research projects addressing a variety of issues including public health law, assessment and preparedness through grants with the CDC, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and other state and federal agencies and private foundations. He conceived and managed the Public Health Leadership Initiative for Emergency Response (PHLIER)—a eight-month statewide fellowship program for New Jersey’s emerging public health leaders. He led the Tick Learning and Education System (TickLES) team. This group developed a tick awareness video and game for middle-school children under a PESP grant from the US Department of Environmental Protection to the UMDNJ-NJ Medical School Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health where he currently holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment.

Dr. Harris is an American Public Health Association (APHA) at-large Executive Board member, a founder and chair of the NJ Public Health Institute, past president of the New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA), and past member of the APHA’s Education Board. Dr. Harris is active with several public health and health care organizations and has been involved in statewide public health campaigns and committees working to guarantee universal access to health care; control diabetes, obesity and tobacco use; remove barriers to community-based research; and ensure that non-profit health insurance assets are reserved for public health and health care purposes. Other activities include a stint as a radio talk show host for “HouseCalls,” a call-in show that focused on health care and public health topics.

Dr. Harris is on the adjunct faculty of the NJ Medical School, Richard Stockton College and UMDNJ School of Public Health.

Dr. Harris is a podiatric physician by training, spending over 17 years in private practice concentrating on the care of people with diabetes and non-healing wounds before making his public health avocation his vocation by taking a position at UMDNJ. He obtained his Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Health Care Organization and Administration, from the UMDNJ-School of Public Health. His research interests lie at the vital nexus of public health science and practice, public policy and politics.