CHOP Community Impact and Engagement 

Dr. Meredith Matone, DrPH, MHS is the director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine. As director, Dr. Matone is responsible for a Center of Emphasis that includes 35 faculty and instructors and over 85 professionals conducting multidisciplinary and mixed-methods research in our health system and community, as well as policy and communications experts who support the translation and dissemination of PolicyLab’s work. Dr. Matone received her Doctor of Public Health, specializing in child and adolescent health and development, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an alumnus of the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being program and a former Stoneleigh Foundation fellow.

Dr. Vanesa Karamanian, MD, MPH is the Director of Healthier Together at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In this role, she oversees CHOP’s programs and services to improve the social, economic, and environmental conditions of children and families in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Dr. Karamanian professional career includes extensive experience in medical care, public health and research across multiple disciplines including health promotion and community engagement. Dr. Karamanian received her Medical Degree at Universidad Favaloro in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Master in Public Health with Global Health focus at the University of Pennsylvania. Along with her work at CHOP, Dr. Karamanian is an Adjunct Professor at the College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University and President of the Powelton Village Civic Association in West Philadelphia.

Falguni Patel, MPH is the Director of Community Impact at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She has extensive experience in project management as well as research design, program evaluation, and community-engaged programming. She has also led trauma-informed programs that improved mental and physical health, increased economic security, and protected child development among disadvantaged families throughout Philadelphia. At CHOP Falguni oversees the CHOP Cares Community Grants Program, employee community volunteering, and community engagement and community benefit compliance-related activities. Falguni provides administrative support and direction for CHOP’s Homeless Health Initiative (HHI). Falguni holds a BA in psychology from the University of Maryland and an MPH in Community Health & Prevention from Drexel University.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe CHOP’s process for assessing health needs in the community
  2. Discuss current community-identified health needs and CHOP’s responsive programming
  3. Consider opportunities for community-engagement in research, operations, and volunteerism


This seminar was delivered as a Pediatric Grand Rounds Lecture at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on December 13, 2023.

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