University of Pennsylvania; VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP)
An experienced health services researcher, Shimrit Keddem will use the CHERISH pilot grant to collaborate with clinical colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, learn about the processes for rolling out new technologies within a primary healthcare setting, and develop strategies for improving the implementation of injectable PrEP to serve historically marginalized patients.
Shimrit Keddem is a health services researcher and educator with expertise in qualitative and mixed methods; an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania; and a co-director of the Center for Health Equity Research & Promotion (CHERP) Qualitative Research Core. Through her research, 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 (VHA). Her research in women’s health has focused on the relationship between social-ecological factors and health outcomes for women veterans and non-veterans. Keddem is the recipient of a VA’s Health Services Research and Development Service career development award titled, “Assessing Trends in STI Screening among Women Veterans in the VHA.” She holds a master’s degree in urban spatial analysis (MUSA) and public health (MPH), and a doctoral degree (PhD) from the University of Pennsylvania.