Stoneleigh Selects Two New Senior Fellows

We are please to announce the appointments of Kathleen Creamer, Esq,  of Community Legal Services and Dr. Ted Corbin of Drexel University College of Medicine to our fellowship program. Both were awarded Senior Fellowships, designed to impact public policy at the local, state and federal levels.

“Kathleen and Ted are involved in important work that addresses the needs of vulnerable children and families in the Philadelphia region,” said Stoneleigh’s Executive Director Cathy Weiss. “As Senior Fellows, they will have the time and resources to follow their passion and apply their expertise to distinctly vulnerable populations: children of incarcerated parents and young victims of nonfatal violent injury. It is our hope that they use this fellowship to expand their reach, influence important changes in public policy and major public systems, and make a measurable difference in the lives of these children and families.”

Ms. Creamer currently works as a staff attorney at Community Legal Services, a non-profit organization that provides legal advice and representation to low-income Philadelphia residents. Creamer has a caseload that includes incarcerated parents and she has been instrumental in several recent policy changes in the region, including a ban on shackling incarcerated women during childbirth and expanding visiting hours for children with mothers held at Riverside Correctional Facility. She is currently engaged with a state committee that is examining the effects of parental incarceration on children, and has been asked to draft legislation to address the barriers to reunification. This topic will also be the focus of her fellowship. Over the next two years, with Community Legal Services participating as the partner organization, Creamer will convene a joint task force between the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and the Philadelphia Prison Systems to improve the coordination of social work services for families involved with both systems. Ms. Creamer intends to develop a new policy and practice guide for social workers with cases involving incarcerated parents and create a discharge planning guide for parents leaving prison. She will also work at the state level to modify Pennsylvania’s interpretation of the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act. While some states have adapted their interpretation to accommodate families impacted by incarceration, Pennsylvania law currently remains rigid, making it difficult for families to reunite following the incarceration of a parent.

Dr. Corbin is an Emergency Department physician at the Drexel University College of Medicine, where he is both a doctor and a violence prevention practitioner. His program, Healing Hurt People (HHP), addresses the effects of trauma on children and young adults who are victims of intentional, nonfatal violence. Based at both Hahnemann Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, HHP uses a team of medical and social work professionals to provide case-management, appropriate service referrals and community-based resources to reduce the harmful psychological effects of violence, and to prevent further injury and/or retaliation. Corbin’s work with HHP will be the basis for his three-year fellowship. As a Stoneleigh Senior Fellow, Dr. Corbin hopes to achieve three primary goals. First, he will conduct a feasibility study to validate the Healing Hurt People model. This will involve research studies to demonstrate the utility and cost effectiveness of emergency department, trauma-informed intervention in addressing the psychological stress brought on by violence. Dr. Corbin will also establish a coordinated effort to address youth violence across multiple systems by creating a Youth Injury Review Panel. Representatives from law enforcement, the courts, medicine, behavioral health, education and human services will review serious injuries, identify and make recommendations for removing system-level barriers, and inform collective efforts with regard to the services a victim may need to prevent re-injury or retaliation. Finally, through his local work and leadership role in the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs, Dr. Corbin will advance the application of a public health approach to youth violence and advocate for changes in policy and in practice that support this approach.

Established in 2006, Stoneleigh Foundation currently supports six Senior Fellows, in addition to Creamer and Corbin. Fellowships are awarded to talented practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to develop and test new ideas and approaches that will improve the well-being and future of young people with the greatest needs, particularly those involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In addition to the Senior Fellowship, Stoneleigh offers Junior Fellowships for emerging social justice leaders. For more information about Stoneleigh Foundation and its new Senior Fellows, please visit www.stoneleighfoundation.org.

About Stoneleigh Foundation: Stoneleigh Foundation works to improve the well-being of vulnerable and underserved children and youth. The Foundation meets its mission through fellowship awards that support outstanding individuals whose work unites research, policy and practice. John and Chara Haas established Stoneleigh Foundation in 2006 as the latest chapter in their lifelong commitment to philanthropic activity.