Andrea-Crivelli-Kovach

Dr. Andrea Crivelli-Kovach

Professor and Director of Community
and Global Public Health

crivella@arcadia.edu 

Andrea Crivelli-Kovach, Professor and Director of Community and Global Public Health at Arcadia University, earned a BA in Biology/Biochemistry and an MA in Nutrition from Immaculata College.  Dr. Kovach completed her PhD in Community Public Health with a focus in Women’s Health/Maternal & Child Health at Temple University and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).  She is currently immediate past president of the PA Public Health Association.  In addition to her faculty and administrative position at Arcadia, she has a research and evaluation consulting business and has completed projects with Maternity Care Coalition, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Family Planning Council, and Episcopal Hospital Dental Residency Program. 

Her areas of research include: (a) US and international hospital breastfeeding policies and practices; (b) mother’s experience with breastfeedingin a hospital setting and (c) the effect of community health workers on empowerment in low-income pregnant women and mothers of young children.  Her publications include articles in Birth, the Journal of Human Lactation, Breastfeeding Medicine, The Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing,The Journal of Community Psychology, Korean Journal of the Academy of Nursing, and Journal of the Osteopathic Medical Association.  She has presented at conferences of the American Public Health Association; Pennsylvania Public Health Association; The Association of American Colleges and Universities; The International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Human Lactation, Breastfeeding Management and Research, The International Women’s Health Conference in Seoul, South Korea, The Korean Lactation Association Annual Meeting in Seoul and at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Maternal and Child Health Annual Conference. 

Selected Publications

  • Crivelli-Kovach, A, Wilson, T, Worley, H. (2012)  Latina Mothers Knowledge and Behavior Regarding Indoor Environmental Health Hazards and Environmental Justice. Chapter Book Project:Environmental Health, InTech-Open Access Publisher.
  • Crivelli-Kovach, A and Chung, E (2011, April). An Evaluation of Breastfeeding Policies in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area from 1994 to 2009: A Comparison with the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Ten Steps.  Breastfeeding Medicine, 6 (2), 77-84.
  • Wilson, T, Crivelli-Kovach, A, and Worley, H. (2010) . Healthy at Home: Latina Mothers knowledge and Behavior Regarding Indoor Environmental Health Hazards. Environmental Justice, 3(3), 103-109.
  • Adler, M., Stull, J., Rosenberg, K.,Crivelli-Kovach, A.  (2008). Impact of hospital policies on breastfeeding outcomes in Oregon. Breastfeeding Medicine, 3(2), 110-116.
  • Crivelli-Kovach, A, Becker, J.A., Worley, H.(2007). MOMES: The MOMobile Empowerment Scale.In: Fischer, J. & Corcoran, K. (Eds). “Measures for Clinical Practice and Research: A Sourcebook”. Volume I: Couples, Families, and Children. NY: New York, Oxford University Press. Pp 366-374.
  • Lessen, R. &Crivelli-Kovach, A. (2007).  Factors associated with breastfeeding initiation and duration among mothers of neonates admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit.  Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 21 (3), 256-266.
  • Crivelli-Kovach, A.C.& Becker, J., Worley, H. (2004). The impact of community health workers on the self-determination, self-sufficiency, and decision-making ability of low-income women and mothers of young children.  Journal of Community Psychology, 32(3), 343-356.                                                                                                              
  • Kim, H. &Kovach, A.C. (2002). Information and social support regarding breastfeeding:A survey of mothers in Seoul, South Korea. Journal of the Korean Academy of Nursing, 14, 2002.

Selected Presentations

  • Schneider, Dona, Crivelli-Kovach, A. et al. (October, 2012) Undergraduate Public Health Education: Lessons from the Trenches presented at the American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting (October 27 – October 31, 2012) in San Francisco, CA.
  • Gregorio, D, Schneider, D, Crivelli-Kovach, A (October, 2012) MPH Programs: Advancing Undergraduate Public Health Education presented at the American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting (October 27 – October 31, 2012) in San Francisco, CA.
  • Pitonyak, Jennifer, Jessop, A,Crivelli-Kovach, A. (October, 2012) Breastfeeding duration and life-course factors: An analysis to inform health policy presented for the Breastfeeding Forum of the American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting (October 27 - October 31, 2012) in San Francisco, CA.
  • Crispell, M. andCrivelli-Kovach, A (2010, May). Psychosocial Influences on Endothelial Health.  Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Public Health, Epidemiology Section, November 6–10, 2010 in Denver, CO. Andrea Crivelli-Kovach presented the poster at APHA.
  • Crivelli-Kovach, A. and Chung, E. (2009, November). Evaluation of Hospital Breastfeeding Policies and Practices in the Philadelphia PA Region: A comparison of current practices with historical trends. Presented at the APHA 2009 Annual Conference in Philadelphia.
  • Crivelli-Kovach, A. (2009, January). Global Challenges, College Learning, and America’s PromiseAssessment of Student Learning in the General Education Curriculum. Association of American Colleges and Universities, Seattle, WA, January 21-24, 2009.  (Oral Presentation: Invited Panel Participant)