Andrea Crivelli-Kovach

Professor, Public Health

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Andrea Crivelli-Kovach, Ph.D., MA, MCHES

Biographical Profile

Dr. Andrea Crivelli-Kovach, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Public Health at Arcadia University, earned a BA in Biology/Biochemistry and an MA in Nutrition from Immaculata University.  Dr. Crivelli-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).  In addition to her faculty and administrative position at Arcadia, she has a nutrition consulting practice and 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. 

During her tenure at Arcadia, she grew the Health Education Program into the Department of Public Health as Founding Chair of the new department which now offers an MS degree in Health Education, a CEPH accredited MPH degree, 4 Dual Degrees with the Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, International Peace & Conflict Resolution, and Counseling Programs, an Undergraduate University Minor in Global Public Health and a BS in Public Health.

She served as President of the Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA) (2007 to 2009), Chair of the 2004 Joint Conference of PPHA and the PA Department of Health, Public Health Institute held in Philadelphia, and is currently Immediate Past President of PPHA. She also served as an advisor on a task force with the Nutrition Section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a National Maternity Care Practices Survey which is administered biannually throughout the US. She currently sits on the steering committee and advisory boards for the Philadelphia College of Physicians, the Association for Prevention, Teaching, and Research (APTR), The Association of Accredited Programs in Public Health (AAPHP) and The Research Advisory Group for Maternity Care Coalition in Philadelphia

Dr. Crivelli-Kovach was a visiting professor at EWHA University in Seoul, South Korea and served on a task force with the CDC to develop a national instrument to measure Maternity Care Practices in US hospitals. Her areas of research include: (a) US and international hospital breastfeeding policies and practices; (b) mother’s experience with breastfeeding in a hospital setting and (c) the effect of community health workers on empowerment in low-income pregnant women and mothers of young children.  In 1994, she developed an instrument to evaluate implementation of the Global Policy: The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which was later used throughout the U.S. and internationally to measure hospital policies and practices related to the Ten Steps. 

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 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Maternal and Child Health Annual Conference. 

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