Jonathan Purtle is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Management & Policy at Drexel University School of Public Health, where his research focuses on public health policy and practice related to psychological trauma. He is interested in the processes through which traumatic experiences can lead to adverse health outcomes later in life and systems-level approaches to intervention.
Purtle works at Drexel's Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, where he is involved with the evaluation of Healing Hurt People, a hospital-based violence intervention program. He also has worked on a range of research projects relating to health disparities, health care reform, and public health preparedness as a program manager and health policy analyst. Purtle holds a Master’s degree in sociology from the University of Amsterdam and a Master of Public Health from Drexel.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Delaware County, Purtle lives in the city’s Spring Garden section, where he enjoys exploring Fairmount Park, piecemealing bikes together with the aid of You Tube and Craigslist, live music, and travel.
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