Description of Research Expertise:
Eugenia South, MD MS is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. South’s research focuses on how neighborhood context impacts health and safety in urban environments. She is interested in understanding the ways in which the physical attributes of where people live, work, and play influence chronic stress, cardiovascular and mental health, and violent crime. She worked with the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society to pilot a randomized controlled trial of vacant lot greening, the first prospective experimental analysis of a community greening intervention. This trial found that people felt safer after greening, a trend toward decreased violent crime, and physiologic evidence of decreased stress. This work resulted in several published manuscripts and has been featured in national media outlets including NPR, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Washington Post, as well as multiple international media outlets. Currently, Dr. South is developing several projects, including an evaluation of the impact of abandoned building remediation on chronic stress, and an evaluation of NatureRx, a park prescription program aimed at increased youth exposure to urban green space.
Sefcik JS, Kondo MC, Klusaritz H, Sarantschin E, Solomon 5, Roepke A, South EC, Jacoby SF: Perceptions of Nature and Access to Green Space in Four Urban Neighborhoods Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16 (13): 2019.
South EC: Doc, My Neighborhood Is Killing Me! An ER Doctor’s Perspective Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations : 20-21,2019.
South, Eugenia, Hohl, Bernadette, Kondo, Michelle, MacDonald, John, Branas, Charles: Effect of Greening Vacant Land on Mental Health of Community-Dwelling Adults: A Cluster Randomized Trial Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open 1 (3): 2018.
Kondo MC, Jacoby SF, South EC: Does spending time outdoors reduce stress? A review of real-time stress response to outdoor environments Health Place 51 : 136-150,2018.
Kondo MC, Andreyeva E, South EC, MacDonald JM, Branas CC: Neighborhood Interventions to Reduce Violence Annu Rev Public Health 39 : 253-271,2018.
Branas CC, South EC, Kondo MC, Hohl BC, Bourgois P, Wiebe DJ, MacDonald JM: Citywide cluster randomized trial to restore blighted vacant land and its effects on violence, crime, and fear Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 15 (12): 2946-2951,2018.
Smith LS, Wilkins N, Marshall SW, Dellapenna A, Pressley JC, Bauer M, South EC, Green K: The Power of Academic-Practitioner Collaboration
to Enhance Science and Practice Integration: Injury
and Violence Prevention Case Studies the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice : 2018.
Blutinger EJ, Meisel ZF, South EC: Going Beyond Zip Code: Can a person’s address help us improve their acute care Acad Emerg Med : 2018.
Kondo MC, South EC, Branas CC, Richmond TS, Wiebe DJ: The association between urban tree cover and gun assault: a case-control and case-crossover study American Journal of Epidemiology : 2017.
Blutinger EJ, South EC, Solnick R: Preserving the Safety Net: What is the True Cost of the Uninsured? EM Resident : 2017.