Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Michelle Abel, MSPH

Michelle Abel, MSPH CIRP
Violence Prevention Initiative Program Manager

Michelle Abel, MSPH is the Program Manager for the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In this capacity, she oversees the administrative, operational, financial, and communication components of VPI and assists in the coordination of multiple interdisciplinary teams' efforts. Along with VPI Co-Directors, Joel Fein, MD, MPH and Stephen Leff, PhD, Michelle represents VPI in internal and external forums and works directly with VPI staff and internal and external partners to provide technical advice and to coordinate and advance VPI's goals and policies.

Michelle brings both a communication and public health perspective, as well as 10 years of professional experience, including program management, to her role as VPI Program Manager. She came to CHOP from The Food Trust, where she served as Healthcare Senior Manager. Previously, Michelle held positions at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, and Weber Shandwick. She holds a BA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MSPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Michelle can be contacted at