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C. Frank Igwe

Distinguished Alumni Fellow; President, Moravia Health

C. Frank Igwe is founder and President of Moravia Health, a full service Medicare & Medicaid Home Health Agency, licensed by the State of Pennsylvania. Founded in 2012, it serves over 200 patients in the Philadelphia area. He believes that healthcare is a basic human right, and lives by the words “do well by doing good”.  Frank is committed to serving “the least of these”, by providing the highest quality of care possible to the elderly and/or disabled, who wish to maintain independence, dignity, and quality of life, by remaining in their homes.

Prior to founding Moravia Health, Frank was the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization, City ACES (Athletes Changing Expectations). City ACES utilizes professional athletes in the NBA/NFL/MLB/NCAA to motivate and inspire Middle-School aged youth residing in underperforming school districts, and distressed communities (across the United States), towards academic achievement.  Frank Igwe and City ACES have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, USA Today, Black Entertainment Television (BET), The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, NPR, Yahoo, Foxsports, The Grio, Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and ESPN, among others.

Frank is also a 2008 Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University, and his research focused on how, and why, historically underserved groups appropriate information and communication technologies (ICT).   More specifically, his research examined how African Americans are socially shaping technology to create virtual “third place” communities as a means to create new social support systems for discussing, preventing, and coping with health crises, such as HIV/AIDS.  Included in this is the examination of the performance of racial and ethnic identities in virtual communities, ICT education and workforce participation in the African Diaspora, and the influence of racial, class and gender identities on health information seeking and content creation.

His work regarding health and information technology has been funded in part by the National Science Foundation, and has garnered him national attention, with Op-Ed’s in “The Christian Science Monitor”, “Yahoo! News”, and a piece in the prestigious “Chronicle of Higher Education”.  Other publications, regarding health and IT, have been featured in the “Journal of Computer Mediated Communication”, and “Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology”, among others.  Frank also has several conference presentations, including the “Black Policy Conference” at Harvard University, the “i-Conference” at UCLA, and the “Future Forum”, at Penn State University.

C. Frank Igwe is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a business honor society, and holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, an MBA/MS in Supply Chain Management from Penn State University, and a PhD in Information Sciences & Technology from Penn State University.  He also has an MGA from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a 2008 Fellow of Harvard University.   In addition to managing his company, he teaches “Media Relations and Messaging in a New Media World” at the University of Pennsylvania.

Courses Taught

Media Relations Summer 2017
Course: Media Relations
Instructor: C. Frank Igwe
Course Section: 900
On-Campus Day(s): Friday, Saturday
On-Campus Time(s):

On-campus meetings for Summer 2017 will be on:

  • Fridays from 9:30am-1:00pm on May 19, June 23, and July 21
  • Saturdays from 9:30am-1:00pm on May 20, June 24, and July 22
Online Day(s): Monday
Online Time: 7:45pm-8:45pm
Course Description:

This course is designed to help you better understand the role and practice of media relations and messaging in corporate, non-profit, and government organizations in this new media era. You will learn how to research media and reporters, devleop messages, build strategic media plans, generate media coverage, serve as spokespeople, handle crisis situations, and use new media strategies. You will hear from public relations professionals on such topics as working with reporters, developing PR campaigns, and creating effective web outreach programs. Class discussions, reading assignments, research and writing projects, group projects, and case studies offer an engaging and interactive learning environment to expand and apply your knowledge of media relations and messaging. 

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu