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Clara Haignere

Clara Haignere, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S.

Associate Professor


1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Annex, 9th floor (004-09)
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Office: 215-204-5109  
Fax: 215-204-1854 


  • M.P.H. School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Ph.D. International Studies, University of Denver
  • M.A. Medical Sociology, University of Denver
  • B.A. Sociology, University of California at Davis


Dr. Clara Haignere has been a member of the faculty at Temple University since 1994.  Before coming to Temple University, she taught at the University of Colorado Medical School, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and New York University. She has thirty years experience in international, national, and regional public health, working with underserved populations in diverse locations such as El Salvador, Chile, Costa Rica, Harlem, Brooklyn, and North Philadelphia. She speaks Spanish and German, having lived in Chile, Costa Rica, Germany and Austria.

She has developed health educational materials including HIV/AIDS curriculums for homeless youth, an HIV/AIDS video titled AIDS Not Us, and Family Life Education for the NYC School District. She has been a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Child Health with the National Institutes of Health and a reviewer for Family Planning Perspectives, Health Promotion Practice, Health Education Research, and Journal of Health Education and Behavior. She regularly presents at the American Public Health Association, the Society for Public Health Education, and has been invited to speak at the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health, International AIDS Conferences, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children's Defense Fund. For twelve years, Dr. Haignere was the Principal Investigator for the CDC-sponsored grant, conducting the biannual Philadelphia Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Dr. Haignere has authored numerous articles, reports, and educational materials. Her publications include articles in such prestigious journals as Journal of the American Medical Association, AIDS Education and Prevention, International Journal of Health Studies, Journal of School Health, Health Education Research, and the Journal of Health Education and Behavior. Since 2001 she has offers students around the country international public health experience through the Temple Summer Abroad Program to Costa Rica that she personally developed.

Dr. Haignere is currently on a research study leave for fall 2008 to develop a book comparing some European universal health care systems that might be applicable to the U.S.’s health care short comings. When one looks at the US health care system, conditions, and services compared with most countries in the world, Americans can be extremely thankful for their advanced, high-tech medicine, and public health infrastructure. But when you compare the US system to most other advanced nations, one must question what can we are doing wrong. Using the United Nations’ more comprehensive definitions of well-being developed to compare advanced nations, life in these United States for a large segment of our residents is not the best the world has to offer. So in fall 2008, Dr. Haignere is traveling in Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, and Switzerland to learn more details about how we might improve the US health care system.


Professional Articles

Garvin JH, Gordon TF, Haignere CS, DuCette JP. Development of a Public Health Assessment Tool to Prevent Lyme Disease: Tool Construction and Validation Perspectives in Health Information Management 2; 10, Fall 2005.

Haignere CS, Disease-Specific Sexual Abstinence User Rates: The Role of Science in Policy Making. Commentary for Health Education and Behavior. Volume 28/Number 1:21-23, February 2001.

Haignere CS, Gold R, Maskovsky J, Ambrosini J, Rogers C, Gollub E. High-risk adolescents and female condoms: knowledge, attitudes, and use patterns. Journal of Adolescent Health. 26:392-398; June, 2000.

Media Presentations

2007     Haignere CS. Interview Ester Crain for article in Cosmopolitan. February 2. Article titled Monthly Sexual Health released in

2006     Haignere CS. Interview with Don Vaughan for article titled Ignorance is bliss: The battle over sex education in Penthouse Forum. March, 2006. www.PenthouseForum.com.

2005     Haignere CS. Interview with Jim Hillgan at Temple Radio Temple Views Commentary on the National Survey of Family Growth’s (NSFG) September 15th released data on oral sex among teenagers. September 20th, 2006. Program aired later that month.

Invited Lectures, Conference Presentations, Keynote Addresses

2010     Haignere, CS. Invited Presentation at Temple University’s School of Pharmacy, Universal Health Care in the 21st Century: Comparing European Models and Reforms with the New Obama Program. March 29th.

2009    Haignere, CS. Invited Presentation at Temple University’s School of Medicine, Global Health: What is it? How Does It Differ from US Health? October 5th.

2006    Haignere, CS. Seven Years of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in Philadelphia Summer Principal Training Workshops, Philadelphia School District, Arcadia University, July 17, 18, and 21, 2006.

2006     Haignere, CS. Philadelphia Youth Risk Behavior Survey 1991 to 2005. Meeting of the Minds: Where Research Meets the Community. A Symposium on HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research. Research Community Advisory Board. July 16, 2006.

2006    Haignere, CS. Seven Years of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in Philadelphia AIDS Prevention Summit for Special Populations. June 14, 2006.

2006    Haignere, CS. Introduction of keynote speaker Dr. Adewale Troutman, MD at Social Science Perspectives on Health Care: Disparities in the United States. Temple University. March 25, 2006

2005    Haignere, CS. The Philadelphia Youth Risk Behaviors Report – 1991 to 2003 Trends, presentation at University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Board. Nov. 15, 2005.

Grants & Contracts

2005- 2008:   ARREST Grant PI: Subcontract from responsible from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the School District of Philadelphia to carry out the School District’s Material Review Committee, maintain Health Education Resource Center and conduct the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in Philadelphia’s high schools in odd number years and the School Health Profiles in even numbered years--$69,165.

1997-2004     Co-PI for HIV/AIDS prevention grant from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the School District of Philadelphia, subcontract for ARREST Project to carry out the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in Philadelphia’s high schools. $60,000 per year -- $35,000 for YRBS.


International Public Health, Adolescent Health, HIV/AIDS, Sexual Abstinence
Education, Health Behavior Theories, Maternal and Child Health & Health Policy Issues.

Clinical Interests

  • Community Health Education
  • Contemporary and Environmental Health Issues
  • Health Behavior Theories
  • Human Sexuality
  • International Health
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Summer Abroad Public Health in Costa Rica