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TEP intervention is a promising model for engaging high-risk populations

Individuals of transgender experience are disproportionately affected by HIV, but resources for prevention and treatment within the mainstream healthcare system can be limited. Often, it’s grass-roots organizations that fill the healthcare gap for this community. In Philadelphia, the homegrown Trans Equity Project has been delivering peer-based health education and support to transgender individuals since 2003.

Posted:  July 23, 2019

Majority of those under 65 do not take blood pressure medicine as prescribed, study finds

Taking prescribed blood pressure medicine (antihypertensive medication) is a relatively low-commitment way for people with hypertension to reduce health risks that can include cardiovascular damage, stroke and premature death. Yet around half of people prescribed antihypertensive medication don’t have their high blood pressure controlled within recommended levels.

Posted:  July 9, 2019

Based on Task Force recommendations, Temple University now a tobacco-free campus

On July 1, Temple University will implement a new tobacco-free policy based on recommendations from Dean Laura A. Siminoff and the Presidential Smokefree Campus Task Force. In celebration of this change, we’ve reprinted the story, with updates, on the task force’s work from the 2018 edition of our Year in Review.

Posted:  July 1, 2019

Public Health in Focus: Taylor Matsinger, Army physical therapist

Each week in 2019, we're highlighting someone in the College of Public Health—students, alumni, researchers and beyond—for a feature we're calling Public Health in Focus. Click the photo for a portrait of Taylor Matsinger, a DPT alumna on a path to serve as a physical therapist in the U.S. Army, or read on for the full interview.

Posted:  June 21, 2019

Social relationships could be key to overdose prevention in rural areas

As the opioid epidemic has widened, some of the most heavily impacted areas have been in rural Appalachia, a region of the country stretching from parts of New York to northern Alabama and Georgia. Opioid use in this region has grown disproportionately, driven in part by the higher prevalence of people using prescription opioids non-medically, the transition from prescription opioids to heroin, and the more recent increased availability of Fentanyl.

Posted:  June 18, 2019

Maas earns $2.1 million grant to test treatments for pediatric speech disorder

A child receiving speech therapyChildhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a pediatric speech disorder that makes it difficult for kids with normal cognitive and language skills to intelligibly speak the words they want to say. It’s a motor disorder, where speech muscles aren’t weak or paralyzed but the brain can’t properly guide their movements to produce clear speech.

Posted:  June 13, 2019

VIDEO: With CASA, social work alumnus empowers Camden's youth

Licensed social worker Tim Gallagher, a graduate of the master of social work program, founded and co-directs the Camden Adolescents Striving for Achievement (CASA) youth development program at Guadalupe Family Services. In the video, Gallagher discusses his work to empower the youth of North Camden at CASA, where students play games, do homework and interact with their peers in a safe place.

Posted:  June 13, 2019

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