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"Powerful beyond measure"

Social Work Alum Veronica Joyner

At The Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School (MCSCS) in Philadelphia, every student starts the morning with a pledge.  In one colorful classroom, twenty third-graders stand and begin reciting.  “I’m 100% committed to my education,” they say in unison. “I believe in myself and my ability to do my best at all times.  I am powerful beyond measure.  I will learn.”

It’s not your average school pledge.  But neither is this an average school.

Posted:  July 8, 2016

Commentary: A hate crime in gay pride month

In an opinion piece in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jacqueline Warr-Williams discusses the need to refocus attention on "the unbelievable hate that still exists for gay and transgender individuals." Warr-Williams is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in providing mental health services to LGBTQ+ youth and teaches clinical courses including institutional racism within Temple's School of Social Work. Read the opinion piece here.

Posted:  June 22, 2016

White House Initiative Includes Temple Researchers

Two Temple researchers are part of a White House effort to establish a national clearinghouse of educational resources about kidney transplant and living donation. Heather Traino, associate professor in the College of Public Health, and Avrum Gillespie, assistant professor in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, are part of the initiative which will allow patients, living donors, and the interested public to access information that was previously privately-held, and which will help them make informed decisions about kidney transplants and donation.

Posted:  June 15, 2016

Do Youth With Autism Experience More Adversity?

Kristin Berg, an assistant professor of occupational therapy, remembers the moment well.  Early in her career she worked as a mentor for children and teenagers with disabilities, but some of them seemed disengaged no matter what she tried.  Was something on their minds?  It wasn’t until one teen opened up about being abused—and others began sharing similar experiences—that Berg understood.  “I realized that many of these youth had never been asked about abuse,” she says.  “I thought I had all the answers, but it turns out I was asking the wrong questions.”

Posted:  June 10, 2016

Clinical Training Gets New Space On Campus

Temple University will break ground this month on a new Student Health and Wellness Center—an academic, athletics and recreation facility that will provide enhanced space for students in the College of Public Health to hone their clinical skills along with space for students to play recreational sports and weight train.

The College of Public Health portion of the building, along Montgomery Avenue, will primarily serve the college’s clinical training programs, particularly the occupational therapy and physical therapy graduate programs, which will move from Temple’s Health Sciences Center to Main Campus.

Posted:  June 9, 2016

Is Limited Literacy A Public Health Risk?

Adults with limited literacy can face many uphill battles, including one we might take for granted:  knowing how to stay safe after a disaster.  In research just published in BMC Health Informatics and Decision Making, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences Sarah Bauerle Bass and other researchers used an innovative method to study how low-literacy adults process information about disaster response.  Their findings suggest that when it comes to knowing what to do after a disaster, we could be leaving many behind.

Posted:  June 8, 2016

Big Questions About Tiny Particles

Lok Pokhrel Temple University Epidemiology Nanotechnology Research

Imagine dividing a single grain of sand into a million pieces.  This is the scale of nanoparticles:  tiny man-made bits of matter that are being used in a widening array of consumer products, from the microprocessor in your computer to odor-resistant workout clothes.  Lok Pokhrel, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, says that while nanoparticles are proving their usefulness, they are entering the environment at an alarming rate—and the consequences to our ecosystem and human health are still unknown. 

Posted:  May 27, 2016