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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

Review finds common pitfalls in post-hospital care for people with SMI

Successfully easing back into the commotion of everyday life is challenging for people discharged from hospitals. For people with serious mental illness (SMI), like schizophrenia or major depression, the period immediately after discharge can be a high-risk moment for homelessness, unemployment and loneliness. Absence of well-coordinated care after discharge often leads to a return trip to the hospital.

Posted:  May 21, 2019

Five questions with 2019 Graduation Speaker and Montgomery County Commissioner Valerie Arkoosh

On Friday, May 10, Montgomery County Commissioner Valerie Arkoosh will deliver the keynote speech at the College of Public Health graduation ceremony. First appointed to fill a vacancy on the Commission in January 2015, Arkoosh won election to a full four-year term in November 2015 and served as Commission Vice Chair until her election as Chair in 2016. Since then, she has managed human services, the county court and criminal justice system, voter services, roads and other infrastructure in Montgomery County, the third most populous county in Pennsylvania.

Posted:  May 2, 2019

Public Health in Focus: Kesa Bond, executive director of Christ Community Church

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 Kesa Bond, assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy and executive director of Christ Community Church, or read on for the full interview.


Posted:  April 18, 2019