A new study shows how curbing children’s exposure to secondhand smoke can start in a pediatrician's office. The findings, published this month, have already impacted how some clinicians in low-income communities address secondhand smoking exposure in children.
The past year has challenged us like few others in recent memory. In the face of proliferating threats to our collective well-being—from the opioid and obesity epidemics to unprecedented natural disasters—many of the most innovative solutions are emerging from our institutions of public health research and education.
Our digital Year In Review magazine includes top stories from across the Temple University College of Public Health in the past year:
There’s some controversy over whether fighting obesity should begin with the person or the place where he or she lives. In a new study, lead investigator Michael Halpern, associate professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy, argues that addressing the needs of individuals is more effective than tackling problems facing a community or neighborhood as a whole.
In the Department of Kinesiology’s Self Defense for Women course, students learn the best ways to defend themselves against harassment and physical attacks. The course is part of the department’s Physical Activity Program, a universitywide program offering courses in aquatics, fitness, athletics, martial arts and more.
Unintended pregnancy is prevalent, complex and costly. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 40 percent of pregnancies in the U.S. today are unintended. Many such pregnancies are associated with depression, substance abuse and delays in prenatal care, and, in 2010, public health services spent nearly $13 billion on unintended pregnancies.
Students in the Department of Recreation Therapy's Assistive Technology in Recreation class ran an Assistive Technology Expo in the Student Center on Friday, Dec. 1. Each year, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology program from Temple's Institute on Disabilities, students share devices that help individuals with low vision, hearing loss or communication difficulties take advantage of recreational opportunities in their daily lives.
Dear College of Public Health Alumni,
This year has been one full of milestones for the College of Public Health, and I would like to share another piece of exciting news.
Despite representing a third of the US population, racial and ethnic minorities typically receive less frequent or lower quality healthcare: as a whole, people of color have fewer breast cancer screenings, organ transplants and vaccinations, to name a few examples. This disparity results in a less healthy population, increased costs for treating preventable conditions and continued inequity for minority populations.