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New research on HIV prevention interventions for Latino male couples

Omar Martinez

In a recent paper published in PLOS ONE, Assistant Professor of Social Work Omar Martinez and other researchers from the School of Social Work in Temple’s College of Public Health examine how to best develop HIV prevention interventions for Latino male couples.  Here Martinez discusses the intervention his team developed, called Conectando Latinos en Pareja, and explains their broader study that provided the basis for several recently published papers. 

Posted:  April 5, 2016

Opinion: Should we re-examine health research?

Dean Laura A. Siminoff

In recognition of National Public Health Week, Dean Laura Siminoff offers her take on the direction of public health research and practice in the United States.  She argues that instead of investing the majority of our healthcare research funds into finding cures for diseases, we should look more closely at preventing those diseases in the first place. 

As a society, why should we focus on preventing diseases as well as trying to cure them? 

Posted:  April 4, 2016

Empowering individuals with aphasia

The Aphasia PACT Center

It’s easy to take for granted:  the sheer number of things we can do thanks to our ability to speak, read, and write.  Think about talking to a loved one, reading a best-seller, or writing a letter to an old friend.  Now imagine losing those capacities suddenly and without warning.  That condition is known as aphasia, and it can upend someone’s life.  But an interdisciplinary collaborative at the College of Public Health (CPH) called the Philadelphia Aphasia Community at Temple (PACT) is empowering individuals with aphasia to come together, talk about their condition, and help each other move forward.

Posted:  March 30, 2016

Pokhrel receives Outstanding Reviewer Award

Lok R. Pokhrel, a researcher and assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics has received an Outstanding Reviewer Award for 2015 from the international journal Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier). The award recognizes Pokhrel’s work as a peer reviewer for the publication and for his positive contribution to the journal’s quality.

Posted:  March 4, 2016

ACE-ing IT

An important piece of White House gun safety policy and funding from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have provided new work for Temple MSW students.  

Posted:  February 23, 2016

A Fierce Kind of Love

Liz Green during her exhibition in Harrisburg

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you,” wrote Maya Angelou. This sentiment is at the heart of an exhibit produced by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, with community engagement efforts from social work graduate student Liz Green. The Institute, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy will bring the all too often unheard stories of people with intellectual disabilities to City Hall March 4 – May 6.  

Posted:  February 23, 2016

New online tool for parents with mental illnesses

Stacks of books on parenting and child development sit on parental nightstands around the world, countless websites offer advice on all things child rearing, but there are few resources out there for parents with mental illnesses, such as chronic depression or bipolar disorder. Now a new online tool developed by the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and funded by aims to give valuable assistance to these parents.

Posted:  February 17, 2016

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