Jennifer Ibrahim, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of health services administration and policy, comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s new regulations on the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes. The FDA’s new guidelines prohibit sales to minors, and require e-cigarette manufacturers to disclose the ingredients used in their products—which are sometimes dangerous toxins.
On May 6, faculty, students and supporters of the College of Public Health marked the college’s 49th graduation ceremony in the packed Liacouras Center. College Dean Laura Siminoff said in her opening remarks that the 1388 graduating students represent the best of Temple University. “It should make us all extremely proud that our students are focused on professions that represent the highest ideals of service to others,” she said.
The CDC has awarded a major research grant to a team led by Omar Martinez, assistant professor of Social Work at the College of Public Health. The four-year grant enables Martinez and his team to implement and test an HIV prevention intervention program called Conectando Latinos en Parejas, which they developed as part of a recent study (read more about its findings here).
“Train how you’re going to play.” Yanna Savkova says that’s an ethos she has learned as an EMT and firefighter, and now she’s taking it to heart as she prepares to give the student speech at Temple’s 129th Commencement Ceremony on May 6. Savkova, who will graduate with a BS in Nursing, says that each of her classmates now has tools and training that they need in order to pursue their individual calling—to commit themselves to what they love doing, and to leave a positive mark on the world around them.
Mary Sinnott, associate professor of instruction in physical therapy, will be presented with the Lucy Blair Service Award by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at its 2016 conference. Sinnott is the Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the College of Public Health, and led program design for the College’s North Broad Physical Therapy Center, a pro-bono student-run clinic that serves uninsured and underinsured residents of North Philadelphia.
“We are on the rise.” From the soaring top floor of Morgan Hall, this was the message that Temple Provost Hai-Lung Dai shared with over 60 supporters of the College of Public Health (CPH), who gathered on April 22 to learn about the college’s plans for future growth and meet new recipients of student scholarships. Dai said that the college has become a model for research and education at Temple. “If we look at research dollars per faculty member, the College of Public Health is number one in the university,” he said, noting that its supporters have been critical to building that identity.
For Estelle Richman, health policy is personal. Throughout her career she has earned a reputation as someone who advocates for individual well-being and dignity—as Philadelphia’s Commissioner of Public Health and Managing Director, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Public Welfare, and Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The College of Public Health is excited to welcome Richman as its 2016 commencement speaker, and we spoke with her about her beginnings, her career, and the issues she sees as most vital to the future of public health.
For many students in the College of Public Health, working “in the field” is an essential part of completing their degree. And fieldwork is about more than just career experience—it’s also about using classroom learning to find creative solutions for real-world challenges. That’s what four social work students did during their placement at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS), by changing a DHS office from the inside out—literally.
It might sound counterintuitive: the idea that providing needles to IV drug users is a good public health strategy. But Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP), a health services organization that runs one of the largest syringe exchange programs in the country, is proving that clean needles are a powerful tool in preventing HIV transmission. Now two researchers from Temple University’s College of Public Health are helping PPP improve its services by conducting an innovative analysis of 15 years of client data. Their findings—just published in AIDS and Behavior—
What if pressing public health issues could be efficiently—and ethically—addressed through a profit-driven approach? That question was at the heart of a workshop called “Doing Well While Doing Good,” co-hosted today by the College of Public Health and the Fox School of Business.
The workshop highlighted innovative social impact ventures started by Temple students, who shared how they’re working at the intersection of public health and business entrepreneurship—and, in the process, redefining what it means to be successful.