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A Brighter Space For Families

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.   

Posted:  April 19, 2016

Temple Researchers Map the Changing Landscape of IV Drug Use

Temple Researchers Map the Changing Landscape of IV Drug Use

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

Posted:  April 15, 2016

Can Business Thinking Solve Social Problems?

Students at workshop

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. 

Posted:  April 8, 2016

Taking control of postpartum weight gain

CORE program helps new mothers lose weight
A lot changed for Teeah Mccall after she gave birth to her daughter Kristina. Not only did she find herself with a new set of responsibilities as a parent, but she also had to adjust to her post-pregnancy body, which included a few extra pounds.
According to a research study by the Center for Obesity Research (CORE) in the College of Public Health, Mccall is not alone.
The childbearing period is a critical life stage for weight gain and the development of cardiometabolic disease, especially for the nearly three-quarters of African American women who enter pregnancy already overweight or obese.
Posted:  April 5, 2016

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