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.
The Global Water Alliance, a Philadelphia-based association of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) experts, hosted its annual conference at Temple for the first time ever on April 6, highlighting the university’s attention to global public health issues.
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.
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?
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.
In one of the most comprehensive studies to date, researchers investigated the cognitive changes brought on by early-stage chronic kidney disease—a disease affecting some 10 percent of American adults. The findings were published in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation.
Temple University has been designated as one of a select number of institutions to participate in the largest-ever study of concussion in sport. This research is part of the landmark $30 million NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) initiative to fund the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted.