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CPH student returns home to help Peru's elderly

Peruvian Congreso
When Maria Rosario Del Carpio, a social work graduate student, testified to the Peruvian General Assembly earlier this year about the importance of supportive services for senior citizens, it was the culmination of a long personal journey. “I started in social work, and then worked as a lawyer, for the Peruvian government for about 16 years,” she said. “But when the government changed, I came to the U.S. seeking asylum from political persecution. I couldn’t speak a word of English, but through the years, I met so many kind people who helped me. I learned the language and worked hard to improve my life, eventually returning to social work.” 
Posted:  April 30, 2015

"Poverty simulation" featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

Nursing students engage in poverty simulation

In Philadelphia, 28 percent of residents live in poverty.  To teach its students about poverty, The College of Public Health's nursing department has been running "poverty simulations" for the past two years. They are exercises, run by faculty and community members,  intended to teach nursing students what poverty is truly like – with a shortage of money and a lot of stress.  The Philadelphia Inquirer visited us during a recent simulation and spoke with students and community members about the experience.

Posted:  April 27, 2015

How the deaf experience differs from the hearing one

ASL teachings
Faculty member Meghan Rainone is proudly bi-lingual.  Her native language is ASL (American Sign Language) but she also reads and writes English. Rainone, an ASL instructor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and her sister Rebecca were both born deaf to hearing parents who learned ASL.  “ASL was my first language and is my preferred method of communicating. I think every deaf child should have the chance to be bilingual,” says Rainone.  
Posted:  April 21, 2015

Ione Vargus comes back to campus

Ione Vargus

For Professor Emerita Dr. Ione Vargus, whose legacy as Temple’s first African American dean as well as the first female dean of the School of Social Work, her race was no big deal. “I come from a family of firsts,” she said. “My father, Edward Dugger, was the first African American appointed to the Medford Massachusetts City Planning Board. Later, he was the first to have a public park named after him.

Posted:  April 20, 2015

Lindback Award Presented to Rhonda Nelson

Rhonda Nelson accepts Lindback Award
“I absolutely could not be where I am today without her,” is how one student described Rhonda Nelson’s mentorship and teaching abilities.  Yesterday, Nelson, an associate professor in the rehabilitation sciences department, received the 2015 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.  The award is bestowed annually on faculty within Temple University “who epitomize the highest levels of sustained teaching excellence in the classroom, in the research laboratory or in the clinical setting.”  
Posted:  April 15, 2015

Dean Siminoff on CPH Future

Dean Laura Siminoff
Dean Laura Siminoff is a nationally recognized public health social scientist, focusing on cancer treatment decision-making, informed consent, health communication, health disparities, bioethics, and issues of organ and tissue donation. A year ago, she joined Temple University’s College of Public Health (CPH), where she is driving unprecedented growth and momentum. We spoke with Dean Siminoff for her one-year anniversary, reflections on what she’s accomplished, her future plans for CPH, and her thoughts on how the college will impact the field of public health.
Posted:  April 7, 2015

Healthiest Nation 2030: Our Experts Weigh In

The average lifespan is 25 years longer. HIV/AIDS deaths are down 70 percent. Infant mortality has dropped 76 percent. Yet despite all our hard work, other countries are improving faster than we are. For the first time, children in the U.S. may not live as long a life as their parents.

Last week, Dean Siminoff discussed these issues in the context of the future of public health education.  This week, as we recognize Public Health Week, we asked the College’s Department Chairs “What are the challenges to becoming the healthiest nation in 2030?”

Posted:  April 6, 2015

Kelch Lecture Series Presents 'Father of Environmental Justice'

Dr. Robert D. Bullard
Dr. Robert D. Bullard, a well-known environmental leader and author, is coming to Temple as part of the Beverly Gail Barnes-Kelch Memorial Lecture series.  
The lecture – “Building Just and Sustainable Communities for All: Why Sustainability Matters” - will take place on Wednesday, April 15 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall.  A book signing will follow the event.  Bullard’s discussion will also be simulcast at Temple’s Ambler Campus, in Learning Center 202.  (Register for the event.)
Posted:  March 31, 2015

Understanding what fathers “bring to the table”

“We’re working towards increasing the quantity and quality of father’s involvement with their children,” said Jay Fagan, professor of social work and co-director of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN).  Twenty-one percent of children in the country live in single-mother households.  But, fathers who don’t live with their children still play an important role in their children’s lives, influencing many positive outcomes such as high school graduation, better peer relationships, less risk for domestic violence and improved overall well-being. 

Posted:  March 27, 2015