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Lessons learned: CPH professor publishes study of sexual behavior among bisexual Latino men

Miguel Muñoz-Laboy, associate professor of social work, was always interested in men’s physical and mental health, but it was the AIDS epidemic that turned his focus to how men’s sexual identification or orientation may change over time, also known as sexual fluidity. “It was devastating,” he recalled. “I knew people who died. I had a real strong push to work in the area of HIV research, intervention, and prevention.” 
Posted:  June 4, 2015

Opinion: Water Contamination and Public Health Impacts Post-Earthquake

Nepal after the earthquake
Disasters are unpredictable; they can strike anytime, anywhere.  Natural disasters do not discriminate between socioeconomic, political or national boundaries.  When they strike, however, human lives and properties are lost or greatly impacted.  Survivors risk their lives from a host of consequences including contaminated drinking water, even more so in the developing countries.
Posted:  June 1, 2015

CPH Dean discusses informed consent for biobanking in The Chronicle

CPH Dean discusses informed consent for biobanking in The Chronicle

The issue of obtaining informed consent is tricky—especially when you are asking a relative of a deceased patient for their loved one's organs. But, what if you are asking them to donate something most people have never heard of?

How relatives are asked for consent for tissue donation for biobanking, and what they remember, is the focus of research by Dean Laura Siminoff and a team of researchers as part of the Genotype-Tissue Expression project (GTEx), an NIH-funded project. The goal of GTEx is to collect tissue samples from 900 donors—all of whom are recently deceased.

Posted:  May 27, 2015

CPH professor wins $2.5 million grant to study how a protein may prevent cardiovascular disease

Joon Young Park, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of Temple’s Cardiovascular Genomics Laboratory, has made a career of studying the human circulatory system. Now Park and his colleagues are investigating how certain proteins may mimic the effect of aerobic exercise, and thereby prevent cardiovascular disease.
Posted:  May 20, 2015

CPH alumnae honored for their impact on Temple

Joan Sadoff and Ellen Schwartz
Each year, Temple University Alumni Impact Awards are presented to exceptional alumni for outstanding service, advocacy and contribution to a school or college at Temple. This year, two alumnae from the College of Public Health – Joan H. Sadoff and Ellen Schwartz - were honored for their commitment. 
Below is a summary of both women’s accomplishments taken from the Alumni Association website
Posted:  May 1, 2015

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