As Philadelphia’s recently appointed Health Commissioner, Thomas Farley (MD, MPH) sets policy for the Department of Public Health, working with other human-services agencies to promote and protect the health of all Philadelphians.
Undergraduate Zach Jacobs has made the most of his Temple experience and grown into a perfect example of what public health education can be.
Founded in 1983 by a group of women who wanted to create a healthier, safer environment for their children, the Norris Square Community Alliance operates centers in the North Philadelphia neighborhoods of Kensington, Harrowgate, Fairhill, and Fishtown. Temple is one of four partner organizations that help NSCA enhance its Head Start early childhood programs.
At the fifth annual Recreational Therapy Evidence-Based Practice Day Conference on Friday, graduate and undergraduate students in Therapeutic Recreation presented their research to more than 250 RT practitioners and faculty as well as students from Temple, Kean University and York College of Pennsylvania.
The sheer volume of information generated in today’s healthcare environment is enough to make any chief information officer cringe. But there is another factor to consider these days: On the black market, medical information is 40 times as valuable as a credit card number. If someone’s AMEX number might fetch $1, that same person’s data-rich healthcare record – full of information like date of birth, Social Security number, and other important identifiers, each one the better to establish a new account with – would fetch $40.
“It's just surreal,” says Heather Porter in her office on a sunny spring day. Sunlight streamed through a thin window facing Broad Street, illuminating the awards, diplomas, elegant plants and art, and family photos that crowd her office. The juxtaposition is clear but casual, as if the personal and professional fit hand in glove. Much like Porter herself.
"This is about my fourth time in Alaska," Tammy Barlet says in a recent phone call. She was taking a break from her full-time internship at the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership’s Immunization Workgroup – the final requirement for her BS in public health. "It's ironic that I went into the Coast Guard thinking, 'Oh, I'll just get to stay stateside, no problem.' And now I’m looking at a long-term career working for the VFW."
Retired Petty Officer 3rd Class Ray Gerald Abarintos (MSW ’17) left the Navy in June 2013 after serving as a corpsman for five years. As part of a Marine Corps infantry battalion, he served as a medic to teams of 15 marines in North Carolina, Hawaii, and Afghanistan. He completes his master’s degree with a focus on clinical practice this May.
Weeks before he receives his Master of Science degree in health informatics, Joseph Boateng took his next step along an already clear career path. In his new role as operations manager of health information management at Jefferson University Hospital, he oversees all the health information activities and resources for Jefferson University Physicians.
“Jefferson is a fast-paced, innovative environment and a great place to be for healthcare technology,” he says.
So, you want to get into environmental health. Now you can get a taste of what environmental scientists study –the risks of roof harvested rainwater, the huge potential of the tiny nanoparticle, how to protect yourself from foodborne illness, and controversial energy practices like fracking and coal, and more – and even jump into the conversation.