While public health practitioners and social workers know that the social determinants of health—social and economic factors such as where and how people work and live—influence both individual and population health as much as any other factors, healthcare and social service providers often aren’t equipped to meet those needs.
Megan Urbanski, a doctoral student pursuing her PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the college, received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, a two-year pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study the treatment decision-making preferences of people diagnosed with kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
In July, the College of Public Health hosted Variety—the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley, an organization that serves children with disabilities resulting from injury, illness, or congenital conditions, for a two-week camp.
In a study published in the April issue of Childhood Obesity, Gina Tripicchio, assistant professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and a team of researchers evaluated a program that enrolled 46 children aged 2-16 years (most of whom are Hispanic) with overweight or obesity (BMI greater than the 85th percentile) into a family-based behavioral group (FBBG) treatment program.
It is with sadness that the College of Public Health announces the passing of Ed Newman, emeritus professor in the School of Social Work, who passed away on August 18, 2018.
Newman began serving as a professor at Temple University’s School of Social Administration (now the School of Social Work) in 1974. His teaching activity focused on areas of social policy, planning and management.
The College of Public Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Gardiner, associate professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as director of the newly established Office of Community Engaged Research and Practice. Gardiner will lead growth of the college’s interdisciplinary, community-engaged research activity and work to identify new opportunities for collaboration between members of the college and Philadelphia’s communities.
The College of Public Health brings together top scholars from around the world—teaching in our classrooms, leading our research, and forging partnerships across the community. We extend a warm welcome to our 21 new full-time faculty members to the college this year*:
After a diagnosis of pre-nodular laryngitis cut her singing dreams short, Megan Gimpel discovered her passion for helping others. After completing her graduate degree at Temple, Megan now teaches students with speech and language disorders at the Talk Institute, where she works as a speech language pathologist.
The UN estimates that, by 2050, one in four people will live in a country with shortages of fresh water. As it is now, nearly 2 billion people use water sources that are contaminated with fecal matter. The situation is dire: more children die from diarrheal diseases than often-discussed illnesses such as malaria.