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Community Health Services

Several departments in CPH sponsor community health services which provide both faculty and their supervised students with opportunities to practice their specialties.

Sponsored by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Temple University Speech-Language-Hearing Center (TUSLHC) provides services to people of all ages with disorders of communication including language delay and disorder, voice disorders, aphasia, stuttering, and articulation impairments. Student clinicians in the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate program provide therapy under the direct supervision of Temple faculty who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Pennsylvania licensure in Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology. The Center is located in Weiss Hall on the main campus and is open weekdays from 8:30 am – 6:30 pm. Appointments can be made by calling 215-204-7543.
The Philadelphia Aphasia Community at Temple
The Philadelphia Aphasia Community at Temple (PACT) is an interdisciplinary program, combining the expertise of Speech-Language Pathology, Therapeutic Recreation, and Public Health, that has a primary goal of enhancing communication skills as well as the overall quality of life for people with aphasia.  In addition to individual and group speech-language therapy and Active Living for Persons with Aphasia (see below), we also offer special programs each semester for individuals with aphasia. For more information about our art groups, choir, health literacy programs, book writing programs, or speech-language therapy, please contact Dr. Gayle DeDe at (215) 204-4482 or gayle.dede@temple.edu.
Sponsored by PACT, Active Living for Persons with Aphasia is a community support program for adults with aphasia.  The program offers participants diverse opportunities to engage with peers in meaningful and socially active recreation which affords individuals practice and development of their communication skills in a naturally occurring environment.  The group meets weekly between mid-September & mid-December, and then again between late January and June, and is facilitated by recreation therapy professionals and students (under the supervision of faculty). For more information please email Dr. Susanne Lesnik-Emas, CTRS, at slesnik@temple.edu.
Temple Health Connection
Sponsored by the Department of Nursing, Temple Health Connection is a nurse-managed, community based wellness center offering a variety of services to children, teens, adults and seniors living in neighborhoods adjacent to the University. Under the supervision of nursing faculty and other community health practitioners, community outreach staff and health profession students assist in delivering environmental health programs and disease prevention and health promotion programs for children, teens, adults and seniors. For more information please call (215) 707-5436 or (215) 707-1707.
Temple Health Connections Environment Health Programs:
Lead and Healthy Homes: Outreach staff and/or health professions students make home visits, to families with children under 17 years of age, to ensure healthy home environments.  The goal being to reduce exposure to lead, asthma triggers, mold, cockroaches, mice, rats and bedbugs and to ensure presence of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, first aid supplies and an exit plan for an emergency.
Open Airways in the Schools: Health professions students, under the guidance of trained staff and/or faculty, use the American Lung Association's six-week curriculum to teach North Philadelphia children how to control their asthma.
Temple Health Connections Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Programs:
Health Promotion Program for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities
Outreach staff and/or health professions students provide chair exercises, nutrition education and health promotion topics at Gray Manor, Section 8 Housing for elderly and disabled.
Dancing with the Kids
A dance exercise nutrition education program provided for parents and youth at PHMC Health Connection.
Health Fairs
Blood pressure screening and outreach for Lead and Healthy Homes and PHMC Health Network federally qualified health centers at local health fairs.
Shared Decision Making
Provide evidence-based DVD decision aids for individuals and groups in the community and at the PHMC Health Network federally qualified health centers to engage patients with the knowledge needed to actively participate in decisions regarding their health.