On Election Day, consider this correlation: The United States has one of the lowest voter turnout rates among developed nations, especially in midterm elections. Meanwhile, population health outcomes in the U.S.—such as infant mortality and preventable chronic disease rates—have been deteriorating since the 1980s and are now significantly worse than those in most other developed countries.
College of Public Health alumni Jose Benitez and Joanne M. Stanton were inducted into the 2018 Gallery of Success during Homecoming weekend. The gallery, located in the lower level of Mitten Hall, honors alumni who have used their experience at Temple to make an impact in their field.
Over the past year, Temple’s College of Public Health has continued to redefine the boundaries of public health education, research and practice. Our faculty stand at the forefront of a shifting health landscape, making innovative connections across disciplines and reimagining clinical education.
Our digital Year In Review magazine includes top stories from across the Temple University College of Public Health in 2018:
By the time Ellen Schwartz watched The Miracle Worker, she knew where her career would take her.
She had always been interested in working with people with special needs, and seeing the 1962 depiction of Anne Sullivan’s efforts to tutor the deaf and blind Helen Keller sealed her decision.
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.
When Temple began offering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree 50 years ago, it was at a time when the function of nurses differed from their current multifaceted role as “the glue that holds a patient’s healthcare journey together,” according to the American Nurses Association.
Around the world, approximately 7,000 children are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or MS, a central nervous system disorder that affects communication, coordination, muscle strength, and other ability.
There also exists a similar condition that largely mimics MS: Monophasic acquired demyelinating syndrome (mono-ADS). Like MS, it affects the central nervous system through demyelination, in which the protective covers around nerve cells are damaged. However, Mono-ADS differs from MS in one key way: it doesn’t present again after the initial attack, from which children typically recover.
When her son was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1991, Joanne Stanton began building a knowledge base about pediatric cancer. In particular, she became curious about how environmental factors impact children’s health.
Now, more than 25 years later, the college of public health alumna has published a book on the topic.
This month, the College of Public Health Alumni Association (CPHAA) Board of Directors and Advisory Board held its inaugural meeting, where members began discussing ways to achieve the association’s goals of promoting the college and its alumni, encouraging fraternity among alumni through a variety of initiatives and events, establishing a professional mentoring and networking program, and connecting alumni to current students. More details will be shared in the future.