College of Public Health faculty and students collaborate with Prevention Point Philadelphia on a range of research and clinical initiatives. The organization’s Temple roots run deep: both Executive Director Jose Benitez and Associate Executive Director Silvana Mazzella are alumni of the college’s School of Social Work.
Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences Sarah Bass said that Prevention Point’s effectiveness comes in part from its enduring focus on public health principles. “They’ve been addressing the opioid epidemic for 25 years, before it was in the news,” she said. “Their ability to meet people where they are, and introduce harm reduction, is a significant public health strategy.”