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Majority of those under 65 do not take blood pressure medicine as prescribed, study finds

Taking prescribed blood pressure medicine (antihypertensive medication) is a relatively low-commitment way for people with hypertension to reduce health risks that can include cardiovascular damage, stroke and premature death. Yet around half of people prescribed antihypertensive medication don’t have their high blood pressure controlled within recommended levels.

Posted:  July 9, 2019

Public Health in Focus: Kesa Bond, executive director of Christ Community Church

Each week in 2019, we're highlighting someone in the College of Public Health—students, alumni, researchers and beyond—for a feature we're calling Public Health in Focus. Click the photo for a portrait of Kesa Bond, assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy and executive director of Christ Community Church, or read on for the full interview.


Posted:  April 18, 2019

Poor health insurance coverage is likely barrier to effective obesity treatment

One out of every three American adults has obesity, defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30. About one in 13 American adults has extreme obesity and weighs 100 pounds more than their recommended body weight, leaving them with a BMI of 40 or greater.  And yet, only 1 percent of the patients eligible for bariatric surgery, considered to be the most effective treatment for obesity, actually undergo the surgery each year.

Posted:  December 4, 2018

Pro-white bias could be more prevalent in non-medical healthcare staff, study finds

Appointments with a medical provider typically entail more than just interaction with the doctor. There are check-ins with reception, a pre-screening with a nurse, and then a follow-up with the office’s front desk after speaking with the doctor. While researchers have studied how physicians’ racial biases affect the experience of minority patients, little attention has been paid to how healthcare staff’s biases might affect patients.

Posted:  November 27, 2018

2018: Our Year in Review

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:

Posted:  October 18, 2018