As Philadelphia’s recently appointed Health Commissioner, Thomas Farley (MD, MPH) sets policy for the Department of Public Health, working with other human-services agencies to promote and protect the health of all Philadelphians.
Physical Therapy News
On Friday, April 7, the College of Public Health hosted about 70 students from four Philadelphia School District schools for a public health career information day in celebration of National Public Health Week. Students had opportunities to engage in hands-on activities and learn about the skills used by practitioners of public health, athletic training, nursing, and therapeutic recreation.
With a grant from the Department of Defense, the Motion-Action-Perception lab is developing devices that can pinpoint signs of concussion using simple gaming technology. It's not only cool -- it's also providing a hi-tech assessment tool that's portable, affordable, and accessible enough to use virtually anywhere, from the athletic field to the battlefield.
The College of Public Health partnered with the Philadelphia 76ers to host a Bounce Out the Stigma autism awareness clinic on Saturday, March 18. The three-hour clinic brought 30 kids on the autism spectrum to Temple’s Pearson Hall for drills in passing, shooting, and dribbling. About 20 graduate students from the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language-Hearing programs assisted throughout the afternoon’s activities.
The Kinesiology Department has awarded Rachel Tomlinson and Liz Thompson grants to support their doctoral research.
Rachel Tomlinson has been awarded a Kinesiology Department grant for her dissertation project studying the effectiveness of interventions designed to motivate university employees to participate in workplace wellness programs.
The North Broad Physical Therapy Center (NBPTC) started as a dream among physical therapy faculty 15 years ago. The idea came closer to reality in 2014, after a group of PT students returned from a service trip to Guatemala and felt they needed to do something to help underserved communities in Philadelphia. They envisioned a pro bono clinic with care provided by doctoral PT students under the supervision of licensed physical therapists acting as clinical mentors.
It’s always inspiring to meet someone smart, talented and driven. And when you meet hundreds of people like that in a single day, it’s worth celebrating. Today we marked the beginning of the academic year by welcoming more than 700 new undergraduate students to the College of Public Health at Temple’s 2016 Convocation. They join a diverse group of 167 faculty members and over 4000 current students, who together represent one of the most innovative institutions of public health education and research in the country.
A new direction in movement research
How do we learn and control movement? That might sound like a basic question, but as the students graduating from the College of Public Health’s new neuromotor science program will tell you, the answers are anything but simple. The new graduate program brings together top faculty from across the college to uncover those answers—and in the process, it places Temple at the forefront of human movement science.
Temple University is building a new Student Health and Wellness Center—an academic, athletics and recreation facility that will provide enhanced space for students in the College of Public Health to hone their clinical skills along with space for students to play recreational sports and weight train.