While public health practitioners and social workers know that the social determinants of health—social and economic factors such as where and how people work and live—influence both individual and population health as much as any other factors, healthcare and social service providers often aren’t equipped to meet those needs.
Social Work News
It is with sadness that the College of Public Health announces the passing of Ed Newman, emeritus professor in the School of Social Work, who passed away on August 18, 2018.
Newman began serving as a professor at Temple University’s School of Social Administration (now the School of Social Work) in 1974. His teaching activity focused on areas of social policy, planning and management.
The College of Public Health brings together top scholars from around the world—teaching in our classrooms, leading our research, and forging partnerships across the community. We extend a warm welcome to our 21 new full-time faculty members to the college this year*:
On Thursday, May 10, more than 1,100 graduates from the College of Public Health and the School of Social Work, representing more than 30 programs, received their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at the College of Public Health Graduation Ceremony in the Liacouras Center. With their classmates in Temple’s other schools and colleges, they make up the university’s largest graduating class on record.
On Thursday, May 10, President of the National Association of Black Social Workers Toni Oliver will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the College of Public Health. A graduate of the master of social work program, Oliver has spent more than 30 years working to improve foster care, kinship care services, and adoption opportunities, particularly for children of color.
After rescuing pit bull mix Marley from a shelter five years ago, Rachel Lawbaugh in the School of Social Work trained her as a certified therapy dog. Since then, Rachel has found opportunities for Marley to join in their internships for the Master of Social Work program, where they work with individuals recovering from trauma and substance use—and where Marley’s presence can have profound benefits for clients.
On Tuesday, Jan. 30, Pennsylvania State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky delivered a lecture on the ways in which civic engagement—or its absence—affects the issues of social justice that frequently arise in the fields of public health and social work.