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In HIV Prevention, Self-Identity Matters

In the United States, no population is at greater risk of HIV infection than African-American men who have sex with men (MSM): the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that if current rates continue, 1 in 2 men in this group will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. At Temple’s School of Social Work, researchers are working to reduce that staggering statistic by rethinking the very terms that scientists use to describe this population.

Posted:  October 26, 2016

Maximizing Impact: Eboney Kraisoraphong, MSW '00

Eboney Kraisoraphong received her master of social work (MSW) from Temple’s School of Social Work in 2000. In January 2016 she became vice president of strategic quality management at Northeast Treatment Centers, a nonprofit behavioral health and social services provider. We spoke with Eboney about her career in child welfare management, her transition into a new role, and how changes in accountability measures benefit clients.

Posted:  October 21, 2016

Kelch Lecture To Focus On Art and Social Action

Join a panel of experts on African American arts and social action for this year’s Kelch Memorial Lecture on October 27. The lecture—“Art in Action: Voices from the Colored Girls Museum”—will take place on October 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall.

Guest speakers will be discussing the art and activism of the Colored Girls Museum, which is located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia and describes itself as “a memoir museum, which honors the stories, experiences, and history of Colored Girls.”

Posted:  October 10, 2016

A Better HIV Intervention for Gay Latinos

Temple University Professor Omar Martinez Researches HIV Incidence Among Gay Latinos.

Incidence of new HIV cases is decreasing steadily in the United States—but not for everyone. “The HIV epidemic continues to disproportionately impact sexual and gender minority Hispanics/Latinos,” says Omar Martinez, assistant professor of social work at Temple University’s School of Social Work. In fact, the CDC estimates that if current trends continue, 1 in 4 Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.

Posted:  September 28, 2016

Class of 2020 Starts Their Temple Journey

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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. 

Posted:  August 26, 2016

"MSWs Are More Relevant Than Ever"

Never underestimate the power of a social work degree.  That’s according to Chong-suk Han, an alumnus of Temple’s Master of Social Work program and associate professor of sociology at Middlebury College in Vermont.  Han’s roots in social work remain strong, and he says hardly a day goes by when he doesn’t use the skills he learned in his Temple MSW courses. 

“An MSW provides you with real skills in terms of how you deal with people, read a situation, learn to anticipate an environment and how people interact within that environment,” says Han.  “It’s a phenomenally flexible degree.”

Posted:  August 3, 2016

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